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Forum, Dec. 30: Condescension Toward Vermont

And shouldn’t youngsters have a right to clean air in their own homes? For many, marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to opioids. Last year, there were 112 opioid deaths in Vermont, a record. Do we need more? Do we need more expenses to help people get ...

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Thanks for the Dec22 article about land preservation in Strafford that will help thwart David Hall’s NewVistas scheme for major development and population density in rural VermontI encourage readers to also see the Dec24 Boston Globe story that illustrates Hall’s arrogant, ignorant, insulting and condescending opinions about Vermont and its residents.He told the paper, “Vermont is dying, and anybody who looks at it realistically knows that..The only thing saving Vermont is that it’s surrounded by wealth.” The article included: “The real delusion, Hall counters, is perpetuating a dying way of life — an economy that works only for ‘hippies’ and ‘artists’ and people ‘on the dole.’” Kay Jorgensen Tunbridge How Will I Spend the Money? This is a letter to inform readers about how some of us retired people on Social Security are getting “rich“! For two years, I did not get any increase in Social Security because, according to the government, there was no increase in the cost of livingOn the third year, there was an increase in the net payment to Medicare per month of $4.10, but no increase in the net payment to me directly.On the fourth year, this coming year, there will be an increase of $25 per month to Medicare and $1 per month in money that will come to meWatch out, retail stores, I will go on a spending spree each month with my huge one dollar! Carole Haehnel White River Junction Dangers of Legalized Pot Are you opposed to legalized marijuana in Vermont? You should be.Legalized pot brings with it more than just potAre any of these things you want to see in Vermont: more traffic deaths, more ER visits, more psychotic issues, more crime, more homelessness, more employers challenged to find workers, even for good-paying positions, and more demand for soup kitchens and food shelves from out-of-state folksLegalization would also increase the influence of cartels, promote black markets and result in more use among teensCheck it out for yourselfDownload the video Marijuana X from for $3It contains interviews with Colorado leaders — the attorney general, police chiefs, doctors, religious leaders, rehab counselors and othersIf you’d rather see it in print, go to to find reports and charts delivering the same message.Marijuana has been studied at Mass General and Harvard in MRI image studies that show brain impairments in youthGreater access will bring greater useAnd shouldn’t youngsters have a right to clean air in their own homes? For many, marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to opioidsLast year, there were 112 opioid deaths in Vermont, a recordDo we need more? Do we need more expenses to help people get free of addictions? For some, marijuana is addictive.Vermonters, it would be wise to learn from others’ bad choicesLearn from other statesAre you opposed? Are you willing to help? Find people to participate in a “Say No to Legalized Pot” poster contestWould you be willing to help put up posters in public places in your community? Would you be willing to arrange a public showing of Marijuana X in your community? Contact nopotvt@gmail.comRegistration forms for the poster contest, posters and instructions, are availableAct nowYour voice mattersYou can make a difference.Vermonters, keep a clear head — say no to pot in VermontMartha Hafner Randolph Keeping Older Adults Engaged Jim Kenyon’s Dec24 column, “Bridging the Divide,” had a wonderful tone and focusI so appreciate his coverage of Grafton County Senior Citizens Council (GCSCC) and my work to support its great mission and programs that support the health, dignity and independence of older adults living in the communityI’ve worked for many nonprofit organizations, but GCSCC is my favorite and I feel lucky to have been here for more than 18 years.There is no way that I could have succeeded as executive director without the hard work (and more than occasional heroism) of volunteers and staff throughout the countyWe have 100 staff members — bus drivers, cooks, dishwashers, outreach workers, home-delivered meals coordinators, program directors — and close to 1,000 volunteersEvery weekday, we produce and deliver meals to the homes of hundreds of frail adults; we provide accessible transportation to medical appointments, stores and the senior center; we offer outreach and counseling for those who need help with long-term care choices, Medicare and moreOur senior centers function as community hubsPerhaps our most important work is to help keep a growing population of older adults engaged with their communities.Thank you to Jim Kenyon for taking the time to travel with me to Plymouth for the culmination of our Experience/Arts photography course — then for following up several times and in several ways to make sure that his column was accurateGCSCC’s work is important, and the column makes that clearRoberta Berner Executive Director Grafton County Senior Citizens Council, Inc.Lebanon var embedlocation = (0 - 1 ); $( document ).ready(function() { $("#webembedinline").insertAfter("#articlebody p:eq( "+embedlocation+" )"); }); var embedlocation2 = (0 - 1 ); $( document ).ready(function() { $("#webembedinline2").insertAfter("#articlebody p:eq( "+embedlocation2+" )"); }); Opinion/Columns Column: Dave Barry’s Year in Review — Yeah, That Really Happened News/Local-Regional Jim Kenyon: Uber Offers Freedom to Drivers, Passengers News/Health-Care Officials Seek Plan to Bolster Mental Health Sports/Pro-Sports Tales From the Cold: Ice Bowl Still Chills 50 Years Later   window._taboola = window._taboola || []; _taboola.push({ mode: 'thumbnails-a', container: 'taboola-below-article-thumbnails', placement: 'Below Article Thumbnails', target_type: 'mix' }); $("span.trc_rbox_header_span").html("Sponsored Content from Around the Web"); Newsletter Signup Sign up for newsletters Submissions Submit news or announcements Letter to the Editor Anniversary Announcement Birth Announcement Grandparents Brag Announcement Engagement Announcement Wedding Announcement Send a photo Suggest a correction Send a news tip Submit an event Submit an Obituary Endurance Events Announce Your New Business   Editor's Picks Most Voted Most Read Adoptable Pets in the Upper Valley  ‘I Just Want to Go Home’: West Fairlee Log Home Lost in Fire Fiancee: Enfield Man Was Shot, Killed as He Fled From Police N.HAttorney General’s Office Identifies Trooper Who Shot and Killed Enfield Man New N.HLiquor Outlet Planned for Weathervane Parking Lot to Double Size of West Lebanon Store New Hampshire State Trooper Shoots, Kills Man in Canaan Man Fatally Shot by State Trooper Identified as 26-Year-Old Enfield Resident Bruce GSmith Hobby Lobby Signs Lease for Former Kmart Store in Claremont Small Earthquake Rouses Upper Valley Residents Wednesday Night (function(d, s, id) { var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); = id; js.src = "//"; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); var _sf_async_config={}; /** CONFIGURATION START **/ _sf_async_config.uid = 62369; _sf_async_config.domain = ''; _sf_async_config.useCanonical = true; _sf_async_config.sections = 'Opinion/Letters-to-the-editor'; //CHANGE THIS _sf_async_config.authors = '; //CHANGE THIS /** CONFIGURATION END **/ (function(){ function loadChartbeat() { window._sf_endpt=(new Date()).getTime(); var e = document.createElement('script'); e.setAttribute('language', 'javascript'); e.setAttribute('type', 'text/javascript'); e.setAttribute('src', '//'); document.body.appendChild(e); } var oldonload = window.onload; window.onload = (typeof window.onload != 'function') ? 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