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Page 6--- JOURNAL OPINION--Novemberl2, 2014 Editorial Letters SOU si There was a moment last week when the phone stopped ringing off the hook, the mailbox was no longer stuffed with glossy flyers, and the air waves were no longer saturated with personal attacks and scaremongering. The election was finally over. A collective sigh of relief across the nation would be in order if the situation was not so sad that it instead merits a collective shrief of disbelief. The total spent on this midterm election is projected to be in the billions--almost $4 billion. Just imagine what good that money could have done in other places for other purposes. But it's just further evidence that, as Americans, we're not very good with our money. Just think of how much of that was spent on losing candidates. Maybe it's time to say no to the political action committees who have corrupted the electoral process to the point that it more closely resembles a high-stakes horse race featuring two preening entrants rather than anything else. Anyway, that moment of silence. It was gone pretty quickly. With results barely certified, Gov. Rick Perry just had to visit New Hampshire to make sure everybody knew the Republican was thinking about running for President again in 2016. So the late night shows have that to look forward to then. And Jeanne Shaheen, who managed to achieve new levels of hysteria in blitzing supporters for campaign funds in therun-up to Nov. 4, thanked supporters by asking them for more money to support a Democrat in a run-offelection in Louisiana. You're welcome. Ask the Home Team American Life in Poetry by Ted Kooser Gov should continue support for working lands U.S. Poet Laureate To the Editor: As a writer and reader, there's hardly anything I enjoy more than coming The Working Lands Enterprise Fund was created in 2012 with Act 142 to upon fresh new ways of describing things, and here's a sparkling way of "stimulate a concerted economic development effort on behalf of Vermont's looking at an avalanche, by Marty Walsh, who lives in Maine. agriculture and forest product sectors by systematically advancing entrepreneurism, business development, andj ob creation." For two years, the WLEF has supported our working lands enterprises, with great results. As the Governor and his administration are building the budget for next year, I hope they will continue to fund this important economic initiative at $1.5 million. This type of economic development encourages environmentally sound, local investment in Vermont. It gets more bang for the buck, and doesn't exploit the workers, or the environment. The Working Lands Enterprise initiative is the most exciting economic development program in Vermont right now. I hope the administration will continue to support it with sufficient funding. Bud Haas Bradford, VT It's the little things that make this a great place To the Editor: We always seem to hear about the bad things in the world but there are many good things as well, especially here in the Upper Valley. When I was at Little Rivers Health Care in Bradford for a check-up I realized I had lost one of my hearing aids. I knew I had them on when I started out. When I mentioned it and was ready to leave and begin searching one of the staff came out to help. We were looking in the driveway, through the leaves in the parking lot and in my truck without success when we were joined by other volunteer staff members (five in all). They searched diligently and tirelessly for at least 30 minutes and finally there it was wedged between the console and passenger seat. It was a huge relief to me and I greatly appreciated them taking time from their very busy schedules to help out. Thank you kind Little Rivers staff. George Tompkins Piermont, NH A gift for a golden anniversary To the Editor: Thanks to the Bradford Academy Class of 1964, there is a new "Hanging Lantern" in the alcove entrance to the Academy Building. While there has been some misreporting of the funding, the entire cost was a gift from the class. During the selection and ordering process the funds Q" I'm retired and I moved out of state but I still receive this newspaper and I were held by the Preservation Fund, and enjoy your column. My son and his sweetheart now live in my house in Vermont and when the price exceeded the initial gift, I'd like to give them an energy audit for a holiday gift. Is it possible to do an audit the Class donated the balance. inthe winter? How do I find a good auditor for them? The directors of the Bradford A: Thanks for the warm greetings! An energy audit can be done at any time of Academy/Woods Preservation Fund, year. In fact, there are advantages to havingthe audit done in the colder season; the Inc. wish to thank the Class of 1964 for auditor may be able to see snow- and ice-melt patterns on a roof(indicators of heat their gift and hope all who enter will be retention or loss). Plus, the cool temperatures make it easier to see where heat is pleased. escaping when the house is viewed through an infrared-imaging device. Shirley R. Beresford Home Performance with ENERGY STAR contractors are trained and certified Bradford, VT to conduct energy audits, to make recommendations, and to do home improvements that lower energy use by up to 30 percent. Efficiency Vermont offers rebates of up to $2,500 toward the cost of home improvements that have been completed by one of these contractors. ### The snow's/feet slip out from under it anddown the mountain slope it comes fiat on its back white skirt and billowy petticoats blowing back over its head, whiplashing rickety pine sapling as it passes, bowling boulders left and right until it comes to ajuddering sudden heart- thumping stop just shy of the little village in the valley far below. ### Poem copyright 2013 by Marry Walsh, whose most recent book ofpoems is Furniture Out in the Woods, Marry Walsh, 1999. Poem reprinted from Plainsongs, Vol. XXXIV, No. 1, by permission of Marty Walsh and the publisher. ews se by Charles Glazer (Another cheesy rerun! Enjoy !) Ever hear that song "It's Raining Men?" Not one that I go around singing, although I'll admit to occasionally belting out"I Am Woman" when I'm feeling frisky. Needless to say, they were singing a very different tune in Fairfield, Connecticut last week when maggots started raining down from the ceiling of a high school literature class. Well, it was only ahalfdozen, but any maggots is too m.ar}.~ maggots. As usual, pigeons were to blame. They had nested under the buildmg's roof. Some of them died, and the maggots took over. The portable building where this occurred has been condemned and will be torn down during the holiday vacation. Often computer, video and other electronic gear use the terms "master" and EDITOR'S NOTE: Have a question about saving energy? Call Effeciency Vermont "slave" to describe one component controlling another. For example, a computer at (888)921-5990 to speak with a customer service representative, is a master and a printer is a slave. However, Los Angeles County is asking _ _ Let's get table tennis back on the table manufacturerstodiscontmueusmgthosetermsbecausetheymightbeoffensive.,, " " To the Editor: ,, ,, Based on the cultural diversity and sensitivity of Los Angeles County, this is not an ~ i FOOD PANTRY .... PARKS WORKDAY .*. : Regarding the Nov. 5 article (No winners, Nov. 5)ab out ping p on gat the ~~2mf~:w~~nol~o~']~aii~!!i~bu~!i~g;y NORTH HAVERHILL-A food pantry B RADFO RD-On Nov. 16, there will be Haverhill Recreational Department, I was amazed at how much conversation was '- [ here are a mtwh wrte~ the' m'erffdiSolpeop,ealSOmat for ,the Haverhill area is locatedin the a parks work day around Bradford. expended at the recent selectman boardmeeting concerning using pingpong tables really have taken offense to this," he said. "I've gotten a couple of them that have downstairs of the Trinity Church of the Volunteers will spread mulch at Elizabeth atatownrecreationalbuildingandhowmuchitcosttokeepthebuildingopen, justsaid,'You'reanidiot.Youshouldbefired.'"Theguyrespondsthathe'sonly Nazarene. The pantry is open from 10 to Park, put away the picnic tables at the Comments were made about"Ping Pong not making any money." making a suggestion. 11:30 a.m. on the third S aturday of each waterfall and build a split rail fence by the The Kurt Davis comments that the recreation department was about providing A black employee of the county probation office filed a discrim~ation, complaint monthandisopentoHaverhillandBenton gazebo. Students can receive community recreation and not making money madeperfect sense and well said also. A simple earlier this year, alleging offense atthe words "master" and' slave on office residents. Proofofresidency is required, service hours for pitching in on these thoughtoccurredtome.Ifthebuildingisheatedforthefoodpantry 16hoursaweek, equipment.TheOfficeofAffirmativeActionCompliancedecideditdidnotqualify Donations may be left at the church on projects. To sign up for either event, call Sunday or during open hours. (802)333-4549 or write to why can't ping pong be available during that time? bonna.wieler@gmail.com. Perhaps citizens like Mr. Davis would add some common sense approaches to as discrimination. In the meantime, the county has solved the problem by taping over the offensive small town government issues. He would be a good addition to small town words with labels that read"primary" and"secondary." government. It's backwash time! LETTER POLICY The Journal Opinion welcomes and encourages letters to the editor as a forum for the exchange of ideas, news and opinions. Letters should be brief(a maximum of 400 words) and must include the writer's name, address and telephone number. The publisher reserves the right to verify the accuracy of letters, edit letters for clarity, space and content, and limit the number of letters from any writer to two a month. Anonymous letters or letters judged to be libelous, profane or in poor taste will not be published. Letters from political candidates will be accepted on public issues. Letters in support of or disagreement with candidates will not be published less than seven days before an election. The deadline for letters is Monday at noon. They may be mailed to the Journal Opinion, PO Box 378, Bradford, VT 05033, emailed to editor@jonews.com or faxed to (802)222-5438. AN AWARD-WINNING INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPER A weekly newspaper published in Bradford, Vermont. Subscription rates-- Vermont and New Hampshire--S28 per year, $18 for six months; out-of-state $35 per year, $22 for six months; senior citizen's discount $3. Second class postage paid at Bradford, Vermont. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Journal Opinion, PO Box 378, Bradford, Vermont 05033 Editor/Publisher ~ Connie Sanville Managing Editor - Alex Nuti-de Biasi Web Site www.j onews.com BRADFORD FAX WOODSVILLE 802-222-5281 802-222-5438 603-747-2907 What's going on... ,1 Tenney Memorial Library Charles Davis Piermont, NH NEWBURY--The "Pins and Needles" group meets at the Tenney Public Library on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. All are welcome. Bring any kind of handcraft project. This is a good opportunity to make progress on those types of projects and get expert help on them while enjoying conversation with other crafty people. The library's "mindfully light-hearted meditation group" meets on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Both sitting and walking meditation are practiced and on the last Monday of each month, members share wisdom with each other. If interested, sign up at the library. Sessions are planned in three-month increments. Bring a cushion if desired. For information and registration, write to Luisa Lindsley at teuneylibrary@grnail.com or call (802)866-5366. Police have charged a 68-year-old man with felonygrand theft after security personnel at a Tampa Bay Buccaneers game discoveredthe concessions worker refilling used beer cups (without even rinsing them) and then reselling them and pocketing the proceeds. The man had pulled in $1,080 before he was caught. This might be my favorite story of the week. George Pavlovsky, 44, had been working for 18 years for the City of Moncton, Ontario as a treepruner. One day, having been passed over for a promotion, he walked into the office drunk, with a loaded sawed-off shotgun, saying he was looking for his boss. He later went to trial and was convicted of weapons charges, although he was acquitted of attempted murder. He was sentenced to serve two years. Now here comes the good part. The guy wants his old job back. He filed a protest of his firing through the union, which is behind him. The union insists that the guy get his job back when he gets out of the slammer. Some of his co-workers are nervous. "We're going to contest this vigorously," said a spokesman for the City of Moncton. Perhaps the first thing you should remember about shoplifting--not that I'm giving lessons--is to be inconspicuous. And not greedy. A recent shoplifter in pipe, Germany obviously doesn't know the first thing about shoplifting. Police snagged him after the store's staff spotted him waddling through the store with 177 packs of cigarettes hidden in his pants. He had two guys helpin8 him by walking in front of him holding up newspapers. Now, that's effective, So instead of seeing a guy with his pants full of cigarettes, they saw two guys holding up newspapers in front of another guy. I can see how they would think that would not arouse suspicion. Almost two years ago, a Cambodian man traveling with his nephew--who was tryingto track down his father--ran out of gasoline. As he had forgotten his wallet, he left collateral with the station owner, promising he'd be back to pay off the bill of about $1.50. The guy never came back, and so the station owner has decided to keep the collateral--the man's nephew. Now l 1 years old, the station owner is raising him "like a grandson," she says. M aybe he's better off. (News You Can't Use offers true stuff from the back pages of the newspaper, and you know what you use THEM for. Send stuff to glazer, charlie@gmail.com.) ambfin, Naked trees by Nessa Flax As the leafy curtain has dropped, the forest reveals itself. In the absence of undergrowth, contours of the land rise and fall blanketed in brown. Squirrels that once scampered out of sight are now visible, as are their nests high in the trees. Those nests are huge. Why do such small critters construct such sprawling homes? One consolation of naked trees is the winter, so this moodis not melancholy. Thomas strangely at odds with bare trees. As if two Wolfe wrote about "a sense of sadness and seasons overlap---summer does not depart departure" at fall' s end. Perhaps this explains the willingly. strange mood. John Updike also wrote these I am not alone inthis fallmoodiness. Others lines,.in a similar spMt: . struggle to express their feelings on an intemet The stripped and shapely maple grieves the discussion group called "Fall Melancholy, ghosts of her departed leaves. The ground is Anyone?" hard, as hard as stone; the year is old, the birds i',I get the strangest passing-of-time feeling." are flown." Autumn is a very contemplative time for exposed western sky, where unobstructed Itissomehowreassuringtoreadthewordsof me." sunsets paint palettes of gold and lavender, others who try to capture late fall feelings. "I'm not depressed ... just overwhelmed Here and there, afewleavesstubbornlycling As another season turns, am I justwith a consciousness of the unknown. It's a totrees, fugitives from the forces of fall. In the subconsciously aware oftime moving on? Might feeling of awe." wind, they seem to be waving a lingering goodbye. "There is something incredibly nostalgic and significant about the annual cascade of autumn leaves," author Joe L. Wheeler wrote. And for some reason, in these waning days of fall I find myself in a wistful state of mind. I am not one who dreads the approaching that explain the vague longing that tints my Andmyfavorite: mood? "The celebratory spirits of summer are gone. Friends call, Icall. Thereseemstobeaneed It's very immature of me to be like: 'I miss to... what? Circle the wagons before winter's summer, Mommy,' but that's how I feel." siege? Yet, the edge of chill in the air is somehow Still, there are days when I can turn my face thrilling.., and trying to envisionthe landscape to the sun, close my eyes and bask in skin transformedwithsnowoddlyimpossible--like warmth. And the green expanses of meadow amagician'sinexplicableillusion. beneath bright blue skies are comforting, though So it is that I abide in November.