will be missed
Editor of the Reformer:
When someone thinks of doctors or dentist some things come to mind. Large deductibles, heavy payments or never being able to get an appointment on Wednesday because they are golfing. A Hippocratic Oath never guarantees sensitivity, but this man defined that.
Dr. Jeffrey Munson, is retiring from a lengthy career of over 49 years in the dental field, serving the citizens of Brattleboro. It has been only in the last few years that I have discovered the dedication and loyalty this man has towards his patients and dare I say his friends. Following in the footsteps of this grandfather and father, he showed all of us that a true dentist cares more for people’s health and well being then he does lining his pockets.
When sitting in his beloved dental chair, I noticed his office covered in pictures of wildlife and stuffed animals. Which turned out to be a beloved passion of his. He once told me, "I think that if folks are surrounded by these items, maybe they’ll feel more relaxed." It worked.
Our conversations about politics were some of my favorite. All he ever asked from people was to do what all of should do, be proud hardworking Americans. I loved it. I’m not putting him on a pedestal, just rewarding this proud hardworking man for giving us working class men and women a break. He always knew his calling in this field should never be out of the reach of folks, because of money.
So Doctor Munson as you get ready to put that classic dental chair in your "Man Cave," I say thank you. Thank you on behalf of all your patients and friends whom love and respect you.
Fair winds and zero tooth decay.
Michael W. Tudda,
Brattleboro, Oct. 25
Accessibility is key
Editor of the Reformer:
Once again the Write Action Board and so many volunteers and donators have given the community the amazing Literary Festival. Wow!
Next year I’m hoping for Right Action to be a part of the Write Action Literary Festival. To hold a festival event in an inaccessible venue such as the Hooker Dunham theater is not right action. It is my understanding that any organization that receives federal funding such as The National Endowment for the Arts or state funding such as Vermont Arts Council is by law required to hold events in accessible venues. I remember speaking with Isabel Wilkerson when she visited the Festival and spoke about her book "The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration," and we spoke about barriers and I mentioned that the festival held an event in an inaccessible venue and she said well that would exclude my mother who is in a wheelchair. We all know that if the venue were to exclude Isabel Wilkerson’s mother based on race we would be in an uproar but to exclude her or anyone else based on accessibility is somehow acceptable.
Looking forward to next year’s Right/Write Action Literary Festival and sending a deep bow and much appreciation all the good works of the organization.
Putney, Oct. 24