Forum, May 20: Grateful for school’s support

Published: 5/19/2020 10:00:09 PM
Modified: 5/19/2020 10:00:03 PM
Grateful for school’s support

Our family would like to give a shout-out to the staff and administration at the Richmond Middle School. During a time of so much uncertainty and transition, the school has served as a source of love and support for our two middle schoolers (sixth and seventh grade).

Of particular note is school counselor Liz Powers. She has taken time to write letters to our children, she checks in on a weekly if not daily basis, she puts their mental health first, and she has given countless hours in homeroom meetings, phone conferences and emails to make sure they are supported. She has her own family at home and we are not naive in thinking that this effort hasn’t taken her away from spending time with them.

Thank you, Richmond Middle School, and especially Liz Powers and our kiddos’ teachers, for all you have done. Our family is so grateful.



The same response? I wonder

It’s great that harassment with racial undertones is condemned when the victim is an Ivy League professor with a second home in Quechee (“Incident draws Scott apology,” May 14). It makes one wonder: If the victim instead had been a less-educated black man and his son pulling out of the driveway of lower-income housing in White River Junction or Wilder, would the complaint still reach the governor’s office and elicit a formal public apology? Let’s hope so.


Bradford, Vt.

Step 1: Recognize the problem

I am puzzled by Jeff Lehmann’s statement in his Forum letter (“The frightening prospect of a Biden presidency,” May 14) that criticism of how President Donald Trump has handled the COVID-19 crisis “comes cheap, as there is no evidence anyone else would have done any better.”

No evidence? Really? I would think that the first requirement of solving a problem is recognizing there is a problem. So, let’s review the bidding:

Trump on Jan. 24: “China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Jan. 27: “The outbreak of a new coronavirus, which has already infected more than 2,700 people and killed over 80 in China, will get worse before it gets better. Cases have been confirmed in a dozen countries, with at least five in the United States. There will likely be more.”

Trump, Jan. 30: “We only have five people. Hopefully, everything’s going to be great. They have somewhat of a problem, but hopefully, it’s all going to be great. But we’re working with China, just so you know, and other countries very, very closely. So it doesn’t get out of hand.”

Trump, Feb. 2: “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”

Trump, Feb. 10: “Looks like by April, you know, in theory, when it gets a little warmer, it miraculously goes away. I hope that’s true. But we’re doing great in our country. China, I spoke with President Xi, and they’re working very, very hard. And I think it’s going to all work out fine.”

Trump, Feb. 24: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA.”

I will stop there. Enough said.



Beatriz Pastor for NH Senate

As I will soon leave my seat in the New Hampshire Senate, I want to thank my friends, constituents and colleagues who have sent meaningful messages. It has been my honor to work with legislators to make New Hampshire the best place to live. What gives me confidence, as I step down, is knowing that Beatriz Pastor is a candidate for the District 5 Senate seat. With Pastor as the new District 5 senator, we will have a strong, experienced leader who can provide a seamless transition in December and into the next term.

Pastor, of Lyme, has served for six years in the New Hampshire House, where she sat on the Science, Technology and Energy Committee. Many who worked with her in the House sing her praises. She adeptly fought for energy efficiency and sustainability, believing we must challenge fossil fuel industries while securing clean energy. Pastor fought for marriage equality, equal access to health care, and for voting rights, equal access to education and for restorative justice. In the Senate, she will continue her earlier efforts to bring high-speed internet to every New Hampshire citizen, and she looks forward to advocating for other Democratic priorities.

I am confident that Pastor will enter the Senate ready to make a difference on Day One. She will protect our election process and support fair redistricting. She cares deeply about all of the people in District 5, understanding she will represent us all.

Pastor has been a professor at Dartmouth College since 1976. As I write, she is conducting Zoom Spanish and comparative literature classes for Dartmouth students who had to leave the campus in March. I believe in Beatriz Pastor wholeheartedly, and I will work hard to see her elected. Please join me in getting to know her. You may see me on the campaign trail (albeit at a safe distance), and I ask that you join me in supporting Beatriz Pastor when you do.



The writer represents District 5 in the New Hampshire Senate.

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