’We must act quickly to protect our democracy’

Editor of the Reformer:

Voting is at the heart of the democratic process. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was a turning point in the work of the civil rights movement in the United States of America.

Several states have rushed to implement racially discriminatory anti-voter laws, including several states where the League of Women Voters had previously succeeded in blocking voter restrictions in the courts and state legislatures. Sadly the U.S. Supreme Court recently gutted key components of the VRA. Only strong action from Congress can fix the Court’s mistake. The League believes that Congress has the constitutional authority and the moral responsibility to protect our voting rights and we must urge them to act quickly to protect our democracy and repair and restore the Voting Rights Act. Now is the time to contact your Congressional representatives and tell them to repair the VRA before any more damage is done. We must restore needed protections against voter discrimination throughout our nation by updating and strengthening the Voting Rights Act.

Judy Myrick and Frankie Knibb,

co-chairs, Southeast Vermont

League of Women Voters, Feb. 18

Support for Katz

Editor of the Reformer:

I support Gary Katz for the Newfane Selectboard (one-year position).

I have known Gary for the past seven years and worked with him on the Historical Society of Windham County’s History Fair. Gary is considerate in volunteering his help and shows up having done his homework. His decisions are made after very informed and thorough consideration.

Given his past service on the Selectboard, Gary is knowledgeable and experienced about the issues facing Newfane. He is the type of person we need to look after our town’s business.

Please join me on March 4 in voting for Gary Katz for the one-year seat on the Selectboard.

Martin Cohn,

Newfane, Feb. 17

On nuclear power

Editor of the Reformer:

At a recent meeting of local Liberty Union Party members, it was noted that many new voters do not realize that even before the platform that was adopted by consensus in 1978 was submitted as the official platform of Liberty Union, candidates took a strong position on the construction and operation of Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power.

Since 1978, the platform contains the following: "8 Nuclear power is intolerably and incurably unsafe, and we oppose the existence of or construction of nuclear power plants. It is, therefore, imperative that Yankee Nuclear at Vernon and all other nuclear power plants be decommissioned immediately and in the least hazardous manner, and that all resulting costs be borne by the investors, and consequently we demand a conversion to alternative renewable energy sources as soon as possible. We further demand that research, production, testing of, and deployment of nuclear,(including uranium, whether called "depleted" or not), biological, and chemical weapons immediately cease."

Currently the Secretary of State has declared Liberty Union to be a major political party under Vermont law.

Doris Lake,

Liberty Union Party Chair,

Brattleboro, Feb. 18

Consider this ...

Editor of the Reformer:

Since it is clear big business and the government are not acting to improve lives of us everyday people -- the proverbial 99 percent -- I wonder what will happen when we 99 percent take matters into our own hands to take responsibility for meeting our own collective needs. What if we thought of ourselves in the collective/community sense rather than the individual/"what’s-in-it-for-me" sense?

What if we follow the model presented in the short one-hour documentary, called "The Power of Community," now airing on BCTV. Cuba’s recovery from near economic collapse has much to offer us here in greater Brattleboro. What if we all watch the movie? What if we act in our own best interest rather than waiting for someone else to do something? What if we ask ourselves, "What can I do to help?" "How can I contribute?" How would our lives be different? How would our lives be better? Improved? More fulfilling?

Thanks for considering the possibilities.

Lynn Russell,


Representative, District 1,

Feb. 18

Check the map

Editor of the Reformer:

Surprise. The Reformer article is wrong again.

If your sports reporter had taken less than one minute to verify his facts, he would have found that Kamil Stoch is Polish, not Slovenian as reported on Page 11 of the Feb. 17 Reformer. A quick type of "Slovenia" would show a map where the reporter would instantly recognize that they are two separate countries -- not even contiguous.

How embarrassing for all of us.

When visitors come here, buy your paper and see such ignorance of Olympic facts and world geography, it is a poor reflection on all of us. It is unprofessional journalism for both your reporter and your editor.

Lynda Starorypinski,

Vernon, Feb. 17