Forum, June 4: Time to Party at Hartford’s Lyman Point Park

Sunday, June 03, 2018
Time to Party at Lyman Point Park

On Wednesday, from 5-8 p.m., (rain date: June 13) the Hartford Community Coalition will host its fourth annual free Block Party at Lyman Point Park in White River Junction. 

While White River Junction, Wilder, West Hartford, Hartford Village and Quechee residents comprise the party’s primary audience, anyone from surrounding communities is welcome to come celebrate the town and meet their neighbors.

The HCC is a group of community members who support and promote the wellness of individuals and families. Our organization works to combat issues such as substance misuse and food insecurity and hopes to make Hartford a supportive community where people achieve personal, professional and physical well-being.

The Block Party is an opportunity to celebrate the town of Hartford and the many health and wellness resources to which Hartford residents have access.

The Rusty Bearings Brass Band, as well as the Hartford Memorial Middle School band, will perform at the event, while arts centers will give demonstrations. For the fourth year in a row, Hartford police and fire officials will scoop Ben & Jerry’s ice cream and the White River Junction Rotary, in partnership with Listen Community Services, will share a free picnic with attendees. In addition, approximately 50 vendors will advertise their services to the local community.

We hope we’ll see you on June 6.

Emily Musty

Hartford Community Coalition

Dartmouth Shouldn’t Abandon UPNE

Apparently I wasn’t the only one to feel dismay when I read of Dartmouth College’s decision to close down University Press of New England by the end of this year (“Dartmouth’s University Press to Fold,” April 20). Now I see that others are protesting the decision as well (“Dartmouth College Faculty Decries Actions,” May 22).

One has to wonder how the college expects to be a leader in the world of liberal arts education if it fails to see the need for a publishing arm to propagate the work it claims to be doing. Indeed, the industry is foundering, but there will always be a need to publish the written word. It’s not the time to abandon this little jewel in Dartmouth’s crown.

Donna Grant Reilly


Headline on Letter Was Disappointing

The May 27 Forum letter headlined “The Truth About Israel’s Tactics” is spurring this response from me. The letter writer is entitled to have anti-Israel views, and is entitled to write them up and send them to the Valley News, and the Valley News is entitled to publish them. I do not share those anti-Israel views, but so be it. I don’t wish to engage strangers in debate. Let people have their views, however much I might disagree with them.

But I object most vehemently to the headline given the letter by the Valley News. By stamping those perceptions as “truth,” the Valley News is, in effect, sanctioning them.

Back in the day, when I minored in journalism, we were taught better. Am disappointed in your headline writer.

Arthur Vidro


World Full of Hazardous Materials

According to the petition I recently signed from Avaaz, the online organizing network, economic hardships force up to 40,000 children in the Democratic Republic of Congo alone into mining toxic minerals like cobalt. The demand for cobalt, used in the production of batteries of electric cars, is expected by some estimates to grow by 9,000 percent in the next 20 years.

The same economic forces drive electric car battery pack recycling, in which the lithium batteries get cracked open, often by children, in many third-world countries. National Geographic ran a story in 2014 about the shipbreaking process in Bangladesh, in which untrained workers demolish old oil tankers and containerships, often releasing toxic waste.

There are forces besides economics at work. Just ask EPA chief Scott Pruitt. (Note: It’s not the environment that he’s protecting!) And it’s not just chemicals we need protection from. Consider The Hill’s May 10 report: “House votes to advance Yucca Mountain nuclear waste project.”

Our biology evolved in a world where the more hazardous materials were sequestered beyond arm’s reach. Before introducing toxic substances such as petrochemicals into the biosphere, we should learn how to prevent organisms, including ourselves, from ingesting these poisons. Until then, we must keep them in the ground and embrace what Tony Seba describes in the book Clean Disruption of Energy and Transportation: How Silicon Valley Will Make Oil, Nuclear, Natural Gas, Coal, Electric Utilities and Conventional Cars Obsolete by 2030. I advise you read it.

Kevin M. Leveret

White River Junction