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Letter: Poor Communication in Windsor

Poor Communication in Windsor

To the Editor:

I was really upset to go into the Windsor Diner to learn that there was a problem with the water and that we were under a boil-water order. I am upset that we were not contacted by our town officials to let us know. We received no notice at all from the town of Windsor.

My understanding is that this had been going on for several days, and it seems as if they should have made a better effort to inform residents. I am aware that it was posted in the newspaper, but not everyone gets the newspaper. I myself, as I said, had to go into a local restaurant to learn this. I have known towns that put up alerts and went door to door to inform their residents. I blame this on poor management by town officials. It seems as if they had something to hide and didn’t want us to know there was a problem. They know how to contact us when it comes time to pay the water bill.

Owen Jarvis

Windsor

Teaching Important Lessons

To the Editor:

Many in the community may be upset about what they see as harsh measures taken by the Hanover High administration in response to the behavior of some members of the football team at a pre-season party. “Boys will be boys” and, “It was just a joke,” are common sentiments and may even be true — and herein lies the crux of our work. These players likely don’t see the harm in their behavior and the reverberations that come from humiliating teammates and degrading women. It is our responsibility to pay attention to young people when they mess up and make bad decisions, and to provide safe accountability while the behavior is still minor. Not allowing players to believe they are beyond reproach or that they are not responsible for basic human decency are lessons they will carry with them into their adult lives. So is the lesson that this behavior, while perhaps not based in malice, is harmful, and we expect better from them.

As adults invested in the Hanover community and in the work of WISE, you can be voices of support to the administration while it takes heat from students and parents, and to your friends and neighbors who may need a little guidance to see the whole picture.

Peggy O’Neil

Executive Director, WISE

Lebanon

Cost of Climate-Change Denial

To the Editor:

The year 2012 marked the hottest year on record, and it looks as though 2013 is going to result in even higher temperatures. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has announced that a rise in serious hurricanes will accompany the rising temperatures in 2014. Extreme weather conditions and changing temperatures are not only impacting the environment but are also costing taxpayers money. Superstorm Sandy, wildfires on the West Coast and a drought in the Midwest cost U.S. taxpayers over $100 billion last year. Yet government officials continue to deny the existence of climate change.

Radley Herold

Lebanon