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Letter: The Sandy Hook Promise

The Sandy Hook Promise

To the Editor:

The Sandy Hook Promise is a national nonprofit organization led by community members and several parents and spouses who lost loved ones in the tragic mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012. “Our intent is to honor all victims of gun violence by turning our tragedy into a moment of transformation.” Please read the Sandy Hook Promise ( and join hundreds of thousands of others who have pledged to honor the lives lost and to help implement common sense solutions to the causes of gun violence. The promise ends, “This is a promise to do everything in our power to be remembered not as the town filled with grief and victims, but as the place where real change began. Our hearts are broken; our spirit is not.”

Joy Gaine


Cheap Shot Artist

To the Editor:

The Bruce Tinsley “comic strip” Mallard Fillmore in the Dec. 1 Sunday Valley News was a political cartoon and should not have been included in the Sunday Comics section. I expect a goodly number of your reading public did not find it in the least funny. And I continue to resent cheap shots at the president of the United States.

Ronald H. Carr


Showing God’s Love to Others

To the Editor:

The Northern Lights Pathfinder Club, sponsored by the Claremont Seventh-day Adventist Church on Marcotte Ave., went out into the community around the church collecting non-perishable food items for Thanksgiving and Christmas food boxes. On the afternoon of Nov., 2 we knocked on doors leaving collection bags and explaining that we would be back to collect the food the next day between 2 and 4 p.m. After collecting the food, we sorted it in preparation for putting the boxes together on Nov. 21. While some people made up the baskets, others went and bought fresh produce to add to the boxes. We were able to put together 11 boxes, which were delivered over the weekend.

We would like to thank Hannaford and Market Basket for the collection bags they provided. We would also like to thank the community members who generously donated food.

The Pathfinder Club is a youth group similar to Scouts that helps teach young people to be sensitive to the needs of others. Along with community service, Pathfinders learn to know and serve God better. We enjoy putting together food boxes because it is a way to concretely show God’s love to others and it is fun to help those in need.

Patricia Jones

Libby Orthman

Northern Lights Pathfinder Club


Group Effort in Mascoma Valley

To the Editor:

The Mascoma Valley Ecumenical Council would like to express thanks and appreciation for all the donations and assistance it received from the community with the annual Ingathering on Sunday, Nov. 24. Over 119 families received baskets of food and either a chicken or a turkey. The council gives thanks to the numerous churches and Boy Scout groups that organized the food drive and to the many civic organizations and churches that made financial donations. To all those who donated food and to those who took the time to sort and distribute the food, we extend our sincere thanks and appreciation.

Carol Lee Brudnicki

Co-chairwoman, 2013 Ingathering coordinator