The figurative definition of "smear" is "a false accusation intended to damage someone's reputation". Exactly what was false about the information Hank, or does releasing any information, factual or not, constitute a "calculated smear job" if it happens to be revealed to the public 3 days before an election?
Cap - do your homework and come back with some specifics or stop wasting our time.
Cap - you say, now "hopefully" it will lower costs and business "might" relocate here. I have taken the time to show details of specific jobs that will be lost related to 1 specific industry with no related gains in local employment.
The county's CDS has indeed sold this as an economic development project leading to job creation, evidently with little more than "hope" and "might" to back it up themselves. Can you be more specific?
And it has been documented that Sun Valley will not be adding any local jobs as a result of putting local truckers out of work.
Anyone care to document the myth that the manufacturer of regular cabs is decreasing? By the way, those old trucks we're supposedly replacing will still be on the road - just traveling a little further away to find business.
If you want fewer emissions from diesel engines, then talk to your legislators. This is the same BS the huge corporate trucking firms use to force out independent operators in really polluted areas like major ports.
This project was never about reducing GHGs, but this is the best proponents could come up with to counter more significant environmental impacts.
With all due respect Hank, your analogy is off the mark. I am suggesting no such thing. If you cannot refute the facts above then let's move forward and deeper with an objective discussion.
There has been no measure of how more competitive we will supposedly be by opening the 101 Humboldt/Del Norte corridor to maximum size STAA trucks than what is contained in the Gallo report. I have used data from that report and your articles to calculate some specific local jobs that will be lost. Before we go further, please show me some data as to exactly what jobs will be created. And, if you think new industry will be attracted, please provide facts as to how we will compare to other communities on the STAA National Network that would attract new industry here as opposed to somewhere else, like those with a railroad or container port, or labor supply.
After you do that, we can take the discussion a little deeper still. Something those in public office and their staffs should have been doing from the get go.
The Gallo report calculates that the annual impact of restricting maximum size STAA trucks is "55 full and part time jobs eliminated" (page 5). However, as I explained in detail (reply 30 in article II posts), using figures from Gallo and this article, there will be job losses in the local trucking industry. However, Gallo does not factor in this reality. The lily industry (Humboldt & Del Norte) alone accounts for about 2000 truckloads per year or roughly 8 trips per day, 5 days per week, 50 weeks per year. While 8 loads are headed south daily, 8 returns are headed north to be available for next day's shipments. This means 16 local drivers and their support personnel will lose their jobs when the lily operations switch to national STAA carriers coming through the area. However, and Gallo states in footnote 3 and this article confirms, the local lily industry dominates their market, so no local jobs will be added as a direct result of allowing STAA trucks through.
Gallo also states in footnote 3 that since at some point in the long-term there could be another area offering such conditions that would allow a lily competitor to challenge Sun Valley's market control, he counted all of their freight savings as going into increased employment. In other words, the employment gain he calculated is overestimated by about 40 percent. But even without that, we are now down to less than 40 jobs projected after the local freight jobs are deducted. Now, how many truckloads from the handful of local manufactures identified will have to be switched from local trucking firms to national STAA carriers per new job created?
Some folks should be careful what they wish for. I'm afraid we will find that the gain in freight cost and time will turn out to be nominal, especially as local trucking services decline. Our local manufacturer's ability to expand into other's markets may be less than their competitors' ability to expand into ours.
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