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Forum, May 11: Amazing support during a challenging journey

Published: 5/10/2021 10:00:04 PM
Modified: 5/10/2021 10:00:03 PM
Amazing support during a challenging journey

I am writing to let you all know that National Skilled Nursing Home Care Week (May 9-15), is a time for reflection on loss and hope for the future.

I wish to thank our residents and heroic staff, our medical director and his team of providers, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, the Aging Resource Center, our family members and community, the Hanover fire and police departments, and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services for support of our care during the COVID-19 pandemic. We would not have gotten through our outbreak without all of your support and assistance, which was amazing.

From visitation and group activities being shut down beginning in March 2020 to our now achieving the nation’s highest vaccination rate, it has been an incredibly challenging journey. Your thoughtfulness and support will never be forgotten. I ask you all to join me in asking our legislators to support nursing home care in our next state budget, and to support our staff heroes as we look to move forward to our future, stronger, together.

Thank you all for all that you have done to support our residents and staff.

MARTHA ILSLEY

Post Mills

The writer is the administrator of Hanover Terrace Health and Rehabilitation Center.

No reason to mail Vt. absentee ballots to all

I am opposed to the proposal to mail absentee ballots to every Vermont resident because of the cost and the hardship it presents town clerks.

Let me state that I am adamantly opposed to the restrictions some states, such as Georgia, are enacting to make it difficult for people to vote. I don’t believe we have had that problem in Vermont. All one needs to do to obtain an absentee ballot is contact the town clerk and request one. Unlike, New Hampshire and some other states, no reason need be given. It is that simple.

Because I often work out of state, I have requested an absentee ballot many times. No fuss, no trouble.

I have to question why those who are serious about voting could not contact their town clerk to request a ballot. You can also call 800-439-VOTE or go to sos.elections@vermont.gov.

I supported the mailing of ballots last year because of the pandemic. However, I see no reason to continue to do so. It costs a lot.

GARY W. MOORE

Bradford, Vt.

Bigoted left is trying to create a great divide

What ever happened to Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream that his “four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character”?

The U.K. newspaper The Sun reported that Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., accused the “bigoted” left of hypocrisy for “attacking the color of my skin,” noted that a racial slur used against him trended on Twitter for 12 hours, and said the Black Lives Matter movement was silent when racist remarks were made against Scott on social media after his response to President Joe Biden’s recent address.

It seems the left is pushing to create a great divide in the U.S. by skin color, or is it pushing “reverse discrimination”?

As Jesus said in Matthew 12:25: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand.”

JEAN LIEPOLD

Grantham

Biden administration is an embarrassment

The Biden-Harris administration is proving to have a very curious hierarchy of priorities. Following the April 15 mass shooting in Indianapolis, President Joe Biden chose to scold Americans because the continuing spate of mass murders is, in his mind, a “national embarrassment.” Apparently he’s more preoccupied with saving face than saving lives. Let’s see, where has he used that phrase before? Oh, yes, when President Donald Trump delayed conceding the 2020 election because he claimed there were irregularities. Well, I’ll tell you what’s a national embarrassment: Yet again, the FBI, when faced with reports from family and others that the Indianapolis shooter was mentally unstable and fantasizing about committing “suicide by police,” did a cursory investigation and reportedly decided there wasn’t sufficient reason for concern. This seems to be a recurring pattern, and all the “red flag” laws in the nation won’t help unless definite action is taken.

While we’re on the subject of “national embarrassments,” how about the mishandling of the crisis on the southern border, with hundreds of thousands of people overwhelming the available resources and Vice President Kamala Harris stalled by inaction and confusion over her role? I believe the entire Biden administration has picked the wrong causes to support and is proving to be a “national embarrassment.” Maybe flags should be left at half-staff, or flown upside down, as a national distress signal until things improve, or the next election.

WILLIAM A. WITTIK

Hartford




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