Seeking peace
vs. being a bully

Editor of The Reformer:

One could argue endlessly about settlements vs. tunnels, missiles vs. rockets, the number killed in Gaza vs. Israel.

But all that overlooks what seems to me a basic fact: That Israel has overwhelming power. It’s assured militarily by insuperable odds and politically by its U.S. patron, scared to speak truth to AIPAC and Israel. Israel in addition has huge advantages technologically, financially, educationally. In the Israeli-Palestinian conflict they hold all the cards.

Over the years there have been countless fights, each side guilty of countless transgressions. Way too many years of tit-for-tat. In that hopeless situation it’s up to the side that’s stronger to finally lead the search for peace. If instead they continue to make life hideous for the weaker side, then they are a bully. And others on the scene are obliged to speak out. That they are the bully’s friend becomes irrelevant.

Byron Stookey,

Brattleboro, Aug. 4

Israeli policy has achieved nothing

Editor of the Reformer:

Your editorial "Blood on our hands" (Aug.2-3) is without a doubt the best analysis of the situation in Palestine and Israel and the role the United States has played in this conflict that one could find in any American newspaper. It should be must reading for every decision maker in Washington, both in Congress and the White House and the State Department.


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It was shameful for both congressional houses to pass near unanimous resolutions unilaterally supporting and praising Israel, while close to 2,000 Palestinians, many of them women and children, have been killed by Israeli air strikes. That the president echoed this support is equally shameful. It is high time for the U.S. to end its slavish adherence to Israel’s brutal hard-line policy towards the Palestinians, which has achieved nothing positive and is not sustainable. The national interest of the U.S. does not lie with totally uncritical support of Israel but with bringing about a peaceful political solution to this conflict which has cost so many lives and brought about such much destruction.

Reto Pieth,

Grafton, Aug. 4

What message
is being sent?

Editor of the Reformer:

It is a public relations disaster to have history reenactors marching in the Deerfield Valley Blueberry Festival Parade dressed in German uniforms with swastikas. Does the average visitor interview participants on the finer points of their performances or their uniforms? Of course not. He sees a mostly white town in a mostly white state engaging in some kind of Nazi nostalgia trip. For as long as I can remember, people have been brainstorming how to bring tourists to the Deerfield Valley. This is assuredly not the way to do it.

Stephanie Greene,

West Dover, Aug. 4

Support for Sibilia

Editor of the Reformer:

I am writing this letter to share my support for Laura Sibilia’s candidacy for Vermont State Representative.

I have had the pleasure of knowing Laura for the past seven years. Over this time, I have experienced Laura’s leadership in education, economic development, and community building. Laura is a passionate advocate for high expectations for educational organizations. She has given her time and her talents to her community by serving in multiple leadership positions. She thoughtfully researches issues before coming to a conclusion on how best to proceed. She listens to her community and then advocates for what she believes is in the best interest of the greater good. I have always found her to be openminded and curious about how others view the issues of the day.

I have had the opportunity to work with Laura in ongoing economic development efforts through her work with the Mount Snow Chamber of Commerce and the Southern Vermont Economic Development Strategies (SEVEDS) group. Laura understands that in order for our area to thrive, we must work together. She actively seeks to create collaboration among towns, citizens, and civic organizations because she values the voices of many and the power of a strong coalition.

Laura is a proven community leader who will represent our area with courage, professionalism, and passion.

It is my pleasure to support Laura Sibilia for Vermont State Representative. I encourage you to hear what she has to say. I think you will like what you hear.

Bill Anton,

Dover, Aug. 3