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Letters – 12.4.14


Mayor Hollar: Gimme Shelter!

Dear Mayor Hollar:

Today is not too bad a day to be outdoors waiting for the bus. The past week, though, with rain, snow, wind … who would not appreciate having some shelter from all of it?

Please discuss the temporary two-year shelter for those poor people shivering on the cold benches or on the cold steps waiting for the Greyhound bus. Our Capital City of Vermont can do better than that!

To repeat what a middle-aged man who, with his wife, was waiting for the blessed arrival of the bus said to me, “I always travel by bus because I can’t afford other transportation. I have never been in a city or town where the bus stops and people have to sit in the weather waiting.” Thank you, Mr. Mayor!

Emma Ottolenghi


Jonathan Gruber

Dear Editor:

Let’s see if I have it correct:  Jonathan Gruber tells us (many times) the elected knew we are too stupid to understand we were being shafted by the professional politicians (Democrats and Republicans) when they FORCED taxpayers to make the health insurance industry wealthy by shifting (by law and mandate) our money to the insurance shareholder’s portfolios.

If voters are too stupid to understand the convoluted talking points of government, doesn’t this say our congressmen really thought it great for the campaign contributions to support the double speak or they too were they too stupid to understand their own garbage?  Since Vermonters are “represented” by only Democrats either they are stupid or laughing all the way to the bank with campaign contributions thinking the creator of their debacle scheme was smart enough to keep secret the elected’s contempt for us — that pay their HUGE salaries, benefits and million-dollar retirement funds.

This is probably why Peter Welch has been on TV bragging about his passed bill that will pay my (and your) doctors to NOT treat us! So out of touch and Washingtonized he actually thinks we also will believe this great idea!  The Vermont press sure bought it.

Laura Brueckner


Turkey, No! Tofurky? Yes!

Dear Editor:

Next week, President Obama will pardon two turkeys to promote the turkey industry. Every one of us can exercise that same pardon power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance. It’s a most fitting way to give thanks for our own life, health and happiness.

The 240 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year have nothing to give thanks for. They are raised in crowded sheds filled with toxic fumes. Their beaks and toes are severed. At the slaughterhouse, workers cut their throats and dump them into boiling water, sometimes while still alive.

Consumers, too, pay a heavy price. Turkey flesh is laced with cholesterol and saturated fats that elevate the risk of chronic killer diseases. Labels warn of food poisoning potential.

This Thanksgiving, I won’t be calling the government’s Poultry Hotline ,wondering how that turkey lived and died, or dozing through the football game. Our Thanksgiving dinner may include a “Tofurky” (soy-based roast), mashed potatoes, stuffed squash, chestnut soup, candied yams, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, and carrot cake. An Internet search on vegan Thanksgiving and a visit to my local supermarket will provide me more recipes and delicious turkey alternatives than I can possibly use.

Moses Belinie