Bethel Inappropriate Location
Re: 1/12/11 Planning Board Meeting regarding possible asphalt plant
We are unable to attend this meeting, but we are writing to express our thoughts on this possible development. f possible go ahead and read this letter of concern at the meeting. If not possible, then please keep it for your records.
We are opposed to this possible development. Why?
1) Bethel is an inappropriate location for this type of industrial development. This area's focus is on tourism, natural resources utilization, outdoor recreation, and such like. Further development of these types of activities is completely incompatible with the type of industrial development represented by an asphalt plant. If such a plant is approved, well then, why stop there? A coal processing facility might as well be considered. Or a gas refinery.
2) As regards" ... why stop there ... ," the precedence factor must be considered if an asphalt plant would be approved. Particularly at a time of struggling economy and anti-regulation climate, precedence adhering to any type of 'quick buck solution' should be an overarching concern.
3) Such a plant produces a variety of air toxins, most of which are known carcinogens. Further, movement of asphalt (e.g. truck transportation) causes release of additional pollutants. (please note: pollutant has an almost acceptable ring to it; poison is more accurate.)
4) any tax dollars generated by such development would be off-set by pollution-related health costs. Ultimately such costs are borne by all taxpayers, given the intertwined relationships between health care and the general economy.
5) The decline in property values in the area directly effected by such industrial development is more than a trifle unfortunate. It is damn unfair, counter-productive and contrary to the best interests of all the citizens of this community.
We live in East Bethel, a good hike from the North Road area. So what? We are citizens of Bethel, and object strongly to this ill-conceived venture. the direction of our economic future should be guided by the proximity of this area to natural resources and recreational development. We accomplish little more than dismissing that future by allowing industrial development that spews forth poisons. It is unacceptable.
Roger and Lynne Zimmerman
I feel it my moral and civic responsibility to raise awareness and warn the hundreds of other small businesses in the Bethel area of a dangerous and potentially devastating situation.
On Christmas weekend, unknown hackers drained my bank account (and then some), making four separate purchases over a three-day spree, for airline tickets to or from the Arab Emirates in Dubai and Mumbai. I was only alerted to these fraudulent charges when the bank reopened on Monday, Dec. 27. I was appalled to find out that something of this nature could happen, as some, but not all, banks have a red flag system in place to hold suspicious transactions until verifying the charges with me.
My card was not lost or stolen. My PIN is safe and known only in the confines of my memory. I used this card as a convenience when ordering supplies from trusted sites whom I've used numerous times before. However, my information was still compromised and because of whatever method these criminals used, there is little hope these funds can or will be recovered.
As I have just recently learned, business debit cards do not have the same protection as personal debit cards. A debit card issued for commercial, business or agricultural purposes are exempt from MasterCard's Zero Liability policy for "unauthorized purchases." My local bank, nor MasterCard, is under no legal obligation to reimburse these stolen funds. The merchant has up to 90 days to respond to the dispute.
I've learned that customer loyalty is no match for legal policy in the fine print and with so much attention on security measures, safeguards and assurances, thieves can always find a way around them.
Herein lies the warning. Talk with your bank about your risks and their policy on reimbursement of unauthorized transactions and keep your hard-earned money safe.
Toe Tappin Jazz Dance Studio, Bethel