November 21, 2018

Letters to the Editor

Ring lost on Halloween 

While handing out candy at my son’s house in Brennan Woods, I lost a ring with a great deal of sentimental value. The ring dates back to 1915 (which is inscribed inside). It belonged to my grandfather (whom I never met). Upon his death, it was handed down to my father (whom my son never knew). I had hoped to hand the ring down to my son, and eventually his son. It’s been a family tradition for three generations, and one we hope to continue.

The gold ring has the letter F written in script on the outside. It would mean a great deal to me (and my family) if someone found this ring and would return it to Dick Falkenbush (658-6322). Thank you.

Dick Falkenbush



 Dissection alternatives are better options

Re: “Changes sought in CVU’s animal dissection policy” (Observer, Oct. 25, 2012), it’s good to hear that Champlain Valley Union High School is considering joining schools around the country by replacing animal dissection with humane learning methods. In addition to saving the lives of some of the ten million animals killed for dissection every year, studies have repeatedly shown that students using computer-based and other non-animal methods learn biology better than their peers who cut up dead frogs, pigs and cats. Virtual dissection is also more cost effective for schools and can save time in the classroom by eliminating the setup and cleanup required by messy animal dissections. The National Science Teachers Association and the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society both endorse the replacement of animal dissection with modern alternatives.

Ditching animal dissection benefits students, teachers and animals. More information on the many advantages of replacing cruel and crude animal dissections can be found at

Julian Long

Humane science education specialist,

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