Letter Box

Thursday July 18, 2013

A public thanks to Brown & Roberts

Editor of the Reformer:

I would like to extend a sincere Thank You out to the entire Brown & Roberts Family. I have thought many times of writing a letter of thanks due to the excellent service and expertise my family receives each time when we enter the store. Even when I send my wife with only a vague notion of what I need.

I was compelled to write this letter due to the recent sale of the buisiness. Which caught me off guard and sent a wave of sadness and loss through me. Brown & Roberts embodies what a community buisiness should be. I have many times extolled the virtues of Brown & Roberts with, "If they don’t have it you don’t need it." But I realize change is always hard, but always necessary.

I would like to thank Paul, Michael and Robert for the many years of assistance, and listening to my countless question and offering your unwavering assistance.

A note to Rick Bibens: I hope that you can embrace what the Putnams Have built and continue the legacy of what is Brown & Roberts.

Aaron Smith,

Brattleboro, July 14

The good
and bad of nature

Editor of the Reformer:

Timothy Scott may be right in his evaluation of Japanese knotweed’s medicinal, nutritional, and biomass qualities (Reformer, July 11), but before accepting his praise of its alleged ability to stabilize stream banks, readers should consider the opinion of Brian Colleran, invasive species biologist for the Agency of Natural Resources. Mr. Colleran writes that knotweed destabilizes stream banks and "eventually overwhelms an invaded system, transforming these spaces into ecological wastelands, devoid of their normal diversity of native plants, animals, and insects" (The Commons, June 26).

Mr. Scott says that "nature makes no mistakes." In this he is certainly correct, for nature follows the so-called laws of nature without regard for what humans or any species might prefer. In the last ice age, nature covered Vermont with one to two miles of ice. Way before the appearance of human beings on earth, nature wiped out the dinosaurs and countless other species.

Human action can steer natural processes this way or that, but whatever happens is always an instance of nature at work. Through insemination and birth, it gives us life; through disease and age, it kills us.

Charles Fish,

Dummerston, July 12

To clarify ...

Editor of the Reformer:

Thanks for publishing the story on T. P. James in the July 17 edition of the Reformer. There were a couple of small corrections and/or additions that I wanted to make.

First, the T. P. James Writing Contest is sponsored by Write Action and is officially part of the Literary Festival. This explains how it is possible for the event to be held at Brooks Memorial Library, on a Sunday (Oct. 6).

Second, the time of the event might be at 11 a.m., but it that time has not be finalized.

Thanks again for letting the world know about T. P. James and about the T. P. James Writing contest.

Rolf Parker-Houghton,

Brattleboro, July 17


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