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Letters to the Editor - Lakeville Journal - 8-2-18

Thanks for supporting   the Jane Lloyd Fund

The threatening storm clouds that passed over the Jane Lloyd Fund Clambake Saturday afternoon were no match for the scores of local businesses, not-for-profits, volunteers, seafood lovers, and friends from throughout the Tri-state region who came together in support of cancer patients in our community. The Jane Lloyd Fund grew out of the compassion this community showed Jane during her time of need, and the clambake epitomizes the joy this community derives and creates from working together on behalf of others.

We are especially grateful to local businesses, notably Salisbury Bank, for their sponsorship of the clambake’s spectacular hand-built stone, wood and seaweed kiln; to Litchfield Bancorp for underwriting the ever-popular raw bar and beer/wine tent; to Carmody-Torrance/Sendak/Hennessey LLP for its sponsorship of the delicious chowder bar; and to a special anonymous sponsor for thoughtfully supporting the Walk of Remembrance. The leadership sponsorships from these businesses represent a powerful commitment and wish to make a difference in our community.

We are equally inspired by the enormous outpouring of good will from over 75 local businesses who sponsored and donated to the clambake; their support ensures that cancer patients receive every dollar raised at the clambake. Please see our thank you ad in this issue of the Journal and support these local businesses who truly care about our community and who give back so generously.  We also wish to thank the Salisbury Winter Sports Association for its incredible 13 years of hospitality; could there be a more beautiful setting for such a wonderful community celebration?

We also salute the countless dedicated and indefatigable volunteers whose energy and passion invigorate the clambake year after year, whether as musical performers, ice cream vendors or clam shuckers. Finally, we thank the hundreds of community members who seize the opportunity to bring help, hope and comfort to those in need.

Our community’s robust support of the clambake continues the “circle of generosity and good will” on which the Jane Lloyd Fund was founded, advancing its mission of “helping cancer patients day to day.” Thank you clambake volunteers, donors, sponsors and guests for the hope and help you make possible. 

Tanya Tedder

Donna Lloyd Stoetzner

Caroline Burchfield

Barbara Kennedy Weiss

Salisbury

 

The way it was, it is now

In 1960, I was serving in the U.S. Army, stationed in Kaiserslautern, Germany, as a member of the NATO force to oppose the Russian-led Eastern European countries. We maintained a strong military presence because of the Russian threat. Russia’s leader at the time was a stubby creature named Nikita Khrushchev, who attended a U.N. meeting in New York and disrupted it by removing his shoe and pounding it on the table while shouting, “We will bury you!”

With that thought in mind, my engineer battalion made regular trips into the woods of Germany to set up and organize defensive military positions. We called it “The Cold War,” remember? Hard to believe now that our current person in the White House had declared a friendship with Boris Badenov. Fact is, Boris is a KGB monster with control over our person. Helluva time to be a Republican.

Bill Lee

Sharon and New York City

 

Thad Gray deserves your vote

I am writing in support of Thad Gray for state treasurer in the upcoming Republican primary. I had an opportunity to meet and talk with Mr. Gray, which gave me a better understanding of how the state treasurer can impact Connecticut’s financial situation. His more than three decades of managing pension funds in the private sector will provide much needed expertise in the state’s treasury office. The state treasurer also participates on the bond commission and works with the executive and legislative branches to develop policies that would improve the state’s financial position.

As a member of the Sharon Board of Finance for the past decade, I have been directly involved in our town’s financial planning. We weigh the needs of the town with the ability of taxpayers to fund those needs.  In recent years there has been a feeling of unease as we head into budget season. Sharon has essentially lost all Education Cost Sharing funds, and we’ve been concerned about our Town Aid Road grants being cut as well. The uncertainty of the state’s financial situation makes our job at the town level much more challenging and almost defensive rather than proactive. 

I believe that Thad Gray will approach the job of state treasurer from a realistic and practical position. He is focused on being part of a solution to the state’s financial problems rather than being a politician. In today’s world, we need more problem solvers and fewer politicians.

Karen S. Dignacco

Sharon

 

CVEC will burn fossil fuel 

People in New York and Connecticut are working together to understand the pollution consequences posed by Cricket Valley Energy Center (“CVEC”), an 1100-Megawatt power plant located in nearby Dover Plains. When completed in 2020, it will be one of the largest power plants in the Northeast, fueled by imported fracked natural gas.

April 2018 marked the planet’s 400th consecutive month with above-average temperatures. “The cause for the streak is unquestionably climate change from humanity’s burning of fossil fuels.” (USA Today/Poughkeepsie Journal, May 18).  CVEC burns fossil fuel!

Since CVEC’s approval in 2012, research has confirmed that natural gas, touted as a “clean” fuel, is the dirtiest fossil fuel on the planet. Its continued use has dire consequences. Even 100 years after entering the atmosphere, the byproducts of methane, the main ingredient of natural gas, keep contributing to global warming. CVEC will tie us to gas for the next 40 years and more; The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (“EPA”) concludes that two-thirds of sulfur dioxide and one-fourth of nitrogen oxides — the components of pollution that cause acid rain — come from electric power generators. The winds that blow SO2 and NOX over long distances make acid rain a problem for everyone. 

Physicians for Social Responsibility warn that to protect human health from climate warming’s ravages, we must stop spewing heat-trapping gases into the atmosphere. CVEC will legally generate from six to 16 million+ metric tons per year of carbon-dioxide-equivalent (CO2e) from combustion and methane leakage from every point throughout the infrastructure. Climate warming’s “social cost” includes money spent from flood damage, droughts, altered growing seasons, sickness, lost jobs and death. CVEC will legally generate hundreds of tons per year of nitrous oxide — which causes ground level ozone — and volatile organic compounds linked to cancers and respiratory illnesses. CVEC will legally emit each year up to 191.9 metric tons of particulate matter generated by combustion that can enter directly into human tissue. 

Laws cannot fully protect us. EPA regulations do not reduce risks to a zero level, but rather to an “adequate margin of safety” for the general population. This margin of safety is a highly judgmental guess. The EPA admits that the “margin of safety” for the general population does not apply to the young, the old, fetuses of pregnant women and those whose immune systems are already compromised from chronic lung and cardiac illnesses. They are at heightened risk. The EPA has not and cannot state what effects the combination of multiple chemicals, simultaneously emitted during emissions, may have on a person’s health.

Air pollution is treated as a regional issue. Air quality measurements represent averages over time and distance. That doesn’t mean that the people closest to the pollution source aren’t being hammered more than others. Some measurements are taken quarterly, others once per year, and the data are reported well after the fact.

We have 21st-century alternatives to fossil fuel that do not harm people or the environment. Shouldn’t we demand that our government support and utilize them? 

Johanna Fallert

Poughkeepsie

 

Vote for Gray on Aug. 14

The office of the Connecticut Treasurer essentially manages all money belonging to the state. This includes the management of $42 billion in pension and trust funds. Hundreds of thousands of retirees and teachers will depend on that money for their retirement and if the funds are mismanaged, taxpayers will have to cover those costs.

That’s why Thad Gray’s resume of 35 years of financial management experience along with his accomplished educational background is a perfect fit for the job of State Treasurer. We have the chance to elect someone who is the most qualified person to be Connecticut’s State Treasurer in decades. On Aug. 14, I ask all Republican voters to join me in voting to make Thad Gray part of the turnaround team for Connecticut. Connecticut’s future depends on it.

John Morris

Goshen

 

Buehrle worked hard for Sharon

I would like to endorse Dr. Malcolm Brown’s letter “In Appreciation” of Bill Buehrle in the July 19 edition. The excellent and appreciated obituary of Bill in the same edition paid insufficient attention to Bill’s voluntary contribution to the town of Sharon. Malcolm’s short article corrected that.

I very much enjoyed working with Bill and with Malcolm and have first-hand knowledge of their hard work and the enormously beneficial results to the village. The town signed a Consent Order from the state to improve the quality of the drinking water. Those two men faced unreasonable criticism from those committed to NIMBY (Not in my backyard).  

With full commitment, dogged determination and very intelligent management, they succeeded in putting on-line, and on-time, a low-cost water treatment plant that provides excellent quality water.    

They both deserve congratulations and appreciation.    

Harry Hall

Salisbury