Thursday December 6, 2012

Wishing for a clean, healthy future

Editor of the Reformer:

How many tourists will flock to Vermont when the obsolete Vermont Yankee nuclear plant goes the way of Chernobyl and Fukushima and blows apart due to overstressed parts, releasing toxic poisons that would make Brattleboro uninhabitable for decades?

The story of Entergy Louisiana versus the People of Vermont is the age-old tale of David versus Goliath. In the interests of protecting the people our state government decided to shut down the plant. Entergy Louisiana, however, has billions of dollars more than Vermont to spend on a disinformation campaign to promote the glories of nuclear power -- the world’s most insane way to boil water, which produces the most toxic byproduct known to man, that lasts for hundreds of thousands of years.

And so, despite the decision of the people of this state to shut down this ticking time bomb, it remains open -- because billions of corporate mega-bucks say so. So, please, can we not hear anymore drivel about "beauty, clean air, and affordability" and just let the cat out of the bag? The reason a minority of people want to keep Yankee open is either because they work there or are willing to gamble short-term corporate greed against the clean, healthy future of our children and children’s children’s children.

Mark Borax,

Westminster West, Nov. 27

Local nuclear reactor
a danger to community

Editor of the Reformer:

Recently there was a warning about what we should do in case of a disaster.


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They named three happenings that this applies to: Hurricane Irene, Hurricane Sandy and Vermont Yankee.

That they considered VY in the company of these horrible storms, what more proof then do you need to close VY. Even the strong possibility of them and in recent happening that this has already happened in Japan with a horrible result. And with a strong fear this could happen to a 40-year-old nuclear reactor is a very possible disaster. Remember the film "Apocalypse Now" when the colonel lay dying, saying the horror, the horror....

Robert Merz,

Veteran of WW II, U.S. Navy

Brattleboro, Nov. 9

A community garden that’s growing

Editor of the Reformer:

Over the course of two weekends in November, an enthusiastic, multi-generational group of local people came together to build raised beds that will form the initial phase of the Saxtons River Community Garden. The first half of the eventual six raised beds (one for each class in the K-5 school) on the grounds of the Saxtons River Elementary School were built, filled with beautiful, rich soil and compost, and garlic was planted. The volunteers also constructed three leaf mulch bins for future use on the beds.

A small group of townspeople, encouraged by the work of Post Oil Solutions and inspired by the gardens at Central Elementary and Bellows Falls Middle Schools, have been meeting these past six months to plan this project. With permission from the school board and donations from area businesses and others, the garden is officially off the ground.

Those who contributed goods and services include Applewood Custom Sawing in Putney, Pinnacle View of Walpole, Erskine R.B Inc. in Chester, Bazin farm in Westminster, Walter Kesek in Saxtons River, and Vermont Academy.

The teachers, staff, and administration at the Saxtons River School are already thinking of ways they will be able to connect their curriculum to the garden.

The Saxtons River Community Garden committee, a member of the Greater Falls Community Garden Collaborative, hopes that this will be the start of a larger community garden that will create a space that functions to build community, connect people (especially children) to a food source, and raise food. We hope that the space will become a place to garden, host workshops and community events, connect with the soil and other members of the community, and educate the school children and each other about growing healthy and nutritious food. The committee is looking to find more interested community members to pair with elementary school classes to plant and maintain a raised bed per class and people in the community who may be interested in gardening but may not have a place to do it. We want to grow the garden and grow our group. Anyone interested in becoming more involved in the school garden project or community garden plots can contact garden coordinator Cindy Hebbard (cindy@wisdomofhealingcom), or email Christine Armiger (carmiger@vermontacademy.org), Rose Avenia (raveniatapper@yahoo.com), or Susie Peters (speters@vermontacademy.org).

Cindy Hebbard, Christine Armiger,

Rose Avenia, Susie Peters

Saxtons River Garden Committee, Nov. 29

Goodwin thanks voters

Editor of the Reformer:

Now that I have completed two weeks of a program hosted by the Agency of Natural Resources, Fish and Wildlife Department, with participation at as high a level as I could manage, I am looking forward to new member orientation hosted by the Legislative Council Committee and the Joint Fiscal Committee.

That is a step, from hunting in Weston’s National Forest (It was fruitful only in that it was very healthful exercise) to orientation of new members of the general assembly in Montpelier.

As this happens, the 2013 legislative session approaches; and, I am looking forward to serving as the next representative for Jamaica, Londonderry, Stratton, Weston and Winhall.

I would not be in this position without your support. I want to thank everyone who helped with my campaign -- those who volunteered their time, helped financially, wrote a letter of support, or put up a lawn sign; and, I know that some did more than one, or even all four. Each and every one of you helped make this a success. A special thanks goes, as well, to the town clerks and election officials who stayed up late into the evening to count all the ballots.

I would also like to thank my opponent for running a spirited campaign that helped foster a robust debate, while offering the voters a real choice. Healthy competition strengthens the democratic process, which is always a good thing.

Now the real work begins; the state is facing some big challenges, which I look forward to tackling as your next representative.

Your vote was just the beginning -- I can only make your voice heard in Montpelier if I hear from you. So, I would encourage you to share your thoughts and ideas as we head into the next legislation session this January. You can always email me at cmgood04@gmail.com or call me at 802-824-6817.

Charles (Tim) Goodwin,

Weston, Nov. 27