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LETTERS: 6.16.16


Regarding A Bear in Hubbard Park: Take Down Your Bird Feeders


I just called Ben Kilham in New Hampshire and we spoke at length. To me it was like speaking with a god. The Bear God.

First: if he’s here in Montpelier, he is NOT the offspring of one of Ben’s relocated bears.

However, he concurred with all my advice and all my surmises. This IS definitely a yearling male who has just been chased off by his mama and can no longer eat and forage in her territories. Ben said that this is typical beginner’s behavior — to look for easy, fat pickings at bird feeders and trash cans. This is because they have not yet found a territory with enough wild food to survive. And they’re confused, and yes, they’re lonely. They want their mama back. They want their sisters back. But they’ve been kicked out. The advice of the foremost black bear expert in the world is to ALL take down ALL your feeders for a while; when he consistently finds no food in your yards (and he already knows there’s not enough forage in Hubbard Park) he will inevitably wander off on his own into wilder territory. He’s just a baby! Ben did not recommend relocating him despite all the sightings. He WILL, if you are all diligent about witholding food, just naturally leave an area that can’t support his needs.

I feel so privileged to have actually struck up a relationship with Kilham. When my fusion heals, I’m going to head down to New Hampshire and walk with him to meet the bears. Now that’s something to heal for!

Now it’s out of my so-loving hands, hands I have wrapped tightly, tightly around this lonely boy. I ask you to honor his life, his right to be in this world, his long and lovely future in the wild. I ask you to cast aside the lens of humanness just a little, so that you can perceive him as a unique and equal fellow being, a wild brother, a sacred child of this Earth.

Tami Calliope, Montpelier


My Daughter To Manage Langdon Street Flowers/Plants


I’m writing to express a bit of disappointment with one part of your “Montpelier’s ‘Most Charming Street’…” piece in the June 2-15 issue. In the article, credit for choosing and managing the plants/flowers was given to Ward Joyce when it’s my daughter, Naima Green, who is handling that.

Naima and her family are relatively recent residents of Montpelier, having moved here from Brooklyn late 2013. Besides a BA from Hunter College, Naima also has a horticulturalist certificate from the School of Professional Horticulture at the NY Botanic Garden and has a thriving garden design business, Blue in Green Gardens, in NYC. It’s a tribute to her skills that she’s been able to manage the business from Vermont with regular trips to the city to meet with clients and staff. Montpelier is very lucky to have someone of her skill set volunteering her time to beautify the city. Before crediting one individual with every aspect of a project, it would be good if the reporter did a bit of fact-checking before printing. Just sayin’ …

Naima and her family (her husband, Chris, a film editor/manager, works for ORCA Media and their two young kids attend local schools) love Montpelier and Vermont. Naima is looking forward to gradually expanding her business to the Montpelier/North Central Vermont area.

Cari Clement, Montpelier


Dog Owners Need Obedience Training


Dog owners in Montpelier are the problem, not the animal. It is not the dog’s fault. For many years Montpelier had a leash law. Residents and tourists did not encounter dogs coming at them, unwanted, nor dogs defecating and urinating on lawns. Owners were responsible.

There is NO such thing as a completely under control dog. An animal is an animal and you never know what will trigger its instinctive behavior.  It is time to face the facts. Statistics presented at (Montpelier City Council) do not accurately reflect the actual problem because most incidents are not reported because people know nothing will be done about it. A woman deathly afraid of dogs in the Meadow District was chased off the sidewalk and stepped into a drain and broke her ankle. An Airedale had been considered perfectly trained, walked about town for years without a leash, but even though the owner was with it, suddenly took off, was hit by a car and killed. A well-respected woman in Montpelier was caretaking a visually impaired person’s service dog in its harness when an unleashed, dog, lunged at her, her physical life altered forever due to being knocked down.

The line “my dog has never done that before,” is constantly used by the off-leash owners. Off-leash animals run up onto resident’s porches and when the owner is requested to call their dog the owner is indignant of the request. Sadly, the owners are the ones needing training, not the dogs.  Let’s use common sense and create a safe environment for people and dog’s alike and take the fear out of accessing our parks and streets.

Cassandra Carpenter, Montpelier


I Miss The Print Version of the Calendar


I trust that I am not alone in being in the habit of reading The Bridge in the smallest room in my house (and no, I do not put the paper of its pages to the same use that paper most often has in that room).

So now that the calendar is not in the print edition, I do not get to enjoy the serendipity of having an event catch my eye as I thumb through the pages looking for something I have not yet read. This is a loss to me and to the people whose events happen in our community.

But I do understand you had to make this change for financial reasons.

Jane English, East Calais


Lisman Will Provide Fresh Leadership


Vermont needs a change at the top — a new leader without ties to special interests or political blocks; a responsible administrator who will correct or throw out old policies that were ill advised or misguided; a smart businessman with a clear vision of where we need to go and how to succeed as a state.

Education costs are out of control, driven by the teachers’ union at the expense of property taxpayers. Valuable jobs are leaving the state because of the high taxes funding social services that are ineffectively applied and unaccounted for. The current administration has overridden local interests by actively promoting solar and wind projects. The list goes on and on…

Bruce Lisman will deliver the fresh unbiased professional leadership that Vermont is in dire need of. He owes no one anything — self-made, Vermont native, Bruce is a smart, successful business leader, not a self-serving political operator. We don’t need partisan politicians who buy votes with misguided social policies, and unbalanced tax policies and loopholes — we need a leader with integrity and vision who will guide and support the House and Senate as they develop realistic budgets and enact legislation that attracts solid sustainable jobs, protects our quality of life and provides high quality practical education opportunities for all Vermonters.

Robert Finn, Shelburne


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