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4—JOURNAL OPINION—March 27, 2019 /' Viewpoints . . . Yours and ours Yankee closure to haunt Vermont editorial page Vermont, particularly former Gov. Peter Shumlin and current US. Sen. Bernie Sanders, to task last week. The editorial came soon after Connecticut announced a power purchasing agreement between its two biggestutilities and the Millstone nuclear power plant. In announcing the deal,- Gov. Ned Lamont, a noted progressive, said the agreements spared the plant from shutting down. “The shutdown of [Millstone] would have exposed the New. England region to a nearly 25 percent - increase in carbon emissions, increased risk of rolling blackouts, billions of dollars in power replacement costs, and the loss of more than 1,500 well-paying jobs,” Lamont said. ‘ Vermont’s supposedly progressive climate hawks took a different View of nuclear power ’ spending years to cultivate. a hostile environment for Vermont Yankee before it was forced into retirement in 2014. The Globe contrasted Connecticut’s actions with Vermont’s noting that Yankee’s closure has been disastrous in reducing New England’s carbon output. “The fact that Vermont Yankee is gone means, that, for decades to come, New England will be those 620 megawatts farther away from a decarbonized power grid than it would have been with the plant online,” the editorial states. ' Not only that, but the state’s greenhouse gas emissions have actually increased since the plant’s closure. Between 201 1 and 201 5, Vermont’s electricity-related emissions have grown over 230 percent according to researchers studying carbon pricing. The primary cause of those emissions is the closure of Vermont Yankee. Look, Entergy’s management of Vermont Yankee was troubled. But there’ s no secret that the Vermont Legislature and Shumlin, with help from Sanders, Sen. Patrick Leahy, and Rep. Peter Welch, made it impossible for a nuclear power plant to operate within the state. And there’s been zero accountability for this dreadful decision that will, as the Globe notes, “haunt” the region’s energy grid for decades. New Hampshire Bath—www.bath-nh.org Benton:www.tobentonnh.org Haverhill-www.haverhill—nh.corn Lisbon——www.lisbonnh.org Lyme—www.1ymenh. gov Monroe-~www.monroetown.com Mountain Lakes District—«www.mountainlakesnhcom Orford—wwworfordnhus Piennont~www.townofpiennontnh.org Warren—www.warren—nh.com Wentworth—wwwwentworth—nhcrg Vermont Bradford—wwwbradford-vtus Chelsea—www.chelseavtorg Corinth—www.corinthvtorg Fairlee—www.fairleevt.org Groton~www.grotonvt.com Newbury—wwwnewburyvtcrg Ryegate——www.ryegatevt.org .»’l”hetford——www.thetfordvennont.us West F airlee—-,—www.westfairleevt.com ABOUT THIS PAGE The opinion page of the Journal Opinion is devoted to editorials, commentary and letters. The editorial on the left side under the heading editorial is the only column that expresses the opinions of the Journal Opinion. All others are the Views and opinions of the authors only. We encourage readers to comment on matters of interest and will publish letters regardless of their politics providing they are in good taste. We ask that you limit letters to 400 words or less and write no more than twice per month. All letters must be signed with contact information given for verification. ‘ The publisher reserves the right to verify the accuracy of letters, edit letters for clarity, space and content, and Iirnit the number ofletters from any writer to two a month. Anonymous letters or letters judged to be libelous will not be published. The deadline for letters and commenteries is Monday at noon. They may be mailed to the Journal Opinion, PO Box 378, Bradford, VT 05033, emailed to editor@jonews.com or faxed to (802)222-5438. OURNAL PINION p ‘I AN AWARD-WINNING INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER A weekly newspaper published in Bradford, Vermont. Subscription rates— Vennont and New Hampshire—$30 per year, $20 for six months; out-of-state $38 per year, $24 for six months; senior citizen’s discount $3. .0. Second class postage paid at Bradford, Vermont. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Journal Opinion, PO Box 378, Bradford, Vermont 05033 Editor/Publisher ~ Connie Sanville Managing Editor~Alex Nuti-de Biasi Web Site www.jonews.com FAX 802-222-5438 BRADFORD 802-222-528; Berry Field is anoverlooked gem To the Editor: I enjoy reading about local history in the “In Times Fast” column by Larry Coffin. I was, however disappointed that the Rev. Kenneth W. Berry Memorial Field in Wells River was not mentioned in the March 13 column, “Common Lands.” I don’t blame Larry, as every piece of common land couldn’t be mentioned. The Berry Field is a little gem that many people overlook. If you ask people in the Cohase region “if they know where Berry Field is” you will probably get a blank stare, and add “in Wells River,” and they still won’t know. Berry Field is just a short walk south of the village on Route 5 at 143 North Main Street, next to the GMP substation. It has playground equipment and a tennis court with basketball hoops and two picnic tables. For the past five years, it has been the site ofWRAP’s Community Picnic held on the last Saturday in June. Area residents, not j ust Wells River folks, are invited to picnic, stop in the Newbury Historical Society’s Story Corps tent, enjoy a family program sponsored by the Baldwin Memorial Library and end the day with free Ice Cream from Big Cones and WRAP. It was private land that served as the Wells River High baseball field until the high school closed in 1967. In 1989, Dr. Elisabeth Berry, a partner in Dr. Rowe’s family medical practice donated the land, in memory ofher husband Kenneth, to the village with the hope it would become a playground for kids. On June 26, 1994, the Rev. Kenneth W. Berry Field was dedicated with Dr. Berry speaking to 5 0 residents that turned out for the dedication. This year’s community picnic will be held on the June 29 from 1 1 am. to 2 p.m.——25 years (and three days) after the field was dedicated. Richard M. Roderick Wells River, VT Our House by Rebecca Farley Our house has a steeple on it, the Lord’s and mine. The doors are always open welcoming people all the time. Our house has lots of room for many people there. You are welcome in at anytime so come bring all your cares. Let Him set your troubled heart free by welcoming the Holy Spirit within, and instead of an upside down smile, your face can wear a grin. For our house, the Lord’s and mine, will bring comfort to your soul, for your troubles, worries and heartaches He’ll take on-just give Him full control. And in our house, the Lord’s and mine, is an altar and a cross so fair. You can leave everything to our Lord by kneeling there in prayer. Yes our house, the Lord’s and mine, has a piano that rings loud and clear. And the Lord is always at home, yes you can always find Him there. So we welcome you with open arms to our house, the Lord and me. And I pray you leave with a spirit filled heart for many blessings inside you will see. Here’s how to build a guide for your town To the Editor: In 2015, the Montgomery Recreation Board published In the Middle of the Mountains: Scenic Roads Trails in the Montgomery-Jay Peak Area. Illustrated with color photos and printed on coated (glossy) paper, the pocket-size paperback offers detailed descriptions of eight road tours, seven “easy walks” and 15 hikes, all leading to the most interesting and beautiful scenery in the far-northern Green Mountains. As far as I know, Montgomery is the only city or town in Vermont—and probably one of only a few small communities in the entire world—to have its own professional-quality local travel guide. I hope your community will consider following Montgomery’s example, for many reasons: To raise money for worthy local projects, to advance tourism in your area, to provide a valuable service for residents and visitors alike, to add a feather to your community ’5 cap and to help bring much needed detailed, high-quality road— and—trail guides toVermont. Unfortunately, local or even regional guidebooks have been virtually nonexistent for several reasons, including prohibitive editorial, printing and distribution costs and forbidding economies of scale, Happily, our experience with the Montgomery book shows how these obstacles to even expensive local guidebooks can be overcome. Based on what we’ve learned, we’ve written a 2,500-word primer—a short how-to manual—-on how to successfirlly publish a high-quality local travel book. I You can order a free copy at (802)326-2054 or at rg.robertgillrnore@gmail.com. Robert Gillmore Montgomery, VT ON THIS DATE On March 27, 1977, the Canary Islands plane disaster took place—the worst accident in the history of civil aviation. Two Boeing 747s collided on the ground, and 570 people lost their lives—249 on the KLM Airlines plane and 321 on the PanAm plane. ### The strongest earthquake in North American history (8.4 on the Richter scale) struck Alaska on March 27, 1964, east of Anchorage. One hundred seventeen people were killed. This was the second worst earthquake of the 20'h century in terms of magnitude. ##5## On March 27, 1912, the first Japanese cherry blossom trees were planted in Washington, DC. . ### Mount St Helens became active afier 123 years on March 27, 1980. CORRECTION A reporting error in the article “Voters say lights out for beacon” in the March 20 edition incorrectly stated that Sandy Mann was a member of the Haverhill Airport Beacon Committee. She was not a member of the committee, which has been disbanded. We regret the error. CLARIFICATION ORFORD—As reported in the Orford Town Meeting story (“Voters back police requests”) in the March 20 issue of the Journal Opinion, Bob Palifka offered an amendment, which later passed, to article 3, adding a total of $18,000 to the payments into two capital reserve funds. He had calculated that this would add $ 1 3 to the tax on a property assessed at $100,000—not $1,000. .No profit in cancer prevention Corporations without commitments to social and environmental impact focus on turning a profit and producing products as cheaply as possible. While this sounds reasonable from an economic perspective, human health is the primary cost. ~Genetics and gene mutations cause cancer, but what causes gene mutations? —Pollution incur environment; —Chemicals in the products we use and have in our homes; —Chemical exposure in workplaces; —Pesticides on our foods and in our beverages; —Geneticallymodifiedproducts; -—No adequate regulation of the 85,000 synthetic chemicals on the market (source: Breast Cancer Action); —Stress, pace, and demands of our society and work/er imbalance; -People’ 5 inability to access healthy food, safe products, or have the resources to make healthylifestyle decisions; —A medical system that treats the symptoms of cancer rather than the root causes of an epidemic. A cure for cancer lies in addressing the factors above. Unfortunately for us humans (and our animal friends), prevention of cancer is not profitable for the cancer industry. The cancer industry includes corporations, like Bayer (recently merged with Monsanto), which produce food, home and beauty products, drugs, and pay for cancer research. On the first day of spring, I stepped into brilliant sunligh t on our porch. The squirrel and by Rae Carter A conflict of interest to say the least, corporations like Bayer profit simultaneously from genetically modified food grown with pesticides (both of which cause cancer); home and beauty products made with unregulated, cancer-causing chemicals; and the production of cancer treatment drugs. Corporations finance a vast majority of cancer research—through medical institutions, government, and nonprofit organizations—and direct the research focus towards cancer treatment and the development ofpharmaceu— tical drugs. Cancer treatment is critical for someone diagnosed with cancer, and advances in conventional medicine are an imperative part of saving lives. However, why is there not more research to keep people from getting cancer inthe first place? Cancer-causing pollution and chemicals in our air, soil, water, food, and products along with the lack of environmental regulations guarantees a steady stream of new cancer patients. Increasing cancer diagnoses also provide the necessary statistics for continued cancer research, most of which is to develop more drugs. Corporations cannot profit in cancer prevention, and in fact, addressing the real cure for cancer could potentially topple abillion—dollar industry. . The most effective marketing tactics feed on fear and there is no shortage of fear when it comes to cancer. People are so afraid they will often believe anything positive or hopeful about cancer, including supporting cancer awareness and find-a-cure campaigns, many of whichareriddledindeceit. Cancer campaign marketing efforts draw attention to popular brands’ support of cancer campaigns, while deceiving consumers fi'om the truth that these same brands sell products with cancer- Lz've GLearn I Springtime hope by Elena A. Chevalier thoughts. Did you know if you cut off a salamander’s leg it will grow back? Neither did chickadees shied away from sharing their lunch 1. time with me. I watched a dipping chickadee wing its way I learned that tidbit while reading an article about some Harvard scientists who say they into the nearby woods, and my eyes lit up with joy. The bird perched in a tree with tiny dollops of white on its branches. Pussy willows! Forget the calendar! Spring for me officially begins when the soft white wisps begin to burst . open. Soon spring peeperswill fill the night airwith their soulful concerts. Then the earthworms will .cran forth, the pollywogs will swim, and, following them, tiny fi'ogs will hop across lawns and roads. And under rocks, the salamanders will slip along unnoticed until children or grandchildren shriek with surprise at‘the first sight of a newt or two. Did you lmow that the red spotted newt is New Hampshire’s official state amphibian? Of course, crocus and daffodils delight my soul, too. But today the slimy critters capture my have found the gene that causes regeneration in some animals. An article in the Harvard Gazette, told about researchers who discovered a section of DNA that controls a master switch of sorts responsible for regeneration. Animals like jellyfish, sea anemone and certain worms can regenerate their whole body if they happen to be get cut in half. Using the three-banded panther worms as their study subjects, scientists isolated something called early growth response. EGR essentially starts or stops the whole body regeneration process. Soon they hope to find the master switch for development as well. Not surprisingly, these researchers took their findings to the next level. If a worm or a jellyfish can regenerate, why can’t we? Now, you and I mightthink awonn is a far cry from a person, but scientists saythatEGR is evident inhumantissue, causing chemicals. For example, Estee Lauder and Avon are key supporters of the Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon Campaign, even though numerous products contain parabens and phthalates—exenoestrogen chemicals that cause breast cancer. . As a marketing professional for 20 years, I understand how corporate money persuades public opinion. As a breast cancer survivor at 42 who has uncovered the cause of the cancer that invaded my body (which includes a combination of the factors listed at the start of the article), I understand what it means to have cancer in a medical system driven by profit, not prevention. Cancer has drastically changed my life and preventing cancer in my body going forward is my top priority. I also want to help people feel empowered to make changes intheir lives that leadto the prevention of cancer and to advocate for themselves and their health in a fear-based system. Cancer affects people of all races, ages, genders, socio—economic backgrounds, and political ideologies, with an additional layer of social and economic disadvantages and injustice for marginalized popula- tions, including an inequitable health care system. Can we find common ground to demand cancer prevention from our medical system? Can we change how we spend our money to support socially responsible companies that do not contribute to the cancer epidemic? Can we advocate for an equitable health care system for humanity? Can we be the change we want to see? ' ### Rae Carter serves on the board Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility and lives in Plainfiéld aswell. « What incredible possibilities might exist if scientists actually discover a way to turn on a genetic regeneration switch inhumans! I know of two little girls fighting for their lives in two hospitals, both awaiting transplants. As far as I know, the two families do not know each other. But as I receive updates from each, my heart agonizes over the knowledge that these girls cannot go on indefinitely. Each needs an organ transplant or they will die. My gut wrenches at the thought that either one may be the source of life and joy for the other, while the donor family grapples with unfathomable grief. I desperately want both those girls to be able to catch tadpoles and find salamanders under rocks. I want them to squish their feet in springtime mud and find earthworms wiggling between their toes. I want all the hospitalized children to pick bouquets of pussy willows and listen to spring peeper concerts. Soto the noble scientists Who study such things as EGR in three-banded panther worms, I wish you Godspeed.