Deja vu all over again

Editor of the Reformer:

Baby, you can drive my car ....

As I had my cup of tea this morning I was listening to NPR. The issue of raising the debt ceiling was being discussed. After a few quotes, pro and con, there was the statement: "Š it appears to be a game of chicken." In my mind’s eye I flashed to Natalie Wood waving her scarf and the two cars taking off. President Obama driving one car and Speaker John Boehner the other; the movie in every other aspect was identical to "Rebel Without A Cause," right down to one wearing the t-shirt with the cigarette pack rolled up in the sleeve and the other in the leather jacket. As I see the car going over the cliff I see the license plate that reads "USA" and an old bumper sticker "It’s the economy, stupid." Depending on your point of view you can choose who is playing James Dean. In my visualization, I had Obama rolling on the ground. But, wait a minute, I’m wrong. I’m not writing this movie; who is? I remembered all the hate radio personalities right after Obama was elected; the mantras being to do everything and anything to insure that Obama is a one term president: "...we’ll make sure he failsŠ"

My mind short circuits; a near death experience with the last 10 years flashing before my eyes as if I were the driver going over the cliff with the radio blaring "Š don’t play with me cause you’re playing with fire Š" seeing everything that has happened since from 9/11: the American Dream crashing on the rocks of war; hate and greed.


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The debt ceiling/budget was again the issue on NPR this morning. I pulled up the above. My computer notes that I last opened it July 11, 2011. We are two years up the road, but we haven’t gotten anywhere. In spite of the fact that the last time the debt ceiling came around to be raised the Congress sipped tea holding the president and the rest of hostage. As a result, the United States Credit rating slipped; the stock market dropped like a rock and unemployment reversed its slow recover.

The definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different outcome.

The inmates are running the asylum: Congress passed the bills to spend the money; now they don’t want to pass a bill to raise it.

Yes Yogi, deja vu all over again.

Dean Lynch,

Putney, Sept. 19

On recent Rockingham library drama ...

Editor of the Reformer:

It seems unlikely that a public library could become a battleground for justice -- unless it’s about banned books or visits from Homeland Security -- but this ongoing painful drama at Rockingham Free Public Library has reached a crucial point.

Last week a majority of five trustees voted to fire an excellent director. Their refusal to allow the director to respond to the full board to allegations made in their corrective action plan is insulting and mean spirited. This small handful of people has now tipped the scales and their actions have gone beyond reason, decency, and the law. The amount of time, money and energy that is being spent and wasted is reprehensible. The amount of grief, hardship, slander and stress that is being inflicted is truly appalling.

All of this is an affront to the community.

That this, or any, public library should be a flashpoint for conflict is baffling and very disturbing. Ultimately we all pay the price for unacceptable behavior.

Wendy O’Connell and David Blistein,

Dummerston, Sept. 23

Support for Mitchell

Editor of the Reformer:

We want to add our voices to that of Kathleen Mitchell (Letter Box, Sept. 19), and express our anger at the firing of Celina Houlne as the Director of the Rockingham Free Public Library. The action of the Library Trustees has been brewing since spring and can only be explained by the need of Jan Mitchell Love and Debra Wright to exert power in this community. They seem to have no sense of our feeling for the library and its staff, and are operating against popular feeling.

It seems strange to us that Jan Mitchell Love has to use her son to support the decisions of the Library Trustees. It is true, especially in terms of the contract with Baybutt Construction, that mistakes were made all around, but to make Celina the scapegoat of such a fiasco seems unfair, at the least.

Like everyone else, we want to hear the whole story behind the decision to fire Celina, and we demand a public meeting with those who voted for the action. The community needs to know clearly what their thinking was and have an opportunity to respond. It is our library. We cannot just stand by and let a few people destroy this very fine institution.

Rev. and Mrs. Robert Deacon,

Bellows Falls, Sept. 20

The great mail giveaway

Editor of the Reformer:

I have just reread your article "USPS needs to reinvent itself" in your Aug. 8 issue, another article in the Aug. 10-11 issue about the $740 million loss for the third quarter and an article on Aug. 19 about possible Congress action to correct the growing problem. No where have I read anything about what I am writing about, the amount of mail that comes into my mailbox and presumably into millions of other mail boxes across the country every day.

In the past two weeks I have received 24 pieces of mail in which I have no interest whatsoever. These range from pleas for money donations, advertising goods I have no interest in, etc. The postage on this stuff ranges from 9 cents to "non-profit organization" with no stamp cost given.

If I received 24 pieces of this kind of mail I think I can reasonably assume that untold millions of people across this country received simpler unwanted mail. No where have I seen anything mentioned about the loss to the USPS due to this giveaway(?).

I, for one, would be interested in how many others receive such mail and have no use for it.

Warren S. Patrick,

Townshend, Aug. 29

Apple pies and motorcycles

Editor of the Reformer:

Columbus Day weekend and Dummerston Apple Pie Festival is rapidly approaching. Each year during this beautiful fall foliage period, many motorcycle clubs from around New England visit Dummerston to specifically support the local Apple Pie festival, and take in all the activities associated with the festival. For several years, the Historical Society has welcomed the hundreds of motorcyclists with an exhibit of antique bikes.

In the past, Fred Gonet, Vic Olson, Stanley Lynde and others have generously worked with the Dummerston Historical Society to exhibit for that weekend their antique bikes. We know others have antique or unique motorcycles who might be willing to have them on display for the weekend.

If you are interested or can make a referral, please contact Gail Sorenson at 802-254-9311 or Jody Normandeau at 802-254-9037.

Gail Sorenson,

Dummerston, Sept. 20