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Forum, June 27: Focus now on Black lives

Published: 6/26/2020 10:00:18 PM
Modified: 6/26/2020 10:00:10 PM
Focus now on Black lives

I am the first one to agree that all lives matter: women, Native Americans, Jews, Hispanics, Muslims, Asian people, poor people. We all have gifts and talents that immensely enrich the lives of all people, if we allow their development.

However, at this time, with our history of slavery and the subsequent oppression, persecution and abuse of Black people and their economic and educational marginalization, it is right to focus on the fact that Black Lives Matter. My only concern is that we not focus just on the lives of Black males, who right now are pushed to the forefront, but on the nearly invisible lives of Black women, who are even more marginalized.

We owe members of the Black community an enormous debt for the truly remarkable ways in which they have enriched our lives and American society, in spite of all the barriers. We also owe an enormous debt for what the white community has withheld from them.

Truly integrating Black people and other people of color into the mainstream of American life will greatly enrich and benefit all of us, and make us a more genuine democracy.

MARIA VRIES

Canaan

Story left someone out

Thanks for your fine article on Put Blodgett and his many accomplishments (“A Life: ‘He was happiest in the woods,’ ” June 22). Those of us who were connected to him through his Dartmouth Class of 1953 enjoyed reading it.

However, some of us find it difficult to understand why there was no mention of Put’s wife of the past 40 years, Marion Eastman Blodgett. She is still with us, and we have many fond memories of occasions we’ve shared over the years with Marion and Put, their children, stepchildren and grandchildren.

DONNA GRANT REILLY

Hanover

The toll of gun violence

With all the talk about the horror of people being killed, how about those who have died by gun violence?

Data from a few years ago showed roughly 35,000 gun deaths annually in the U.S., along with about 90,000 injuries from firearms.

PAULINE ROOS

New London

Endorsing Kirk White

I’m happy to endorse Kirk White for the Democratic nomination to the Vermont House of Representatives from the Windsor-Rutland district, representing Bethel, Rochester, Stockbridge and Pittsfield.

White is a born-and-raised Vermonter, a son of the valley he seeks to represent. I met him when he was a teenager, and have come to know him over the years through his many services to our community. I know he’s intelligent, energetic, imaginative, moderate and reasonable. As a licensed acupuncturist, he is a small-business owner. He understands business.

White doesn’t just believe in community. He knows from experience that communities can work together to improve their situations. His impressive resume of community service and involvement includes serving as president of the Bethel Business Association and the Bethel Area Rotary. In addition, he served on the Bethel Revitalization Initiative, as chair of the Bethel Democratic Committee, as a justice of the peace, a friend of Envision Rochester and on the White River Valley Players.

He has exciting ideas for our future, but his feet are planted on firm soil. He builds coalitions among people of different interests and intentions — an important quality in a legislator.

His platform is too extensive and comprehensive for this one letter, but it’s available on his website (www.kirkwhiteforvthouse.com). His positions are balanced and informed. For one example, I’m impressed with his stand on environmental protection as economic opportunity as well as preservation.

I urge my neighbors to vote for Kirk White in the Aug, 11 Democratic primary. Mail voting begins June 29, so there’s no need to risk your health and the health of others to vote. Simply request a ballot from your town clerk. I urge my neighbors as well to support him in the November general election.

DICK McCORMACK

Bethel

The writer represents the Windsor district in the Vermont Senate.




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