Forum, April 12: Time to Step Up for Turning Points Network Fundraiser

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Step Up for Turning Points Fundraiser

Turning Points Network has for 40 years been providing free services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, stalking and bullying throughout Sullivan County. The 12th annual Steppin’ Up to End Violence Walk and Fun Run will be held on May 5, beginning at the middle school in Claremont. This is Turning Points Network’s largest fundraising event.

There is still time to form a team and participate in this inspiring event. Individual walkers and runners are also welcome. In the past, participants have included families, friends, sports teams, school and church groups, police and fire departments, and business-sponsored teams. If walking isn’t your thing, there also are opportunities for volunteers who would like to help make the event run smoothly or who can supply baked goods to feed the hungry walkers. In the past, there have been as many as 1,000 people walking, running, rolling and strolling through downtown Claremont for this event.

For more information about Steppin’ Up 2018 and other related events, go to www.turningpointsnetwork.org and click on events or call 1-800-639-3130.

Linda Martin


The writer is a volunteer and board member of Turning Points Network.

Fortunate for Community Support

On behalf of our residents, staff and board of trustees, Twin Pines Housing wishes to thank the Upper Valley community for its outpouring of support during and after the fire at the Village at Crafts Hill on March 30.

We’re grateful to the exceptional emergency services personnel from Lebanon, Hanover and Hartford, who responded within minutes and quickly extinguished the flames. We’d also like to thank our wonderful nonprofit and human service agency friends at American Red Cross, Upper Valley Haven, LISTEN Community Services, and COVER Home Repair, who helped to provide essential services, clothing and other assistance. We’re fortunate to be part of such a caring and devoted community.

Michelle Kersey

Manager of Development and Communications, Twin Pines Housing

Nothing ‘Cosmetic’ About an AR-15

I’m relieved to learn from AR-15 hobbyist Spencer R.B. Cone that similarities between his modern sporting rifle and military-grade firearms “are purely cosmetic” (“My Rifle Is the AR-15,” April 4).

I guess that makes the 17 deaths at Parkland, Fla., cosmetic casualties. And those 20 first-graders and six educators murdered at Sandy Hook, the 49 slain in an Orlando nightclub, the 27 slaughtered at the Sutherland Springs church in Texas, the 58 murdered and more than 500 wounded at Las Vegas, and the one in four police officers killed in the line of duty in 2016 are all cosmetic catastrophes.

Maybe we need the FDA to regulate these 5 million cosmetic firearms now in circulation.

The reason mass shooters like the AR-15 and similar firearms isn’t “purely cosmetic.” They unleash a lethal stream of fire in seconds. Words can’t sugarcoat deadly facts.

Bob Williamson

South Woodstock

The writer is a member of the board of Gun Sense Vermont.

Second Amendment Is Here to Stay

The United States has been clearly and slowly moving toward fascism for decades. Since 9/11, not so slowly. And yet, despite that, there are citizens who are determined to overthrow the Second Amendment.

Let me assure those individuals: There will never be a repeal of the Second Amendment and, therefore, there will never be a dictatorship in America.

Neil Meliment


Alarming Direction of the EPA

The Trump administration is aggressively promoting the interests of industries that pollute by deregulating environmental protections of clean air, land and water. It is not the Environmental Protection Agency’s mission to protect industry; it is to protect human health and the environment.

An article in the April 2 New Yorker carefully describes the new pro-business mission of the EPA under Scott Pruitt’s direction. It is a must-read for anyone who cares about the environment. Most alarming is the direction given to the EPA and state legislatures by the American Legislative Exchange Council, known as ALEC, that provides model legislation backed by Koch Industries and other corporations.

This administration promotes the interests of business and the wealthy to the detriment of mankind and the natural world.

Soon, we will be able to regain control of the legislatures in Washington and across the country to save our health and the environment.

Anne W. Silberfarb