Editorial was the straw that broke the
camel’s back

Editor of the Reformer:

I recently received my annual subscription renewal. I have been wrestling with canceling my subscription for the past several years. And the editorial board’s opinions on the "nuclear option" ("Going nuclear," Nov. 23-24) is the straw the broke the camel’s back.

I’m not surprised at the hypocrisy and shortsightedness of the Democrats in the Senate, to applaud an effort they so rigorously opposed eight years ago when the shoe was on the other foot. Elected officials from both parties care first about their individual ambitions, followed by party needs and wants and last about the people.

I expect the Democrats will regret the day they passed the nuclear option and I expect it may be in the not-too-distant future.

In closing, please cancel my subscription to the Reformer.

Dennis Wiswall,

Newfane, Dec. 19

Not alone

Editor of the Reformer:

Reading Mr. Davis’ column, "A hole in the soul," I find the feelings I am presently experiencing losing the love of my life to leukemia this past September, are so accurately described in his article. It reminds me that I am not alone in my grief, others experience grief in similar ways. Not that this knowledge makes my pain any less being now without her, but just absorbing what he has written, lets me feel less alone.

Thank you, Richard Davis.

Maximilian Brand,

Bellows Falls, Dec. 19

On the mark

Editor of the Reformer:

Dear Miss Redden, thank you for your insightful and important commentary on the expectations, exploitation and deprivation surrounding Victoria’s Secret models and how their surrender from "real persons" to "paraded product" affects us all ("Modeling fashion or fiction?" Dec. 21).

Because a woman’s projected value in all forms of visual media today -- from pop star to actress to video game character to newscaster -- is increasingly reduced to how she looks, I fear that young women will fall prey to the ruse. Sell themselves short.

You are an example to the contrary. You hit the "pause" button on something you sensed as inherently creepy and damaging, despite its pervasiveness and general acceptance as the norm. In doing so, you enacted the critical thinking skills, media literacy, political agency and strength of character of someone we should all look to, regardless of gender, as a real model.

Keep changing the channel.

Meredith Anton,

Dover, Dec. 23