Letter: A qualified agreement

Editor of the Reformer:

Although I can walk, I often get in my 2006 pre-owned Subaru to go to the Brattleboro Food Co-op where I spend an average of between $60 and $80 per week on food and other necessities. I choose organic as much as possible and am delighted that the Co-op carries low-price organic alternatives such as Field Day, and regularly offers specials on a range of products, including organic, and sells spices, herbs tea and other bulk items at reasonable prices. I also buy vegetables and fruit at the farmers' and winter markets and from other local businesses, in part because I have chosen support the local economy this way. Without doubt that choice, and the choices I make about what I buy and eat, is a reflection of my privilege.

That said, I agree with much that Mr Ambrose says (Tuesday, "This is not the Brattleboro I grew up in"), the reality in and around Brattleboro is that many people struggle to live on (very) limited means and to work and live in dignity under conditions that are at best challenging and at worst exploitative. However, not everyone holds those who have less, sometimes a lot less, in contempt, hates them, or labels them as lazy, dirty, shiftless or parasitic. Like Mr. Ambrose, I hope many more in our community find a way to extend their hands and hearts in practical and meaningful ways, year-long, to support those with less, often much less.

Beth Neher,

Brattleboro, Nov. 14


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