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Friday, May 10, 2013
Arsenal’s air quality is an issue, too
Your April 24 article “Meeting discusses water safety” focused on monitoring ground water at the Radford Arsenal.
According to BAE Systems, about 75 percent of the explosive waste (nitrocellulose, et al.) is burned in an enclosed incinerator, and the balance is torched in open-air, flat, metal pans using diesel oil as fuel.
The most disturbing revelation at the April 23 presentation, if I heard correctly, is that no responsible party is monitoring air quality at the arsenal. Those parties include the federal Environmental Protection Agency, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and BAE Systems and its contractors.
Future meetings should address the byproducts of hazardous waste incineration, airborne pollutant concentrations surrounding the arsenal, and EPA and DEQ air quality standards.
‘Wonderettes’ marks a marvelous return
Roanoke and surrounding area, don’t miss Mill Mountain Theatre’s return to the stage. “The Marvelous Wonderettes” is a feel-good treat. In a world full of wrenching images and news, take time to support local theater and come away smiling.
Bravo to everyone involved.
McNamara has skills Roanoke County needs
If you are concerned about the future of Roanoke County, then please vote for Joe McNamara in this Saturday’s Republican primary in Windsor Hills.
My wife and I live in another magisterial district in Roanoke County but have known McNamara, personally and professionally, for nearly 10 years. He is a successful businessman with years of prior experience on the board of supervisors, which makes him an excellent choice for voters, like us, who want to see all of Roanoke County grow and prosper.
McNamara has the knowledge and skill to get the job of a supervisor done without allowing politics to get in the way of sound decision-making. He is a gentleman and makes decisions based on business principles, not emotion. He is a uniter of people, not a divider, something sorely needed in today’s political environment.
In his previous years on the board, McNamara fully supported county schools and its hard-working administrators, teachers and staff. He knows the school system’s value because his children have either graduated from or attend county schools.
If you want to see Roanoke County moving forward, then please vote for the person most capable of helping it do so — vote for McNamara.
EDWARD SHANNON HALL
Don’t think ‘raise’ till teachers are well paid
I saw red when I discovered that Roanoke City Council is proposing to vote itself a raise (“Council gets closer to raises,” May 7 news story).
If that doesn’t shrink the hide off of a rat, maybe my toothpick will break the camel’s back.
What are these guys thinking about? If anyone should be given a raise, it should be our teachers.
Veto the council’s faux pas, please.
At this stage, even an ugly curb would be OK
Re: “New sidewalks are ugly and unsafe,” May 3 Pick of the day, by Kelli Theller:
“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder” must be true. I have lived in the 1500 block of Mabry for 30 years. I have requested just curb and gutter. The city engineer who was the last to give me an answer said it would be 20 more years.
I am 70 years old, so count your blessings, Kelli.
GEORGE A. BOONE JR.
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