July 31, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Opponents of the Vermont Gas pipeline staged a sit-in protest at the Williston staging area Wednesday morning, attempting to stop work on the pipeline extension project. Look for the story in tomorrow’s Observer.

Letters to the Editor

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CWD supports IBM ‘Vermont plan’
The purpose of this letter is to document Champlain Water District’s (CWD) elected Board of Water Commissioners support of the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation’s action in developing “IBM Vermont: The Vermont Plan.” IBM is a significant water customer for CWD, averaging 3.24 million gallons per day for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2014. At this time, IBM’s daily usage is 34.35 percent of CWD’s total daily facility production. As a high volume user for CWD, IBM has been the key factor in maintaining CWD’s uniform wholesale water rate as one of the lowest in New England. Continued high volume industrial water usage will help ensure that CWD’s uniform wholesale water rate remains near current levels for CWD’s 70,000 Chittenden County customers. As a wholesaler to 12 municipal water systems in Chittenden County, CWD’s uniform wholesale rate costs the average family $136 per year. Given that each community also has its own individual retail mark up from the CWD uniform rate, CWD’s uniform rate represents an average of 47 percent of the annual dollar amount charged to county customers across all 12 served water systems.
Since the vast majority of IBM’s water usage relates directly to its wet process manufacturing, it is critical that this IBM site continues utilization of wet processes in order to maintain the extremely economical water rates to CWD customers going forward into the future. IBM’s benefit to the Champlain Water District is only a small impact for the state of Vermont overall, therefore CWD certainly supports GBIC’s “IBM Vermont: The Vermont Plan” for IBM to continue to be the economic engine for our entire state.
— Jim Fay
General manager,
Champlain Water District

Unfair practice
I am disappointed in our area’s largest newspaper. They raised their rates and if you write them a letter and complain they will offer you the chance to keep your paper at the present rate.
I am also disappointed in rumors that our newspapers will soon be obsolete. One will have to read them online and pay here also.
Since predictions say that the majority of our future population will be an older generation, I object to having to read the news online and I think there are many folks out there who feel the same as I do. I suggest a survey to find out how many older folks have a computer and want to read their news on-line.
Are we also putting people out of work?
Years ago I went to school, studied hard, worked hard and raised my family and I do not want to continue to study. I am thankful I have a choice.
— Ginger Isham
Williston

Cartoon an affront
Sometimes your political cartoons are an affront to conservative values and beliefs. The cartoon in the July 10 issue of the Observer definitely was “a poke in the eye” toward the Hobby Lobby company.
This company is owned by Christians who believe in the sanctity of human life. They are also opposed to being forced by Obamacare to cover the cost of drugs that cause abortions. (Every abortion takes the life of an innocent, unborn child, no matter when it happens.)
Hobby Lobby’s right to religious freedom was upheld by the Supreme Court. We can be thankful for that.
— Christine Parker
Starksboro

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