To The Editor:
The division that the Moretown community is suffering due to the long drawn-out process of the appeals of the Development Review Board, Act 250 and the Agency of Natural Resources denials of the permit applications for a quarry which would be located on Route 100B is of great concern to me.
With hardly any exceptions, all the people who are in favor of a quarry would not be directly impacted by the noise and danger from drilling, blasting, crushing and trucking. If it were to be located near their homes, would they be so favorably inclined to support it? What if some undesirable project was to be proposed near where they live?
Wouldn't they want, indeed expect, others to come to their aid to help oppose it?
Perhaps they would even welcome, indeed expect, the town to support them. During this process we must not lose the sense of what it means to be a neighbor. If we lose the sense of what being a neighbor means, we will lose the sense of community that is so important to the well being and happiness of all of us.
The Mad River Neighborhood Association (MRNA) will not cease to exist when the quarry issue is settled. It is a registered 501(c)(3) organization committed to continuing work for the benefit of the town. Raising funds to help with the Town Hall restoration (MRNA purchased the present cookstove), buying computers and other educational aids for the school, beautification of the wall on Route 100B (the northern gateway to our town) and support of the Bruce Farm agricultural proposal are just a few examples of projects that MRNA has discussed as ways to give back to the town. The organization is grateful for the support the town has provided and plans to show its thanks in the future.
Seeing the town working together is not an unrealistic dream. Perhaps the organization will eventually be renamed to become the Moretown Neighborhood Association!