Editor of the Reformer:
We have lost Adivasi and India Palace; two sources for exotic fashion and food, gone almost overnight and simultaneously. They were little known secrets and supported largely by the community for many years.
Brattleboro, it seems, is always in a state of transition and flux and I am thankful for that. However, I look for continuity in a small city, familiar faces, and reliable venues. The feel and flavor of a small city is lost when special businesses leave.
The absence leads me to reminisce about the departures of other unique spaces that defined Brattleboro for me. I am sure most people will happily recall Captain Bullfrog’s music store that was invested in vinyl. Or Lama, Toucan, Crow where one might soak up the pleasantly claustrophobic atmosphere of all that was healthy and homey. Who could forget the experience of partaking atmosphere and good food at the Common Ground ? There are so many businesses that have come and gone due to different reasons of course.
During this season of giving, material and immaterial why not feel especially good about the venues that have been here, and are still here, despite all kinds of challenges. And strengthen the slogan "shop locally."
Kelley L. Murray,
Brattleboro, Nov. 19
Editor of the Reformer:
When Lincoln said that we begin with equality he was painfully aware how brief was the enjoyment of such a state of affairs. It doesn’t take long for the status quo of equality to seep from our pores and flow into the riverbed of selfishness. The minnows swim with the sharks in this modern travesty of the Jefferson and Lincoln visions of our national accord. We the people cannot cure ourselves of anything until we disenthrall ourselves of this perennial pestilence of corporate war and the disenfranchisement of the rights of men and women.
Each November the nation is called to holiday in remembrance of veterans of war who served to protect our freedoms, yet each year those freedoms are worn down by the blunt force of the unequal distribution of wealth, influence and wellbeing.
Our Supreme Court should be benched to lawfully protect our nation’s most cherished possession -- its people. Instead, we get this impersonal and ugly disavowal of we the people’s humanity in favor of corporate equality of personhood.
There are no thanksgivings to be had with the aloof boardrooms and shareholders who cannot share the table of harvest with those who profit not from the yield.
We have failed thus far to recast our swords into plowshares. And so, now that corporations join the world’s stage as "people" who will be the last soldier willing to die for this ill-gotten corporate hijacking of equality with our natural born humanity?
Brattleboro, Nov. 18