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Forum, July 10: Watch for the Prouty; Discuss the Co-op

Watch for the Prouty

To the Editor:

The 33rd annual Prouty will be held Friday and Saturday. We are writing to alert readers to increased traffic on the roads in and around Hanover and as far north as Woodsville and Wells River.

The Prouty is the signature fundraiser for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; the event features several different bike rides and walk routes, rowing on the Connecticut and golf at Hanover Country Club.

The Prouty brings upward of 7,000 people together with a spirit of hope in the fight against cancer. We are indebted to residents of the Upper Valley for their participation and contributions to the event and their commitment to support research and patient services at the cancer center. We particularly want to thank motorists and cyclists for the extra consideration required to make it a safe day for everyone.

Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for your support of a truly worthy cause.

Judy Csatari and Carolyn Frye, Co-chairs, Prouty Executive Committee

Hanover

Join the Co-op Discussion

To the Editor:

We all love our Co-op. Every single one of us wants to support, enjoy and preserve our Co-op for generations to come. Last week, 58 Co-op members gathered to share their concerns about the recent firings. What emerged was concern after concern about Co-op management. Our meeting began with all 58 of us individually declaring the length of our membership — the average was 30 years. No one named Jim Kenyon was at that meeting. Our group is not a few malcontents. Our group is comprised of stalwart long-term Co-op members who are concerned about the recent firings. When trusted long-term employees — individuals whom many of us recognize as the very face of the Co-op — are fired by managers who repeatedly refuse to tell even these fired employees why they’re being fired — our response to such managerial decisions is to say that we are a concerned group of Co-op members. We are holding another meeting tonight at 7:30 at the Black Center in Hanover. All are invited to attend.

Sean Clauson

Hanover

The Attacks on the Co-op

To the Editor:

Valley News editors and Jim Kenyon in particular: It is not open season on the Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society. Your parade of twisted “facts” and innuendos have gone far enough, border on journalistic irresponsibility and are close to being libelous. Just because you repeat something enough times does not make it a fact. You cannot accuse the Co-op of mistreating employees and then criticize the employees for defending their company. The Co-op has been accused of being too corporate and pushing high-margin items. It is the role and mission of a company to watch its margins. It is where profit is generated and how employees are compensated. It is also where bonuses and the elusive “pay raise” come from.

The Co-op has been accused of intimidating employees and marginalizing their opinions when in fact for more than five years it has endeavored to make open-book management operative in day-to-day operations to give employees information and a voice. And why would the Co-op, that well-oiled corporate bully, fire two of its “best” employees? That simply flies in the face of logic.

It is the Valley News in the form of Jim Kenyon’s articles that has supplied the “reasons” for the dismissals. The Co-op has made a very tough business decision and confidentiality must be respected. There are still hundreds of amazing, hard working, helpful, skilled and dedicated employees serving our members and customers day in and day out that need your continued support and respect. Let us get back to the job at hand, the hard work of running a good business and providing our patrons with the best experience we can.

Jamie King

Coop member and employee

Grantham

More Gun Violence Statistics

To the Editor:

Good of Jeffrey E. Semprebon to remind us how important gun violence data is, especially that collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other reliable sources (“A Different Look At Gun Deaths,” July 6). As we all recognize this value, let’s fully fund the CDC for a change, so it can discover the full scope of the problem that exposes us to mass shootings, firearm homicides and suicides.

Moreover, consider the benefits in states that already require background checks of every gun purchase:

∎  A 38 percent drop in women killed with a gun by an intimate partner (U.S. Dept. of Justice/FBI, Supplementary Homicide Reports, 2011).

∎  A 49 percent decline in firearm suicide rate (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, WISQARS website, 2005).

∎  A 48 percent dip in gun trafficking (Webster, Vernick & Bulzacchelli, “Effects of State-Level Firearm Seller Accountability Policies on Firearm Trafficking, Journal Of Urban Health, July 2009).

∎  A 39 percent decrease in police officers shot to death with handguns (FBI, 2001-11).

Right now, 40 percent of gun sales take place without any check at all. Imagine the mayhem on our public highways if 40 percent of the drivers didn’t need to obey stop lights.

We can do better and save lives. Tell your state and federal lawmakers to fix this. And check out the GunSenseVT website — www.GunSenseVT.org — to see how you can help make this happen.

Bob Williamson

South Woodstock