HOLIDAY NOTE: PLANET CONTINUES, ALMOST SINGLE-HANDEDLY, TO DRIVE DISCUSSION AND DEBATE OF GE-PCB ISSUE … KEY MEETING WEDNESDAY
By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, MONDAY, COLUMBUS DAY, 2011) — Yes, even THE PLANET enjoys an occasional holiday, as we are doing today. We have already had a lovely walk, a sunbath, and are about to host a small luncheon party with dear friends.
We came on briefly to tell you that our wall-to-wall coverage of the vital issue of GE, industrial toxins, and Berkshire County will continue, even as the Boring Broadsheet, the rest of the local media, and pretty much every candidate running for office continues to ignore this 1,000-pound gorilla. Why the local silence, we cannot say. We have some reasonable guesses, though.
Tomorrow, we bring you new information on Hill 78, Silver Lake, and a digest of the views of Dave Bubriski and Jeff Cook, who advocate the less-invasive, selective treatment of The Rest of the River advocated by GE and the EPA. Bubriski and Cook sent us material in response to some of the discussions on THE PLANET, and particularly in answer to a guest editorial we published written by Dave Martindale.
“CITIZEN” — THE GREATEST, MOST AUTHORITATIVE TITLE OF ALL
Someone asked “Who is Dave Martindale,” implying: Who the heck is he to be sharing his views. He’s no ‘expert.'” We answered: He holds the highest title and position of authority in Berkshire County. He is a CITIZEN. That makes him the boss of elected and appointed officials, who are acting in his name and, presumably, at his direction. We offer the same badge of highest distinction to Bubriski and Cook.
Everyone has right to their say. That precious few exercise these rights is a shame on those who don’t and the highest good for those who do.
No doubt: It’s a tremendously significant meeting set for 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 12, at Lenox Town Hall — a showdown, if you will, on two radically different approaches to the next step forward in the treatment of Housatonic River. THE PLANET hopes for a full-throated discussion, full of passion, but decided on reason, facts, and data.
DON’T FORGET PITTSFIELD, WHERE THE MATTER HAS NOT BEEN DECIDED
We also remind citizens, office holders, and those seeking office, that a separate but related issue is what to do about Pittsfield. Hill 78 — one of the most noxious collections of industrial toxins in the world, still towers over Allendale Elementary School. Silver Lake, which is filled with countless tons of the most foul industrial brew of toxins, is still untreated. PCBs and other poisons sit in land throughout the city. Other hot spots and still-unknown toxic dumps exist and their locations have yet to be revealed, causing whatever harm they can.
The Consent Agreement contains provision for reopeners. THE PLANET urges citizens to contact office holders and make clear to anyone running for office that they want the Consent Agreement reopened so that GE can finally do what the Consent Agreement didn’t do: Remunerate Pittsfield for its poisons.
ENJOY THE REMAINDER OF THIS GLORIOUS DAY.
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.