The Readers Write

Decrease trash at CVU

The United States makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population, yet we produce nearly one third of the world’s trash. As a senior at CVU, I’ve seen our contribution to this problem throughout the community. In CVU’s cafeteria we have three places to bring our waste products at the end of lunch. At these waste stations we have large trash cans and recycling buckets, yet our compost buckets are small and unlabeled. At school our recycling and compost are seen as unwanted alternatives to the trash. It would be best to follow in Shelburne Community School’s footsteps by installing a sorting table in our café. The sorting table would put compost, trash, and recycling all on the same playing field, by installing the table, students will hopefully take the extra second to sort their waste from lunch. We found last year that out of approximately 330 lbs. of waste collected in one day at CVU only 21 percent of that was “true trash” and the rest should have been either recycled or composted. The café and maintenance departments are in support of this project, and I am working with them to get the stations installed soon. If you visit CVU in the spring, check out the sorting station in the café.

Ezra Pasackow, Shelburne

 

Save Pond Road

I’m writing regarding the Selectboard article in the Dec. 20th issue of Shelburne News, which states that a group of residents have petitioned the board to have Pond Road paved. Although usually a private person, I wrote to the Shelburne News 10 years ago about this same issue and am compelled to write once more.
I run on Pond Road nearly every day, all year long.  I know it intimately, during all seasons and various times of day. Pond Road is the only public dirt road in Shelburne in which we can all walk, bike, run, and walk our dogs and horses without worrying about whizzing traffic.

In 2002, I wrote about taking my 5-year-old to walk on the dirt road to see the migrations of birds, turtles, salamanders, and frogs as they cross the road and sky. Pond Road has working dairy farms, with tractors, manure spreaders, and milk trucks pulling in and out and moving slowly. It is a piece of traditional Vermont, whose character would be completely lost if it were paved. Now, in 2012, I write again, feeling more strongly than ever about the above issues after spending the last 10 years on the road.
Yet, now that my daughter is 15 and learning to drive, an even more important issue comes to the fore. Although most people drive more slowly on Pond Road than other roads, the people who are speeding are almost always high school aged drivers. This road is a short cut to CVU, and although most of the teen drivers take the paved road to and from CVU, the ones who take Pond Road are often going too fast. Way too fast! There are two hills on the road, both blind, one has a sharp curve on the east side.  I see no way that a speeding teen on a paved road will make that curve if the road has any kind of less-than-optimal road condition.  I have seen a teen drive into the swamp, ruining his parent’s car. I have also seen a teen lodged on top of the town’s snow pile, put there to alert drivers who disregard the signs that the road is closed. In both cases, these teens were unhurt. If a teen comes over one of the hills while going too fast, he/she will not be so lucky. It is almost inevitable that this will happen if Pond Road is paved.
We lost a teen last year on a hill after a curve on the way to CVU.  He was a beloved member of our community and he is greatly missed. We cannot spend our tax dollars paving a dangerous road on the way to a public high school and risk endangering any of our children. They are all “our children.”
So Thea, whose house is the closest to Pond Road, and who deals with the dust and the occasional potholes daily, sign me up for the “Save Pond Road” vocal group!  This is truly a life or death issue, not only for Vermont as it once was, but also for our teenagers.

Deb Hartshorn, Shelburne

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