Remember what
they say about judging
a book by its cover?

Editor of the Reformer:

Our story starts out in 2011 when I was a Deputy Sheriff in Texas. The county I worked in had a real bad drug problem and in the process of identifying the local drug dealers I found out that the sheriff’s daughter had just been arrested for distribution of methamphetamine. Approximately a week later the sheriff attempted to run me over in a marked patrol unit when he was intoxicated. I reported the incident between the sheriff and me to my chain of command and was subsequently dismissed from the department. My wife and I decided to leave Texas and move back New England to be close to family and friends.

In the process of moving back north I found out that the sheriff had filed changes against me stating that I had killed one of my horses. In all I spent 67 days in jail before I was acquitted the charges which were filed against me, I believe, in retaliation for reporting the sheriff for driving drunk and trying to run me over.

Regarding this situation, we lost all of our belongings and animals. I was homeless for three months before we found an apartment. We moved out of our apartment recently and into a house. We are slowly getting our lives back in order, but times are tough. We have a bedroom set on layaway and I recently found a good paying job.

So the moral of the story is not to judge someone who is homeless, you don’t know what happened in that person’s life. I went from owning a 2,400-square-foot home on 10 acres, to living out of a back of a Subaru.

Mark McAvoy,

Brattleboro, Jan. 13

Those in need most affected by budget cuts

Editor of the Reformer:

When it comes down to the terms child abuse or child neglect, I wonder who is more guilty of that: the parents or our government.

Look around. Our children can’t get a decent free lunch in school anymore, no thanks to Mrs. Obama. I have a family member who is totally disabled, with two teenage children. Although she gets her Social Security Disability, she need assistance in other areas, such as food. The state cut her food stamp allotment to $65 a month. Now, by my calculations, she is feeding her two children, not herself, on $2 a day. That is child neglect, but not by her doing.

Our government is taking away from those in need right here is our own country, to benefit those in other countries. Our jobs are being outsourced to other countries; they even eliminated cashier jobs in some stores and put in self check-out lines. Can’t talk to an American on the phone anymore; everybody is from a foreign land.

So if anyone is to be accused of child neglect, it is the very people you voted into power. I say you, because I didn’t vote for any of those selfish thugs.

We need to take our country back, stand up and be heard. Get Obama out of the White House, and elect a president who is going to work for us, not against us. Impeach is the word of the day. Yes we can, and we must, impeach Obama

Roger Andrews,

Brattleboro, Jan. 13

A better source of power

Editor of the Reformer:

Having just seen on YouTube several minutes of advertising by an oil company explaining why they should drill deeper and deeper into the ocean floor for more oil, it occurs to me that the tides are always moving and that constant movement could be harnessed to produce electricity/power for human needs. Why don’t the scientists and engineers get together and develop bobbing generators that with the lifting and dropping of the tides will produce energy along the coasts? Seems much more cost effective, efficient, and less threatening or damaging to the environment.

On second thought, perhaps this type of generator has already been developed and "squashed" by the oil cartel? Why is it with all the creativity, technology and intelligence of human beings, we cannot solve the energy challenge before us? Or the food distribution challenge? The Earth certainly provides more than enough to sustain all the current inhabitants. What will it take for us to use our wisdom?

Lynn Russell,

Brattleboro, Jan. 13

Editor’s note: Tidal power (also known as tidal energy generation) is not a new idea. The Rance Tidal Power Station in France became operational in 1966. However, cost and site availability have, up until now, limited it’s widespread usage.

Relaxation tip ...

Editor of the Reformer:

In the Reformer of Dec. 27, you had an article "The power of restful time and a good sleep for renewal," which was very interesting. I have something to offer for "relaxation."

Think of the trees that are slowly moving in the wind, of the blue sky where small white clouds are gently drifting, of the tension which is flowing out of your body, of the earth which is carrying you, of the unity of man and nature; think of the harmony, the stillness and the peace of simply being.

Hanne Steinmeyer,

Vernon, Jan 6