Letters to the Editor

January 24, 2009

Help at accident scene was appreciated

To the editor:

I was one of the lucky ones to survive the horrific accident on Interstate 70 west on Monday, Jan. 19.

I would like to sincerely thank all of the EMTs, firefighters, police officers and others who responded to this terrible crash site. From the school bus driver who so carefully drove the shell-shocked, but uninjured victims to the Red Cross shelter, to the many Red Cross volunteers who graciously provided such comfort to the group and kept us informed, to the management and staff of the Homewood Suites hotel who made us feel so welcome, everyone I encountered was extremely kind and generous.

I would also like to thank the bus driver who took us to the hotel that night, all of the tow truck drivers who secured our cars and belongings, and Rob at Advance Auto Body who helped me finally get a flight back home to Ohio.


I was traveling alone and those 36 hours were an overwhelming experience. I cannot find words to express my gratitude to everyone who helped me.

Jill Stefancin
Akron, Ohio

Don't forget about nuclear power

To the editor:

Congress and the administration are touting alternative energy sources to replace power production derived from foreign oil. They want to generate 10 percent to 20 percent of the U.S. energy needs from alternative sources.

Most of the alternative energy would have to be generated from wind power systems. If we assume 10 percent of the U.S. energy requirements consists of 100,000 megawatts, and each wind turbine produces approximately 2 to 3 megawatts, it will take about 40,000 wind turbines to produce the 100,000 megawatts.

The siting of 40,000 wind turbines around the country could be a monumental task since an average wind speed of about 12 mph is needed to efficiently operate a wind turbine. Hilltops, mountains, canyons and some coastlines are candidate locations for the wind machines, but these locations pose logistical, noise and aesthetic obstacles. The generation of power from the wind turbines is dependent on weather conditions, and we all know how unpredictable and varied the weather can be.

Furthermore, we would need an electrical grid system spread out around the country to tie in the wind turbines to the national grid.

Approximately 50 nuclear power plants with two units per site providing a total of 2000 megawatts per site, will generate 100,000 megawatts of clean, reliable, operationally cost effective and continuous power.

Nuclear power plants, domestic oil production, wind energy systems and other alternative energy sources are all viable components of a comprehensive energy program.

Donald A. Moskowitz
Londonderry, N.H.

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