Globe South Letter

Are you a part of water problem?

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January 24, 2008

I read Robert Knox's article ("Advocates fault new water policy" Jan. 10). As a water superintendent, I am growing tired of being perceived as the "bad guy" who is "pumping the watershed dry" and I am tired of the rhetoric and political posturing being performed by the DEP and the watershed lobbyists.

What strikes me is that the article does not give its readers a means to judge their own contribution to the apparent dilemma. Therefore let me provide what measures the DEP is telling us, the water utilities, and let the Massachusetts homeowners be aware:

If your water use in the summer is in excess of 20 percent of your winter use, you are part of the problem! Most water bills give your past year's history of use; check it out.

However, if your bill does not provide such a history the following method will also help you judge yourself.

If you water your lawn more than once per week at any period during the summer, you are part of the problem!

Yes, your water rates will go up to cover the fact that less water will be sold and yet the fixed costs of running the system must be met.

Your tap water has never been safer, so start saving money by drinking tap water and not lugging home that less regulated and yet nearly infinitely more expensive bottled water!

If these two measures seem reasonable, then please help your water utility achieve these goals. If these two measures seem unreasonable, then complain to your legislator about the DEP and stop contributing to those watershed lobbying groups.

Joseph Duggan

Globe rail story was misleading

Regarding Globe South's article "Neighbor towns duel on tracks" (Jan. 10), concerning the proposed reestablishment of commuter rail service to New Bedford and Fall River: The statement that the Stoughton option is the most environmentally damaging alternative is a subjective opinion, not a substantiated fact. It demonstrates a lack of knowledge regarding the Attleboro Alternative.

Lest I add fuel to the Globe's frivolous fire - that the towns of Easton and Norton are engaged in man-to-man combat - it should be noted that the group opposing the Attleboro Alternative, Citizens Concerned About Tracks, is in fact a regional coalition representing Attleboro, Taunton, Mansfield, and Norton. Your article is terribly misleading, and does a disservice to the CCATS coalition and the four communities that have joined together to oppose the Attleboro route.

Hopefully, reporting of upcoming civic engagement meetings will be moved out of Globe South, if coverage in this regional section means deleting mention of Attleboro and Taunton.

I also believe the Globe should stick to reporting the facts relative to this very important state transportation project, and avoid sensationalism of the differing opinions on how best to accomplish it.

Heather A. Graf
Citizens Concerned About Tracks

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