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Forum, July 11: A missed opportunity for all to learn in Windsor

Published: 7/12/2020 1:45:39 PM
Modified: 7/12/2020 1:45:38 PM
A missed opportunity for all to learn in Windsor

What I am trying to learn, and what I believe we white people in general need to learn, is how to talk about racism, our own implicit bias, how our speech effects others and how we can learn to do better. Windsor School Principal Tiffany Riley, the students and teachers, the Mount Ascutney School Board, the parents and the Upper Valley community just missed an opportunity.

I don’t believe that there are any people of ill will involved in this situation, just people who don’t understand each other or who have made assumptions about what others believe. What might have happened had all those involved been able to sit down with someone skilled in leading difficult conversations about race and given everyone a chance to hear what the others had to say? What might have happened if everyone had been able to use this situation as means of learning how to live together as we all figure out how to move forward? How might that have better equipped our young people to deal with the implicit bias that we want them to confront as adults? Could the town have avoided a lawsuit in which, no matter who wins, everyone is damaged?

Sadly, we will never know.

LESLIE BLACK

White River Junction

Support Global Health Act

With the rise of COVID-19 and the increasing globalization of the world and its economies, it is more important than ever before to consider global health a priority.

Watching the damage and the insurmountable losses that people around the world have experienced in the past few months due to the current pandemic only emphasizes the need for comprehensive global health legislation. According to the June 2020 Global Economic Prospects report, COVID-19 could push up to 100 million people into extreme poverty, and a large share of the new extreme poor will be concentrated in countries that are already struggling with high poverty rates. These communities will also be far more vulnerable to the current pandemic and future infectious diseases that may arise. In fact, the 2007 World Health Report notes that since the 1970s, “newly emerging diseases have been identified at the unprecedented rate of one or more per year.”

It is for these reasons that the Global Health Act must be supported and passed in Congress. The Global Health Act ensures that the United States will provide aid to foreign countries to promote global health. This act will help people around the world diminish the threat of COVID-19 and any future infectious diseases, as well as help the United States prevent a return to this shutdown state in the future, creating much need infrastructure where there is none.

CATHERINE GOLUBOVSKY

Hanover

People are voting against their own safety nets

It’s interesting to me that the very people who denounce big government and socialism are often the same people who are thrilled to have unemployment insurance, stimulus money, small-business loans (forgiveable) and affordable health care. Add in schools, parks, libraries — all things we took for granted but miss terribly now.

The same people — as all Americans do — want somebody, maybe the National Institutes of Health, the World Health Organization, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or any agency, to develop a vaccine. Thank you, Big Government!

So many people who voted for President Donald Trump were actually shooting themselves in the foot as they were voting against their own safety nets. As a reminder, President Bill Clinton did more for welfare reform than any Republican.

SALLY PRINCE

New London

Thanks for Prouty support

As we wrap up the six-week 2020 Prouty Virtual, the volunteer members of the Prouty Executive Committee would like to extend our deepest gratitude to all the Upper Valley communities for embracing the Virtual Prouty this year.

The Prouty community — participants, donors and corporate sponsors — has been busy working to raise money for cancer research and patient and family supportive services at our own Norris Cotton Cancer Center — fighting cancer together even when we’re apart. From Wells River to Kearsarge and from Dorchester to Bethel, the Prouty’s participants, donors and corporate sponsors have been keeping the Prouty spirit alive and strong in a year when the traditional event could not be held due to safety and health considerations.

Thank you for your loyalty and your steadfast support.

MARY ALLEN, JUDY CSATARI
and DOREEN CUTTER

Hanover

JIM BONNEY

Meriden

CAROLYN FRYE

Norwich

BRUCE PARSONS

New London




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