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Forum, June 9: Today is the day to give to NH Gives

Published: 6/8/2021 10:00:10 PM
Modified: 6/8/2021 10:00:12 PM
Today is the day to give to NH Gives

The annual, 24-hour NH Gives fundraising event will end at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. This is the largest day of giving in New Hampshire, with more than 550 nonprofits participating. Many generous donors have provided matching monies — at last check it totaled over $300,000 in available matching funds.

The NH Gives webpage is at There, people can choose their favorite charitable organization and make a gift. Of course, as an employee of West Central Behavioral Health, and knowing about the many vulnerable people we help throughout Sullivan County for mental health and substance use disorder treatment, as well as 24/7 crisis response, I hope everyone will take advantage of the many NH Gives matching opportunities to double their giving during the 24-hour period. Thank you.



The writer is director of development and community relations for West Central Behavioral Health.

Vaccinate for the well-being of others

I have been dismayed at the recent positive COVID-19 cases at Hanover High School and Richmond Middle School. I understood when there was no vaccine available for this age group and cases in the area were high, but that is no longer the case. And while I do not know the circumstances around these particular cases, I do know that my son was subsequently quarantined for possible exposure. As a result of another family’s actions, he has missed several important events, including school, athletics and a bar mitzvah.

I invite those parents who do not think they need to vaccinate their children to reconsider, if not for their own children’s safety, then for the safety and well-being of other children in our community, especially those who cannot, for whatever reason, get safely vaccinated themselves, and for children too young to receive the vaccine. I also urge SAU 70 to require that all students 12 and over, and all teachers, be vaccinated before the start of the 2021-2022 school year.



The Republican Party is rabidly anti-democratic

Suppose for a moment that then-Vice President Mike Pence had been hanged by the violent mob of Trump supporters who called for such and erected a noose on the grounds of the Capitol on Jan. 6 while they attacked the U.S. Congress, attempting to prevent the peaceful transition of power after the free and fair election of the new president, Joe Biden.

Would Republican senators and representatives still have voted not to impeach then-President Donald Trump for his fomenting of the attempted insurrection? Would Pence’s brother, Republican Rep. Greg Pence of Indiana, still have voted not to support a bipartisan congressional investigation of the attempted insurrection, which led to seven deaths (including three police officers) and hundreds of injuries to police officers and significant trauma to them and the elected members and their staff in Congress?

I believe the answers to both questions would be “yes.” That is how rabidly anti-democratic, unpatriotic and desperately power-hungry the Republican Party in America is today, including all of its Trump-supporting American citizens who still adhere to a belief in the lie that the ex-president actually won the 2020 presidential election.


Newbury, Vt.

Relentless war against the freethinking

I must correct two points in David Greenfield’s June 2 Forum letter (“Missed opportunities for peace in holy land”).

First: The “oldest of all hatreds” is not antisemitism but that toward the unconforming, especially those who are women. Judaism and its two daughters, Christianity and Islam, have from their births waged relentless war against freethinking within and without their own faith communities.

The religious proscription against “witches,” for example, has led to the murders of uncounted women throughout the history of the Western world, but I must note that that slander is a weapon used everywhere, in every culture, literate and not, regardless of religious practice.

The attempts to extirpate “paganism” from purported monotheism have of course left remnants behind, which religious scholars have spent millennia trying to obscure. But over the course of human history, many millions of people have died for no greater crime than that of desiring to worship and believe as they chose. There’s a grim irony to it, of course; the Israelites lit a match that sparked a hideous and never-abated conflagration.

We who were granted a secular republic by the extraordinary wisdom of the founders mostly fail miserably to appreciate its value and to defend it with the ferocity required. Israel, so often touted as a bastion of democracy in the Middle East, is hostage to the rabbinate to a degree that will always complicate any genuine peace.

And second: Arabs are not indigenous to the region, which included Mandatory Palestine. The history of the world is one of migration and conquest, but every ethnic group first forms within a specific geographic area and then attempts to expand its political and economic control.

Settled communities are realities regardless of their origins. But we should be clear about those origins in our discussions, and the term “indigenous” is often used carelessly in examinations of history.



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