February 25, 2020

Letters to the Editor

Bright Light’s Project; Go Green
Our project, the Bright Light’s Project, for our Money, Energy and Power class at CVU, is aimed at benefiting the Hinesburg community.
We have identified the traffic light at the intersection of CVU Road/Shelburne Falls Road and Route 116 as a system that can be improved and made more efficient. We have found many CVU students and citizens of Hinesburg to be idling in large amounts of unnecessary traffic.
The light for Route 116 does not allow for the people turning left onto CVU Road to safely do so. This is because drivers coming north from the town of Hinesburg create a constant flow of traffic that builds up, so when the light on southbound Route 116 turns green, drivers turning left onto CVU Road are blocked. This creates a large problem mainly in the morning when students of CVU are trying to get to school.
However, the students are not the only ones affected. Citizens of Hinesburg who are trying to go straight through the light are blocked by the cars waiting to turn left.
Our goal is to help reduce environmental pollution from idling, maintain a steady traffic flow and help the public save gas money.
To do this, we will encourage the state to reprogram the light so that Route 116 going south gets a green light before Route 116 northbound does. This will allow several people to get through the light, including people turning left, before the southbound traffic receives a green light.
We would like you to take 10 seconds out of your day to sign our petition to change the light on Route 116 at www.ipetitions.com/petition/bright-lights-project-go-green
— Keller Longchamp, Nicole Bouffard, Amelia Dodds, Jack Carnahan

People or party?
On Jan. 7, 2015, the Vermont legislature will have the responsibility to elect the governor due to a failure by any candidate to secure a majority vote on Election Day. The town of Williston collectively placed more votes for Scott Milne than for Peter Shumlin. Common sense would dictate that our elected state representatives would act in the best interest of the majority of the people they represent in Williston and place their support towards electing Scott Milne. Somehow, I think that party will rule over people, even in the local game of politics. Perhaps we should keep this in mind when we are seeking to elect state representatives in the next election.
— Tony O’Rourke

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