Spreading the word
on climate change

Editor of the Reformer:

Steve Wright presented a terrific explanation of the drawbacks to government backing specific emissions-reductions programs ("Creating an effective climate change action program," Jan. 29). However, he failed to mention what the governor and all Vermonters should be doing to fix the problem.

They should be contacting all their friends and relatives in nearby states with Republican senators and Republican representatives, and urging them to lobby their members of Congress to support a conservative, market-based solution to climate change. Ending fossil fuel tax breaks and enacting a revenue-neutral carbon tax would encourage private investors to find and develop the best new emissions-free technology for each region. Border tax adjustments would impose a U.S. carbon tax on all imports from countries without carbon taxes thus impelling worldwide cooperation in reductions emissions.

Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) sponsored legislation in 2010 to put a price on carbon. If Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) would join her, perhaps more Republicans who worry about climate change will feel safe enough to join them.

Judy Weiss,

Brookline, Mass., Jan. 30

More on the future
of Vermont Yankee

Editor of the Reformer:

Brad Ferland opened a recent op-ed piece with, "When the State of Vermont holds a major public hearing about Vermont Yankee and almost no one attends, what does it mean?"

I do not know how many of these events you have attended. I will guess it is, since Vermont Energy Partnership a pro-Vermont Yankee front group started by Entergy during the uprate hearings, maybe six. It is not unusual for people in Chittenden County and other sites far north and west of here to not attend in any numbers. People spoke in Montpelier, Randolph, Norwich and all seats were warmed and the standing room was to to the alcove at the Brattleboro site.

Brad, let me be frank, you have been paid to promote Entergy, I have not. This meeting had nearly two weeks warning. The meeting’s subject was a pre-Christmas backroom deal by the Department of Public Service that basically negates the regulatory process in Vermont. What point is it to have a regulated utility structure, if the state caves for fear of being irresponsibly treated by a company clamoring for fair trusted partner status.?

Fact: Entergy has not upheld agreements made before this Public Service Board.

Fact: Entergy managers and liaison representatives mis-spoke under oath in Vermont.

Fact: An Entergy attorney was quoted as saying, "Entergy will not sue Vermont using federal field preemption."

Fact: Entergy does not know the radiological condition of buried/underground pipes on site.

Fact: Entergy VY made up the difference between underground and buried.

Fact: The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has no such delineation

Fact: Entergy VY was fined for a disdain of the state regulatory Board process.

Fact: Entergy attorneys have been sanctioned twice by the PSB.

Fact: Entergy is asking in this MOU before the board to receive fair partner status.

Truthfully, in my eyes, the only way Entergy could earn fair partner status is for Entergy to do all stated objectives of the MOU and more -- without CPG approval.

If the employees didn’t know their jobs were in jeopardy after March 21, 2012, then it is now up to the state to allow the reactor to operate until the year end or not. Sorry about that employees. What Entergy is fighting for is permission to keep the reactor open until next year. They have operated without a CPG since the aforementioned date, yet the Murtha stay allows the state to again act, after the current PSB decision.

Gary Sachs,

Brattleboro, Jan. 31

I remember when ...

Editor of the Reformer:

I read, with interest, your story about the Rawsonville school house in the Sept. 14 issue.

When I moved to Jamaica in 1945, there were six school houses for the Town of Jamaica. Located in Jamaica, East Jamaica, West Jamaica, South Hill, Pikes Falls and Rawsonville.

There was no school bus so students either walked as much as a mile or drove a horse. They brought their lunch in paper bags or metal lunch boxes. The schools were usually only one or two rooms with desks for each student. Several grades were taught in the same room. There were wood stoves for heat in cold weather. Since there was no running water, toilets were in a shed. At the front of the room was a very large chalk board where the teacher drew words for spelling and punctuation. Of course, math problems were also written on the board. An eraser was used to clean the board.

While one or two teachers might live in town, many teachers lived away from Jamaica and came to town only during the school term. Those from out of town would find a home to stay in with a local family.

Warren S. Patrick,

Townshend, Jan. 22