Wednesday May 8, 2013

On May 20, it’s all about the money

Editor of the Reformer:

Vermont is unique among the states as still holding a Village/Town Meeting Day. Nowadays, it’s followed by a Voting Day to elect officers and perhaps some articles, but do not be confused. Village/Town Meeting Day is not just talk, it’s money -- your money.

I know it can be a drag to come home, perhaps in the dark, and go to a meeting on a budget that’s not enacted for another fiscal year, but how much is your hard work and sweat equity worth to you? Understand the village/town is spending your money, come hell or high water, but how much are you willing to give away? Are you willing to let it slip through your fingers without so much as an "Oh no you don’t"?

Article 9 of the Constitution of the State of Vermont, found at http://www.leg.state.vt.us/statutes/const2.htm, states: "but no part of any person’s property can be justly taken, or applied to public uses, without the person’s own consent."

If you do not appear at Bellows Falls Village Meeting in the Bellows Falls Opera House on Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. to vote on the budget, you have given your consent by not casting your vote, essentially throwing away your money without knowing what it is being spent on or why.

Please come to the Bellows Falls Opera House on Monday, May 20, at 7 p.m. Show your children how democracy works and that it still works in Bellows Falls.


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Deborah Wright,

Bellows Falls, May 4

Perfect weather to enjoy the trails

Editor of the Reformer:

I just wanted to spread the word about all the trail work being done in Wilmington. The trails committee has created an extensive network of trails throughout various parts of town that are great for hiking, mountain biking, snowshoeing and cross country skiing.

In particular, the Wilmington side of Hogback between Lake Raponda and the Marlboro town line has lots of trails for everyone to enjoy, which also abut the Marlboro network of trails. There is some great mountain biking terrain, too.

There are maps showing many of the trails on them available at the Wilmington town offices or on www.wilmingtonvermont.us under "trails and hiking."

The weather is absolutely beautiful so we encourage everyone to get out to hike and ride all the back country trails Wilmington has to offer.

Spencer Crispe,

Wilmington, May 3

There are only a few days left

Editor of the Reformer:

On Friday, May 10, Steve West will host his last Live and Local Talk Radio show, between the hours of 9 a.m. and noon on 1490 WKVT-AM. I encourage anyone who has yet to experience the wit, wisdom, humor, intelligence, thought-provoking eloquence, inspirational and radically creative voice of Mr. West to tune in. His show has been a treasure to our community and he will be enormously missed.

On a personal level, I will especially miss his national and local interviews, from Daniel Ellsberg to Bernie Sanders, Eugene Uman to Lisa McCormick, Daryl Pillsbury to the Drop-in Center staff. His guests were always at ease, knowing their host presented questions with respect and sincerity, no matter what provocative subject might develop.

And did I mention his musical repertoire? Mere segues to commercial breaks included the likes of the Buzztones, the Smiths, Miles Davis, the Andrews Sisters, Barry Manilow, the Sex Pistols, and my favorite indie band Miracle Legion, in which Steve played bass guitar.

Here’s to you Steve, and whatever your future holds. I’m hoping it’s a nationally syndicated talk show.

Jan Ori,

Dummerston, May 5

Remembering LeBlanc

Editor of the Reformer:

I was saddened to read of the recent death of Kathy LeBlanc. For the past 20 or so years, Kathy has helped me find whatever I needed at Brown and Roberts on Main Street in Brattleboro.

She was always friendly, knowledgeable, and even thrifty. There were times when she would say, "Well, I would just use such and such because it’s less expensive." How often do we get that kind of advice from salespeople? Brown and Roberts has lost a special member of its wonderful family, and I will miss her.

Joy Hammond,

Brattleboro, May 2

‘Dona nobis pacem’
(Give us peace)

Editor of the Reformer:

We attended the BMC Concert of Bach’s Mass in B-minor last month in the First Baptist Church.

We were stunned by the performance that Mary Westbrook-Geha conducted with such knowledge and love, and the chorus and the orchestra performed with great enthusiasm and skill that one was taken by it. I want to thank every participant and the conductor for an outstanding performance that left us in love and "Pacem" (peace).

Hanne Steinmeyer,

Vernon, April 28