Letters to the Editor

Sept. 9, 2010

More on salt

In last week’s Williston Observer, Ginger Isham wrote of the dangers of processed salt. She is correct that Americans consume more salt than is healthy. The rest of the guest column is inaccurate to the point of being embarrassing.

Processed salt is mainly sodium chloride. Sea salt contains small concentrations of other salts, mainly magnesium sulfate and some calcium chloride and potassium chloride. An excess consumption of sea salt is just as harmful as commercial salt. Contrary to Mrs. Isham’s preposterous claims, processed sodium chloride readily dissolves in water and does not clump in our bodies. Just pour some into a cup of water and you will see that it readily dissolves. It also contains iodine and has basically eliminated the occurrence of thyroid goiter.

Commercial salt and sea salt in small quantities make food taste good and are safe. Both in excess are probably unhealthy for most of us. If you want to educate yourself and actually believe science, there are a number of wonderful websites which explain how salt is mined or evaporated, how it is sterilized and how the addition of small quantities of iodine eliminated endemic thyroid disease.

Dr. Glenn D. Goldman, Williston

Farmers’ Market signs

The Williston Farmers’ Market is a non-profit organization that is committed to providing the freshest produce from local growers, which directly helps support Williston’s farmers and small businesses. Our farmers’ market includes other food producers, bakers and artisans that help round out the market and support not only Williston but also Vermont growers, farmers and businesses. At the same time, the market brings people from “all over” to Williston, which helps all businesses.

In 2009, the Vermont Farmers’ Market Association worked with the Vermont Legislature and advocated for a law exempting farmers’ markets from state signage laws under certain conditions. The bill was passed. See Vermont Statutes online: Title 10, Chapter 21, section 494, numbers (12), (15), (17) for exempt signs.

It is imperative that the Farmers’ Market have directional signs. It can result in the success or, if no signs, failure of the market. The market strives to adhere to the town sign ordinances and agreements with town officials. However, it appears that similar ordinances and agreements are not consistent within our community. The market would like to change these ordinances to better reflect the new legislation passed in 2009.

The market asks for your support and to contact the Selectboard to allow the signs and to help keep the market a success and part of Williston for many more seasons to come.

Unfortunately, last Friday, a volunteer put up new signs to direct people to the Williston Farmers’ Market. The volunteer went back to put out one more, and the few that had already been put up were gone. It is unfortunate that this happened, as the signs are expensive and brand new. It would be greatly appreciated if they can be returned. Your neighbors, local farmers and businesses supporting the market would be grateful.

Christina Mead, manager, Williston Farmers’ Market