Woweee!! Great story coverage [“Stuck in Vermont #144: Dana & Katie Get Married,” September 16]!! Making herstory!
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
More of Moran
We’ve got a great opportunity with the Moran Plant to offset city property taxes by converting it to power generation and selling energy back to the grid. We all need to pay less, and an indoor adventure facility in the outdoor adventure capital seems silly [“Burlington May Give the Old Moran Plant a New Life,” September 23]. Lord Kelvin built an electrostatic generator from falling water droplets 200 years ago, and high-school students reconstruct the model all the time. A municipal scale version of it could generate significant power with simple maintenance, zero pollution, and assist the water situation as well if properly designed. Let’s be serious. If the Ice Factor’s plan plays out, we’ll be swamped with the half-assed weekend warriors from the rest of New England who should be spread around the rest of the state enjoying its natural charm. If Ice Factor fails, all that’s gained is some scrap climbing walls and gear and a good opportunity for local dumpster entrepreneurs.
Power to the People
I think that the idea of making the Moran Plant into something great instead of a run-down, rusty mess is a great idea, but I think a better idea is to turn it into affordable housing rather than an adventure center that most Burlington residents can’t afford to go to or join anyway [“Burlington May Give the Old Moran Plant a New Life,” September 23]. The City of Burlington already has plenty of attractions, but what it doesn’t have is a constant supply of places for people to live that aren’t overpriced or run down. This city just keeps growing, and so do the colleges, especially UVM. With all this growth, the city space unfortunately doesn’t grow with it ... Not to say rock walls and such aren’t fun, but are they needed?
What’s With Welch?
Wow, I guess we know where Shay Totten’s alliances fall [“Fair Game,” September 23]. He can’t say enough good things about Peter Welch or rag on enough Progressives. Welch’s vote against ACORN doesn’t pass the smell test, despite staff excuses. Welch likes to pose as progressive in Vermont but hang with the blue dogs in D.C. He loves to scold the left. He also voted to censure Move On when they did their gutsy Petraeus-Betrayus ad. He’s against war and votes to fund it. ACORN is a national organization helping the poorest of the poor. Like every organization, they have problem employees, but ACORN, unlike our banks, corporations and mercenaries, has fired them.
Here’s the pecking order. The right is too scary for Peter’s type of Democrat to take on, but boy, they are right there being all bipartisany and self-righteous when they can go after somebody without the power to bite back. They beef up their Washington cred and blue-dog credentials and satisfy themselves that they are so morally enlightened that they don’t just go after the other side but their own, too. Except when do they go after the other side?
Torture, lying us into an unnecessary and evil war by the Bush administration ... Peter’s on the “Let’s Look Forward” side. Blackwater committing murder — they still have their contracts. I’m sick of the moral cowardice and political stupidity of kicking the base that Welch and too many Democrats practice.
Thank you for publishing the article about Chy Tuckerman and Angkor Wat [“Grilling the Chef,” September 2]. Having worked there for a while, I can attest to Chy’s love of food, cooking and life in general. The answer to the last question, “What’s your most embarrassing favorite food?” — “I’m not an embarrassed person” — is a classic example of the “Chy credo.” I had to smile, since that quote was very true to his nature. I agree with the notion that one could make a movie of his life. I foresee problems in terms of genre, however. Would it be a Young Man Moves to New England and Finds Romance and Redemption chick flick? I know Chy digs action movies more, so maybe it could feature a car chase. Make that a lot of car chases. I nominate Chris Tucker to portray Chef Chy. It is my sincere hope that readers of “Grilling the Chef” stop in for a visit when they’re in the area. The food is excellent, and I can’t think of a better value in the area. Thanks again for a typically excellent GTC write-up.
Hunter used to live in Woodstock.
I would like to offer a quick clarification on a very well-written article [“Vermont Paintball Company Helps U.S. Soldiers Prepare For Battle,” September 23]. The recent game with Norwich Cadets that Mr. Engler was involved in was a fundraiser organized and staffed by the Norwich University Paintball Club. Mr. Engler was involved and NUPB is very grateful for his help and time spent leading one team as general of the (victorious) Russian Army in this Stalingrad-themed game. Mr. Engler has worked with NUPB before and we look forward to working with him again in the future.
Grout is the faculty advisor for the Norwich Paintball Club.