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Dirty water

Your June 30 feature [“Gas guzzling”] describes dangers to drinking water in Albemarle from UG petroleum leaks. Half of the  County residents (and some businesses) depend on wells for their water, and perhaps a similar percentage depend on septic systems to dispose of their untreated waste directly into the ground. With the average life expectancy of a  septic system  less than 30 years, failed or failing septic systems are a real threat to contaminate water wells and streams.

In some County areas where public water and sewer is available, owners are denied connections, because their property is located in areas designated for slow or no growth. Is safe drinking water less important than directing population growth?

D.E. Sours, Sr
Keswick

There’s that word again

As a fan of C-VILLE, I’m reading one of your restaurant articles today and thought I’d pass along something for you to consider. I am the proud owner of several locally owned Domino’s Pizza stores in the  area. My stores have been locally owned in this area for over 25 years. For those 25 years, we’ve contributed to the success and happiness of community groups and citizens of our area. We have always made giving back to the community part of our mission (“caring for the community” is even part of our logo). Whether requests for pizza donations, fundraisers or sponsorship of community events, from schools to community organizations, week after week, year after year-we are the ones who say “yes.”

I started as a delivery driver with Domino’s Pizza and have always loved the fact that Domino’s stores are owned by people who live/work in the community.

So, while I join you in your support of “local” businesses, I also believe you should consider the local businesses associated with national brands, who support our community.

Ray Sellers
Charlottesville

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Your roots are showing

When I was a lad living at the end of N. First Street our neighbor, Mr. Sam Fitch, whose property ran all the way to what is now McIntire Road, kept a nice coop of chickens along with an appreciative rooster [“Chickens raise concerns when barnyard is backyard,” Development News, February 17]. Not only that, he kept a cow, which occasionally was seen munching grass across the street from our front door. I miss First Street, but I’m happy to read that it is returning to its agricultural roots.

Rick Watson
Charlottesville

Dilation explanation

Alcohol is a “vaso dilator,” meaning it dilates your blood vessels [“Danger ahead? The truth about sulfites,” The Working Pour, February 24]. I’m no expert or doctor, but have heard that dilated vessels in the brain can cause headaches. Maybe the added sugar in white wine balances the dilation effect. Maybe too, tannins is red wine have a greater negative effect?

Alcohol is also a natural diuretic. I do know that a long night of drinking alcohol literally dehydrates your tissues and causes headaches. Maybe people drink more red wine than white wine over the course of an evening, therefore leading to a bit of a hangover. I’ve heard that we are more likely to drink more water at room temperature than cold. Red wine is usually served warmer than white…

Just a few thoughts.
 
Vanessa Bourgeois
Charlottesville

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