Forum, July 29: President and public face global problems

Published: 8/2/2022 3:00:40 PM
Modified: 8/2/2022 2:57:32 PM
President and public face global problems

In a screed similar to those heard from Washington Republicans, Mr. Nelson of Wilder would like to blame Joe Biden for all that’s wrong in this country.

He complains bitterly about high gas prices, inflation, border security, drug overdoses and violent crime.

And like his Washington brethren he complains but offers no solutions for the problems he enumerates. It’s easy to sit in the back row throwing spitballs, not as easy to sit where the buck stops and accountability begins.

It’s convenient when assigning blame to ignore worldwide problems over which Biden has little or no control. Crude oil prices are set worldwide, not by the United States, and are exacerbated by the war in Ukraine. Rising prices and inflation are fueled in large part by continuing COVID outbreaks in China and global supply chain disruptions. Masses of people at our southern borders are largely a function of gang violence and years of drought and crop failures in Central America due to global warming (try convincing Republicans of that).

Tempting as it is to respond to each of Mr. Nelson’s assertions I will take a deep, cleansing breath and address only the most egregious one: Biden inherited a secure southern border.

He did not. He inherited policies requiring migrants to live in squalid conditions rampant with crime. He inherited children separated from parents and no records allowing them to be reunited. He inherited an immigration apparatus so broken from neglect that it is still not functioning as it was six years ago. He inherited a vile monstrosity of a wall, an environmental disaster that has been breached over 3,000 times.

If president Biden could convince Republicans to engage and begin discussing comprehensive immigration reform, we might be on a path to resolving a problem that has bedeviled many presidents before him.

Feel free to disagree with the president’s policies all you want, but do so thoughtfully, stick to the facts and please offer alternative measures to improve what you think is wrong. Anything else is just whining.

Lloyd Bunten

Canaan

Miles Brown will
support education

From funding to curriculum, education in the state of New Hampshire has become increasingly politicized over the past few years. With too few resources already, the New Hampshire state government has continued to attack teachers, passing bills like the “Divisive concepts” H.B. 544 that prohibits teachers from teaching United States and New Hampshire history from all perspectives.

For many students in the state, their public school history classes will be the last time that they take a history class, and ensuring that they are equipped to understand the progress our country has made is vital for our democracy. As a 2021 graduate of Stevens High School, talking to my peers at Dartmouth showed me the disparity between access to history and the social sciences. While I ran out of social studies classes to take at my high school in junior year, students around the state had access to AP and other advanced-level classes. While Hanover High School is fortunate to have a robust social studies curriculum, the “divisive concepts” bill nonetheless stops students across the state from developing the civic culture and critical thinking skills necessary to keep our democracy alive.

I’m supporting Miles Brown in his race for state representative for Hanover and Lyme because I know that as a young person, he recognizes the value of education and can use his experiences to fight against attacks on education in Concord. Miles has put in the time and effort to understand Hanover and Lyme’s problems and is willing to work with key stakeholders to make meaningful progress at the state house. In the primary election on Sept. 13, supporting Miles will help put students’ and educators’ voices front and center as the Democratic caucus pushes legislation to provide adequate educational tools and resources.

Prescott Herzog

Claremont

Molly Gray’s experience sets her apart

I am a longtime Democrat. The $600,000 of special interest independent expenditure money that has come into Vermont from outside the state for the benefit of Molly Gray’s opponent has no place in our primary elections. I accept PACs will be a part of our general elections as long as Citizen’s United stands, but Vermonters want to determine which primary candidates in our Democratic party go on to run in the general election.

I am supporting Molly Gray because I believe she is the best candidate to represent Vermont in Washington. She has spent her life in public service. Molly is an attorney who graduated from Vermont Law School and has broad life experience that informs her world view including living and working in Europe and Africa for the International Committee of the Red Cross; working for Peter Welch and Patrick Leahy; serving as an assistant attorney general in Vermont; and now as lieutenant governor.

Molly understands how to navigate the legal issues that are fundamental to our Democracy and will be able to be effective on day one as Vermont’s first congresswoman. She has said she will work with anyone to get things done for Vermont. With Senator Leahy’s retirement, this is exactly what we need.

Get out and vote for Molly Gray. It is no time to sit back and not engage in this very important election.

Arthur Berndt

Sharon

Other ski areas need renaming

The sensitive folks who fought for the name change at Suicide Six have more work to do.

Next on the list?

Gunstock — could encourage use of firearms.

Cannon — even worse, now it’s war.

Loon — offensive to those with mental health issues.

Wildcat — presumptuous animal behavior.

Sunapee — Mom, I have to go NOW.

Ragged — implies rough use.

Killington — obviously threatening.

Sugarbush — sexual overtones.

Smuggler’s Notch — let’s not encourage breaking the law.

Jay – marijuana cigarette.

That’s a lot to tackle. No time to waste.

Guy Alexander

Sunapee

Roe repeal herald’s democracy’s death

I heard the death knells of democracy on June 24, 10:23 a.m. Justice Sotomayor, being closer to the crime scene than many, warned us of the stench. We’ve witnessed the Jan. 6 hearings and learned, among other details, there was a hierarchy of participants ready to install Trump’s second term.

On the day SCOTUS revoked the right of choice for women, I googled “SupremeCourt.gov contact,” went to the site and clicked the “Contact Us” link. There, I submitted my name, email address and this short message titled “SCOTUS Earns Disdain, not respect” (making my case in the body). I hope many others do likewise. For starters you could say “Shape up, you oppressive, anachronistic ‘constitutionalists.’ Step aside and let the 21st century through!”

There are deeper wrongs with the right: It’s as if trumpists have been conditioned to blindly trust (in their minds) authority, cowering in fear of 45’s wrath. Will they ever wake up and question the harm they’ve caused? Stuck in their belief bubble, I doubt they can see past their event horizon. Had history been kinder, think where we’d be if McConnell and company had “woke” before scuttling Merrick Garland’s chance for the bench: no Gorsuch, maybe no rump starting with ‘T’.

But that’s an alternate universe. Here, on July 17, this paper published WaPo’s “US Short on Time to Avoid Extreme Climate Change”. The timetable gives us 101 months. We cannot allow obstructionists to put economy over ecology. We must reorganize the branches of government in order they heed the will of the people via popular vote, before the final knell falls silent “o’er the land of the free.”

Let’s demand the people’s right to veto Supreme Court rulings. Let’s demand the people’s right to veto house & senate bills. Let this be the end of Citizens United and the start of the Green New Deal!

Kevin M Leveret

White River Junction




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