Letters to the Editor
There is another to add to your corrections last week [Feedback, May 9]. In the ninth paragraph of [“Nuke of the North: Québec’s Gentilly-2 Reactor Faces VT Yankee-Style Closure Fight,” May 2], Mr. Picard refers to “the provisional government of Québec.” I think he meant the “provincial” government. He also could have just said “the government of Québec.” Thanks for an interesting story!
I’ve been working as an antinuke environmentalist with EnergyProbe in Toronto for more than 30 years, and I just wanted to congratulate you all on one of the clearest and most informative articles I’ve ever read on this thorny and complex subject [“Nuke of the North: Québec’s Gentilly-2 Reactor Faces VT Yankee-Style Closure Fight,” May 2]. One small thing: There’s no obvious way to explain that Canada’s regulator allows our nukes to spew much more radioactive pollution than does the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. But calling our limits “higher standards” can’t be the best way!
Interesting article [“Kitchen Takeover,” April 18], but it was highly irresponsible to illustrate it with an image that is not Japanese knotweed. Since this plant is a notable invasive, you could at least ensure you ID it correctly. There are enough images of this plant on the internet to check your illustration against.
Editor’s note: We used a picture of garlic mustard to illustrate the story, which was subtitled “Cooking with invasive Japanese knotweed and garlic mustard.” The plant was identified as garlic mustard in the print edition, but not on the online version. It’s since been fixed.
Whither the Bike Path?
In a lot of ways it’s too bad that the bike path is in such disrepair and that Mayor Miro Weinberger must make a decision on the Moran Plant in about 60 days now [“Burlington-Area Bike Paths Are All They’re Cracked Up to Be,” April 25]. Situated where it is on the bike path downtown, the Moran Plant could serve as a “light transportation center” in addition to housing the Sailing Center, a café, an ice-climbing wall, etc.
To me, light transportation includes bicycles, skateboards, strollers, in-line skates, electric scooters, electric bikes, Segways and other personal transportation devices that weigh less than 100 pounds.
This light transportation center would promote and advance the use of light transportation in place of automobiles on separated paths such as the Burlington Bike Path. It would act as a beacon shining a light on the path of local transportation in the post-fossil-fuel age. It could become the home of several new small businesses, including a bicycle rental and repair shop, electric bike rentals and Segway tours. Local Motion’s offices could be located there to supervise the operation and encourage the conversion to alternate means of local transportation.
Unfortunately, the bike path is in terrible shape right now and could not properly support this light transportation center until it is rebuilt and upgraded to properly accommodate these new electrically assisted vehicles. But the bike path won’t remain neglected much longer.
A light transportation center at the Moran Plant should be considered as Mayor Weinberger makes his decision whether to proceed with development there.
The Other F-Word
To gather young women into Kunin’s revolution, it would be wise if she not preface her agenda with the same tired tale about how young folks don’t appreciate feminist gains [“What Women Want Now,” May 2]. That standby story of opinion journalism needs to die, and we’re sick of its periodic resurrection.
Twentysomethings aren’t the only ones reluctant to identify as feminist. A 2008 Daily Beast poll found just 20 percent of women polled felt comfortable with the f-word.
Why don’t young women shout “feminism?” The word’s a conversation stopper. We’d rather people just listen to our argument than qualify or label it. Feminism tunes people out.
Also, youngsters have been busy serving the feminist end, and it’s clear that Kunin doesn’t spend much time on the internet or else she would be aware. That’s not to say that everyone over 40 should know how to find the right websites, but there are hugely popular sites and blogs that actively promote feminist principles. Last year’s SlutWalks organized thousands of ladies to march against sexual violence. The Washington Post described it this way: “In a feminist movement that is often fighting simply to hold ground, SlutWalks stand out as a reminder of feminism’s more grass-roots past and point to what the future could look like.”
Lastly, In These Times writer Sady Doyle said it best, “To ask why young people aren’t identifying or acting as ‘feminist’ in ways that look like mid-20th-century feminism is, essentially, like asking a Facebook user why she doesn’t mail letters to her friends.”
Fishing for Criticism?
In the May 2 Fair Game [“Laws and Disorder”], it was mentioned that Vermont now has a new official winter sport, but for some reason nothing was mentioned about the brook trout and walleye pike becoming our state’s new official fish. That’s right, state politicians: Seven Days has decided to stay away from any fish stories!
As an officially inspected, small, nine-room inn, it annoys me when some of the sellers of rooms are plainly running a business [“Home Away From Home,” May 9]. I accept that a few nights in a home occasionally should be acceptable, but very few if any of Airbnb properties pay state lodging tax or are regulated in the way my business is. Is that fair?
Last week’s story, “Englesby Gets a Face-Lift,” stated that the last UVM president to live in Englesby House was Judith Ramaley, who served from July 1997 to June 2001. In fact, Ed Colodny and his wife Nancy moved in after Ramaley and occupied the house for the year Colodny served as interim president. UVM President Dan Fogel and his wife Rachel resided there for almost a year — June 2002 to March 2003 — while they built a house in Colchester.