Voter registration campaign under way
Editor of the Reformer:
On Sept. 25, the League of Women Voters will join thousands of volunteers from over a hundred organizations in a nationwide field effort to register voters where they are -- on their way to work, on campus, in the community, out shopping, in nursing homes and online. By doing this, we’re helping to ensure that all Americans have the opportunity to register and participate in this year’s election. The deadline to register to vote in Vermont is Oct. 31.
The League of Women Voters of Southeast Vermont will be registering voters at the main Brattleboro Post Office on Main Street from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25 in order to engage new voters before the November election. Over the summer, the League registered eligible voters at the Brattleboro Farmers Market, as well as at the Post Office. The League will also be visiting local nursing and rehabilitation facilities to register new voters and update voter information.
A lot of attention is paid to candidate’s biographies and campaign trail quips. But the real stakes of this election are much higher. This election is about everyone standing up for the things that matter most to us and our families. Whether we care most about college affordability, job opportunities, America’s place in the world or other important issues, we all deserve the chance to weigh in and
Registered voters will be able to pick up absentee ballots or vote in Town Clerk offices around the state after October 1st. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Democracy is not a spectator sport. Vote!
co-chair, League of Women Voters Southeast Vermont Unit
Putney, Sept. 11
The benefit of other viewpoints
Editor of the Reformer:
I was disappointed to read Scott Ainslie’s vitriolic column in the Sept. 10 newspaper. It was not his opposition to the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision that concerned me, but that he asks the Reformer to "stop publishing" and therefore silence the opinions of others, in this case John McClaughry of the Ethan Allen Institute.
I am reminded of the title of a book by Nat Hentoff, "Free Speech For Me -- But Not For Thee." I, for one, like to read opposing opinions, as I think they are critical to the stimulation of thoughtful debate and discussion.
I hope that the editors of the Reformer are not intimidated what appears to be a campaign by those intolerant of hearing any sound outside of their own echo chambers. I ask the editors to please not stop publishing McClaughry’s column.
Vernon, Sept. 12
Editor’s note: We have no plans to suspend Mr. McClaughry’s submissions to the Reformer.