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Liberal MA Town Votes To End Scourge Of... Bottled Water
Boston Herald ^ | April 27, 2012 | Michael Graham

Posted on 04/27/2012 5:18:36 AM PDT by suspects

When Concord’s Town Meeting voted to ban the sale of bottled water Wednesday night, one of the ban’s supporters told her fellow Condordians, “We’re not gonna solve all the problems of the world, but this is our one chance to make a really huge statement to the world.”

And she’s right, they made a huge statement: “Hello, World! If you’re looking for the dumbest voters in the United States of America, you found us!”

The town of Concord — not state, county or even city — is waging war on the evil of convenient, easily-portable water by outlawing something many of its citizens now have in their refrigerators. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that many of the dopey do-gooders have bottles of Fiji and Aquafina in the cupholders of their Priuses right now.

But like the lady said, actually doing something worthwhile isn’t the point. “Making a really huge statement” is.

And so Concord voted 403-364 to make it illegal to sell bottled water. Uh, wait. That’s not right. You can still sell bottled water, it just has to be in larger bottles.

So it’s illegal to sell drinks in bottles smaller than 1 liter. No, that’s not it, either. You can still sell Mountain Dew or mango juice in small, plastic bottles. Just not water.

So the new law boils down to...

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; News/Current Events; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: environmentalists; liberals; massachusetts; water

1 posted on 04/27/2012 5:18:39 AM PDT by suspects
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To: suspects

Bump


2 posted on 04/27/2012 5:22:41 AM PDT by lowbridge (Rep. Dingell: "Its taken a long time.....to control the people.")
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To: suspects

Actually doing something worthwhile is a sure-fire way to get targetted by the Obama regime.


3 posted on 04/27/2012 5:24:00 AM PDT by Arm_Bears (Journalists first; then lawyers.)
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To: suspects

Bottled water was causing 80% of the crime in Concord.


4 posted on 04/27/2012 5:31:09 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: suspects

We will be in depression when America ceases to buy bottled water.

Purchasing that which is readily available and essentially free is indicative of societal madness


5 posted on 04/27/2012 5:34:19 AM PDT by bert (K.E. N.P. +12 ..... Crucifixion is coming)
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When Concord’s Town Meeting voted to ban the sale of bottled water Wednesday night... Concord voted 403-364 to make it illegal

They got 767 people to show up at a meeting and vote on this measure?!?

Do any of these people have jobs?!

6 posted on 04/27/2012 5:38:14 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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Water... who cares?

What I want to know is the result of their vote on a local income tax. This would be in ADDITION TO the property tax. Evidently, 2 1/2 % increase (before any overrides) per year is not enough to support the union pensions and health care plans.

Oh, and what about the cat leash law? Inquiring minds want to know!!


7 posted on 04/27/2012 5:43:48 AM PDT by C210N (Go Newt!)
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> Do any of these people have jobs?!

They are either retired or independently wealthy.


8 posted on 04/27/2012 5:44:34 AM PDT by Westbrook (Children do not divide your love, they multiply it.)
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To: bert
I fill an old bottle again and again. On those hot days, I half freeze the tap water. Stays cold all day long. Cost...less than a penny.

Potable water is a luxury not all countries enjoy. People buy water for a buck and complain about gas for $4.

9 posted on 04/27/2012 5:46:45 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: blueunicorn6

Obama won 71% of the vote in Concord, MA in ‘08. Big surprise.


10 posted on 04/27/2012 5:48:15 AM PDT by andy58-in-nh (America does not need to be organized: it needs to be liberated.)
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To: suspects

This wouldn’t bother me, as I only ever drink Diet Coke anyway.


11 posted on 04/27/2012 5:49:15 AM PDT by Maceman
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Liberalism at its finest - foster a system where fools pay a buck for a product that should go 10 for a penny and then bitch about the damage it does to the Earth. Then try to “fix” it with regulations that either do nothing beneficial, or causes more harm. The sad thing is that they get a way with the lunacy time and again and the great herds of sheep that now populate the fruited plains never look up from the grazing at the government’s (taxpayers) teat.


12 posted on 04/27/2012 5:52:34 AM PDT by trebb ("If a man will not work, he should not eat" From 2 Thes 3)
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Children's bottled water.... in smaller bottles


13 posted on 04/27/2012 5:54:47 AM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
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To: bert

It’s worse than you can imagine. I’ve worked with advocacy groups who represent the water industry, and they continually point to the bottled water industry as justification for raising water rates to astronomically high levels. Their argument is that if people are willing to regularly pay $1.00 or more for 16 oz. of water, water companies should consider charging considerably more for their commodity.


14 posted on 04/27/2012 6:06:08 AM PDT by Magnatron
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Five’ll get you eight that Roche Brothers in Acton was behind this. Like their damn parking lot wasn’t already crowded enough.

Notice it was only 400 out of about 18,000 residents who voted for this. When the moonbats tried to close the town dump old farts in their battalions turned out to vote them down. So the Concord Town Dump continues in operation a couple hundred yards north of Walden Pond ;)

My grandson likes me to take him over to the Concord playground on weekends. (Lots of out of towners congregate there, it’s really nice, but mostly it has a critical mass of kids.) We often eat lunch at the New London Pizzeria opposite the train station, couple of blocks away. He usually likes to have a bottled water with his slice of cheese pizza. Now, it’ll have to be apple juice. Nice job saving the world, moonbats.


15 posted on 04/27/2012 6:07:00 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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OK, how about this? Concord, MA Live Free Or Dry


16 posted on 04/27/2012 6:11:47 AM PDT by ILS21R (John Locke: When the social contract is broken, the people must revolt.)
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Hey, that dihydrogen-monoxide stuff is really, really dangerous. They were just thinking of the chillun.


17 posted on 04/27/2012 6:27:44 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (SpaceX Dragon launch to ISS, Cape Canaveral AFS, May 7, 9:38 AM EDT)
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Freedom was born in Massachussettes.

Only fitting it dies in its home state.

18 posted on 04/27/2012 6:32:12 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Admin Moderator refuses to let me hit it. -- http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/2875871/posts)
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To: dead

Town meetings are almost always in the evenings. All towns in New England have a town meeting form of government (that’s what makes them towns). Sort of the distinguishing feature of New England government. Cities, like Boston or Portland, ME, have mayors and city concils.

Town meetings tend to be dominated by special interests. It’s only when you infringe on something important to real people that you get much of a turn out. Like when they tried to merge the Acton and Maynard school districts, they got like 3000 people at the town meeting, or when they tried to close down the Concord Town Dump. The Concord Town dump is that scar on the southeast of the intersection of Route 2 (Concord Turnpike) and Walden Street, a musket shot away from Walden Pond. Google Map Walden Pond and zoom out.

http://maps.google.com/maps?q=walden+pond+concord+ma&rls=com.microsoft:en-us:IE-SearchBox&oe=&safe=active&um=1&ie=UTF-8&hl=en&sa=N&tab=wl


19 posted on 04/27/2012 6:34:17 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

It is the same way here in NH regarding town meetings.

What I see as a result of this is the stores in Concord lose revenue to retailers in surrounding towns. People will still buy bottled water. I always keep a case in the basement that I buy at Market Basket when it goes on sale for $2.99/case.

Was their a problem with people not recycling the bottles ?

I assume there is no deposit on water bottles in Ma like there is on soda, beer and other beverage botles and cans.


20 posted on 04/27/2012 6:49:11 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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their should be there


21 posted on 04/27/2012 6:50:10 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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No deposit on water or juice, only carbonated beverages. Guess what happens to unclaimed deposits? Yup, the state takes it.


22 posted on 04/27/2012 7:30:19 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
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:: actually doing something worthwhile isn’t the point. “Making a really huge statement” is. ::

Now she can tell all her Boston friends that Concord is morally superior to Boston because “We made A STATEMENT!, We are SOMEBODY!”

Hippies. They say they want to save the wolrd but all they do is smoke dope and smell bad.
-Eric Cartman, South Park


23 posted on 04/27/2012 7:35:09 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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Other than, perhaps, Berkeley, California and Cambridge, Massachusetts, it doesn’t get much farther Left than Concord, Massachusetts. Probably to the Left, these days, of both Moscow and Beijing.

Ironically, the per capita income in Thoreau’s old stamping ground is among the highest in the world.

Go figure.


24 posted on 04/27/2012 8:20:27 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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I’ve seen the bottled water in Concord. They wear leather jackets and ride those loud mopeds. They had a rumble one night in the middle of town. I was looking for switchblades and chains, but they showed up with waterpiks and cuisinarts. The horror.....the horror.....


25 posted on 04/27/2012 9:01:32 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: suspects

My Religion is “Prepper” and their banning sales of precious bottled water is religious discrimination.

Where is the ACLU? Can they pickup the courtesy phone?


26 posted on 04/27/2012 9:35:14 AM PDT by GraceG
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I live near Concord and drive through there on my way to work each morning. It's almost as crunchy-granola as SoCal. In the center, there is usually a group of old hippie women in heavy shoes holding up "stop the war" signs. Picture Janis Joplin age 60 only with a face like Robert Plant.

Yes, there is a Starbucks but it has a tiny parking lot because most of the people that go there ride bicycles. The men wear Birkenstock sandals and the main drag in town has all these quaint shops (example below) with overpriced items.


27 posted on 04/27/2012 10:05:07 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 22 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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Liberals are busy bodies. It’s always one excuse or another.

What will happen is that Concord shoppers will go to neighboring towns where they can buy their water without harassment.


28 posted on 04/27/2012 12:39:36 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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