Forum, May 16: The Hartford High School Alumni Parade Is Coming

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Hartford High Alumni Parade Coming

We are inviting area businesses and organizations to take part in the Hartford High School Alumni Parade to be held on June 23 in downtown White River Junction. The theme this year is “cartoons.” If you would like to enter a float, drive a company vehicle or walk as a group, please let us know.

Parade entries other than the class floats can participate and be entered for the Spirit Award. While you do not have to stick with the theme, it would be much more fun. There is a money prize for winning the Spirit Award, and businesses and organizations participating will be judged with the same criteria as the class floats. The judging criteria include costumes, detail of float or entry, complexity of design or artistry, mechanical movement or special effects, and participation points (how many members of the business or organization are with the entry).

Lineup for the parade is at 10 a.m. The parade starts at 11 a.m. Join us for a family-oriented picnic after the parade on the Town Hall lawn. The picnic will start after the parade at around noon.

Please contact Kristen Connors (802-299-7107) if you wish to participate. Many reunion classes have already registered a selected cartoon for their floats.

Kristen Connors

Hartford High School Alumni Association

Editor’s note: This letter was signed by eight other members of the alumni association.

Get Ready to Run

With all this warm weather and general spring-ness, are you feeling light-of-foot? Do you want to stretch those legs and see how fast they are? This year the Main Street Mile foot race will be on Thursday, at 7 p.m., in Hanover. Yes, that’s right, a Thursday evening race, just as the day is cooling and the air is sweet with lilacs. This is a short and beautiful race from the Occom Pond area of Hanover to the Dartmouth Green.

Information is at uppervalleyrunningclub.org and www.hanoverrec.com (under “Programs”). Or just show up on the Dartmouth Green an hour before the race to register.

The race is sponsored by Hanover Parks and Recreation, the Dartmouth triathlon team and the Upper Valley Running Club. Come join us for your fastest mile of the year.

Tim Smith, President

Upper Valley Running Club

Intrusive and Derisive ‘Humor’

I am old enough to remember the old Sears stores and the elevator operators who sang out lists of the items available on each floor, in case you’d forgotten which floor you wanted. And I remember stand-up comedians who made a regular schtick of calling out longer and longer lists of more and more absurd items that would never be found in any department store. I remember laughing, but I can’t laugh at the “ladies lingerie” incident (“Professor’s Remark Draws Rebuke,” May 8).

It seems to me that many people have missed the point of professor Simona Sharoni’s complaint. Dartmouth College emeritus professor Ned Lebow’s mistake was not necessarily in trying to bring back that hackneyed humor, but in zeroing in on the one single item in those lists that he considered laughable: women’s underwear. Unfortunately there are still many men who are uncomfortable with anything concerning women’s personal lives and assume that it must be a fit subject for “jokes.” The day is long gone — or should be — when “Hey, I was just kidding” meant a woman had to ignore or excuse such intrusive, sly and derisive “humor.”

A heartfelt “Oops, I’m sorry if that was offensive,” would probably have been enough to derail a formal complaint. But that didn’t happen here, and a retaliatory remark would only have made it worse. Again unfortunately, these men learned from their grandfathers how to turn the guilt back on the woman and her “overreaction” to their idea of what’s funny. I can only hope that someday Lebow will come to understand why he was sanctioned.

Eugenia Parrish


Fixing Wealth Inequality

Chris Hughes, a co-founder of Facebook, just published a book titled Fair Shot: Rethinking Inequality and How We Earn. He recognizes the need for wealth redistribution and suggests that anyone making less than $50,000 a year be paid $500 a month by the government. To pay for this expense, tax income over $250,000 at 50 percent. While his intentions are good, I believe there is a better way.

We are faced with these issues: Stagnant income for the middle class, insufficient medical coverage for a large part of the population, and inadequate income for many people retiring over the next 20 years.

These can all be fixed by changing the entitlement programs for Social Security and Medicare, along with the current tax brackets. Congress should eliminate any income tax for those making the median income of $58,000 a year or less, reverse the payout of Social Security so that those at the bottom get more Social Security and phase it out altogether for those making more than $250,000 a year, and eliminate the FICA payroll tax for the middle-income families.

To pay for this, reverse the FICA tax so that it starts at the top of the income level, not at the bottom, and apply it downward until the programs are covered. I cannot accurately determine this level, but it appears that those making $250,000 and above, coupled with the business contribution, would pay for all entitlement needs.

Just remember, the top 10 percent of earners make as much as the 90 percent below them, and Bill Gates, Warren Buffet and Jeff Bezos alone make as much as the bottom 50 percent.

Bill Tate


A Generous Letters Policy

A recent letter in the Forum criticized the Valley News for advertisements on the Forum page crowding out letters and impinging on some imagined right to an unlimited platform for unsolicited submissions from the public (“Commercially Regulated Freedom,” May 10).

It seems to me this newspaper is unusually generous in its policy on letters to the editor: The 350-word limit is huge compared to most papers I read, the editors make few changes to well-written submissions, and they consider for publication essentially all letters received. This includes harshly critical letters.

Many papers have gone out of business because their ad revenue has dried up, while we are fortunate that “The Newspaper of the Upper Valley” continues as a strong component of our local business and social life.

Celebrate, don’t denigrate, the Valley News. And next time you’re near the plant, stop in and check out the staff’s many awards for excellence.

Michael Whitman