Letter Box


Pedestrian responds
to recent letter

Editor of the Reformer:

In regards to Bob Fagelson’s Letter to the Editor in the the Brattleboro Reformer -- "Foolish Walker" (June 20): most likely that person was me.

For several years now, I have "adopted" certain roadways in our town roundtrip to and from my home for two reasons; to maintain good physical health and for picking up litter. On my morning travels, I walk on the sidewalks along Western Avenue, Guilford Street and then onto Maple Street, also on the sidewalk. There are days of the week when litter is profuse on the opposite side where there is no official place to walk so admittedly, I am there picking up after the litterbugs. You and I obviously are on the same time schedule.

Let me also add here that I first start out onto Williams Street where there are no sidewalks and little shoulder. Perhaps it is foolish to walk along this street but it is close to my home and litter is a really disgusting bi-product of ignorance. Trying to educate those individuals is nearly futile.

However, your point is well taken, I do value my life far more than you imply in your letter. I will be more mindful of that Maple Street corner, I know exactly where you mean, so thank you for getting my attention!

If you will, not to deflect from the subject at hand; your letter states, and I quote, "People fly around that corner on a regular basis." This is another pet peeve of mine! The speed limit on Guilford and Maple Streets is 25 mph. It is not often when I observe drivers obeying the law. Our local police department is well aware of speeding issues in our town, perhaps a little more conscientious effort on the part of our residents could make a difference. But alas, ignorance is bliss.

Now, if only those individuals to whom I have referred to here and in my own musings to the Reformer, were to respond as I have to your observations, our world would be a much cleaner, safer place in which to live.

Susan J. Avery,

Brattleboro, June 24

Education to prevent tragedy

Editor of the Reformer:

Chris Mays’ article "Leaving dogs in hot cars? ‘You can’t do it’" (June 23) makes clear that citizens of Vermont are increasingly taking collective social responsibility for a problem that is largely preventable through effective public education.

If the prevalence of this tragedy was actually documented, I have little doubt that large retailers could not continue to get away with turning their heads.

Kevin M. Maloney,

Brattleboro, June 23

A collaborative effort

Editor of the Reformer:

Thank you to Howard Weiss-Tisman for the article on the Marlboro effort to buy the former Sweetie’s property and open it as a community hub and general store ("Null and void," June 23). I would like to point out one omission: the fact that the entire effort is a collaboration between the Marlboro Cooperative and the Marlboro Alliance. The Alliance is the entity which entered into the purchase agreement, and most of the funds raised were for the Alliance to purchase the property as a community asset.

In our interview I spoke only for the Cooperative, but this has truly been a collaborative effort and the Alliance deserves recognition for its efforts as well. Thank you for the opportunity to add this important information.

Dan MacArthur,

Marlboro, June 24

Missing coverage

Editor of the Reformer:

Again this year the Brattleboro Union High School graduation report (June 21) is nice enough as far as it goes -- the speakers get good coverage, at least -- but omits any mention of the major awards that were given at the ceremony. Maybe there were no awards? This has traditionally been a featured part of the coverage. Also, in years past, but not last year or this time, the list of Senior Awards, made the night before graduation, no longer appears in the Reformer on the morning of graduation, as formerly. As of Saturday it still hasn’t appeared. It always seemed a nice highlight on the day of graduation for these scholarships and awards to be listed, in honor of both our grads and the outstanding generosity of the donors: The non-profit service groups and the families and friends of BUHS students and graduates, some of whom died while at the school or soon after. Last year in response to my noting this lapse, the Reformer said that the BUHS office had failed to send the list to the paper on Thursday, as they used to do. I immediately phoned the school to point out this problem, and I assumed this procedure would be followed annually.

I realize space is limited, and that you have other area graduations to cover, and on Friday did devote space to the BUHS undergraduate awards. But articles on medication safety or shopping for heath care could be run anytime, and these kids only graduate from high school once, on a specific day.

I was delighted to again attend the Senior Awards program, as I annually present a scholarship on behalf of an organization, and it was rewarding to see the award-winners and have a sense of their accomplishments. Congrats to the Class of 2014, especially our Guilford grads.

Don McLean,

Guilford, June 23


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