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  1. May the doormat gods (uncharacteristically) shift from Montauk and Block and smile upon the Western Sound for us all...
  2. Sat out last year (I'm normally out of Norwalk). Just curious if you're referring to heavy traffic in general or a ton of new boat googans? Definitely seemed like a lot more accidents in the western LIS last year. Cheers.
  3. Living in Stamford, watching the swell of jobs, the incentives, and hope (now dashed) that RBC and UBS would build an unending empire here, I am only too happy for CT to have lost out on GE. Major shifts happening in the type of companies that can and will flourish not only in CT, but in the global economy. The US has established a state-vs-state mentality for short term gains for tax incentives, etc. Loved hearing all the stories about the massive number of jobs in Groton and the desperate need for engineers, and then a minor wave from the executive branch to downplay the sub program and layoffs are the recent news. Bottom line, I don't agree with a lot about this state's economic policies by a long stretch. Being nimble is what will be important. Can only hope we sharpen that ability moving forward for not just the next administration, but the next twenty. People don't comprehend how fast the world is moving. That said, was fun to be at Mohegan this weekend and laugh knowing how much revenue we lost by the minute during the heavyweight fight. Just dumb.
  4. I take your point. I guess my take is that the political stealing will never be solved, but if people agree to tolls conditionally (for trucks or whatever limitation) that support provides leverage to say where the funds are spent. We give you X, you agree to Y. That doesn't actually happen, you're gone. Buh bye. That's the agreement. I pay stupid car taxes in Stamford, I spend very little time on 95 because it's just a bad idea (same goes for the Merritt most days). If tolls would allow me to make it from my house in Stamford to my boat in Norwalk in less time, all for it. I'll take the hit for the convenience, and I will gladly see the 2 of 5 out of staters paying for faster passage. Right now, I abuse the backroads of 3 towns to get to the boat, not fast, and nothing changes.
  5. So, since the CT government (regardless of color) is not going to be able to fix their spending woes anytime soon, we're just doomed. The construction companies lobbying to win contracts with the gov for the stupid high rates per mile have nothing to do with it. The fact that trucking's biggest expense on a cost per mile basis right now is not tolls but developing drivers has nothing to do with it. The fact that all the states around us capture revenue from drivers has nothing to do with it. We're just screwed. I get it. CT will continue to spend too much and there is absolutely no hope of protecting dollars to improve our infrastructure. But with a red legislature that will all change overnight, right? I grew up in Rochester, NY, spent a lot of time on I-90; the joke for a lot of us was you knew exactly when you hit PA traveling south (before their tolls) because you lost a filling. I have family in MA, and I-90 there puts 95 to shame for the most part. I don't like taxes, not a fan of fees, but user-based costs for infrastructure make total sense to me, especially when most of the trade-folk I know would never choose to take the highway on a daily basis for traffic reasons alone when working 5-50 miles away from home. I concede. There's no hope.
  6. I go over the Whitestone for LGA about 22 times a year. For JFK probably 5. Love when I get to fly out of HPN instead, but rare. And for the previous four years I was going into NYC everyday, and the subways need every dollar, too. I'll be the first to say that Cuomo's spat with the MTA leadership (recently departed) to modernize the system is an awful waste. Not for my personal comfort, but for the fact that if one of the most important economic centers in the world (that happens to be in the US) cannot support what is required to maintain the flow of people needed to keep us competitive, we're screwed. In terms of bought and paid for, yeah. Construction. One of the most heavily traversed crossings on the east coast. That's not free. Blame the architects if the dollar per mile transverse cost was a bill of goods sold to NY. CT has bridges that are crossed daily by trucks never stopping in CT to fuel our economy. Make them pay like all of our neighbors do. Do you really believe that charging Amazon tolls for products landing at JFK and going to a distribution center in RI are going to cripple us somehow? Or that trucks leaving Trader Joe's distribution center in the morning near Foxboro delivering products to stores in Westchester county state deserve a free ride, when RI and MA currently charge them? Or the ones coming from PA in the evening to NY and CT should somehow have a free last mile? I just don't get it, so please, without sarcasm, help me understand.
  7. Cool. I guess I won't bump into you in MA or NY anytime soon. I get it, I just paid a bunch to fly out of LGA for bridges and tolls. Funny thing, the Whitestone is finally in good shape again. Wonder how that happened. I should have clarified "out of state plates" on the cars portion, but my guess is that the gantries aimed at anybody are not acceptable.
  8. So you don't want tolls but you're all for the state giving you credits and LEDs for the energy audit. Interesting. Why should the state care if you are more energy efficient, since they don't pay for your utility infrastructure? Public utilities for power are typically funded by the providers, for the most part. Just curious? Free money is free money, but...
  9. Well, at least CT won't have to face the infrastructure challenges of unplanned and unmitigated growth. I've read two interesting articles in the last week or so in the WSJ (one about an SC town, one about Idaho) where all of the folks fleeing the tax heavy states have created issues in the red states where "all growth is good growth." Both now trying to solve an overburdened infrastructure problem (water outages in SC, immense traffic in small market ID) to absorb the yankees and Californians seeking respite from their home state taxes. When my family moved to NC in 1992, the highway system in Raleigh was already dealing with 5X the traffic it was designed to carry. And there were no good Italian delis in place. If you drove 15 minutes north of our house in Greensboro, it was bucolic countryside. Now, it's at least 30 minutes to get past the cookie cutter subdivisions. I left NC (happily) in 2003 as a young adult on a journey back to New England because I missed the seasons, the sense of history in this place, and because all the sparkly new development everywhere wasn't worth the 45 minute commute to go 12 miles in Raleigh to RTP while sitting in 97 degree heat. For all those departing "just as soon as I can" I hope you enjoy your new surrounds. I really do. For those staying, toll the damn trucks. Toll the cars. Work to demand improved state spending plans, but don't expect that it's going to happen in one administration. And don't bitch that union pensions are killing us and then complain about the crappy benefits employers are offering these days and the greed of SW CT. State pension folks beat the system just as much as the investment bankers did when it comes to the overall welfare of the state. Yankee ingenuity isn't dead, so give it a damn hand. The south is going to be a desert in a couple decades. I look forward to better fishing for drum up here, but will sure miss the stripers. But I sure as heck have no desire to trade a place that has a sense of place for one that is just looking to sell greener grass. I've been there, and that generic strip mall grass is brown as hell.
  10. Can't disagree with you there, in terms of the need to audit.
  11. Not disagreeing, but does that cover the billions required to cover the necessary costs? And the speed of the cash infusion needed? I also know the pension situation is awful, but then again, unionized labor has been a supposedly bright spot in terms of workers getting paid fairly in the northeast, and past agreements are not anywhere what the current government (on both sides) would ever have wanted to agree to. Having spent years as a train commuter, thankfully relieved of that late this year, I can say that spending $500 a month to get to work in NYC (between parking, train, and subway costs) is insane based on the service levels. Nevermind the gas to get to the parking lot, depreciation, etc. I would love it if private investment would support some of the upgrades required, but then again when the rail proposal to upgrade high-speed service throughout New England came up, the result was a full-out NIMBY response.
  12. So for those against tolls, what is the suggestion on how we pay for road, rail, and infrastructure improvements without asking CT residents for more money? I've heard arguments against truck-only tolls, out-of-state-only tolls, so what's the better way? Not trying to be snarky. Completely agree that the tax structure in this state (and my city) is punishing, just trying figure out the better solve. Dissolving the state government not really being a viable alternative...
  13. Didn't see the hardtails today, but man, what an abundance of bunker in mid to western Fairfield County. Tons of good sized pods, didn't seem to be getting worked. Chunks and live-lining elicited nothing, with and without weight. Not a productive day for me in general, compared to last Sunday's five species outing.
  14. Beautiful shots of the 'hood!!
  15. Fun to watch, I'm just shocked someone on this site hasn't blasted the "I know where that tree is, stop spot burning" post so far. Tight lines and enjoy!! Hoping to get back out around the islands this weekend.