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Forum, Nov. 30: Reasons to Be Hopeful


Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Reasons to Be Hopeful

What a wonderful article in the Nov. 25 Valley News about the Boy Scout and his team of fellow Scouts who reconstructed the historic fence around the Cornish common. I realize that it resonated for me because historic preservation is a special interest of mine, but for the first time in over a year I felt a real sense of hope for the future of our country.

Undoubtedly also, the current pace of the Mueller investigation and its continuing revelations about the treasonous collusion between Trump campaign officials, and the evidence of Donald Trump’s attempts at obstruction of justice, have also given me hope — that in spite of the efforts of immoral Republicans in Congress to thwart the revelation of truth and keep their madman in power, the ruinous Trump administration will be removed before they can continue their attempted destruction of our democratic institutions and civil society.

Alice Morrison

Newbury,Vt.

Protect Transgender Students

As a citizen of Newport and an alumnus of Newport High School, I am calling on the Newport School District to pass a policy protecting transgender and gender nonconforming (GNC) students. Unfortunately, the federal government does not robustly protect transgender and GNC students, so it is up to state and local governments to fill in the gaps and ensure safety and well-being to this very vulnerable population. 

 Transgender and GNC people are frequent targets of harassment and abuse. A national survey by GLSEN has found that 75 percent of transgender youth feel unsafe at school, and those who are able to persevere had significantly lower GPAs, were more likely to miss school out of concern for their safety, and were less likely to plan on continuing their education. For more statistics, please visit the National Transgender Discrimination Survey (https://transequality.org/issues/national-transgender-discrimination-survey). 

New Hampshire schools are emerging as leaders in the movement for transgender equality with the passage of transgender-inclusive nondiscrimination policies that ensure all students can participate fairly and equally in school activities. It is time for Newport to join the ranks of Claremont, Keene, Hooksett, Rochester and many others that have passed protections for transgender and GNC students. Every student deserves to feel safe, welcome and respected at school. Every student deserves a chance to succeed and thrive and be the best they can be. 

Matthew J. Mooshian

Newport

Auction for Health Clinics

The Good Neighbor Health and Red Logan Dental clinics are hosting a benefit silent auction this week at their downtown White River Junction clinic building. The diverse and delectable donations are on exhibit and available for bids at the clinic during regular hours until Friday evening, when final bids will be accepted and tallied.

 The Final Bid Party on Friday runs from 5 to 7 p.m. This catalog of auction items is also available for download on the Good Neighbor website at goodneighborhealthclinic.org. Information can also be found on the Good Neighbor Health Clinics’ Facebook page. Bids can also be made by calling the clinic at 802-295-1868 or by emailing eula@goodnhc.org, but the best bet for winning bids will be at the closing Friday night party that coincides with White River Junction’s First Friday celebration.

For a quarter of a century, the Good Neighbor Health Clinics have worked to serve the poor, the homeless and the uninsured with quality free health and dental care provided by volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses and medical students, without prejudice or judgment. When they moved to their downtown location in 2005, it was remarked that there would be no need for them after five years. Many years later, however, the need has grown, and the clinics have grown to meet that need with several satellite clinics in Upper Valley towns.

The clinics serve as the medical safety net for the Upper Valley. The proceeds of this benefit auction will help the clinics continue to provide services, as well as cover the cost of prescriptions, eyeglasses and dental and medical supplies.

Jon Gilbert Fox

Hanover

Sen. Warren Is More Offensive

A little perspective is in order. The other day President Donald Trump, at a ceremony for Navajo “code talkers,” told a joke at the expense of Sen. Elizabeth Warren. It was in poor taste to be sure.

Years ago, Sen. Warren lied, I believe, about being Native American in order to advance her career at Harvard. So which one was more offensive to Native Americans? It’s not even close. One was stupid, the other disgraceful! Sen. Warren has no business being in the Senate.

Jim Newcomb

North Haverhill