Saturday November 10, 2012

’United we stand, divided we fall’

Editor of the Reformer:

A few days ago, many of us cast our votes for politicians for the city, the county, the state, and the country we reside in. We all had different opinions on who was most fit for each position, so individually we chose the candidates we felt could best lead. Some of us were happy with the results of the election, and some of us were greatly disappointed.

The difference of opinion on politics has turned many people against one another; everyone feels that their views and opinions are right. I’m sure many of you remember the age old rule -- "If you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all." Well folks, that rule should still apply. A political debate between two people should not turn into both parties staging personal attacks on one another. The world would be a boring place if we all agreed on everything, but there is no need for hurtful comments to be made about someone just because they do not share your views on the election.

What is that teaching the future generation? What do you think they are thinking when they see adults calling each other names and spewing venom at one another? We are showing them that having class means nothing; that everything we drilled into their heads as they were growing up about being fair and having integrity means nothing. If our children were acting this way would we allow it?

We are not just Democrats and Republicans, we are not just red states and blues states, we are the United States of America. This country is supposed to be the greatest nation in the world so the unscrupulous behavior of the people in this country is very disheartening. How are we supposed to move this country forward if we’re all acting like children? For the sake of ourselves, as well as the people around us, we must all accept the outcome of the election, even if the candidate we voted for did not win. In the words of the late Rodney King, "Can’t we all just get along?"

Adrianne Vivenzio,

Dummerston, Nov. 9

A caveman’s take on wind power

Editor of the Reformer:

I live in the town of Windham and our little town has been targeted by a large multi-national wind developer which we don’t want. The other day our governor called people who don’t want these things CAVEs (Committee Against Virtually Everything). Cute, but I take it to mean that if you don’t agree with him about large wind turbines that you have the mentality of a caveman. And he’s right. We’re so stupid down here in Windham that we think Iberdrola and Entergy have basically the same business model. Which is to find some way to loot our little state and then shuck any agreements and promises made. Then they whistle for us lowbrowed and hairy ones to come clean up after the party ends.

We’re also so stupid down here that we think that the manufacture, construction and maintenance of wind turbines is deeply embedded in the petroleum industry; and that it takes huge amounts of fossil fuels to manufacture and transport them. We also think that it takes huge amounts of same to rip apart the mountains and then maintain the turbines. Not to mention the ongoing expenses of fossil fuels the "host" towns have to incur to repair erosion caused by storm water runoff after acres of forest is destroyed.

You know another thing these knuckle draggers out here believe? That large contiguous areas of forest are needed for lots of our wildlife. I read somewhere that bears roam over 35 square miles. There’s also lots of other foolishness we believe, too. Things like wetlands and vernal pools being important parts of the food chain for other wildlife, and if those environments are destroyed it has a cascading effect on other wildlife.

Heck, lots of us dumb woodchucks hereabouts were even stupid enough to read the books written by Rachel Carson -- and we believed all that ecology stuff, too. But what would you expect from a CAVEman. Some times when I’m not too busy dragging my woman around by her hair I go out and sit and enjoy the quiet and beauty of nature. You wouldn’t expect existential introspection from a CAVEman, but we have our tender moments.

We CAVEmen are perhaps a little behind the times -- we still believe in things like conservation. I was listening to another CAVEman the other day and he’d figured out that if everybody in Vermont had a home energy audit and then did the things found in the audit that it would save more energy than all the existing and planned wind turbine projects would generate. All that without digging up one single mountain top. That’s so simple even a CAVEman can understand it.

Ignorance is bliss and we’re so ignorant that we blissfully believe in local control; that little Vermont towns should have the major say in what happens in their town. That our town plans should be be the controlling factor and that its better to have allegiance than obedience.

Frank Seawright,

Windham, Oct. 25

On grammar

Editor of the Reformer:

People have expressed concern about the implications of a citizen’s camera being confiscated by cautious police officers at work in a residential area ("Police confiscate woman’s camera," Oct. 16), and there was discussion of whether the observer was interfering. Well, the report in the Reformer implies that there was no wrongdoing on the part of the owner of the camera, since it was the police officer who took the pictures. Yep, it says right there, "After snapping three pictures of the incident, an officer approached Kathy Carr ...."

What, did the officer borrow the camera, snap the shots and refuse to give it back? The cheek!

Don’t tell me that’s not how it went down, because this is the way it read in an official "correction" printed by the Reformer (oh yes, there was mix-up with a name), so it must be correct, right?

Jennifer Holan,

Westminster West, Oct. 23