Letter Box


Fund clarification

Editor of the Reformer:

As reported in the Reformer on March 5 ("Dummerston voters OK increased school budget"), there was much debate about increasing the amount of money to be put into our Dummerston Farmland Protection Fund. I would like to set the record straight. When asked if anyone has personally donated to this fund, a couple of residents raised their hands. Following Town Meeting I contacted our town treasurer Laurie Frechette to find out about the donations, and according to the records at the town office, the town of Dummerston has not received any donations for this fund. So, for the record, and according to town records, the only money in that account is what has been required via property taxes.

Mark S. Whitaker,

Dummerston , March 13

More than enough?

Editor of the Reformer:

Town Clerk Annette Cappy is quoted ("Record openings for Bratt meeting reps," March 11) as saying that with 26 open rep seats, out of 138 in total, almost 19 percent of the town will be under represented. This statement demands further analysis.

Forget for a moment that there are three districts in Brattleboro. Just because there may be 26 less representatives than usual is not necessarily a problem. Somebody, sometime ago decided that there would be three reps for every 180 registered voters; suppose they had decided for every 250? There would be less reps! So ...? Perhaps more troubling to some is that District 3 is only shy one rep; District 1, 12, and District 2, 13. The citizens of District 3 have more representation. Are the few more reps from District 3 representing vastly different views than those of other districts?

I live in District 2, because the house was available at the right price and the right size for raising my family; I did not check out politics.

As I looked at the list of those running for Town Meeting Representative on March 4, I knew only a few. I could decide whether to vote for each of those, or not. The others, who knows, do they represent me more than someone in District 3 that I don’t know either?

Will anyone be "under represented" if there are only 112 reps this year?

Ken McCaffrey,

Brattleboro, March 12

It’s not the parking

Editor of the Reformer:

A recent letter writer ("It’s the parking, not the tax," March 15-16 Letter Box), must not have been to Keene, N.H., lately? Parking meters up and down Main Street.

Nick Partrick,

Vernon, March 17 Not the word I would have used

Editor of the Reformer:

I actually had to look up the heading used for my Letter to the Editor ("Schadenfreude?" March 14). According to Wikipedia, schadenfreude is a German word meaning "pleasure derived from the misfortunes of others. This word is a loanword from German. The literal English translation is ‘Harm-Joy.’ It is the feeling of joy or pleasure when one sees another fail or suffer misfortune. It is also borrowed by some other languages."

I do take issue at using this heading, as I certainly do not feel joy for the residents and town of Vernon for having to be responsible for equity living in Vermont. However, expecting the state to subsidize their loss of the nuclear plant paying their expenses should not be born on the rest of the state taxpayers. They have known since 2012 (the original planned closure for the plant) that Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant would be closing, sooner or later. If Entergy wants to help them financially transition to normal rates of living in Vermont, that’s fine with me.

I’m just happy, from a state and regional point of view, that this aging nuclear plant is closing and hoping it can be decommissioned as soon as possible and restored to a "greenfield status" so the people in Vernon and the entire area aren’t subject to a continued dangerous position, living in this beautiful state. We can make up the electricity we use with the bountiful renewable resources that are available to us without the catastrophic threat of harm from a nuclear powered generator.

Carol Levin,

Guilford, March 14


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