Friday February 8, 2013

On Congress and supporting the president

Editor of the Reformer:

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell objects to confirming Republican Chuck Hagel as President Obama’s defense secretary on the basis that Mr. Hagel agrees with the president. Have the Republicans grown so out of touch with reality that the only criteria for any job in our government is to oppose Obama? Many Republicans have achieved nothing but opposing Obama for years. That seems to be all that is in their job description.

After an election, isn’t everyone supposed to get behind the president and do the work of the people? Even when it came to taking care of our war veterans, keeping our economy going, caring for the first responders of 9/11, making sure our food is safe, providing health care for all, or keeping children safe -- nothing seems important to them but opposing Obama. They’ve held our country hostage more than once to that aim. They’ve given us so many reasons to push for term limits for Congress. Its members cannot be allowed to build such name recognition and power base that they no longer earn their wages yet are endlessly re-elected.

It’s way past time for our Congressional "leaders" to understand that America has spoken, twice. The people must lead, and the Congress must follow. It’s time for them to start acting like adults, or retire and stop embarrassing themselves and their country.

Devin J. Starlanyl,

Chesterfield, N.H., Feb. 5

Kudos to girls hockey team

Editor of the Reformer:

Recently, I had the pleasure of watching the BUHS Varsity Girls hockey team defeat the top-ranked team in their division. One might refer to it as a "miracle" game on a local level, but this would belie both the experience and talent of some of these young women, and the power of sheer tenacity on the part of the "newbies." It was, in fact, pure sport. A sincere thank you to those in the Brattleboro area community who have contributed to the girls’ fundraising efforts this past weekend, including Burrows and both local food co-ops, for allowing them to set up. If you see these young women in the coming weeks, please consider a small donation. More importantly, if you love sports, come out and watch a game at the rink. You won’t be disappointed.

Lynne Shea,

For the Friends of BUHS Girls Hockey,

Brattleboro, Feb. 6

Historical Society’s letter a hit

Editor of the Reformer:

It would seem that the Reformer is getting some competition from the 16-page winter issue of the Brattleboro Historical Society’s letter. It may not be current news but it is full of excellent information such as the history of the Harmony Parking Lot, where if you close your eyes and think back you may see a shay at the livery stable with eisenglass curtains you can pull right down in case there’s a change in the weather. It tells how to find out who drove the first nail in building your house. Or visit them and ask about it when paying your dues. A numbered airplane photo view of the downtown area helps keep readers oriented in locating landmarks mentioned in the text. Hundreds of matchcovers and post cards with thousands of photos are worth a trip to see. And we are all delighted the Reformer takes a little space to tell all about it.

George Whitney,

Brattleboro, Feb. 1