Concern for workers, anger at governor over Evergreen Solar's planned March 31 closure

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Nashoba Publishing/John Love The huge Evergreen Solar plant, the subject of much touting by state officials, will close by the end of March.

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James

Pepperell, MA

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Jan 14, 2011
 
4 More years of Patrick!!! Anyone else want some money? Line up!
Hubbardston Independent

Lowell, MA

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Jan 14, 2011
 
So solar isn't competitive? Did you know three plants are being built in the US right now. If you search their performance on Google, the issues seem much bigger than competition. Just one more massive layoff AFTER elections. ttp://solarhbj.com/news/while- one-big-solar-pv-plant-is-clos ing-three-more-are-expected-to -open-01290
It was too loud

Hollis, NH

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Jan 15, 2011
 
Let not forget all of the hoops that this company had to jump through because of noise complaints. Granted they should give some of the money back but you really cannot fault them for leaving after all of the crap the neighbors put them through
Bacon Hill

Newton Lower Falls, MA

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Jan 15, 2011
 
"I've been in touch with the Office of Labor and Workforce Development to make sure these employees get the support they need and any benefit they can get due to this layoff," said Eldridge. "Beyond that, I'm incredibly disappointed with Evergreen Solar and I think it underscores to me the need for the governor and Legislature to take a hard look at the strategy of offering large tax breaks to companies."

And we elect people like this? So Eldridge is saying to the Office of Labor and Workforce Development that they need to be told how to do their job? Earth to Eldridge, when government picks the winners and losers in business we all lose! Again, who voted for this guy?
Tax Payer Too

Uxbridge, MA

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Jan 16, 2011
 
Bacon Hill, I'm confused. He's right. What is your problem? That he is there for the people he represents. Sounds good to me.
Lisa

Tyngsboro, MA

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Jan 16, 2011
 
Green this and green that...who cares? I sm sick of all things solar. There isn't a demand for it and there is plenty of oil available.

I hope all "alternative" energy plants fail.
Sarah

Tyngsboro, MA

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Jan 16, 2011
 
Solar panels! HAHAHAHAHAHA.
Bacon Hill

Newton Lower Falls, MA

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Jan 17, 2011
 
Tax Payer Too wrote:
Bacon Hill, I'm confused. He's right. What is your problem? That he is there for the people he represents. Sounds good to me.
. Because unless Eldridge is trying to get a 'special' deal or benefits for Evergreen employees all he is doing is wasting their time. The UI people know what their job is and how to do it. They don't need interference by politicians. Eldridge is part of the problem. He and other politicians who pick winners and losers are the problem not workers at the UI office.
annonomous

Amherst, MA

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Jan 22, 2011
 
Trust me...the noise level and concerns/complaints of the neighbors had NOTHING TO DO WITH THEM CLOSING THE FACTORY! They should be held responsible for what they have put the employees through since they moved to Devens...China didn't take their jobs, Evergreen GAVE it to them. It was always about the money, not creating jobs in Massachusetts!!
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Let not forget all of the hoops that this company had to jump through because of noise complaints. Granted they should give some of the money back but you really cannot fault them for leaving after all of the crap the neighbors put them through

Since: Dec 07

Leominster, MA

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Jan 22, 2011
 
Progressive policies have worked so well for Mass, and the country. We haven't had real capitalism in 100 years, maybe it's time to make a go of it again.
the jaundiced eye

Sterling, MA

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Jan 23, 2011
 
Bacon Hill wrote:
"I've been in touch with the Office of Labor and Workforce Development to make sure these employees get the support they need and any benefit they can get due to this layoff," said Eldridge. "Beyond that, I'm incredibly disappointed with Evergreen Solar and I think it underscores to me the need for the governor and Legislature to take a hard look at the strategy of offering large tax breaks to companies."
And we elect people like this? So Eldridge is saying to the Office of Labor and Workforce Development that they need to be told how to do their job? Earth to Eldridge, when government picks the winners and losers in business we all lose! Again, who votedfor this guy?
Unless of course they are picking right wing approved winners.Like oil andgas giants, or say established petro chemical giants, ormaybe corporate food processing conglomerates.Bet you don;t have a problem giving tax breaks to the weapons or pharma corporations
the jaundiced eye

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Jan 23, 2011
 
kamin wrote:
Progressive policies have worked so well for Mass, and the country. We haven't had real capitalism in 100 years, maybe it's time to make a go of it again.
What are you an oil baron?,timber king? "real" capitalism nearly destroyed us, every major social gain is a product of "progressive policies"
Bacon Hill

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Jan 23, 2011
 
the jaundiced eye wrote:
<quoted text>Unless of course they are picking right wing approved winners.Like oil andgas giants, or say established petro chemical giants, ormaybe corporate food processing conglomerates.Bet you don;t have a problem giving tax breaks to the weapons or pharma corporations
I guess you didn't read my posting. I am against all government thinking that they should pick any winner or loser. Let the market decide. There are some areas that due to the nature of their requirements such as space exploration that begat NASA in which government has a role. I do not believe your so called oil and gas giants should be subsudized but on the other hand we should allow them access to the resources that enable them to keep our economy going. Again, support all business not your chosen ones. Lastly, I wonder if Jamie Eldridge who was a key player in picking Evergreen as a winner is starting to understand how bad of a practice this is. It seems so and just maybe he will become the politician he can be. It is too early to tell.

Since: Dec 07

Leominster, MA

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Jan 23, 2011
 
the jaundiced eye wrote:
<quoted text>What are you an oil baron?,timber king? "real" capitalism nearly destroyed us, every major social gain is a product of "progressive policies"
Social gain? As in 2nd graders having sex while the teacher looks on? How wonderfully Progressive.^^

We need the govt out of business and get back to Capitalism. Oh, and don't forget to outlaw those socialist unions.
the jaundiced eye

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Jan 23, 2011
 
kamin wrote:
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Social gain? As in 2nd graders having sex while the teacher looks on? How wonderfully Progressive.^^
We need the govt out of business and get back to Capitalism. Oh, and don't forget to outlaw those socialist unions.
you crazy, boy.
shaking my head

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Jan 24, 2011
 
I wonder how many people concerned about these American jobs leaving, buy Chinese/Japanese everything

Since: Dec 07

Northborough, MA

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Jan 26, 2011
 
the jaundiced eye wrote:
<quoted text>you crazy, boy.
Of course by crazy you mean I realize the status quo isn't working.
taxpayer

Concord, MA

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#18
Jan 26, 2011
 
with a 1 billion dollar budget defecit , the 53 million Deval gave Evergreen would help reduce that amount. good move Govenor
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Gardner, MA

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Jan 28, 2011
 
remember when Obama was campaigning and he took a question from an employee of briggs and stratton in like Indiana who was losing his job and Obama replied something like "well instead of making small engines in the future you can make solar panels"

This entire nation is broken

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