Letter Box


White says thanks

Editor of the Reformer:

An open letter to Windham County Voters.

Thank you so much for your continued faith in me as your senator and giving me the right to have my name on the ballot for the general election in November. I am honored and humbled by your support. (If you are not registered you have until Oct 29 to register to vote on Nov. 4, and once again you will be able to vote early starting Sept. 22.)

I thank Becca Balint and Joan Bowman and Roger Allbee for putting their names forward and engaging in a positive and civil campaign. It was well said by Ann, Roger’s wife, when she said "I am impressed by how everyone gets along and is so nice." Putting one’s name up for public scrutiny is not easy and all should be commended for their willingness to serve Windham County and the state of Vermont. Thanks also go to all those who worked on the campaigns, to Betty Frye and Brandon Batham for organizing the informative forums, and to all who got out on a hot August day to vote.

Over the next few months there will be many conversations about the issues and I hope you continue to engage.

To my supporters: If you have signs up, please take them down. You may put them up again mid-October if you want, but in the meantime use them to fix the broken window in the shed, under your boots to protect the floor, for the dog house roof, or whatever -- they are pretty indestructible.

Jeanette White,

Putney, Aug. 27

Peyton says thanks

Editor of the Reformer:

I am thrilled to have received so many votes; many if not most of those 1,000-plus voters braved the great divide and made it over to the republican ballot to vote. Yay and bravo! Too bad we couldn’t have had a fair election process. We didn’t expect an election free of corruption though, did we?

Milne’s "win" is just the result of a GOP/press piracy of the election process. During this primary Milne took credit he doesn’t deserve, and he should know better. He should have corrected the press when they called him "top tier."

"I have done nothing to deserve that status," he should’ve said, "it is not based on any poll or data derived from the public." When they gave him front page after front page, lead story after lead story, he should’ve inquired, "Where are my competitors? Why are you not covering them equally?" That’s the path of honor.

Too bad Milne is more interested in power than honor. Like his opponent Shumlin, honor has no meaning to him, it’s financial power that excites him most. Unfortunately for Vermonters that’s an addiction that the wealthier can manipulate him with. American disparity of wealth is pushing the public to their breaking point, revolution is becoming an increasingly dangerous inevitability. We are in danger of losing all peace if party/press piracy of elections continues.

For the elite themselves it’s best avoided.

Had the press been fair and impartial, Dan Feliciano might have won, even though I admit his solutions are shortsighted and reckless (reason being, he describes cuts in spending yet he has no renewable energy policy, no policy to increase manufacturing, and no direct plan increasing the capacity of low income people to engage equitably in our economy, lastly no plan to decrease student debt). I might have won in a miracle, but I’m not sleek or slick, I’m too ahead of my time and I know it, so I realistically doubt it. Either way I’m certain Dan Feliciano, Brooke Paige and Steve Berry and I all entered this race for the same reason I’ll keep at it through November -- to avert the coming revolution.

Still, Ben and Jerry’s can help us circumnavigate that inevitability. Well, how? An improved election process can take care of the problem of party/press piracy of elections. This is is critical to our safely restored economy. A reintroduction of principles of fair play and honor is required. Here’s how: Through their nonprofit, they organize and fund debates in each county during the election season with every balloted candidate of any party welcomed. Party favorite candidates that no show are publicly busted as the corrupt 1 percent elite. Each debate is shared through cable access, online in video, transcripted, and audio formats. Each debate centers on a different topic (energy, health, education, agriculture, corrections, transportation, environment, federal policy, monetary policy, taxation, military affairs and policing, and government). Questions for candidates will be generated by the public only, and each debate will last as long as questions continue.

Our future and our planet depend on it.

Emily Peyton,

Putney, Aug. 27

A proxy conflict?

Editor of the Reformer:

In response to a recent letter to the editor "Anger, fear lead to skewed misconceptions," Aug. 13), like the letter writer, I have family living in Israel and visit them annually. Unlike you, however, I do not feel that gives me the right to publicly criticize the state of Israel. I do know that unless I am prepared to move to Israel and put my life at risk, I have no right to criticize the state of Israel.

You take issue with the Israeli right wing; however, Israel has a parliamentary form of government and when the current government loses favor, they can be voted out of office immediately. That they are still in office confirms that a majority of Israelis, your comments notwithstanding approve of the government.

Hamas is merely distributing, not providing food and other essentials provided by charitable donations from outside Gaza. When Israel abandoned Gaza in 2005 there was no blockade. The blockade was only established when Hamas armed itself and attacked Israel in contravention to the 1993 Oslo Accord wherein Gaza, Judea and Samaria were to be demilitarized. Hamas brought upon itself the blockade by Egypt and Israel. Its continuation merely reflects Hamas’ unwillingness to abide by pre-existing agreements and continue its armed aggression against Israel. The blockade does not prevent food, water and medicine from entering Gaza.

You compare Hamas versus Israel military expenditures and claim the amounts disproportionately lean to Israel. What you chose to ignore is that if Israel’s neighbors didn’t continually wage war on it since 1948, it wouldn’t have to spend anything on military equipment. You chose to forget that the Hamas Charter calls for the murder of all Jews in Israel. Why is only tiny Israel worthy of disproportionate media attention? Why is UNRWA still in Gaza when it hasn’t in 65 years resettled any Palestinians?

You claim Netanyahu is bulldozing contested property in East Jerusalem. The boundary of the Jewish Homeland was most recently set by the League of Nations in 1922 and included what is now Jordan. England gave away 80 percent of it to establish Trans-Jordan. There never was a country Palestine. When Jordan occupied Samaria and Judea, there was no call for such a country. Jerusalem was the capitol of Kings David and Salomon and is the capital of the state of Israel. The two-state solution is Israel and Jordan -- which is already more than 50 percent Palestinian. Samaria and Judea are part of the Jewish Homeland. Joshua was at Jericho, Jewish patriarchs are buried in Hebron. Jesus was born in Bethlehem.

Rather than the Israel/Palestinian conflict being a proxy between opposing religions, it is a proxy for a clash of civilizations between secular Western civilization of the 21st century and an Islamic 7th century culture. Israel and Hamas are merely sitting in for the U.S.A. and Iran. If the bleeding hearts of the European Union are so concerned, why don’t they issue to everyone in Gaza an EU passport and an airline ticket to Brussels? It would be cheaper. Lastly, I do not see how airing negative opinions about the state of Israel in the Reformer helps our small Jewish community.

Harvey Traison,

Newfane, Aug. 19

Opine, but
don’t preach

Editor of the Reformer:

As a regular reader of the Reformer and your editorials I found today’s editorial ("Whose invisible hand?" Aug. 26) distressing and inappropriate, as it read more like a sermon, rather than an editorial.

While I fully support your primary concern about the disparities in income in this country, I was disturbed by the wording of your proposed solution. Our country may have been founded by Christians, but we are now a community of believers in many faiths, as well as nonbelievers. And I hope that all of us, believers as well as non-believers, care deeply about the less fortunate in our communities.

Helen Samuels,

Brookline, Aug. 26


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