Angels among us

Editor of the Reformer:

There are angels among us. In the pouring down rain -- cold, cold rain -- my car, recently filled with gasoline, stalled on Western Avenue and would not re-start. Traffic heavy in both directions, a very kind young man going the other way, parked his own car out of the way of traffic on the other side of the road and single-handedly pushed my car backward up a small incline to a side street where I could turn off Western Avenue. This miracle took only a few minutes.

Two days later in the cold sunshine in front of my home, I had started to replace spark plugs in my car when a very kind, retired man came by with walking cleats for safety on our icy road and replaced all the spark plugs for me. This miracle took a few more minutes.

As a single grandmother, I am blessed to live in a community where angels live and walk among us, and I am eternally grateful. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

Lynn Russell,

Brattleboro, Jan. 10

‘Humanity at its best’

Editor of the Reformer:

Our hearts are heavy with the passing of Rita and John Chakalos late last year and our deepest sympathies go out to their beloved family. Joan’s Food Pantry has not only lost two amazing benefactors, but we have lost two people whose giving ways touched the hearts of thousands of people each Christmas season with their generous and fantastic holiday light display. We are so very grateful for their exceptional gifts to our community and small pantry -- they will be angels in our hearts forever.

United Natural Foods, based in Chesterfield, has been our steadfast contributor for many years, and without them, we would be struggling to stock our shelves. In addition, the Keene Community Kitchen and New Hampshire Food Bank help by supplying food as they are able. Our small food pantry is blessed to have you all as resources.

There are hundreds of volunteers and other donors who keep our pantry stocked and operating each year, and we are truly grateful for all you do. Your names are too many to mention, and you all help for reasons other than recognition, but know that our patrons are so very lucky to have each of you. Without this team effort, the people we serve would not have healthy foods to keep them going through difficult times. The many acts of kindness ... people reacting so positively to any request we might have for assistance ... one neighbor helping another ... humanity at its best.

Without the generous and caring actions of all of you, people who care, Joan’s Food Pantry would not be able to insure that 100 percent of all donations go directly into feeding those in need. Thanks to each and every volunteer and contributor for caring about and giving to Joan’s Food Pantry.

Valerie Starbuck,

On behalf of Joan’s Food Pantry,

Jan. 6

A thanks to firemen

Editor of the Reformer:

Thank you so much for the prompt attention and acts of caring in our neighbors tragic house fire on Schoolhouse Road in East Dummerston and for keeping our home save.

We appreciate ALL of our firemen, everyday!

Thanks again for the wonderful work you do everyday with compassion.

Betty and Philip Bolster,

Dummerston, Jan. 8

Where does the money go?

Editor of the Reformer:

I think I heard on the radio this week that the acting town manager of Brattleboro decided to return many of the residents assessed penalties for not filing the "Homestead Declaration and Property Tax Adjustment" forms in a timely manner this past tax year.

He said there were so many cases they decided it was a problem of not getting the message out clearly to the people. What a generous offer by the town. We live in a nearby town and many of us were hit with that same penalty. I was informed that the money had to go to the Vermont Tax Department, not the town itself.

Can someone explain to me where the penalty money actually went? Maybe I misinterpreted the whole news bite.

Jill Wood,

Guilford, Jan. 10

Have your voice heard

Editor of the Reformer:

I believe Gary Sachs hit the nail on the head (again) about history proving we cannot necessarily depend on Entergy to keep its commitments about the safe, timely and proper decommissioning of Vermont Yankee (Letter Box, Jan. 7).

On Jan. 14 we have what may well be our last chance to let the Public Service Board know whether we think Entergy is a good corporate citizen, deserving of a Certificate of Pubic Good. Please come to Brattleboro Union High School, Room 125 at 7 p.m. on Tuesday for an interactive TV event to learn more as well as to voice your concerns about decommissioning.

This may well be the only opportunity for ordinary people to comment for the next several years on this very important issue. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission only allows a brief "public comment period" once Entergy has submitted its decommissioning plan for approval. The Legislature is unlikely to do anything for fear of being silenced by a lawsuit, and that fear will almost certainly prevail if there no groundswell of concern from the citizenry.

The state and Entergy are rushing through a deal that may seriously affect our public health, our land and our river for a very, very long time. Once again, if you have questions or reservations about Governor Shumlin’s decommissioning deal with Entergy, this Tuesday may well be your last chance to go on record and voice them. After that, it’s probably a done deal for the foreseeable future.

Richard Evers,

Brattleboro, Jan. 10

On Townshend renewables

Editor of the Reformer:

The solar array proposed for the Townshend dump is a great idea, but were Townshend residents offered a chance to purchase or lease some panels to cut down on individual expenses, like in Putney? And whatever happened to the West River hydroelectric project? Something to be implemented to reduce Townshend’s electricity bills?

Henry Pinckney,

Townshend, Jan. 7