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Forum, Nov. 25: Happy Thanksgiving from the La Salette community

Published: 11/24/2021 10:00:27 PM
Modified: 11/24/2021 10:00:11 PM
Happy Thanksgiving from the La Salette community

The La Salette community of Enfield, including the priests, the staff and the associates, wishes everyone a happy Thanksgiving.

In 1877, President Rutherford B. Hayes, in his Thanksgiving proclamation, said, “Let us with one spirit and one voice lift up praise and thanksgiving to God for his manifold goodness to our land, his manifest care for our nation. … I earnestly recommend that, withdrawing themselves from secular cares and labors, the people of the United States do meet together on that day in their respective places of worship, there to give thanks and praise to Almighty God for his mercies and to devoutly beseech their continuance.”

No matter how you give thanks and count your blessings, know that the Upper Valley is remembered at the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette.



The writers are, respectively, director of the Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette, and superior and treasurer.

Natural immunity, selection

The Associated Press story “GOP embraces natural immunity” (Nov. 22) notes that Republicans want to rely on natural immunity instead of vaccinations during this worldwide pandemic.

Hmm. Natural immunity comes close in my thinking to natural selection. So let’s assume those deciding to not vaccinate are also deciding to not seek medical care when they get COVID-19, going the “natural” route.

Natural selection. That would take the burden of the unvaccinated off the backs of health care workers. Fewer Republicans, less stress, less violence. Would Darwin see it this way?


South Strafford

Self-defense protections are too broad in America

Regardless of the outcome of the trial of those accused of murdering Ahmaud Arbery, the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse makes it clear that the laws across this country regarding self-defense are far too broad.

The outcome of the Rittenhouse trial sends us on a dangerous path toward anarchy.

Whoever shoots first is innocent. The fact that some jurisdictions have laws against brandishing a gun in the hope of getting a person to reach for a weapon so you can shoot and claim self-defense foreshadows where the vigilantism that Rittenhouse and those who killed Ahmaud Arbery and Trayvon Martin will take us.

I hope Attorney General Merrick Garland will speak out against self-defense laws and seek to limit their reach to a person’s own home or cases where a person is already under assault. You should not be able to fire first or be the one to introduce a lethal weapon to a scene and then claim self-defense.



Restorative justice should be the path for Kyle Rittenhouse

Last year, my husband and I attended a wonderful Dismas House of Vermont-sponsored online forum on restorative justice, which offers an alternative to incarceration. Those who have done harm to others are required to meet with the injured party, or, if the harm resulted in death, with their loved ones, and find a way to make amends for their harmful act and, in so doing, restore justice.

As we have followed the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, it seemed clear to us that this would be the perfect path for this young man, whose decision-making abilities are not yet fully developed but who might be ready to think about the consequences of his actions with guidance and direction from a restorative justice professional. Vigilantism and other zealous behaviors, that put others in harm’s way, are serious offenses. Restorative justice would heal and educate.



We just might lose democracy

VtDigger recently reported that two Democratic leaders in Vermont’s Legislature received emails from someone whose vocabulary is mainly limited to the F-word. The Democrats were pushing for a mask mandate. The email said that they will face a “military tribunal for committing crimes against humanity” and their “fate has been sealed,” implying death.

If we do lose our democracy — and the way it looks now we just might — hell will break loose. The hate groups have armed themselves. Anarchy will come very soon after. Anarchy will be horrible for each law-abiding American and those who still love our Constitution. We better wake up because we are all in this together; yes, each and every one of us.



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