April 27, 2017

Letters to the Editor

Dec. 22, 2011


Spirit of giving (back)

In the spirit of Christmas I would love to share a story. Last night (Dec. 14), when I was at The Edge in Williston, I realized my very special diamond bracelet had fallen off my wrist. I completely panicked and retraced my steps. I called the Old Navy in Williston, where I was that day. I asked the manager if anyone turned in a diamond bracelet. He chuckled and said, “I will look.” He then came back and said, in a very surprised voice, “they did!”

Needless to say I was over-joyed, crying and so grateful! I would love to thank the amazingly honest and kind person who found my bracelet and turned it in. I just want you to know how much it means to me and you are very special!

Merry Christmas! Thank you so much.

Heidi Snipes



Police handled ‘assault’ poorly

My son, Max Palmer, has been working as a mascot for a year. He called me and said he needed to talk to me about what happened at work today (Dec. 18). Max owns a successful business named “Max’s Mascott’s” and was working at Taft Corners for Ramunto’s (Brick Oven Pizza) as its red mascot, Mungo.

At about 1p.m., a male subject assaulted Max by coming up behind him and kicking him really hard in the rear end. The costume Max was wearing affords very limited visibility, but Max did see the assailant then run, get into a car and speed off with another male.

One person who saw it called Williston Police, followed the vehicle, called in a description of the events and reported the license plate number. The police interviewed Max and then found the assailant.

The police officer returned after he spoke with the assailant and decided that he would have the fellow who assaulted Max write a letter telling that he was sorry. Say what? Max Palmer is just 16 years old and a junior at Champlain Valley Union High School. Is it policy to not involve the parents of juveniles when they are the victims of crimes (I wasn’t notified about this incident by anyone but Max)? Is the police officer involved not inquisitive enough to figure out the victim is just a kid? The officer never asked Max to take off the Mungo costume, so he really can’t identify the victim. Is it OK to kick Max (or anybody else) at work in Williston and have no punishment other than having to write a note saying you’re sorry?

Shelley Palmer



  1. youngvt says:

    I am writing in response to Mr. Hoxworth’s article on transportation costs for the poor in Vermont. I would like to suggest further research on this topic before we simply just give another handout or tax credit. The poor, may, have a higher disproportionate burden on their transportation costs than the wealthier residents of Vermont; however, they also have a lower disproportionate burden on taxes and housing. Pick your evil.
    We can simply just give every poor Vermonter an energy efficient car, gas card, free tuition, renter’s rebate, etc.…but the only way out of poverty is through the combination of education, hard work, and discipline. Education and degrees are not handed out or purchased; a person has to EARN them. This seems to be the only way out of poverty—sorry, there are no shortcuts.
    If we continue this trend of enabling, our entire state will be a welfare state.

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