Forum, Dec. 8: Sandy Hook Vigil Set For Friday in Norwich

Friday, December 07, 2018
Sandy Hook Vigil Set For Friday in Norwich

Thank you for publishing The Philadelphia Inquirer editorial “Gun Control Wins Big: But Can the Momentum be Maintained?” (Dec. 3). The answer to this question is an unwavering and fervent yes.

To that end, nationwide vigils and events are being held the week of Dec. 10 to remember the more than 600,000 Americans killed or injured by guns since the Sandy Hook tragedy.

On Friday, the sixth anniversary of the Sandy Hook shooting, there will be vigil from 5-5:30 p.m on the Norwich Green followed by a program at the Norwich Congregational Church at 15 Church St.

At hundreds of locations nationwide, we will stand together to give voice to all victims and survivors of gun violence. Please join us.

For more information, visit www.gunsensevt.org.

Dena B. Romero


Trump’s Distinguishing Characteristics

The front-page story by Steve Peoples of The Associated Press (“The End of Culture of Civility” Dec. 4), contrasts the behavior of the late former President George H.W. Bush with that of our current president, who is described as “a fellow Republican whose brand is defined by material success, unrestrained aggression toward his rivals and disdain for traditional coalitions at home and abroad.” While I agree that those terms are accurate, I would include Donald Trump’s aggression toward the core constitutional principles of freedom of the press, the separation of powers and the rule of law itself — all deplorable as well as seemingly unconstitutional behaviors by one who has sworn an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

My impression is that all those traits are secondary to that which is most distinctive about Trump: the fundamental dishonesty he displays daily, in public and on the record. Whether he is incapable of distinguishing fact from fiction or simply a compulsive liar (pseudologia fantastica seems to hit the nail on the head) the fact remains: One cannot trust what the 45th president of the United States says to be true, or based in truth.

What, after all, can come from false information but poor decisions by both the president and those who believe what he says?

Chris Weinmann


2 Special Bookstores Still in the Valley

I read with interest Dan Mackie’s column about the likely closing of the Dartmouth Bookstore (“A Bookstore is Essential to The Valley,” Oct 20). I, too, am a lover of books, libraries, bookstores and book sales and I have bought many dozens of books at the Dartmouth Bookstore over the past 35 years. I will really miss it if it does, indeed, close at the end of the year. However, I rejoice in the fact there are two very special bookstores close by.

Left Bank Books is an 18-year-old, locally owned bookstore upstairs at 9 S. Main St. in Hanover, just a hop, skip and a jump from the Dartmouth Bookstore. The owners maintain an amazing collection of used, out-of-print and rare books in an inviting space with comfortable chairs that lend themselves to leisurely browsing. If you have not yet discovered Left Bank Books, you are in for a treat.

Just across the Connecticut River is the Norwich Bookstore, at 291 Main St., also locally owned and operated. Since August 1994, this treasure in the center of town has been an important part of the community, offering two floors of books as well as evening programs often featuring local authors and illustrators.

I encourage Upper Valley residents to support both these bookstores and help keep them in business.

Margaret Bragg


Remembering Bush’s Visit to Dartmouth

As we mourn the death of former President George H.W. Bush, I remember when he was invited to receive an honorary degree from Dartmouth College in 2011.

A number of faculty members signed a letter protesting the invitation. When we has wheeled to the platform (he had Parkinson’s disease), he was booed. Bush was not the speaker that day; the comedian Conan O’Brien was.

In his address, O’Brien, a graduate of Harvard, said there was something terribly wrong. He shouldn’t be the speaker. The former president should be. O’Brien proceeded to berate the faculty members who signed the protest letter and applauded Bush’s supporters in the audience.

It was Bush’s birthday, so we rose and sang Happy Birthday to him and applauded as he left the stage.

Judy Cross


Now How Much Should America Expect to Pay?

It is said that every man has his price. In reference to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, it is apparent that the deal-maker in our White House has his. I only hope that America itself will set a higher bar.

Jim Hughes

West Fairlee