Editor of the Reformer:
This letter is addressed to all of you who spend time on our local waterways.
I am a proponent of the idea that the rivers should be open for all to use.
They provide recreation, relaxation, community connection. They inspire peace.
We humans share the river with many animal species that are harmed by the behavior of a few people.
This past Saturday, volunteers with Southeastern Vermont Watershed Alliance participated in the Source to Sea annual clean-up. We walked the river banks and parking areas to clean up the trash carelessly tossed by river users. Most of it is pretty disgusting. There were bottles, cans, fast food containers, footwear, underware, car parts, cigarette butts and boxes, disposable diapers, and all manner of small food wrappers.
I’d just like to say that littering on the waterways and adjacent parking areas is a sign of disrespect for other humans and animals. It only takes a little effort to carry out your trash-after all, you carried it in.
I’m glad to see lots of people on the rivers. Thanks to the sampling and testing done by SeVWA, you are able to be aware of the cleanliness of the water. That program takes many volunteer hours and a lots of organizing and fundraising by the Board of Directors.
Those people should not have to pick up after you, too.
Please be part of the solution, not the problem.
Cristine A. White,
Newfane, Oct. 6
Park and ride a waste of resources
Editor of the Reformer:
Thank goodness for Daniel Hoviss. If he hadn’t stood up to this ridiculous park and ride plan, who would of known until the heavy equipment showed up? Planning this for 12 years?
I have been all around the state, and park and rides of that size are only near towns much bigger than 15,000. All the rest are happy with a little pull-over spot. No need for pavement and ugliness. Come to think of it, who is really using that humongous fire station? No one really; it is a cavernous empty heated thing, that holds the trucks but little other purpose. No wasted space there, in fact there’s always enough room for 20 to 30 cars there. If not there, how about checking in with the Putney Inn to see if the state could rent some of the extra spaces there? Or ask to rent space that’s at the West Hill Bike Shop.
Instead, move that money to the need for a sidewalk to Landmark, so people who want to use bike or foot are not in eminent danger of loss of life by the curve below JD McCliments.
It’s just like government to plot and plan, and then spring some idiocy on the people. Brattleboro should get every penny back it spent on traffic "experts" for downtown Brattleboro. Now Brattleboro is hopelessly tangled, and people try to avoid downtown altogether, keeping more dollars away.
All this park and ride would be is what I call busy work and it yells of abuse of tax dollars. Twelve years spent planning it in hiding, all without asking me? Just who do you think you are? I’ll bet there are more than Daniel and the Putney Eight ready to stand up it. Now it’s the Putney 9. I’ll lay myself down before the trucks, just give me a pillow.
At malfunction junction in Brattleboro, where they should have created a real person job (a traffic officer), with 10 years of salary paid for (and some returned in taxes) all for a fraction of what you spent on that out-of-state planning firm (let alone the hardware and little cameras). Spend that money wisely. Plant an organic farm, why don’t you, with that money. Go plant hemp in the median, then make fuel out of the seeds and pelletize the stalks to heat buildings. Putney needs a big, year-round greenhouse (heated with hemp pellets) more than it needs more pavement.
Government with a head on its shoulders, that’s what I want to see. Buy a few acres and give it to homeless poeple to make a community for themselves, encourage them to become productive then sell it at cost to them. As it is you bought them tents, for where?
If you want to see the bar raised on government competence, if you want your tax money used with greater frugality and less for incompetence/ corruption, then look no further.
I thank you, Daniel Hoviss. I’m joining you until these this wasteful park and ride planners stand down. Tell ‘em folks: Go fix a bridge.
Putney, Sept. 18