I’m thrilled to be a part of the Dudley neighborhood. These are exciting times and I am energized by the commitment of Mayor Menino, the move of Boston Public Schools and the election of Tito Jackson. You can feel the energy, optimism and pride in the air when you walk through Dudley Square.
Have you seen the tape? The one taken from a little hamlet as the tsunami comes slowly onto shore? So deceptive this seemingly quiet flow of dark water filled with debris that shreds buildings, boats and people. Unlike a giant wave, a tsunami is a column of waves that keep on coming reaching a height of four stories, covering a distance of up to six miles inland.
Earthquakes are also expected in Japan. Japanese citizens are trained to hide under desks or tables if they’re caught indoors. Their tall buildings like those in our country are built with the possibility of an earthquake or other natural disaster in mind.
Those of us who live in Massachusetts have been fortunate. We have only the Pilgrim Nuclear Generating Station to deal with.
This station was built by the Bechtel Corporation in 1972. This is the same company that constructed the Big Dig. It has the same design as the Fukushima plant in Japan and has had spent nuclear rods on site since 2009. So far, no site has been found to store this waste material that has a shelf life as long as our civilization has existed.
Dr. Edward Teller, a fan of nuclear power, has been quoted as saying that he worried whenever a nuclear advocate talks about nuclear technology being foolproof. He is reported to have said, “There’s always a fool greater than the proof.”
The members of the Republican majority in the Congress aren’t worried about nuclear safety; they want to build more plants. I think it’s time to seek out a second opinion.