Forum, May 2: Hartford Seeks Town’s Oldest Resident

Tuesday, May 01, 2018
Hartford Seeks Oldest Resident

The Hartford Historical Society is in the process of identifying the town of Hartford’s oldest resident for the presentation of the official Hartford Cane. This is our way of recognizing not only a person’s longevity, but his or her life experiences and contributions to our community. Families of the two previous cane recipients have shared with us that the experience was uplifting and joyful.

The honoree is interviewed, and an article is printed in the historical society’s newsletter. The interview may be conducted at the person’s home or at the Garipay House in Hartford Village. whichever is more convenient. Toward the end of summer, a special Hartford Cane presentation ceremony will be held.

Please help us to find Hartford’s oldest resident by submitting a name and date of birth to info@hartfordhistoricalsociety.com or by regular mail to Hartford Historical Society, P.O. Box 547, Hartford, Vt. 05047-0547. Thank you for your assistance.

Mary Nadeau

Hartford Village

Nothing to Fear From Gun Control

If you still have the April 25 edition of the Valley News lying around, go to Page A7 and read Sandra Cutler’s rational, sensible letter, “Hysteria About Gun Control.” The hysteria that some leader or other (Obama, most recently) will “take your guns away” is, and always has been, utter nonsense and fearmongering by Fox News, the National Rifle Association, gun-makers and far-right politicians who pander to the populist “make my day” crowd.

As Cutler wrote, there is a place in this world for guns (military, law enforcement and responsible citizens), so if you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear from gun control. Control, not removal.

But sadly, we are steeped in our gun culture, and it will take many more shootings and deaths before anything is done to make it harder for an angry or unbalanced person to shoot up a school, a shopping center or a movie theater.

A.E. Norton


The PUC-Law Firm Connection

Thanks for your good report on the gas pipeline proposed by Liberty Utilities to run between Lebanon and Hanover (“Pipeline Opponents Seek to Overturn Approval,” April 11).

One important bit of background that the article left unsaid is that Susan Geiger, the former Public Utilities commissioner quoted in the article, is now with the law firm Orr & Reno. A few years ago, Orr & Reno happened to represent Liberty Utilities in its first attempt to have the Public Utilities Commission grant Liberty the franchise to distribute gas in Hanover and Lebanon.

Similarly, Doug Patch, Geiger’s colleague at Orr & Reno, is both a former chair of the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission and a former lead counsel for Liberty Utilities in that prior franchise case before the Public Utilities Commission.

I think the history of transference between the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission and law firms representing utilities before it is a stunning example of an industry goal of what is called “regulatory capture.”

Robert Spottswood


Wednesday Is Good Writing Day

The Wednesday Valley News is probably my favorite edition of every week. I get a double blast of excellent writing. I read Jim Kenyon’s commentary first to get my brain and blood moving a bit quicker. Although I don’t agree with everything he offers (I think there was an article on pasta in the 1990s that I didn’t care for), he writes very well (thanks to Windsor High’s Kevin McGill) and, more important, he reminds us of the necessity of a free press as he takes on the self-indulgent behemoths and monoliths of the Upper Valley.

Part II of my Wednesday enjoyment is Willem Lange’s musings about everything imaginable. His column did not appear last Wednesday and I’m hoping he’s just taking a break to deal with Mother’s passing. I hope that he will return with more tales of Kiki and life in the slow lane. Thanks, Willem.

Andrew Lory

Barre, Vt.