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Forum, Feb. 4: Save Natural Assets on Mount Sunapee; Don’t Blame Third-Party Voters; The Right to Bear Arms

Wednesday, February 04, 2015
Save Our Natural Assets for All

To the Editor:

It’s true that Mount Sunapee is a lovely place for all things snow and that leaseholders Okemo/MSR have made improvements the state couldn’t have imagined. But they are only leaseholders, and the mountain still belongs to the people of New Hampshire. The West Bowl expansion would be yet another example of the minority deciding what’s good for the majority. Whoever said that the entirety of Mount Sunapee should be a ski resort when snow is certain only four months of the year and the majority of residents of and visitors to New Hampshire neither ski nor ride? And wouldn’t it be a good thing for our grandchildren and their grandchildren to be able to explore some pristine wilderness as part of their mountain? It could well be that the undeveloped areas of our beautiful state will become our greatest treasures. And assets.

Pat Whitney


Don’t Blame Third-Party Voters

To the Editor:

If the choice between the two major parties is as clear as a letter of Jan. 8 claims (“Vote for Nader Caused Much Harm”), then why is every presidential election so close? Like Coke and Pepsi, they are both fighting for the same market, and the only difference becomes one of ever-shifting style.

As for substance, however, Gore’s run followed Bill Clinton, whose consistent betrayals of liberal principles included welfare “reform,” NAFTA, repeal of the Glass-Steagall Act, promotion of 401(k) accounts over pensions, the Defense of Marriage Act and the antidemocratic Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act, as well as neocon pursuits overseas such as sanctions against and continuous bombing of Iraq (where the death of half a million children was “worth it,” according to his Secretary of State Madeline Albright), the deadly fiascos of Kosovo and Rwanda, bombing a pharmaceutical plant in Sudan, etc. And to clinch the “new” direction of the Democratic Party, Gore picked the sanctimonious and reactionary Joe Lieberman as running mate. There was no doubt that Gore was to the right of Clinton — pretty much right where George W. Bush was. Just as Gore would have, Bush extended Clinton’s legacy, as Clinton extended Reagan’s and the first Bush’s. And as Obama has extended and expanded Bush’s, putting Wall Street and war first. And who is assumed to be up next, but another Clinton versus another Bush? This is not a choice, but a mockery of democracy and the opposite of progress.

Regarding the Supreme Court, Scalia, Kennedy, Ginsburg and Breyer were almost unanimously confirmed by both Democrats and Republicans in the Senate. Thomas and Alito squeaked in with the help of Democrats, who also strongly supported Roberts. And it should be noted that under Obama, access to abortion in much of the country has all but disappeared. The facts belie the rhetoric.

In the 2000 election, in almost every state where Nader did well, so did Gore. It should not be forgotten that organized mobs disrupted vote counting in Florida, the Supreme Court ruled that there is no right to have your vote counted, and Al Gore couldn’t be bothered to worry about it.

It is simply offensive to blame third-party voters as if they have betrayed the duopoly candidates and not the other way around.

Eric Rosenbloom

Joanna Lake


Marijuana on the Agenda

To the Editor:

The Windsor County Democratic Committee will hold its monthly meeting at Damon Hall, Hartland Three Corners, on Feb. 9, 7 p.m.

This meeting will be a forum and discussion of legalizing marijuana. There will be two speakers: Advocating legalization will be Matt Simon, New England political director for the Marijuana Policy Project. Opposing legalization will be Debby Haskins, executive director, SAM-VT (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).

There will be ample time for questions and discussion. Admission to this meeting and discussion is free and open to the public. All are invited.

For more information, call Bill Kuch at 802-885-6388 or email

Bill Kuch, Chairman

Windsor County Democratic Committee

Springfield, Vt.

The Right to Bear Arms

To the Editor:

An add-on to “Defend The Right to Bear Arms” by William Tufts (Forum, Jan. 27): Two years ago, my wife and I drove to Alaska. Because we intended to camp and fish, a friend suggested we take bear spray and a shotgun to defend ourselves against the bears. I found the law allowing us to take bear spray into Canada and purchased two canisters. I decided against the shotgun because we intended to camp in provincial parks that prohibit guns.

When crossing the border at Niagara Falls, the young agent asked if we had any firearms, to which I answered no. The second question was, Do you have any way to defend yourself such as pepper spray or bear spray? I told him I had bear spray and he said he had to confiscate it. I told him no! I read that I was allowed to bring bear spray into his country. He got defensive and ordered me to go to the next checkpoint. A young lady came out and upon seeing the bear spray canisters, said OK. We crossed the border several times and the second question was always, Do you have any way to defend yourself? Just thinking about that question raises the hair on my neck. We went to Nova Scotia last year and encountered the same question. That is scary. We don’t want to ever let our representatives steal our right to bear arms. I never want to hear that question in our country. Do you have any way to defend yourself?

Lloyd Mann


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