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Editor of the Reformer:

The argument that parading in public dressed in German World War II uniforms featuring swastikas during a summertime blueberry festival is simply educational is as offensive and obscene as it is disingenuous. Everyone knows that these World War II uniforms, in particular, symbolize murder and horror, whether or not they are specifically Nazi dress.

The reenactors may argue that they’re dressing up for history’s sake and that it is their peculiar right to do so, but do not the victims of National Socialism and their relatives, especially, deserve a deeper, profounder respect than this?

The disregard for how others may view these displays disturbingly echoes the hair-splitting rationalizations concentration camp guards made protesting their innocence, claiming that they could not hear or see the mass killings taking place only a few yards away from them.

Here the reenactors do in fact offer a valuable and alarming, if inadvertent, history lesson.

Marshall Brooks,

West Dover, Aug. 4

Explain the change, Allbee

Editor of the Reformer:

In the Windham Democratic senate debate in Townshend on July 24, Roger Allbee, calling himself a liberal Republican, stated that he had joined to the Democratic party because the Republican party "no longer has room" for people like him. He did not elaborate on why Vermont Republicans have suddenly become so un-liberal. Nor did he mention what he meant by "liberal" Republican.

Come to find out that "The Republican Party does not have a primary, and does not have a candidate for Senate.


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" Is this a coincidence? Perhaps newly-minted Democrat Allbee can explain his conversion more in detail and explain why he’s not an elephant in donkey’s clothing?

Gordon Korstange,

Saxtons River, Aug. 2

A wonderful community

Editor of the Reformer:

I was recently visiting my parents when I lost my wallet in Putney. The normal nightmare of losing one’s wallet was exacerbated by the fact that I don’t live in the United States and had no identification that listed a U.S. address or local contact information. I had given up hope of getting it back when I was contacted by Craig Washburn via email. Craig spent the time to go through my wallet and amazingly was able track down an email address that was written in the small print of a receipt within my wallet.

Craig exemplified what makes Putney such an amazing community. He went out of his way to find me when he could easily have given up when he didn’t see a U.S. license in the wallet. It is easy to take it for granted that anyone would do the same but I suspect Putney, and people like Craig, are a rarity.

I may no longer live here but I feel lucky to come from such a wonderful community.

Suzannah Baker,

Bristol, England, Aug. 4