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Forum, May 22: Free Hartford block party coming June 12

Published: 5/21/2019 10:00:23 PM
Modified: 5/21/2019 10:00:17 PM
Free Hartford block party coming June 12

The Hartford Community Coalition will host its fifth annual free block party at Lyman Point Park in White River Junction on June 12.

While residents of Hartford comprise the party’s primary audience, people from surrounding communities are welcome to come celebrate the town and meet their neighbors.

The Hartford Community Coalition is a group of community members who support and promote the wellness of individuals and families. Our organization works to combat issues such as substance misuse and food insecurity. We hope to make Hartford a supportive community where people achieve their personal, professional and physical well-being.

The block party is an opportunity to celebrate the town of Hartford and the many health and wellness resources that Hartford residents have access to.

Live bands will perform at the event, while arts centers will give demonstrations. For the fifth year in a row, Hartford’s police and fire chiefs will scoop Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and the White River Junction Rotary, in partnership with the Listen Community Services, will share a free picnic with attendees. In addition, approximately 50 vendors will advertise their services to the local community.

We hope we’ll see you on June 12.



The writers are the vice chair and addiction prevention coordinator, respectively, with the Hartford Community Coalition.

Here’s what’s unfair

Two new plaintiffs have been added to the $70 million class-action lawsuit against Dartmouth College that alleges that administrators took no action when alerted multiple times to sexual misconduct by faculty in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. Both of the plaintiffs have asked to remain anonymous “due to the sensitive nature of the acts perpetrated upon them and to mitigate against additional extreme emotional distress that would result in publicly identifying them.”

The college insists that this request is “unfair” because it inhibits the institution’s ability to defend itself.

What is truly unfair is that for many years Dartmouth administrators claimed that there was no problem on campus with students being sexually assaulted, harassed and coerced, despite its own Clery report statistics that indicated otherwise.

What is unfair is that Dartmouth conceded that there actually was a problem only when the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights opened an investigation of the college, calling its offenses particularly egregious. Even then, the college insisted the problem was no worse here than elsewhere.

What is unfair is that over the years, Dartmouth formed committee after committee after committee to “study” this problem while women on campus continued to be assaulted, harassed and denied a safe environment to learn.

What is unfair is that in response to these charges, Dartmouth established “Moving Dartmouth Forward” to change the campus culture, but facets of the program, such as mandatory sexual assault education, still have not been implemented.

Now the college is insisting that these plaintiffs identify themselves, knowing that in doing so, these women face the possibility of extreme emotional distress and even retaliation.

That is not just unfair. That is an absolute disgrace.



The writer is Avalon Foundation Chair of the Humanities and professor of theater at Dartmouth College.

President wouldn’t do well on the test

Il Duce’s recent proposal that would require immigrants to know English and pass a civics test before arrival stirs personal reflection.

My father immigrated at 16, a grammar school graduate; my mother at 24, not having completed sixth grade. Never knew English, of course; indeed, they had only a rudimentary knowledge of Italian. (Few Americans are aware that, when Italy was finally united in 1871, fewer than 5% of the population had any knowledge of the Tuscan dialect, Parliament’s choice for the official national language.) Their assets consisted of a religious faith in work and America’s promise. Biased though I may be, I believe they contributed more to their chosen country than a good many Ph.D.s I have known.

And has it struck anyone else as ironic that the man who wants immigrants to pass a civics test daily gives terrifying evidence of his own failing grade?



One more hat in a crowded ring

Today, I am officially announcing my candidacy for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.  

I mean, what the hell.



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