Forum, Sept. 26: Give Peace a Chance This Nov. 11

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Give Peace a Chance In Hartford on Nov. 11

Are you tired of your country’s Forever Wars? After 17 years of fighting in Afghanistan, too many Americans have accepted war as an unavoidable American reality.

I remember marching in New York City in the winter of 2003 with half a million others trying to stop the Iraq War. We failed. And then most of us gave up. Now here we are, years later, still bombing away in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and threatening war with Iran and North Korea, among other countries. Over a million people, mostly civilians, dead from our wars. Countries like Libya destroyed and in chaos.

We are beginning to plan for the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, Nov. 11, 2018. Originally it was designated a day of peace, though now in the U.S. it has been changed to Veterans Day, a time to celebrate veterans — and war. Please join us.

The day will start at 11 a.m., at the four corners near Hartford Town Hall in White River Junction, with a “Give Peace a Chance” demonstration, signs, chants and handouts about war and peace. Then we will parade over the bridge and down Main Street to the Bugbee Senior Center, where we will enjoy a potluck lunch with open discussions, songs and poetry about how to begin to work seriously toward creating real peace in this time of perpetual war.

We are looking for people to commit to being there, to help us plan, publicize and create this event, including making signs. Please email peagreen81@icloud.com if you are interested. Let’s revive the peace movement in this time when our government is planning forever war.

Patricia Greene


Evidence of Plastic Harm Is Everywhere

In a Forum letter not long ago, the writer stated that there is a lack of evidence that banning plastic bags helps the environment and complained that it infringes the personal freedoms of Vermonters. (“Evidence of Plastic Bag Harm is Lacking,” July 15). As National Geographic magazine reported, “there are 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic debris in the ocean. Of that mass, 269,000 tons float on the surface, while some four billion plastic microfibers per square kilometer litter the deep sea.”

Vermont may be inland without a direct view of the seacoast, but for those people near water, they see the bags, straws, toys and discarded plastic junk lining every beach, causing damage to sea life and discouraging those who would use the beaches. Just Google “plastic in the ocean” and story after story will arrive describing how we have fouled our seas in the name of convenience. No farmer would toss plastic debris into her fields, and no maple syrup producer would throw plastic bags in his sugarbush. Freedom of choice permits anyone to pollute, but the common good of our community requires that we take care of our community, whether it be here, or anywhere on the planet.

If you would like more information about the spread of plastic in our world, just log on to the website plasticpollutioncoalition.org.

Kathie and Barry Schuster


‘Mallard Fillmore’ Strip Was Sexist

In light of the untrue and sexist innuendo espoused by Bruce Tinsley’s so-called comic strip, Mallard Fillmore, in the Sept. 16 Sunday Valley News, I feel I need to respond.

First, the implication that promoting Medicare for all is giving something away for free is a complete fabrication. I am 67 years old, on Medicare, working part-time and collecting Social Security. Every month a payment for my Medicare is deducted from my Social Security check and every week a deduction for Medicare and Social Security is taken from my paycheck. So Medicare is not free and Social Security is not an entitlement, They are both something I have been contributing to since I was 16. If you really want to talk about something for free, how about the massive tax cuts that benefit the super-rich while doing nothing for the ever-shrinking middle class.

Second, suggesting that just because Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is only 28 she should be vying for the Miss America crown instead of running for a seat in Congress is an insult to women. If Mallard Fillmore actually started following the teachings of the Bible, instead of just quoting them to show how righteous he is, no one would have to force him to be nice.

John Lanza


Re-Elect Bartholomew

I am writing in support of state Rep. John Bartholomew’s bid for re-election to represent the Windsor-1 District in the Vermont House. Bartholomew took the brave stance to support gun safety in Vermont last session. In the face of unprecedented mass gun violence in our schools and communities, he supported legislation that will save lives. The legislation ensures that bump stocks — which are primarily weapons of war — are not legal in Vermont. He also supported legislation that will help keep guns out of the hands of those who are a danger to themselves and others.

These are very basic protections that will keep all Vermonters, and especially women and children, safer. He also supports a clean energy future, farming and strong public education — stances that will preserve our agricultural heritage while ensuring a sustainable and bright future for all Vermonters.

For these reasons, I hope my neighbors will join me in re-electing John Bartholomew in November.

Jill Rubin