In “A Flying Leap” [July 25], Tom Simon made reference to a track meet in Claremont, N.H., with schools from both sides of the White River participating. I believe the reference should be to the Connecticut River, which is the border between Vermont and New Hampshire; the White River flows only in Vermont. The Claremont-Springfield area used to be home to the Twin State Valley League, with teams from Bellows Falls, Brattleboro, Windsor, Lebanon, Hanover and Hartford.
Paul Heintz’s Fair Game [July 25], about the demonstration against the F35s at the Democratic Party fundraiser, unfairly portrayed the gathering as an unfocused, “protest-of-the-week”-style event.
This depiction is incredibly disrespectful to the hardworking, everyday Vermonters who feel threatened by this assault on their homes and health by the powerful and wealthy proponents of the F35 program. The article’s tone minimized the real and justified concerns of many Vermonters about this wrong-headed program that will devastate our property values, impose significant environmental impacts on almost 3000 homes and harm the health of more than 7000 people.
Present at the demonstration were many professionals: teachers, physicians, lawyers, nurses, artists, designers and politicians as well as military veterans, blue-collar workers, students, families and children who showed up to get the attention of our congressional delegates who have refused to meet with their constituency on this issue.
Please stop contributing to the characterization of those who oppose the F35s as hippies, peaceniks or rabble-rousers. We are everyday Vermonters — your friends, neighbors and coworkers — using one of the few options we have against an incredibly wealthy, organized, well-appointed group of proponents, and your diminution of our efforts is insensitive, unfair and uncalled for.
Lowell Protesters Should Pay
The protesters who were charged with trespassing should also be charged with theft [Week in Review: “Arrested Development,” August 8]. The turbines are a done deal, and all they are doing is delaying the inevitable. The money that Green Mountain Power lost because of the delay they caused is eventually going to be recouped from ratepayers. So in effect, these protesters are stealing money from the people of the state of Vermont. They need to suffer the consequences of their civil disobedience — besides a slap on the wrist.
The Power of One?
[Re: Fair Game, August 1]: So of 400 people polled, one person has come forward, Neil Marinello, a retired psychologist from Woodstock and father of an assistant attorney general, Kyle Marinello-Landis, who is employed in Sorrell’s office? Why is this allegation even being taken seriously? Come on!
It seems that this is more like a tactic to distract from Donovan’s request for three more debates. Having been to two of their debates already, I can understand why Mr. Sorrell would not want to do more.
Let’s get on with the campaign and talk about the real issues that are important to Vermonters. Debates, live in front of us, is what we should really be covering.
Better with Butters
Nice article [Side Dishes, June 6]. We’ve been to Butters Restaurant for brunch, and it was fabulous. The owners are great, friendly people, and Mike puts out a great spread. We’re going back soon. It’s a very nice addition to our town, and we wish them success.
This is such a heartwarming tale [“What a Wiener! Hobbes the Dachshund Transforms Talk Radio in Vermont,” June 27]. It is more endearing because Hobbes was made an honorary police dog. I recently read two stories about three police dogs that died because they were left in squad cars. One, in Bexar, Texas, killed two canines. In both cases, the guilty were put on administrative leave. I love the positive changes that have happened since Hobbes was first adopted!
Vancouver, B.C., Canada
A Different Housing Crisis
My grandson had to stay in prison because there was no suitable place for him to go, either [“Nowhere to Go: A Vermont Prisoner’s Suicide Attempt Highlights DOC Housing Shortage,” August 1]. I am in senior housing and am not allowed to take him in. I know of other inmates who are wondering where they can live upon their release. If they end up living on the streets, they will end up back in prison. And it will also be difficult for them to find employment because they have a record, especially those with facial tattoos. But they do need housing first.
In last week’s Daysies special section, staff writer Paul Heintz incorrectly attributed the “HEY. sweet bike” photo essay in the August issue of Thread Magazine to “Hippest Hipster” Daysie winner Ben Sarle. In fact, Sarle took only the first photo in the series; Raychel Severance shot the rest of the photos. Heintz also misstated Sarle’s age; the Thread publisher and editor is 28. We apologize for the errors, and trust that they do not diminish Sarle’s hipster cred.