Forum, Nov. 29: ‘Green’ technology advocates are being short-sighted in some important ways

Published: 11/28/2019 10:00:20 PM
‘Green’ technology advocates are being shortsighted in some important ways

I was glad to see that, finally, someone was reporting some of the real facts behind all the “green” technology being produced (“The cost of ‘going green’: How greener cars could mean a toxic tide in Indonesia,” Nov. 24).

While I’m all for energy efficiency, as I’ve said for years, many of the components used in high-efficiency products are not themselves obtained in an environmentally sound manner. And I don’t believe the proponents of “green” technology acknowledge this, or even consider it.

For instance, they talk as if they would like to eliminate all petroleum production. Don’t they realize that plastics are a byproduct of petroleum? And plastics are a large component of energy-efficient products. Another is “rare earth” elements, which I believe are mined by typical environmentally unfriendly means.

So if there is no petroleum production, and rare elements are exhausted or no longer mined, is everyone prepared to give up all their cellphones, electric cars, etc.? If you have a solar array and the equipment breaks down, what will you do if the components are no longer available?

I’m just saying that all the folks promoting a totally “green” society need to take a step back and consider the entire story behind what they envision, because in some aspects they’re being very short-sighted.

STEPHEN RAYMOND

Sharon

As governor, Dan Feltes will fight for N.H. families

It’s time for New Hampshire to elect a governor who works for the people. We need a governor who recognizes the real challenges that families have making ends meet with rising health care costs, child care costs and property taxes. I’m supporting Sen. Dan Feltes for governor because he knows firsthand the economic realities New Hampshire families face.

Feltes’ background and career reflect a real understanding of economic struggles. His father worked in a furniture factory and his mother worked part-time jobs to raise their four kids. Feltes worked his way through college and law school, and then joined New Hampshire Legal Assistance so he could help seniors, middle- to low-income families and veterans who were on hard times.

As a state senator, Feltes prioritized solving the economic issues that people worry about in their daily lives. He fought for affordable housing, paid family and medical leave and access to health care.

As a member of the Senate Energy Committee, he also led the efforts to address our climate crisis and invest in our clean energy future.

However, we can’t make progress on those issues as long as Gov. Chris Sununu is in the corner office. Sununu set a record number of vetoes and never worked with the Legislature to get things done.

Feltes is committed to work with the Legislature to make progress. I believe in him, many believe in him, and I know he’ll improve the lives of all Granite Staters.

I hope you’ll join me in supporting Dan Feltes for governor.

MARY JANE MULLIGAN

Hanover

The writer represents Grafton District 12 in the New Hampshire House.

Great Alzheimer’s care in the Upper Valley helped my family

My wife, Nancy, was in the first group of patients to use the Scotland House adult day care facility in Hartford. She had Alzheimer’s dating back to 2014; by 2016 she could no longer be left alone.

Before Scotland House opened, she went to adult day care in Springfield, Vt., two days a week. But because Scotland House was closer and had more clients from our region, we switched when it opened in November 2018.

For the next six months she went there three days a week. She received excellent care and always came home with a broad smile and a chuckle.

Her Alzheimer’s prevented her from sharing memories of the day’s activities, but whatever she had done, the Scotland House folks had made her very happy.

Later in her illness we had to provide around-the-clock care, which was done at The Village in White River Junction.

The care she received there was excellent, but Nancy always wanted to come home. (This happened for the last month of her life because she had developed brain cancer.)

My family and I have benefited greatly from the services for Alzheimer’s patients provided in our Upper Valley community: Thompson Senior Center provided Alzheimer’s and caregiver support groups; Ottauquechee Health Center and Mt. Ascutney Hospital and Health Center provided medical care and invaluable help from community care coordinator Carla Kamel.

Adult Day Service at Springfield Hospital and Scotland House, hospice care from Bayada and, finally, care from a private caregiver, Linda Galvao, who spent many long hours with Nancy over the last two years of her life.

LYNN PETERSON

Bridgewater




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