Choosing a New State’s Attorney
To the Editor:
I am writing in response to the letter from Springfield Police Chief Douglas Johnston (“Windsor County Residents Ignored,” March 24). In it, he denounces Windsor County state representatives and state Sen. John Campbell for not representing his and other law officers’ preferences for the appointment of a replacement for Windsor County State’s Attorney Bobby Sand.
The process for filling a vacated elected state office is provided in the statutes governing political parties. The local political committee, in this case the Windsor County Democratic Committee, is asked to make suggestions to fill a vacant office. The committee acts in an advisory capacity only.
The governor makes the decision.
The meeting was warned and advertised. Although anyone can attend with or without an invitation, not all can participate. Only members of the committee can vote.
Windsor County legislators were divided in their support for Michael Kainen and David Cahill, both highly qualified. Each had substantial support, and there was much campaigning before the meeting on behalf of each by many groups, legislators and citizens in Windsor County.
But not at the meeting. Each candidate was nominated and made brief remarks.
Members asked questions after. There is no provision for campaigning at the meeting. Whatever advocacy our Windsor County representatives made on behalf of Windsor County constituents would not have happened at the committee meeting. It would have occurred before.
There were two candidates. The committee found both to be highly qualified. Therefore the committee decided to forward both names, without expressing a preference, to the governor for his consideration.
From his letter, it appears that Johnston did what he should do when advocating for a candidate. He wrote a letter to the governor, spoke to his legislators and signed a group petition. The governor chose the other man. That does not mean that the chief’s legislators did not respect his wishes. It simply means that the governor chose otherwise.
Chair, Windsor County Democratic Committee
How Do I Link Out?
To the Editor:
Many years ago, I somehow was enrolled in LinkedIn (which listed me as living in Glens Falls, N.Y., a town I had never been in). I did nothing about this “membership,” which made itself manifest in a very faint way once every few years.
But recently, many dozens of people, some of whom I had never met or heard of, “replied” to my supposed invitation to “connect” with me via LinkedIn. My in-box is flooded with these emails accepting “my” invitation.
It is repugnant that a business would see fit to appropriate my name without so much as first contacting me and to then send a letter over my signature. I call upon my representatives in Congress to make such invasions a criminal offense.
I also would urge anyone reading this letter who has been the victim of similar treatment to request legislation imposing stiff fines for the practice.
White River Junction
Come Learn About Bears
To the Editor:
Your wonderful piece on Ben Kilham and his bear cubs (“They Play and Play and Play,” March 26) was a welcome reminder that our neighbors — the bears — are waking up and will be out and about soon.
To better understand how to live with bears, the Orange Conservation Commission is hosting a talk by Ben Kilham at the Orange Town House on Sunday, April 7. The potluck starts at 5 p.m., followed by Kilham’s talk at 6.
All are welcome.
Dorothy Behlen Heinrichs
Orange Conservation Commission