Letters to the Editor

Jan. 12, 2012


Target leaving doesn’t look good

The former Target department store in Rocky River, Ohio is now a vacant lot. The retail chain relocated to a nearby town, according to Williston resident Paul Christenson. (Courtesy photo by Paul Christenson)

What happens when Target gets a better deal from a nearby town? Ask the City of Rocky River, Ohio that question.

Target caused the destruction of a movie complex and the local Red Cross chapter building when it decided that a piece of property in another town was better for its store. As a result, Target turned around and built a new store in the former Westgate Mall in Fairview Park, which is within walking distance of the old store in Rocky River.

Paul Christenson



Target opposition

I am opposed, as I believe many of our neighbors and friends are, to the location of a 136,500 square-foot Target in Williston. The reasons for opposition are spelled out as follows:

T for traffic — we already have unresolved traffic congestion in Williston, and the proposed Target location will most likely escalate this congestion. Do we want to add to this problem? How many additional vehicles will come daily into Williston as guests (shoppers) of Target? For the purposes of illustration only, let’s say 1,000 vehicles — which we will assume each carries two guests, yielding a total of 2,000 guests — go to Target on a daily basis. That translates to 365,000 vehicles with 730,000 guests visiting Target annually. The above vehicular values don’t include employee and delivery vehicles. Hard data is clearly needed here. 

A for aesthetic — visualize a Target in a heavily congested intersection that many Vermont residents will encounter on their daily commute. Is that beautiful?

R for restraint — this is a key requirement for promoting well-being and enhancing one’s sense of control, particularly in noisy and congested environments. It is most likely that our well-being and sense of control will be compromised further by the noise and congestion most likely arising from a Target in Williston.

G for green space — this will be lost. The choice between grassy fields and knolls or more paved parking spaces is clear.

E for exit — of any deal involving trade-offs.

T for traffic (again) — let’s not spin our wheels for another year on whether or not to have a Target store in Williston. Let us say clearly and intelligently “thank you, but no thanks.”

In summary, enough is enough. Let’s practice some restraint, get less stuff, and enjoy the gifts we have before us.

Robert B. Lawson



Support my shoe drive

Are you looking for a way to recycle gently used shoes?

My name is Mia Pasley. I am in eighth grade in Harbor House at Williston Central School. As part of my eighth grade challenge, I am hosting a shoe drive for Soles4Souls in our community. The shoe drive will take place until the end of January. I chose to host a shoe drive because, for my challenge, I wanted to help people worldwide.

Soles4Souls is an organization that collects new and gently used shoes, and donates them to families who need them. Since 2005, Soles4Souls has donated more than 16 million pairs of shoes in over 127 countries. Soles4Souls accepts any kind of shoes as long as they are new or gently used.

I have three collection boxes set up for donating shoes in Williston: Williston Central School, Allen Brook School and Lenny’s Shoe and Apparel. In the Lenny’s store, you’ll also find a box to donate money. It would be greatly appreciated if you could make a donation to help me pay to ship the shoes back to Soles4Souls.

For more information, you can go to or email me at Thank you!

Mia Pasley


Williston Central School


Appreciation for fire and police response

I have been fostering/adopting English Bulldogs since 2000. After losing one to leukemia on Dec. 9, I discovered a tumor on our 11-year-old female that needed immediate removal. Her surgery took place Dec. 15.

On Dec. 19, I found her to be unresponsive and needed to get her to the vet, but was unable to move her on my own. Out of sheer desperation, I called the Williston Fire Department and explained the situation, asking if any help was available. By this time I was pretty distraught. Within a very short time, the angels arrived in the form of both the fire and police departments. They heard our story, saw the need, bundled Brandi up with no less care than would be shown a human and carried her out to my car. One by one they hugged me and wished her well.

I am so moved by the kindness of these people. I do not know names, but you know who you are. Thank you. Dogs are “not just dogs.” They do so much for us and ask little. Because of your generous help, Brandi underwent a second surgery and is on the mend. We often hear about the huge and heroic things that fire and police personnel do every day, but not so often hear about the smaller and just as heroic things they do to help the helpless.

Dawna Pederzani