Forum, Dec. 17: Please Shop Local for the Holidays

Sunday, December 16, 2018
Please Shop Local for the Holidays

Our thanks to the Valley News for steadfast coverage of the Upper Valley business community and the local and global issues that have such an impact on it. These stories are a reminder of how much we owe to our region’s independent businesses and small family farms.

Today’s business owners and farmers are caretakers of a priceless Upper Valley inheritance: the thriving local economy that people before us worked so hard to build. A strong local economy depends on local shoppers’ support. While you’re shopping for the holidays, we encourage you to think local first. Local businesses employ local people. Your neighbors’ prosperity has a direct impact on our region and the opportunities we pass along to future generations. Local businesses offer trust and service that can’t be matched by faceless online businesses with no vested interest in this beautiful area.

In a contentious day and age, our Upper Valley businesses and small family farms preserve the shared traditions and common bonds that bring us together.  A strong local economy is a great gift to all of us. Shopping local is a great way to give in return.

William Craig, President

Ed Fox, General Manager

Hanover Consumer Cooperative Society Inc.

Exceptional Bookstore in New London

Several Valley News readers have written to the Forum recently to express shock and disappointment at the anticipated closing of the Dartmouth Bookstore. One unintended consequence of the chiding Dartmouth College gets for not stepping up in support has been to call our attention to the presence of several other bookstores that are “relevant to our (Hanover) location.”

The Morgan Hill Bookstore in New London is an exceptional example of one that fights far above its weight by offering quality and continuing to serve as a vital community connecting point while taking a pummeling from Amazon and the other industrial heavyweights. If nothing more is accomplished by these letters, we who live in the New London and Colby-Sawyer College area are at least admonished to take another look at how lucky we are.

Bill and Ki Clough

New London

A Generous Gift of Flowers

I would like to thank Cedar Circle Farm, of East Thetford, for another year of providing countless vases of cut flowers each week at no charge to nursing home residents and to the chapel and patients at the Jack Byrne Center for Palliative and Hospice Care.

The happiness that these unanticipated bouquets bursting with colors bring to people who may be going through especially difficult times is truly a blessing. I think what touches me most is how the recipients experience the kindness of strangers and see that our planet is filled with good people doing good things.

Sandi Pierson


An Unprofessional Public Hearing

Is a draft report for a public hearing authentic when it is available online, but not at the hearing? An online report can be changed anytime. Printed, it is an official version and record. Does a public hearing comply with Vermont’s Open Meeting Law when a news release announces it at place that does not exist and no corrected release is issued?

A Nov. 30 release announced a public hearing of the Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission on Dec. 6 in White River Junction — at a nonexistent building and address. Arriving early, I encountered an employee of the Vermont Department of Health looking for this phantom building to take notes for the commissioner. Everyone we asked had no idea where the building could be. When I finally learned the location, down Route 5, I walked into the building, which is a maze, Near the dimly lit entrance was a torn page of scrawled directions to the hearing room.

At a public hearing, the officials sit at a head table facing citizens, who take turns at a microphone. This hearing was a crowd in a corner of a gymnasium, and people could not hear each other. It was the most unprofessional public hearing I have ever attended.

Howard Fairman

Putney, Vt.

Pelosi Should Step Aside

“Old soldiers never die, they just fade away.” Nancy Pelosi can best serve the country by accepting an appointment as senior adviser to the next generation of leaders.

After 30 years in Congress, she can no longer credibly advocate for term limits. She is still effective in controlling her caucus, but she is no longer the vigorous leader with a clear vision that we deserve and her enemies are galvanized in their opposition to her personally.

Suggesting that she groom a replacement is a non-starter as it merely guarantees mediocrity. If chaos ensues from a power vacuum, it will not last long. Now is the best time for a change. Nothing substantive is likely to be done in the next two years. We should not choose a leader merely because she is a progressive woman but because she can truly lead us out of the wilderness.

David Wright