By DAN VALENTI
PLANET VALENTI News and Commentary
ANOTHER VIEW ON PCB ISSUE
(FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE, WEDNESDAY, OCT. 5, 2011) — There are multiple views on what to do with the tons of remaining PCBs that GE left in the ground, the water, and elsewhere in Pittsfield and, by extension, southbound on the Housatonic River. To share an alternate input on this from Dave Gibbs’, which we published yesterday, THE PLANET presents another Dave — Bubriski.
Regarding the 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12 meeting with state officials; local, state, and federal officials; General Electric Co.; and the public at Lenox Town Hall, there is a divergence of opinion.
Yesterday, THE PLANET presented the views of environmentalist Dave Gibbs, advocating for the federal EPA’s preference to remove PCBs from the river over the less invasive solutions favored by GE and the state DEP. Today, we share the views of Dave Bubriski and Jeff Cook. Dave writes this:
- Dan, regarding the Lenox PCB meeting: I am co-organizer along with Jeff Cook of Pittsfield, of Ward 4 Rest of River Watch. Jeff lives on Palomino Drive and I live on Eric Drive. If you look on a map you can see that we are both in close proximity of the Housatonic, and we both oppose the EPAs radical solution. We have had two meetings to raise public awareness. Jeff had a meeting at his house attended by 35 neighborhood residents of the Polo Acres, and on my side of the river, Jeff gave a presentation at the LDS church on East New Lenox Road. This meeting had 85 concerned residents. I can get you the stack of papers that Jeff compiled (good info). I have much info on this subject and I would like to talk to you. I think you should talk with Jeff too. Please don’t take the envirochondriac’s side on this issue until we can talk. If I can arrange it would you be able to interview Jeff at his office on North Street?
The reference to “envirochondriac” is to Gibbs. THE PLANET is content to field all points of view on this matter until the meeting is conducted in Lenox.
We thanks Gibbs, Bubriski, and Cook for sharing their thoughts.
THE STOOLEY WEIGHS IN ON NICHOLS, WARD 4 RACE, ETC.
We also get this report, from THE STOOLEY, who sounds off on Joe Nichols’ sticker campaign in Ward 2:
So after questioning Pete White’s ethics for running a write in campaign, Joe goes and does the same thing. It disgusts me that he ripped Pete on the radio and then copies him. That is worse than anything else. Ripping someone and then doing the same thing. I heard he knew he was gonna get beat by Tony Simonelli in Ward 7, which is why he ran for mayor, which he knew he couldn’t win, so now he goes for At Large. Does he think he is gonna lose this race too? Do you think he has any method or strategy to this madness or is he just operating from the seat of his pants? Who the hell is giving him advice?
THE STOOLEY CONTINUES:
It’s hippocritical of Nichols to pronounce he is of some higher moral standing than Pete and then do the same thing, essentially, regardless of whether it’s for ward 7 or at large. I think it speaks to something lacking and i hope he gets beat. And I used to like the guy, but he seems to have lost his way. You hear Sturgeon lambasting Krol today about his arrogance? What do you hear about Ward 4 race?
THE STOOLEY THEN MUSES ABOUT THE RACE IN FOUR:
Chris Connell doesnt strike me as particularily independent minded. Seems like [Bill] Sturgeon [WBRK talk show host] is almost endorsing the guy, along with his new political consultant, Allen Harris of Berk Money Mgmt, also a Connell guy, who is now moderating the 3rd dis debate along w/DTR. I like DTR personally, but her show is super soft, she hates confrontation or even asking open-ended, pressing questions. Seems like Allen Harris is throwing his $$ around, quite a bit in Pittsfield politics. The guy is an odd duck if you ask me and not to be trusted.
THE PLANET THANKS THE STOOLEY FOR HIS/HER OPINIONS.
YOU CAN’T DO THIS IN A JUICER
As if you needed another reason to gulp more wine, but there’s overwhelming evidence of the powerful, almost miraculous positive health effects of grape seeds. If you buy grape seed extract in a health food store, you will pay a fortune. If you buy actual, real, live grapes with seeds in them and use them in a Vitamix smoothie, you can make much more grape-seed extract for a few pennies. Not only that, your mixture will be fresher, tastier, and more enjoyable than the extract you buy in any store.
We present this report, courtesy of Dole Foods. Dole: They’re the pineapple people.
GRAB SOME GRAPES
16% Less Weight Gain with Seed Compound, Basic Study Finds
Looking for every possible weapon in the battle of the bulge? Grab grapes (with seeds)! Preliminary research suggests that polyphenol compounds in grape seeds may repel pounds. Japanese researchers looked at weight gain among mice fed a high-fat diet — with or without grape seed extract. Over a three-month period the grape seed-fed mice gained 16% less weight on a high-fat diet than did the grape-less group. Moreover, the non-grape group ended up with 216% more abdominal fat (the most dangerous kind), and 27% higher cholesterol.
Don’t interpret these results as a license to splurge: The fat-fed grape seed group still ended up 8% heavier, with a 22% bigger belly, than they had at the beginning of the study. But grape seed did appear to restrain fat synthesis and boost fat metabolism — much like compounds in blood oranges, mandarins and curry. Meanwhile, one Michigan State study found that grapes improved heart function and reduced blood pressure when mixed into the high-salt feed of rats. Another basic study using a model for Parkinson’s disease found that grape extract improved mobility and longevity. Grape juice also helped increase HDL (good) cholesterol in a Boston University trial.
THE PLANET THANKS EVERYONE WHO IS MAKING THIS THE ROCKINGEST, MOST VISITED SUCH WEBSITE IN THE COUNTY, AND ALSO …
“OPEN THE WINDOW, AUNT MILLIE.”
LOVE TO ALL.