Letters to the Editor
- May 29, 2012
Green issue stories draw reader reaction
To the Editor,
The stories on Charlottesville in the April “green” issue (“A very eco-friendly city”) are great exposure.
However, Rose Brown, though lovely and my next-door neighbor, has no impact on recycling citywide. Peter van der Linde and his solid waste recycling company are making a huge dent in that department.
The expansion of the city sewage treatment plant, and the new Ragged Mountain Reservoir (very controversial) are also big projects that affect natural resources in a big way.
The relocation of Martha Jefferson Hospital is less “green” than a story about corporate expansion and competition with the University of Virginia Hospital. In fact, by developing a large tract of vacant land, and by causing many more car trips, the new MJH probably has an adverse effect on the environment. The adaptive reuse of the old MJH buildings in the city, with its impact on the residential neighborhood, will be an interesting story.
The photograph of Mayor Satyendra Huja shows the bus station and visitor center that faces City Hall. It has proved to be an embarrassing example of “green” design gone wrong, very expensive and plagued with malfunctions.
Robert Boucheron, Charlottesville
Boucheron is an architect and freelance writer.
To the Editor,
I read with great interest your recent article on “Farm to Table” in the April issue of Virginia Business but have to ponder the deleterious effects of uranium mining and milling on our agricultural economy.
Best practices will never guarantee that our water and air will be safe if the moratorium is lifted by the General Assembly. Pittsylvania and Halifax counties have a very successful economy based on cattle, sheep, dairy farms, at least eight wineries, and growing both animal feed and vegetables. The recently built Old Dominion Agricultural Center could become defunct if our “way of life” is contaminated.
Since the uranium deposits run from Southside to Culpeper, what will be the effect on the many outstanding wineries, horse farm, and fish hatcheries if mining and milling occur all over the commonwealth? I would hope but do not trust that the Working Study Group [appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell] will consider the detriment of this risky and unprecedented development. We have much to lose when water and food are such precious commodities.