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America needs a woman president

Editor of the Reformer:

I would like to see Hillary Rodham Clinton President of The United States. I would vote for her; in fact I voted for her twice as U.S. Senator from New York before I retired to Vermont. I would also like to see the end of world hunger and have world peace. Unfortunately, I fear I will see none of these.

Having spent three long months this winter in Florida, I can say it is a different world than where I come from, the Northeast. Put simply, they don’t like Hillary and believe every lie about her from Carl Rove, Fox News, the Tea Party and the neighbor down the street: "She has mental issues," "A puppet for Bill," "Socialist agenda" and "She went to Wellesley, you know about those girls."

I sincerely fear that Carl Rove and company are just like Br’er Rabbit: "Please don’t run Hilary" when that is exactly what they want. Granted I believe the Republicans threw the 2008 election by nominating Sarah Palin as V.P. so they could "blame the black kid" for driving the county over the cliff in 2007.

Only through the intervention of The Great Whoever -- Hurricane Sandy -- and a bad case of foot in month by the Mormon savior in Boca Raton (Does anyone see the irony?) did their goal, stated on November 5, 2008, fail: "He’ll be a one term President."

Thanks to Chief Oracle Roberts the rich can show their "gratitude" and spend as much as they want on the 2016 campaign. Can you imagine the TV ads?

My real fear is that we will be sandbagged as we were in 1972. I was living in Boston and was sure Richard M. "I am not a crook" Nixon was gone. It was two years before he ended his exile in Bergen County, New Jersey: where The Sopranos is not just a TV show.

The junkyard of America needs the wisdom of Red Foxx: "Elizabeth, I’m coming!!"

America needs a woman president. Clear, we men have made a mess of things; women have been cleaning up after us since we were babies. Elizabeth Warren is my pick.

Dean Lynch,

Westminster West, June 12 Help make Brattleboro a ‘Compassionate City’

Editor of the Reformer:

The Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative is reaching out to invite you to become part of a broad spectrum of individuals and organizations to participate in a movement called the Charter for Compassion, to make Brattleboro a "Compassionate City." Created by Karen Armstrong in 2008, it has been building partnership networks around the world. The Charter for Compassion calls all to work to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to honor the sanctity of every single human being, and to treat all with justice, equity and respect. There are 116 Compassionate Cities in the U.S. including smaller cities in our area: Fitchburg and Leominster, Mass. Seattle was the first city to sign the Charter.

We are inviting you to come to a meeting to see if we can begin a process that would lift us to a higher level of unity with each other. Our first meeting will be at noon on Wednesday, June 25, at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden. We hope you will join us. It is an idea that can bring us all together.

We suggest you visit the website www.charterforcompassion.org and read the Charter. If you are unable to attend the meeting and would like to stay in touch with what we are doing, please contact rupa@together.net at the Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative and we will keep you informed.

Rupa Cousins,

Brattleboro Area Interfaith Initiative, June 12


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