Letter Box


Please don’t take campaign signs

Editor of the Reformer:

I spent the day in Brattleboro meeting people and talking about the position I am running for (assistant judge). It was a great day but I unfortunately returned to numerous messages from Bellows Falls residents who were nice enough to put my signs in their yards, either showing support, or at least letting us all know that there was an election. The calls were from older residents who asked if I had taken the signs from their yards. They knew from a couple of articles and local conversation that signage has been an issue, as one candidate running was stating that he was up for re-election, as opposed to a first run. They thought that I may have decided to take down signs in order to stop any negatives that lawn signs may be causing. I returned calls and stated that I did not move any signs and though I have no idea where they went, they were however missing.

The supporters were very sad to think that this may have something to do with the politics surrounding the election. I do not know what happened to the signs but I certainly hope that this was just some kids thinking that it was "fun" to remove signs. I sincerely hope this is the situation.

To whomever took them: I am sure you will not return them, but know that they cost a lot, and also that you hurt some of your community members who do not know what to think. I hope that all signs are respected as informational.

Paul Kane,

Westminster Station, Aug. 13

In support
of Kane

Editor of the Reformer:

I’m pleased to endorse and support Paul Kane for Windham County Assistant Judge and would like to encourage Windham County residents to cast their vote for Paul on primary day, Tuesday, Aug. 26, at your local polling stations.

Paul is a long-time resident of Windham County, born in Bellows Falls, and has served Windham County and the state of Vermont for many years now in the Vermont Department of Corrections serving as a parole officer and supervisor as well as serving as a Department of Children, Youth and Families social worker in the Brattleboro, St. Johnsbury and St. Albans area.

Paul has also owned and operated businesses in Windham County and also began a philanthropic organization from which many Windham County individuals, families, agencies and schools have benefited.

Paul’s many life experiences and education (attended NYU and New England College) make him uniquely qualified for the job of Windham County Assistant Judge. He is certified in conflict resolution and victim/offender mediation, all of which will help in resolving conflict in probate and family court, and also has a background as a counselor, having worked with youth and families as well as experience with those affected with mental health issues and developmental disabilities.

In addition Paul Kane has spent many hours in the courts over the years and knows the judicial system, judges, states attorneys and lawyers as well as the demographics of Windham County, and combined with a social service/legal background and his many years of community service as well as fairness and compassion is exactly what’s needed for the position .

It is evident to me that Paul’s motivation to serve is based on a genuine desire to help people in need and to stand up for the vulnerable. In other words, Paul is the right person to serve as judge -- the kind that puts people first.

I ask you to join me in supporting Paul Kane as Windham County Assistant Judge in the upcoming Primary Election Aug. 26.

Stefan A. Golec,

Bellows Falls, Aug. 13

In support
of Allbee

Editor of the Reformer:

While I cannot vote for Roger Allbee, living in Addison County, I would if I could. I can attest to his strength of character, knowledge, experience, bipartisan approach to policy development and some of his many accomplishments. I have known him since he was my ROTC captain at the University of Vermont. I have rubbed elbows with him as he worked as an employee of The Farm Credit System in several capacities and when he served in Washington, D.C., working for the House Ag Committee with a focus on international trade and dairy issues.

More recently, I have observed firsthand his evenhanded approach to addressing complex agricultural issues as Secretary of Agriculture balancing the needs of developing diversification and the same time supporting and guiding and maintaining our more traditional agricultural engine. He worked to build a broad base that led to the overwhelming support of the Working Landscape by working with all stakeholders. He reactivated the Milk Commission. He pursued enforcement action when necessary with an even handed approach.

He helped and supported the 25x25 initiative in the State, one of the first state efforts. This effort coordinated state efforts across agencies with the goal of 25 percent of our energy produced by agriculture by 2025 and saw the resolution passed by the Legislature. Getting the job done and the problem solved was always much more important than which way the political winds were blowing. He always considered others as his partners and part of the team, not just employees or opponents ... acknowledging their needs as well.

Roger is a student of history, building for the future, ever mindful of what hasn’t worked in the past. While my interaction with Roger has been primarily in the agricultural arena, I too served, though only briefly on a hospital board so I know the breadth of knowledge, and experience necessary to be a board member let alone an administrator.

I urge you to vote for Roger. It is a vote for experience, a vote for knowledge, a vote for a balanced approach and compromise, and above all a vote for compassion and the well-being of Vermont.

Robert Foster,

Weybridge, Aug. 13

The root of the Israel/Palestine conflict

Editor of the Reformer:

I’m so sick of hearing ill-informed readers accusing Palestinians of atrocities while condoning the Israelis, as if Israel had God and right on its side. Unless you get your news outside the mainstream censorship of the American press, your ideas are being manipulated by U.S. corporate interests who have a vested stake in maintaining a foothold in the oil-rich Middle East.

The truth that’s been exposed in alternate press since the 1980s is that Palestinians are treated as second-class citizens, with fewer rights than the freed black slaves had in this country after the Civil War. They are prevented from having decent food, water, housing, political rights, and even electricity, and are persecuted constantly like the blacks were. And, like the blacks, when they dare rebel against this injustice, the whole western world cries "Foul."

Well, if my kids were being tortured, repressed, victimized, and so were my parents, uncles, siblings and cousins, and this had gone on for a half century, you’d be damn sure I’d find a way to strike back.

It’s times like these when I feel saddened to be Jewish.

Mark Borax,

Putney, Aug. 13


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