April 18, 2013

Letters to the Editor: April 18, 2013


---- — Need for bridge

TO THE EDITOR: In response to March 22 editorial, yes, we do need a bridge connecting Cumberland Head to Grande Isle, and we should be striving to get one built.

A 25-minute time factor for approximately 2½ miles makes little sense.

Mayor Roland St. Pierre’s commission is outdated. It is time to seriously revisit the topic. Why not ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers?

I am certain users would be happy to pay a reasonable toll, which would be used to help pay for the cost of the bridge. The ferry is a deterrent for working people and trucks that need to cross on a daily basis. It is a large negative factor for families to visit for shopping, using hospital services or just for a days outing.

I believe the Rouses Point bridge had a toll booth at one time, and when the tolls “paid” for the bridge, the booths were removed. A bridge is a reliable link, available 24/7.

Environmental impact also needs to be considered. How much diesel are the ferries burning and discharging polluting gases? What are they discharging into the lake?

Regarding cost and unproven need? There has been no reliable study done. How many cars, trucks, trailers, etc., use the ferry per day, week, month or year? We also need to hear from a reliable engineering-bridge building firm look into the cost.

Let’s have a committee appointed to thoroughly look into this and report to the people, and only then an acceptable decision could be made. I personally would expect the support of our local newspaper in this endeavor.

Last but not least, I would like to ask, what are the politics here that are keeping the ferries afloat?




Cigarette litter

TO THE EDITOR: Most people probably know about the health concerns related to smoking, but they may not know that cigarette butts are the most littered item in the nation, and they’re more than just an eyesore.

This toxic litter is mostly made of plastic and does not biodegrade when thrown on the ground, putting wildlife in danger and wreaking havoc on U.S. waterways, parks, beaches and roadways.

Additionally, cigarette butts contain toxic chemicals that can leach into soil and chemicals that are poisonous to wildlife and could contaminate water sources. They can be very costly to local communities in terms of cleanup and disposal.

On Earth Day, April 22, more than 1 billion people in 180 countries around the world will commit to making the world a better place through environmental protection. In light of Earth Day, the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics and The Legacy Foundation, the country’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to tobacco control, have joined forces on the website to raise awareness about the effects of cigarette-butt litter on the environment.

Earth Day is a day to celebrate the planet and for everyone to make a commitment to do their best to protect it, whether it’s through recycling, planting a tree, driving less or making sure that cigarette butts end up extinguished and in the trash and not in the places we live, work and play.

Consider making a commitment to the planet this Earth Day. I know I will.


North Country Healthy Heart Network