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Forum, Feb. 7: Haverhill beacon ruins the night sky


Wednesday, February 06, 2019
Haverhill beacon ruins the night sky

My life began in the Bronx, N.Y., in 1957, and for six years I lived in a housing project. Then we moved to Bloomfield, N,J. My street was a dead end that backed up to the Essex County toll booth. I met my husband in 1976 and we married in 1977. My husband had a friend named Andy and he lived in a treehouse in Eden, Vt. We went for a visit, my first time in Vermont, and I looked at the night sky for what seemed like the first time. I was amazed at what I could see. It was just beautiful.

In 1982 we moved to Newbury, Vt., raised a family and never looked back. We have a perfect view of the New Hampshire mountains from our home and a beautiful night sky. Last year, coming home from Warren, N.H., I saw a spotlight in the sky. I thought someone was hurt. The light never stopped, and I found out it was the test of the beacon for the Haverhill airport.

The Haverhill airport is a small airport that is supported by the taxpayers of the town. The airport commissioners want this beacon on 365 days a year to support nighttime flyers. When I went to meeting, the commissioners did not know how many people flew in at night. A neighbor guessed maybe six, and only in the summer. Yet this beacon is supposed to be on all year.

This light affects all of us who look at the stars in the surrounding area. I urge all of you to contact the Haverhill Selectboard and any Haverhill voters you know to defeat this proposal. Only Haverhill voters have the say on this light pollution. The vote is March 16.

Joan Morris

Newbury, Vt.

Time to beware of falling snow

It’s that time of year again when we’re getting lots of snow. By this time you have probably cleared your driveways and dug out your cars. But have you ever thought to look up?

Many kids like to play a game of dodging the icicles and falling snow that comes off the roof. When I was 4 years old, I was chasing after my dog Chester to come inside. Just as I got under the eave of the roof, snow fell on top of me and completely buried me. I was lucky that my mom was watching me at the time because otherwise I would not be where I am today.

This accident gave me a nice bed in the pediatric intensive care unit, a lime green cast up to my hip, a neck brace, and a spot on the nightly newscast.

I have written this letter to the editor every year for the past few years to remind people to please clear the snow off their roofs before something like this happens to you.

CALEB MacNEIL (16)

Thetford Center

What we’re doing is disgusting

Outside my house in Sharon is a large white sign with black letters stating “I don’t care.” It is meant to express my disgust at the way we are proceeding as a nation.

First and foremost is our continued persecution and prosecution of our disenfranchised poor for the use of heroin and opiates. Recently, while hugging a father next to the open coffin of his 24-year-old son, he told me he didn’t know why his son laid down for a nap and didn’t get up. How many will die before treatment replaces prosecution?

A nation of immigrants, whose immigrant-staffed governments broke every treaty they ever signed with Native Americans, wants to build a wall to keep out immigrants. Instead of spending money on a wall, why don’t we legalize all drugs, stopping the flow of narco dollars that has led to the establishment of “Murder Inc.” governments and is driving the flow of immigrants to our door?

Mother Earth is not much better. Mother Earth, a living breathing spirit that harbors all life on earth, is treated like a whore and a garbage dump. A plastic dump half the size of Texas exists out in the Pacific.

The government of America wants to despoil the north slope of Alaska for oil, lease both coasts for future Deepwater Horizon-style environmental disasters, support coal production (the single greatest contributor to climate change), cave to timber, mining and grazing interests, and reduce or remove our wilderness areas.

I do care.

I want renewables for our energy production, packaging that’s sustainable and reusable, treatment for the addicted and legalization going forward, a living wage, jobs for the repair of our infrastructure and, lastly, a change in the culture of mindless accumulation of capital for the benefit of the few and the detriment of the many.

Matt Cardillo

Sharon