Whereas there may be a lot to agree with in Sarah Crysl Akhtar’s Discussion board letter (“E-bikes aren’t any sort of enchancment,” Sept 23), it overlooks the principle impetus behind the rising curiosity in electrical bicycles. Pedal-assist e-bikes function with a mix of human and electrical energy, so sure, they use extra vitality than guide bikes. However as a result of many individuals undertake e-bikes to scale back automotive journeys, the related vitality comparability is between an e-bike and a automotive.
For example, my typical journey from house to city covers 12 miles round-trip. This takes a bit beneath a half gallon of gasoline by automotive. My e-bike makes use of 0.14 kilowatts of electrical energy. Primarily based on the EPA carbon calculator, the automotive journey contributes 9 kilos of CO2 emissions vs. 3 ounces for the e-bike. Not solely is the e-bike a lot cleaner, contemplate the financial savings. Fuel for the automotive journey is about $1. Electrical energy for the e-bike journey is 2 cents.
I additionally used to affiliate bikes with recreation and health till I visited Copenhagen and noticed the prevalence of biking as on a regular basis native transportation. For our hilly New England terrain, an e-bike opens up this selection to many extra folks. And each sorts of bikes produce well being and environmental advantages for riders and their communities.
I actually like many factors in Akhtar’s letter: bettering infrastructure for bikes and walkers, valuing each expenditure of vitality, the best of a welcoming and fully-accessible group. I hope she’s going to give e-bikes and their riders one other look as useful allies for these worthy targets.
This summer season, residents in 4 Higher Valley communities had the chance to test-ride e-bikes from the Higher Valley E-Bike Library. The suggestions has been overwhelmingly optimistic. The E-Bike Library was developed by a consortium of native vitality committees and made doable by the Burlington nonprofit Native Movement (www.localmotion.org/travelingebikes). Hanover is the E-Bike Library’s closing 2020 cease. Sustainable Hanover will host demo days and leases starting Sunday by means of the tip of the month.
The author is co-chair of Sustainable Hanover.
Sullivan County has an impressive chief in Rep. Linda Tanner. Tanner offers a robust voice to the folks within the Sullivan 9 district cities of Cornish, Croydon, Grantham, Newport, Plainfield, Springfield, Sunapee and Unity.
Whereas she serves as clerk on the Home Training Committee, her laws covers a wide range of matters, from addressing points in training and the opioid epidemic to the local weather disaster. This session she has labored on and sponsored a number of payments to assist hardworking Granite Staters, together with the impartial Fee to Research Faculty Funding and the invoice to supply younger folks with entry to the psychological heath companies they deserve. Tanner has additionally been a robust voice inside the Sullivan County delegation as a member of the Govt Finance Committee that has oversight of the county price range, working to assist the folks of Sullivan County.
I hope you’ll be a part of me in voting to reelect Linda Tanner as state consultant for the Sullivan 9 district on Nov. 3, or with an absentee poll.
As we enter one other election season, I encourage Vermonters to take a tough take a look at the problems that have an effect on our lives.
In 2015, Act 46 was handed with guarantees of effectivity, alternative and, importantly, a lower in property taxes. However simply the other has occurred. This yr, my property tax invoice went up by $600, nearly totally for the training portion. For anybody working for a dwelling or on a set earnings, such will increase make monetary survival right here nearly unimaginable.
Once I ran for the Legislature in 2014 and 2016, I used to be deeply involved concerning the launch of tens of millions of gallons of untreated human sewage into Vermont’s lakes and streams. Though our flesh pressers declare to care concerning the surroundings, the discharge of those pollution has continued. Vermont’s congressional delegation (Patrick Leahy, Bernie Sanders and Peter Welch) has been bringing house the bacon from Washington for many years, however our wastewater administration techniques have seen little in the best way of enhance in capability or modernization. Why there isn’t extra of an outcry from all these self-proclaimed environmentalists in energy is past comprehension.
Since 2014, Vermont’s unfunded liabilities, together with instructor pension debt, have gone from $4.5 billion to $6.5 billion. This predicament has been ignored by the supermajority in Montpelier, which elevated spending on ideologically pushed initiatives. This method is clearly unsustainable.
In Windsor County, we’ve got a lot of new candidates who share these considerations, together with Alice Flanders of White River Junction, Wayne Townsend of Bethel, Mark Donka of Hartford, Wesley Raney of Hartland, Jacob Holmes of Hartland, Keith Stern of Springfield, Jack Williams of Weathersfield and Michael Jasinski of Springfield.
A one-party system by no means serves the common citizen. It might profit each Vermonter if our legislators introduced mental and philosophical range, together with a variety of life experiences, to the desk. Strong debate, new concepts and truthful illustration of the pursuits of all Vermonters kind the spine of a wholesome state authorities.
Please be a part of me in voting for these new candidates to revitalize our democracy. You may vote by mail or on the polls on Nov. 3.
I’m writing to encourage all to vote in state elections this fall, however notably to induce you to assist Carl Demrow, who’s ending his first two-year time period representing the Orange 1 district cities of Williamstown, Chelsea, Vershire, Corinth, Washington and Orange.
To my thoughts, Demrow has precisely the correct thought about what we wish from an elected official –– to maintain us knowledgeable about what’s occurring within the Legislature, to hearken to and reply to our questions, to assist us navigate the forms, and to consider all of us, not simply the members of 1 social gathering, when he votes.
For those who’ve been at a city assembly when he comes by, you already know the way well-informed, trustworthy and good he’s. We’d be nuts to not reelect him.
The latest information about President Donald Trump’s tax returns printed by The New York Occasions, if true, presents an fascinating win-win risk for the nation.
By no means thoughts the half about Trump barely paying any taxes or claiming that he’s owed a refund of $72 million from the IRS. That will present a modicum of titillation for the handful of Protestant ethicists left in America. However the juicier information is that Trump has greater than $400 million in debt that comes due quickly, whilst his properties are shedding cash. What an ideal alternative for this nation’s billionaires. Allow them to make Trump a deal he can’t refuse. They may purchase out his properties at inflated costs, wiping his debt clear on the situation that he not run for re-election.
In an ideal world, the consortium of billionaires can be led by George Soros, however I’d accept Jeff Bezos, who has profited handsomely from the ravages of the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated by Trump’s malfeasance. For an additional 10%, the billionaires might sweeten the pot and negotiate a provision that Trump will nominate Merrick Garland to fill the Supreme Court docket emptiness. You realize Trump would take that deal and brag about it, leaving his base twisting within the wind and the remainder of the nation respiratory a sigh of aid.
Right here’s a suggestion for all future debates: Put the candidates in separate soundproof glass cubicles. They will have a speaker in order that they will hear the moderator and the opposite candidate. The moderator could have two switches to silence the candidates’ microphones if obligatory. Only a thought.
President Donald Trump’s legal professional common has accused the Black Lives Matter protestors of sedition. In what manner is what the president is doing, vis-à-vis the election, not sedition?
My vote is being solicited by those that promise to go to Washington, Harmony or Metropolis Corridor to struggle for me. If elected, they may struggle those that have been elected to struggle again.
I don’t need fighters to signify me. I need statesmen and stateswomen, compromisers, persuaders, negotiators, diplomats and thinkers. In soliciting my vote, pugilists needn’t apply.
GERALD R. KOZAK
October is the Hanover Lions Membership’s meals and toiletries drive month to learn the Hanover Avenue Elementary Faculty’s Friday Meals Program, the Pay attention Heart’s meals pantry and others.
We invite members of the Higher Valley group to drop off donations of nonperishable meals objects and toiletries — safely — at 15 Buck Street in Hanover. Search for the tent on the driveway entrance. Simply put your donation in one of many bins and it will likely be delivered to our beneficiaries regularly. Thanks.
WILLIAM “STAR” JOHNSON
The author is president of the Hanover Lions Membership.