Friday November 16, 2012

Have your voice heard at next PSB event

Editor of the Reformer:

We want to hear your voice. The Vermont Public Service Board is taking public testimony about whether Entergy Corporation should be re-issued a Certificate of Public Good, which would give it Vermont’s stamp of approval to extend its operating license for Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant another 20 years. Monday night, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m., at Brattleboro Union High School and many other Vermont Interactive Television sites across the state, members of the public can come and tell the Public Service Board what they think.

Entergy Corporation has repeatedly lied and broken promises to the state of Vermont. It’s overheating the Connecticut River, making it uninhabitable for many species of fish. Right now there is four times more spent fuel on that one site than all the Fukushima plants combined. It’s plan is to continue storing high level radioactive waste on the banks of the Connecticut river for the indefinite future. We certainly do not want to create 20 more years worth. Vermont does not buy their power, and they produce only 2 percent of what is available on the New England grid. If it shut down today, our power supply would not be affected at all.

It is time to invest in renewable and sustainable energy. That is the best future for Vermont.


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Combined with conservation efforts, it would create far more jobs than continuing the operation of this reactor (and many of the jobs at Entergy VY would continue for the next 10 to 15 years through the process of decommissioning).

Don’t let this rogue corporation drown out the voices of the people and our duly elected officials. Come out and have your voice heard.

Betsy Williams,

Westminster West, Nov. 12

Deen, Mrowicki
thank voters

Editor of the Reformer:

Thanks to the voters of the Windham 4 District for re-electing us and allowing us to continue serving you in the Vermont House of Representatives. Elected public service is both an honor and humbling experience and we will continue to work hard, and listen well to the many concerns facing Vermonters. Among those concerns that we have heard are: Protecting our surface and ground water conserving our land environment for now, and future generations; affordable health care for all; broadband access for all including rural areas; a sustainable, renewable and clean 21st century energy future; and continuing to use our voices for those without -- especially the elderly, children and Vermonters with disabilities.

One thing we’ll be doing differently is looking at more than just financial numbers in measuring progress. Last year, we passed a bill to establish Genuine Progress Indicators. Since we live in a more complex world, we will measure our success as a state, not just in dollars but also quality of life indicators ... those hard-to-quantify assets that make our Vermont communities the wonderful places to live, the indicators include awareness of place, clean environmental and our sense of community.

As always, we want to hear from you and we can be contacted by phone, letter, email-or in person. (contact info is at www.windham4.net). Thanks again for your votes and now, we have to get back to work.

Rep. David Deen,

Rep. Mike Mrowicki

Windham 4 District: Westminster, Putney, Dummerston, Nov. 11

Illuzzi reflects
on recent election

Editor of the Reformer:

The race for auditor is over, but the struggle for working Vermonters and for making Vermont work goes on. I wish Doug Hoffer the best as he undertakes the responsibilities of the auditor’s office.

Over the 32 years I have served in the State Senate, and over the months I have traveled around this wonderful state campaigning, I have been proud to be involved in a political system where, as Gerald Ford said when he became president in 1974, "Here, the people rule."

Sometimes, as in this election, the result isn’t what we individually may have wished, but there’s no better process. We are lucky to be in a state where the kind of campaign that makes a difference is the kind that puts candidates in front of voters to hear concerns and to come up with answers that will address them.

This is not a state where big money talks, where negative campaigns succeed and where the consultants are more important than the constituents. In my race, I never said a bad word about anyone and tried to keep the message on my accomplishments and Vermont’s needs.

A lot has changed in Vermont since I was first elected to the Senate in 1980. Government has grown, and has had to address ever more complex issues. To some extent, the parties have become more polarized, and significant elements in both parties have sometimes seemed more interested in proving a point than in solving a problem.

National parties have priorities that differ from Vermont’s, and political action committees have their own agendas. I sought the office of auditor, and tried to keep independent of national parties and PACs, because I believe there needs to be a concerted effort to hold government accountable, to ensure that Vermonters’ precious tax dollars produce the greatest possible value. That goal will be one for which I will continue to work in the days and months ahead.

I want to congratulate Doug Hoffer on a good campaign. I want to thank my family and my supporters from all parts of the political spectrum, as well as the organizations who chose to endorse me. Disappointing my son, who I never thought had much interest in politics, has been the hardest thing about losing.

For me, I enjoyed the campaign and the chance to meet people all around our great state.

Public service has not been a job, but a privilege and an opportunity to make our state, our country and our world a better place.

Sen. Vince Illuzzi,

R/D-Essex/Orleans, Nov. 11

We must demand labeling for GMOs

Editor of the Reformer:

Come on Vermonters: You were the first to give President Obama your three electoral votes. Now it is time to be the first state to demand labeling for GMOs. We are not asking for a moratorium on Genetically Modified Organisms; we are only asking for labeling.

Don’t we have a right to know what is in the food we are eating? I couldn’t believe Proposal 37 was not passed in California and then I found out that Monsanto spent $42 million on advertising and propaganda against labeling. Can anyone out there give me one reason that this proposal should not have been passed? I am all ears.

I think we should all pick up the phone right now and call our legislators and tell them we are 100 percent for labeling of GMOs. This is serious, don’t you think?

Susan Hebson,

Guilford, Nov. 12