Letter box


Saturday July 14, 2012

VY helps in
fight against climate change

Editor of the Reformer:

I am writing in response to a letter about climate change and warming water temperatures ("On Water Temperature," July 10). As Vermonters who are concerned about climate change and its effects, we must acknowledge a very important fact: Climate change is a central reason why Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon must continue to operate.

Vermonters need to be aware that closing Yankee, which is virtually emissions-free, will result in substantial increases in carbon and other harmful pollutants. Yankee’s closure would lead to the release of millions of tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year, because that’s just what happens when enough fossil fuels are burned. Fossil fuel plants would likely be Yankee’s replacement. Opponents of the power plant must face facts: Without nuclear power, carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

Unless there is a non-fossil fuel replacement for the 24/7 nuclear power in place and making real headway, we lose ground environmentally by closing Yankee. Mother Earth will not be shouted down by nuclear opponents. She cares only about parts per million of carbon dioxide. Close Vermont Yankee, and she gets unhappier and unhealthier.

Harriet Green,

Athol, Mass., July 12

Support for Vermont Yankee

Editor of the Reformer:

Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant in Vernon has remained an economic powerhouse, pumping out benefits to this region while Windham County’s overall business economy has been heading downhill for years. Businesses such as C&S Wholesalers and the Steak Out Restaurant have left town or been forced to close, and I can’t remember when a new business last opened on Main Street. Closing Yankee purely on political grounds would be a catastrophe to the economic health to Windham County and the surrounding area.

A 2008 Northern Economic Consulting, Inc. study, "The impact of the VY station on Windham County and Vermont," determined that there would be more than 1,500 additional high-paying jobs in Vermont if Yankee continues to operate between 2012 and 2031. Yankee is one of the largest employers in southern Vermont, and we can’t afford to lose these 1,500 jobs.

Yankee attracts young professionals to the area, me included. I moved to the area specifically for a job there. Like me, many of my co-workers have spouses who have brought their own skills to area businesses, have children in local schools, and participate in community activities and service organizations. And we all pay Vermont income taxes.

For me, Yankee means a steady job that supports me and my family, within a company that takes pride in the development of its employees.

Yankee benefits our community by providing access to reliable and cost effective electricity available 24/7, maintaining a workforce of more than 600 local residents, attracting more people to the area, and paying more than $6 million in annual state and local taxes.

The loss of these jobs, taxes, community donations, and low-cost electricity will be a further setback for Windham County and I am concerned that at some point, our communities will be unable to recover.

Michelle Joy,

Chesterfield, N.H., July 12

Support for skate park in Brattleboro

Editor of the Reformer:

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On Sunday, July 8, at a joint meeting of the Socialist Party Local and Liberty Union, the following resolution was agreed upon:

In accordance with a policy of keeping Vermont green, we support a skate board park in the former Home Depot building on Putney Road and the preservation of the Crowell lot as it currently exists. We urge our candidates to make this a primary issue of their candidacies.

The candidates are the following: Owen M. Diamondstone -- Kohout, Windham District 5 (Dummerston, Putney, Westminster); Ian Diamondstone -- Brattleboro District 3; Aaron Diamondstone -- Windham State Senate District; Dan Eagle -- Governor; Ben Mitchel -- Lieutenant Governor; Mary Alice (Mal) Herbert -- Secretary of State; Jessy Diamondstone -- State Treasurer; Jerry Levy -- Auditor; Rosemarie Jackowski -- Attorney General; Peter Diamondstone -- US Senate; Jane Newton -- US House.

Jessy Diamondstone,

Brattleboro, July 12

The apostrophe’s role or the role of apostrophes

Editor of the Reformer:

With so many important issues in the world , it seems odd to write a letter to the editor over a seemingly insignificant subject; but the rampant increase in the misuse of apostrophes has been bothering me.

Here are parts of e-mails I have received at work in just the last few days:

1. Subject line: Fun stuff for the holiday’s

2. Body: If you indeed have a few photo’s to tweak, 3-4 photos would be less than an hour.

3. Body: 3% over’s is fine with us.

4. Body: You will notice that on the pages where you loaded the video’s there is the option for the video’s to play either manually or automatically.

But the one that made me write this letter was on your editorial page on 7/10/12 in the introduction to Ike’s Military-Industrial speech:

"This speech -- President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farewell address -- still rings true more than 50 year’s later after it was first presented."

In case you need a reminder of the rule: apostrophes are used to show possessive ("a year’s worth of savings" or "the holiday’s activities") or contractions ("It’s only 3% over budget."), but NOT for plurals as in each of the examples above.

I close with a quick quiz:

Find the incorrect apostrophes in this sentence (hint: there are two).

Thank’s in advance for curbing your use of apostrophe’s in writing about about President Eisenhower’s address.

Fred Breunig,

Brattleboro, July 12


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