Friday August 23, 2013

Normally I am happy when lost pets and their owners are reunited, but not so much with the snake found at Elm Street and Washington Avenue. We had known for three weeks that the boa constrictor was missing on Washington Avenue. (The snake owner) mentioned it to a co-worker at Mack Moulding. She called my neighbor on Putnam Street, who called (the snake owner), who said "it was a family pet and won’t hurt anyone. Besides, it had a small mouth." Word spread quickly on Putnam, Weeks and Washington Avenue. It was scary and nerve-wracking. If my cat didn’t come when I called, I was sure he was lunch for the boa.

Snakes don’t belong in private homes. They belong in a good zoo with space and trained people to contain and feed them: South America sounds good.

I had called Fish and Wildlife in Montpelier. They got right back to me via the game warden. He said as soon as there was a sighting, call the state police at 442-5421 and the warden’s home office at 442-4383.

Perhaps we need to keep these numbers handy for further lost snakes I don’t want these creatures killed but I don’t want to find one in my cellar or hanging from a tree.

BEVERLY McCOY

Bennington Wind may be ‘free,’ but there are costs

An important letter was published by the Banner on Aug. 15, from several families in northern Vermont who live near the mammoth wind turbines at Lowell and Sheffield. Although I strongly support efforts to convert to energy sources other than fossil, I have been following the serious problems that families are enduring from the noise and powerful vibrations set off by these huge wind towers, far taller than the Bennington Battle Monument.

Wind energy may be "free" but it is clear now that this freedom involves some profound costs. People who live within a few miles of the wind turbines report suffering several maladies, from sleeplessness and heart palpitations to persistent noise that they say resembles a jet plane taking off but it never takes off.

State agencies and Gov. Peter Shumlin in particular have appeared to be insensitive to these concerns. Not only are these families suffering physically but they are also impacted financially because their homes are unsalable. Most of those who signed the recent letter pointed out how long they have resided in their homes.

Similar situations have become evident at locations of other huge wind turbine "farms." Nearby, families -- including some in Readsboro -- living within a few miles of the fifteen massive towers of the Hoosac Wind project just south of the Vermont border, north of North Adams, are also suffering the same physical and financial woes.

In the rush to convert to energy sources other than fossil, families cannot just be considered expendable. More understanding and more open dialogue are needed to focus on these serious concerns.

TYLER RESCH

Shaftsbury