2018-11-03 / Viewpoints


Leave Arboretum Alone

Dear editor:

When the military honor wall on the side of the Rexall Drug store on Main and East Second streets was removed many years ago, I vowed that one day I would return an honor wall to Coudersport.

One day, I started working on a list of men and women who had served. Bob Currin from the Potter County Historical Society helped me to compile a list of veterans from the early wars. I then set out to obtain the names of others who served our country.

Along with the late D. Bruce Cahilly, we applied for and received a grant to build the memorial. American Legion Potter Post 192 also stepped up. A local merchant put the names in a medium to attach inside of the wall in a glass enclosure.

Once it was complete, I turned guardianship over to the Post 192, which remodeled it a few years ago. We purchased the flags and poles in front of the wall, which are lit in the evening. An iron eagle was donated by a local person and painted by Lisa Snyder.

Countless hours were lovingly spent on this. Many people were involved. It should be in a place of respect for all of the soldiers/ veterans who served from this area.

The Arboretum is the perfect place because it was developed in the same manner. Every tree was placed exactly where it stands by someone in memory of loved ones. They stood there and prayed, cried, or rejoiced at that very spot.

Each brick and bench was placed in the same manner. Everything has been done with great care and respect.

The park is a celebration of our history. It should be respected.

Sheetz could turn its business to face the church, purchase the adjacent property, and still have what it wants. There is an issue with the ground being contaminated, but the cost in moving the Arboretum couldn’t be higher than the cost of cleaning the ground. The Kudricks want to sell. Sheetz wants to expand. Seems like a win/win to me.

It would be a crime to disrespect the people that the Arboretum memorializes.

Ralph Caldwell

In Response...

Dear editor:

Pennsylvania’s Alternative Energy Portfolio Standards (AEPS), enacted in 2004, mandates that 18 percent of the state’s electricity must be generated from alternative sources by 2020.

But currently, just about 4 percent of Pennsylvania’s energy comes from renewable sources. The majority comes from coal, nuclear and natural gas.

New Jersey’s mandate is 22.5 percent renewables by 2021, while New York’s latest standard is 50 percent by 2030. In fact, of the states that have adopted standards, Pennsylvania has one of the lowest.

Experts say that weak policies and low energy prices -- in part because of the glut of natural gas from the state’s shale formations -- are stifling the state’s renewables from reaching new heights.

Five years ago, EverPower moved its headquarters from New York City to Pittsburgh, in part because of the state’s “fair permitting requirements.”

“But now Pennsylvania has fallen behind in the commercial aspects of wind development,” said company spokesman Kevin Sheen. Since 2012, wind installations have been dropping.

Shanti Gamper-Rabindran, environment and energy economics professor at the University of Pittsburgh, said designing more effective policies would incentivize cleaner energy. “It would be more effective incentive for wind and solar adoption to have a specific target for the category of cleanest energy sources,” she said.

Two bills in the State Senate’s aim to strengthen Pennsylvania’s AEPS. Neither has received votes.

Gov. Tom Wolf’s office wants to expand renewables, said his press secretary, “but the legislature has not shown enthusiasm.”

Ashley Murray

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