Letters to the Editor (1/7/10)

Jan. 7, 2010


Fire Janet

The head of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, said the system did what it was designed to do in regards to a Nigerian Muslim man who tried to detonate a bomb on a Christmas flight from Amsterdam to Detroit that originated from Nigeria.

We spend $50 billion a year on DHS annually for this? A young Muslim man with no passport who was on a terrorist watch list boards a flight — not once but twice — without a passport, bound for the United States while carrying a bomb? Scary but true.

This terrorist was thwarted by a flight attendant who extinguished the bomb as it pre-detonated after being lit in flight.

I don’t know which is scarier, DHS thinking our security is well-protected by such a dysfunctional system or the politically correct crowd not calling a Muslim with a bomb intent on murdering airline passengers a terrorist act. I think she should resign unless we really want our national security run like this.

Shelley Palmer


My questions about lead

Whenever someone has a concern about clean water for his or her health, why is it so difficult to find a solution?

The difficulty Leo Boutin’s family is facing should not happen. Why is North Country Sportsman’s Club not coming forth to cooperate with them with assurances and/or proof that they are not polluting a nearby brook? When did they first begin to treat the soil for lead? How do they treat it?

They have been operating for more than 30 years. Why is it that when they are confronted with proof of contamination of the brook near their range they are not doing all they can to diffuse this issue or prove that it is not because of their club activity? Did they not say the terrain is difficult to treat all of the soil? What are they doing to minimize and correct lead accumulating in the soil?

Lead has been removed from children’s toys and homes. Who is going to remove lead in the soil at the gun club? Does not run-off carry lead contaminated soil away from the site?

What are the ages of children involved in special events at the gun club? It is unsafe for children below the age of 6 years to be exposed to lead dust.

The state of Washington is trying to outlaw the use of any lead shot. Why not Vermont?

Studies show lead contamination in a waterfowl area that is abandoned continues to be dangerous for fowl for a long time.

The average citizen does not have the finances to test their water repeatedly. Does not the state Department of Health have an interest? Who monitors the gun club’s activity?

Ginger Isham


Home Instead says thanks

Patrice Thabault and the staff at Home Instead Senior Care in South Burlington would like to thank all the volunteers and shoppers who helped make our holiday community service program, Be a Santa to a Senior, such a success again this year.

This program would not be possible without the help of the many local home health agencies that helped identify seniors and their needs. I would like to thank Champlain Valley Agency on Aging, Addison County Home Health and Hospice, PACE Vermont and the Visiting Nurse Association of Chittenden and Grand Isle Counties for not only identifying deserving seniors and their needs but also in helping to deliver the gifts to each senior. These personal visits at Christmas time make this program extra special.

In addition to local health agencies, many local businesses and their employees took on the Be a Santa to a Senior as their office program.

Last but certainly not least I would like to extend a very special thank you to all the individuals in our community who dedicated their time and money to help support the Be a Santa to a Senior program.

Due to the tireless efforts of everyone involved we were able to provide over 800 gifts to seniors this season. Thank you to all those who helped us brighten the holidays for local seniors.

Karen Koechlein
Home Instead Senior Care
South Burlington