Thursday November 8, 2012

CRT schedule lacking

Editor of the Reformer:

I have been a regular rider of the local bus lines for several years and have found them to be both reasonable and efficient, plus entertaining.

That all stopped Oct. 1. The outfit called The Current stripped a large portion of the service to West and North Brattleboro (formerly known as Putney Road) in favor of what? I don’t know. Hinsdale is apparently more lucrative. Whereas we used to have six routes a weekday at convenient times we now have two, apparently dreamed up by the Taliban. No one who holds a regular job could possibly ride these buses.

There is no more Sunday service.

I happen to like the people who made the Beeline a pleasure to ride. I think they are getting screwed as well.

Brattleboro does not have a subway, a light rail or anything but buses. That company is being run by folks who are so far away, and I quote, "I don’t know much about Brattleboro."

They printed up their new schedule over last weekend; they were as confused as the Tea Party at a Hell’s Angels’ convention. No ideas, just outrage.

James M. Helyar,

Brattleboro, Oct. 3

Editor’s note: As we reported in the Nov. 3-4 Weekend Reformer, CRT officials continue to work on the schedule.


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Questioning nuclear safety

Editor of the Reformer:

More people these days are referring to the technology that has yet to be developed -- the technology now required to clean up the on-going Fukushima nuclear disaster. Meanwhile, locally more and more Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant workers write letters to all local and statewide papers about their jobs depending on the plant remaining open. Please help me understand this.

If Vermont Yankee was to suffer a loss of coolant accident, we can expect similar results to what unfolds in Fukushima. The technology to remediate the situation needs to be developed. No easy task. If you are not now able to see through the emperor’s lack of clothing when it comes to claims of "nuclear safety," I pity you.

It really does not take a brain surgeon. Fukushima experienced a "Loss of Coolant Accident" and ensuing explosions, detonations, deflagrations and melt downs. The No. 4 spent fuel pool risk has not yet received a permanent solution. The coolant is required to continuously cool the most recent fuel, ie fuel rods. The spent fuel pool was constructed to only hold a few years spent fuel rods. Because there is no national repository, any fuel rods ever used here are in the pool at Yankee, except for the oldest. Those are in dry cask storage. The dry casks at Fukushima escaped unscathed March 11, 2011.

There are recent reports that it was not the tsunami that caused the reactor disasters -- it was the earthquake. Vermont does experience earthquakes. One came down from Quebec just the other day.

Gary Sullivan Sachs,

Brattleboro, Oct. 11

Regarding the Brattleboro Co-op

Editor of the Reformer:

I have been a member/share holder of the Brattleboro Food Co-op from its beginning in the Green Mountain Health Center.

I have followed it through its many changes -- each new struggle, each new improvement.

The Co-op has grown into a substantial community store and community resource.

It is forward thinking in its mission and goals and has pursued these in the construction of the new building -- collaborating with Windham & Windsor Housing Trust to provide increased housing for low & middle- income families, implementing sustainable energy in its building design and working to develop a greenway alongside the brook.

It has an elected, representative board of directors.

Philosophically I am pro-union, however I respect the Co-op board and the board’s decision to decline to accept the union until there is a vote.

I believe that whether the staff of the Brattleboro Food Co-op unionizes or not, should be determined exclusively by a vote of each individual staff member and should not be determined by the Co-op management or affected by the shareholders.

Nancy Storrow,

Putney, Oct. 22

A closer look at downtown traffic

Editor of the Reformer:

Sorry to hear about the (revamped) icon marquee at the only theater left in town. I have one of the original fold door, copper lined, phone booths from the lobby at my house. (If the phone was there, I bet I have a couple of dimes still in it.)

There’s been more damage done to that marquee in the past two years than in the past 100. My only question I have is how this has lasted so long, prior to the out-of-state engineers paid for with Brattleboro taxpayers dollars to make a more efficient, smooth flowing downtown traffic area? Honestly. Is it me or has anybody else ever sat through three green lights at noon and only moved two car lengths.

Thank God for the new high tech cameras on each intersection, is that to film the potential road rage episodes that maybe someone knew would happen.

Why can’t the company that set this all together be held responsible for the cost of the damage done to the marquee? Plus adding, Brattleboro so promotes the local Arts and Entertainment aspect of downtown, "Think Locally," but an Ohio-based company received the award of the construction for this?

There are hundreds of artists in the surrounding area, and designers and construction workers that would qualify. Maybe it’s a capital/money issue, for how the town promotes local, maybe they think their bettering the way they look in a global, not local situation.

Bob Kane,

Hinsdale, N.H., Oct. 12

Keeping dogs cool

Editor of the Reformer:

As a family blessed to be loved by three beautiful Chihuahuas -- Taco Lee, Chili-Bob and Milo Shamus Maloney -- Kevin and I are very happy to report that the Brattleboro Transportation Committee just approved a proposal brought forth by Selectboard member Ken Schneck and myself. The approved proposal is to install signs in all Brattleboro town parking lots that warn the driving public of the potential danger of leaving their dogs in cars while they shop or dine. Even moderate outdoor temperatures in the upper 60s have proven life threatening to both children and dogs locked inside cars. There is a need to remind people of the danger of a car’s interior temperature, which can rise very quickly, even when outdoor temperatures are mild. Research has shown that cracking the car windows does not help.

According to Barb Sondag, the next step is a discussion with Steve Barrett and Parking Enforcement to determine how signs can be affixed to the pay-and-display kiosks.

I am extremely pleased to have worked with Ken on this effort, and both Kevin and I are grateful to him for reaching out to us and offering to help.

Weare also very grateful for the support of the Windham County Humane Society, the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association, and the Vermont Animal Cruelty Task Force who wrote strong letters of their enthusiastic endorsement of this proposal prior to the Committee’s deliberations.

I believe the Transportation Committee’s decision reflects the shifting social awareness of the inherent value of animals as living creatures, the many benefits they bring to human life, welfare, and society, as well as, our collective responsibility to address animal cruelty and suffering even when it is clearly unintentional.

Barry Adams,

Kevin Maloney,

Brattleboro, Oct. 5 Brattleboro lauded

Editor of the Reformer:

It is a pleasure for me to write about our recent visit to Brattleboro, Vt., with another couple as we explored a part of Vermont. The weather was warm with a light breeze, and we decided it was time to stop for lunch. We chose Whetstone Station, and as luck will have it, the newly renovated restaurant matched the beauty of the Vermont countryside.

After being escorted to an upper deck overlooking the Connecticut River, we decided to try the house specialty, Bloody Mary’s garnished with pickled celery as recommended by our server, Michael Postmus. We knew immediately that we had stumbled upon one of Brattleboro’s little hidden treasures.

Michael was a fine representative for the restaurant, and impeccably served us lunch consisting of beef tips, Brewer’s Burger, Whetstone Wedge, and chicken Caesar wrap. Although each was of exceptional quality, the burger was a stand-out. Done perfectly at medium by the kitchen staff, I cleaned my plate and will definitely order again on our next visit to "a little bit of Heaven" ... Whetstone Station, 36 Bridge Street, Brattleboro, Vermont.

David Samson,

Adams, Mass., Oct. 11