LaClaire jury not
given all the facts

Editor of the Reformer:

Our family would like to thank our friends, neighbors and colleagues for their support during our pursuit of justice for Nita Lowery. Your confirmation that Nita was the victim of a devious predator is appreciated.

We knew that it would be a difficult case to prove because Vermont laws protected the defendant’s medical record. The jury’s task was to connect the dots, but the state of Vermont didn’t allow them to use the pencil to do so. If we, as citizens of this state, ask our fellows to give up three weeks of their lives to serve as jurors in order to weigh evidence, then why not give them all the evidence to weigh? We say this only because one of the jurors attended Jodi LaClaire’s recent sentencing and said as much. She was very upset after the trial to read of Ms. LaClaire’s medical condition, which to her mind was the smoking gun in the case.

Once the platitudes started coming from the bench after hearing from both sides, we knew Ms. LaClaire would be given a slap on the wrist and told not to do it again. It was especially disappointing since Judge Suntag explained the gravitas that the Legislature places on financial exploitation crimes in Vermont. Apparently that gravitas hadn’t trickled down to Brattleboro as of Jan. 10.

We invite you to check out the State of Vermont Board of Nursing and their take on the matter when Ms. Laclaire’s LNA license was revoked. At least someone is looking to protect the public from the likes of her.

Mary Blumberg and John Lowery,

Brattleboro, Jan. 16

I stand corrected

Editor of the Reformer:

I would like to clarify a point in my letter that was printed Thursday, Jan. 16 ("Ask the right questions"). I read it several times before I sent it, but never noticed until I read it in the newspaper that I said the exact opposite of what I meant. I meant to convey that Governor Chris Christie should not be a candidate for president because of the unethical and immoral actions of tying up the traffic for days. Whether he had direct connection to those actions or simply created an atmosphere where people believed he would approve of putting lives and property in jeopardy for political retribution, "Bridgegate" should definitely put an end to Christie’s presidential aspirations and political career. I am so sorry I didn’t see my mistake before sending thereby giving readers the wrong impression. The rest of the letter states what I believe.

Sue Miller,

Brattleboro, Jan. 17

Not so smart is OK

Editor of the Reformer:

Cheers to the person or persons who fixed the "smart" traffic light at the corner of Canal Street and Fairground Road. Somehow, it has lost its "smarts" for quite a while. When it was first put in, it recognized cars in the "turning" lanes, and appropriately lighted the arrows. At some point in the past, its sensors or computer failed to notice when no cars were in the turning lane and the green turn arrows automatically came on anyway. This was especially noticeable late at night when there was little traffic, and it promoted delays and extra-long lines at busy times as well. The light has regained its intelligence. Whoopie!

Ken Heile,

Guilford, Jan. 17

Can they do better?

Editor of the Reformer:

Last Monday, in your Page 2 news feed "New Jersey Traffic Scandal," you said that GOP leaders had come to N.J. Gov. Christie’s defense. Nowhere in that edition or since has there been any text supporting that statement. Nor have I read or heard it anywhere else. Indeed, if I were a Republican, I would find it difficult to defend such behavior. Our political leadership in this country ought to be able to do a lot better than this!

Alan O. Dann,

Marlboro, Jan. 17