July 3, 2013
In support of public works location
In regards to the recent “surprise” location of the new Public Works Facility, I’m surprised. As one of the extremely few people who attended an informational meeting at the old facility before the vote, I was told that Oak Hill Road was one of two possible sites. I applaud the location, very central to the town, ease of access to North Williston, Mountain View and Oak Hill roads, all major commuter routes in need of frequent winter attention. It provides two routes to the busy Marshall Avenue area. It is central for summer grading of dirt roads and all areas of routine maintenance, saving daily time for crews as well as wear and tear on the expensive road maintenance equipment. I do not feel every acre of land in Williston needs to be “saved.” This facility tucked into the woods can be virtually invisible and use only a small fraction of the land, leaving ample room for “critters,” many of whom may enjoy the addition of neighbors. Traffic issues could be addressed by having loaded deliveries come via Route 2 (state highway) and depart empty via going to Old Creamery Road to Route 116 (state road). I suspect total deliveries yearly are not that severe and can occur during non-peak traffic times.
Environmental issues are easily handled with modern technology, possibly even improving the current run-off, and would need to be utilized no matter where the facility is built. Lastly, the department needs to vacate its current building this summer and move to a very cramped temporary location and deserves to have a speedy decision and construction schedule to help out our town employees. I hope the whole town gets behind this valuable department and does not let a few local residents derail or delay this worthwhile project.
Importance of ingredient disclosure
Full disclosure of ingredients is a right that all consumers are entitled to. In the past few years, my daughter and other members of my family have been diagnosed with Celiac disease or gluten sensitivity. Since then, I have come to better understand the importance of clear and accurate labeling.
The possibility that allergens and toxins could exist within genetically engineered ingredients can cause anxiety and uncertainty for those with food restrictions. For this reason, my family and I do our best to avoid products containing GMOs.
But, while consumers can fairly easily discern if tree nuts, wheat, eggs or dairy are in a product, many corporations and companies feel that GMOs ought to be excluded from this level of disclosure. That’s why I am proud to see VPIRG summer canvassers hitting the pavement to help give my family the ability to know what’s in our food.
Mandating the labeling of GMOs will help enable those with food restrictions to eat safely. If you support labeling GMOs, I urge you to contact your senators, and ask them to support this bill during the next legislative session.