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Forum, May 11: It’s a question of whose future is being ruined

Published: 5/13/2019 10:45:42 AM
Modified: 5/13/2019 10:45:38 AM
It’s a question of whose future is being ruined

As a senior citizen who participated in the Youth Lobby’s “Rally for the Planet” on May Day in Montpelier, I was incredulous at Alex Hartov’s recent Forum letter (“Who in their right mind would trust a 15-year-old? May 3).

I remember back when the members of the Chicago Seven and the Weather Underground Organization were considered youth activists. We agreed with Jack Weinberg that we couldn’t trust anyone over 30. Ah, the folly of youth, and those not-so-halcyon days! I wonder how Alex Hartov remembers them?

I witnessed this most recent crop of young advocates march up the street to the Statehouse, and raised my climate crisis protest sign. Many of the students beckoned I join them, so I merged in with some like-minded codgers bringing up the rear. After assembling on the Capitol lawn, youth representatives from across the state testified for climate justice — within yards of where House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, Gov. Phil Scott and Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe months earlier decided there would be no climate legislation this term. The difference between the two teams on that field was whose future is being ruined.

I continue to be inspired by today’s youth, while the adults in the Statehouse continue to stonewall despite the tide. We all BS occasionally, but trust a 15-year-old? You bet!


White River Junction

James Parker must complete his prison sentence

I am what is called a bleeding heart liberal. I can’t bear to read or watch TV shows about the injustice of the law — the rich and powerful over the weak, the innocent and particularly people of color.

My heart aches for those sentenced to long prison terms while white-collar criminals, whose greed knows no bounds, get a wink and a nod. The need for prison reform is undeniable. Don’t get me started on the death penalty.

All that being said, James Parker needs to be in prison for his 25-year minimum sentence. Columnist Jim Kenyon (and I am always a big fan) asks: “What will we gain from his continued incarceration?”

We will gain respect for the dead and their family. Fulfilling his minimum sentence is not about Parker. It is about the Zantops.



Cut-a-thon benefits Make-A-Wish

Please join Vivo Salon and Day Spa, on Mechanic Street in Lebanon, on May 19, from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. for the sixth annual “cut-a-thon” to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America. This event is held in memory of my son, Daniel Somerville, who was diagnosed with cancer in 1993 at the age of 14. He was granted his “Wish” just two days before he died, but what a blessing he and our family were given. Daniel got to meet his hero, Ronnie Lott, at a football game in Foxboro — his wish come true! We continue to cherish this beautiful memory 25 years later. We are so thankful for Make-A-Wish.

Please help us raise money for this great cause by stopping by for a haircut, manicure or pedicure. In lieu of payment, Vivo is asking for a donation to Make-A-Wish. You will also be able to purchase raffle tickets for prizes generously donated by local businesses.

This annual event at Vivo has raised more than $10,000. We are so proud of Vivo for paying forward Daniel’s wish. It has been an important part of keeping Daniel’s memory alive and we thank Vivo and all the supporters who continue to make it possible.



Thanks to all those who stepped up

We had a wonderful turnout at the 13th annual Steppin’ Up to End Violence 5K Walk and Fun Run on May 4.

Thanks to the 746 people (553 adults and 193 kids) and 25 dogs who stepped up to help us raise more than $77,000 to date to provide services to survivors of domestic and sexual violence throughout Sullivan County.

Sincere thanks also to all the sponsors who provided financial support or donated food, supplies and services, and to the numerous volunteers who gave of their time to make the event a great success.

This is the power of a community coming together to support survivors.



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