Gaining experience

Editor of the Reformer:

I read with considerable interest the article by Jill Stahl Tyler ("Two good things," Jan. 11).

This story describe how education mattered to me and the two good things that resulted from that education. I graduated from Central high School in Springfield, Mass., in June 1929. I had taken a college prep course intending to go to college, but 1929 was the start of the Great Depression and there was no way my parents could afford to send me off to college. Knowing this and knowing that my college prep course would not help me in the business world, I took a two-year night school course in bookkeeping and accounting while working days.

In 1933, my family moved to East Hartford, Conn., to live with my sister and her husband. I immediately looked for a job in the local paper and saw that Firestone Tire and Rubber was looking for an assistant warehouse helper. I applied for and got the job. Not long after, I was promoted to the office as billing clerk. Firestone tried to hire people who had qualities for promotion and my night school education fit that requirement.

About two years later, I was promoted to their New Britain, Conn., retail store as the credit manager. I held this position until 1945, when I moved with my family to Jamaica. After working at a number of different jobs, in 1957 I was elected Town Clerk and Treasurer of Jamaica. How could I ever handle that position? Because of my night school training in bookkeeping and accounting.

What was the other of the "Two Good Things"? It was in night school that I met my future wife of 60 years and mother of our four children.

Warren S. Patrick,

Townshend, Jan. 16

Just the facts ...

Editor of the Reformer:

In the Jan. 16 edition of the Brattleboro Reformer, Mr. Scott Ainslie, in a letter to the editor, writes that the coverage by the Reformer of an article concerning the 1979 Islamic Revolution was "shameful and misleading journalism" because it "neglected to include the military coup the U.S. perpetrated on the people of Iran."

Mr. Ainslie is correct in writing that the hostility of Iranians toward the United States goes back to the 1953 coup which was sponsored, in part, by the United States and its CIA. He fails to mention that the British were also involved in that coup. He also writes that, "President Eisenhower’s Secretary of State Dean Acheson admitted that the anti-Communism ruse ‘was a smokescreen.’" Mr. Ainslie needs to get his facts straight. Dean Acheson was the Secretary of State under President Truman, and he left that office on the date that Dwight Eisenhower was sworn in as President of the United States, Jan. 20, 1953. The coup took place in August, 1953, and Eisenhower’s Secretary of State at that time was John Foster Dulles, not Dean Acheson. Mr. Acheson had nothing to do with the Eisenhower administration.

If one is going to criticize journalistic shortcomings, one should have one’s facts straight.

Bruce C. Evans,

Jacksonville, Jan. 16

Looking for a sign

Editor of the Reformer:

The Vermont Interactive Technologies (formerly Television) studio is a public facility within a public building: Brattleboro Union High School.

It is exceptionally hard to find, because there are no signs indicating which entrance to use and where it is within this vast complex.

Arriving for a Vermont Public Service Board evening public hearing, we encountered a custodian who didn’t know where it is, though he helped us to find it.

Who can give us some signs?

Howard Fairman,

Vernon, Jan. 15

A dangerous situation

Editor of the Reformer:

To the Vermont Department of Transportation: Do you realize there is an extremely hazardous situation on I-91 where the bridge work is going on over Route 30?

I was traveling south through this section tonight and with all the northbound ski traffic coming towards me, their lights glaring over the top of the barrier, I was almost blind. I certainly couldn’t see where the barrier was on my left and had to hug the barely discernible white line on the right. One certainly can’t go 50 mph (posted speed limit) safely through this area at night. 

The car in front of me kept hitting the brakes so I know they couldn’t see either. I can’t imagine what it was like on those foggy nights.

Please can we get some netting or something on top of this wall to block oncoming lights before we have a major accident here?

Linda Grout,

Brattleboro, Jan. 20