Support for
’Trustees you can trust’

Editor of the Reformer:

Rockingham voters have a well defined choice in setting the stage for the smooth operation of Rockingham Free Public Library. Choice is what is clearly needed to ensure regaining the public’s trust in its duly elected library Board of Trustees. I intend to vote for the unified slate of Board of Trustee candidates, "Trustees You Can Trust," namely Doreen Aldrich, Carol Blackwood, David Gould and L. Raymond Massucco. Each seeks to work with the Trustees who will remain seated on the board following March Town Meeting, to bring about a return to an era of openness and civil discourse. The era so described will trump one opposite in nature, one we citizens have been subjected to over many months.

I commend the members of the library staff who, despite enduring undue stress, have remained professional, welcoming, and helpful throughout the past months of rancor.

I thank the reporters of area newspapers for their attention to covering the ever unfolding events in our library’s governance and building renovation. I also thank Citizens for Participation in Rockingham, and FACT-V, for CPR’s recent, well run "Meet the Candidates" forum.

A smooth running democracy depends on a well informed electorate. Please be sure your name is on the town checklist for voting by Feb. 26. Exercise your right to vote on March 4, Masonic Temple, Westminster Street, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Can’t vote that day? Pick up an absentee ballot at the Town Clerk’s office. If you cannot easily get there, call the office at 802-463-4336 for information on how to receive a ballot. Voting is a privilege; make use of it.

Betty Haggerty,

Bellows Falls, Feb. 17

Dummerston farmlands need protecting

Editor of the Reformer:

I urge Dummerston residents to attend Town Meeting on March 4 at 10 a.m. at the school, and speak in favor of increasing our town’s investment in farmland protection. The Farmland Protection Fund now has just $24,142 in it. For comparison, nearby Chesterfield, N.H., has $75,500 in its land conservation fund. About 40 towns in Vermont have land conservation funds, many with more money than Dummerston’s.

In 1960, there were about 300 houses in Dummerston. Today, there are about 800. We are losing our farmland. For years, Dummerston invested $5,000 annually in the farmland fund. We should return to that historic level.

Eesha Williams,

Dummerston, Feb. 17

Great work, Kayla!

Editor of the Reformer:

I would like to compliment your paper and your new photographer for a job well done. The attention to detail in finding the points of interest in the subject matter and framing of the photo has been nothing short of terrific. In spite of using newsprint as a print medium, this photographer’s abilities shine through.

It can be difficult to follow a previous photographer in a work so publicly displayed. Kayla has done just that. I have watched her work, quietly and professionally, almost unnoticeably. Great job Kayla, and kudos to the Reformer for giving her the chance to shine.

Nick Partrick,

Vernon, Feb. 12