I’ve decided to stop throwing rocks at the Stephens for Governor campaign. In politics similar to professional football it’s easy for armchair analysts to stand on the side and strategize on how the game could be won or why a particular play isn’t working. It’s a different scenario to be down there on the field or for that matter running for office, which is a challenge at any level. Anyone that says any of this is easy is wrong.
But this statement still isn’t going to stop me from throwing rocks at other issues.
Today’s rock throwing session is directed against Dawn Wivell who is the Director of the Office of International Trade for the Department of Resources and Economic Development. I think this whole office is a waste of taxpayer money. I also think DRED Commissioner George Bald is partially responsible for this and should accept some of the responsibility.
I’ve long been interested in the transportation field and how it relates to commerce; and more specifically, the whole field of intermodal transportation and the strategic use of highway, railroad and oceangoing transport to move products, ideas and resources forward. I think it’s a fascinating and interesting field. And it seems to be happening everywhere except New Hampshire.
Why is this?
I don’t think the answer to this question has anything do with issues like commerce, trade patterns and capital. If this question were to be answered I’m confident that it would come down to the lines like politics and lack of leadership. This is why I’m now throwing rocks at DRED. This is a shot of some tankers sitting at anchorage on Chesapeake Bay off the Maryland coast. For some this is a shot of some ships, for me it’s an example of economic development, commerce and ultimately taxbase and jobs.
Now consider the Port of Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Consider the amount of activity; consider what kinds of new ideas and iniatives are being undertaken at this port. I don’t think there has been any real progress in Portsmouth in at least 20 years, likely longer. And it’s not a question that there isn’t the business or the market out there for any of this to happen, because there is a market. There are markets, for example liquefied natural gas which could be offloaded in Portsmouth instead of dangerous areas like New York City or Boston. This is just one example of what could be done. But it isn’t done.
I thought the role of DRED was to promote commerce and economic development in New Hampshire. Isn’t this what NH taxpayers are paying them to do?