Letters to the Editor (11/13/08)

Nov. 13, 2008


Hypocritical guest column

John Holland’s recent Guest Column ad hominem tirade (“Down with Republican conservatism”) is a harbinger of a very narrow-minded individual. Maybe he should take a deep look down inside what he and the Democratic Party truly represent (abortion, homosexual marriage, socialism, blanket amnesty for illegal aliens, wealth distribution, weak national defense, anti-God and family values — to name a few) as the true cause of his apoplexy?

Holland’s meltdown draws disturbingly ignorant and pejorative inferences that conservative Republicans alone, in the name of business, are solely responsible for worldwide hunger and crimes against children and the poor, cause of war, famine and the like. Such asinine and rhetorical conjecture is demonstrative of scaremongering intended to divide and conquer the nation and parties into further alienation, instead of reconciliation. What about conservative Democrats Mr. Holland? Are they not responsible?

I refuse to stoop to Mr. Holland’s level and visceral approach, so, I will remind him of his dearth of historical perspective and facts regarding Republicans and Democrats alike.

Emblematic significances attributed to both parties are noteworthy — and not so noteworthy — and too deep to fit in these pages. But just remember, Mr. Holland, your Democratic party also supported and voted for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Democrats in majority also voted overwhelmingly in both the House and Senate to bail out Wall Street and big business to the tune of $700 billion (and counting) because Democratic Congressman Barney Frank lied about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac being solvent when they weren’t — and then stuck it to us taxpayers, both Democrat and Republican alike. Did you forget about this Mr. Holland?

It is also you and the Democrats, Mr. Holland, that are equally responsible and culpable for such atrocities against humanity (and then some) — and against us American taxpayers.

Such hypocrisy.

Steve Letares



Holland and Marx

In reading the guest column piece penned by John M. Holland titled “Down with Republican conservatism,” (Nov. 6, 2008) I was struck by the sheer ignorance of the author. At a time when many in this country are seeking unity, Holland offers one of the most hateful and ridiculous opinions yet to grace the pages of the Observer. If this was Mr. Holland’s attempt at political humor, then apparently the joke went over my head. However, if this is truly the belief of the author, I have to wonder why he has not chosen to reside outside the United States of America.

Perhaps he can find a used time machine and become neighbors with Karl Marx.

Tony O’Rourke



Holland had it wrong

The Nov. 6 Guest Column (“Down with Republican conservatism”) is yellow-garbage journalism. The Williston Observer sure allowed John Holland to make himself look like a fool.

A brief Democratic and Republican history — which most Vermonters should know, or should at least be made aware of:

Collectively speaking, Republicans are responsible for the passage of the Emancipation Proclamation outlawing slavery. Historically speaking, Democrats are responsible for oppression and tyranny against African-Americans — one who just so happens to be President-elect of the United States of America.

 Jan. 1, 1863: Republican President Abraham Lincoln outlawed slavery.

It was Republicans who worked to pass the 13th Amendment, which outlawed slavery, the 14th, which guaranteed equal protection under the laws, and the 15th, which helped secure voting rights for African-Americans.

 Sept. 28, 1868: Democrats in Opelousas, La. killed nearly 300 blacks who tried to foil an assault on a Republican newspaper editor.

 Oct. 7, 1868: Republicans criticized Democrats’ national slogan: “This is a white man’s country: Let white men rule.”

 April 20, 1871: The Republican Congress adopted the Ku Klux Klan Act, banning the pro-Democrat domestic terrorist group.

The Republican Party also played a leading role in securing women the right to vote. In 1896, Republicans were the first major party to favor women’s suffrage. When the 19th Amendment finally was added to the Constitution, 26 of 36 state legislatures that had voted to ratify it were under Republican control.

Fast speed to 2008 – Republicans who crossed party lines are primarily responsible in electing the first black president in U.S. history.

I am not attempting to cajole anyone, but maybe Mr. Holland should know his facts and history about Democrats and his perceived spurious Republican boogeyman propaganda before he spouts junk-science that Democrats are holier-than-thou and the saving grace of the world — because history knows otherwise.

Nicolas Xartopoulos



Representative thank you

Thank you, Williston townspeople, for your trust by returning me to Montpelier as your state representative. This is a labor of love for me. Remember, good government is a participation sport. Tell me what is on your mind. I have a need to know.

State Rep. Jim McCullough, D-Williston


Forum for school configuration options

Please come to the first community forum at Williston Central School’s cafeteria on Nov. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to updating you on the work the committee has accomplished so far, the Conceptual Frameworks Committee is very interested in hearing your thoughts about general configuration options. Go to the district’s Web site, www.williston.k12.vt.us, click “Conceptual Frameworks Committee,” “Notes and updates from the meetings” and “General Configuration Options” to see the options you will be discussing in small group conversations.

This is the first of two opportunities to let the committee know what’s important to you as family and community members about general configuration options. The second community forum will be held on Jan. 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and will be focused on more specific configuration options that the committee is considering. At the community forums, committee members and board members have volunteered to be neutral facilitators of small group discussions. Notes will be taken about participants’ thoughts on the configuration options and the information will be brought back to committee members for further discussion. You will have the opportunity to sit at a discussion table with the facilitator of your choice.

In preparation for this forum, please click on “Research Links” to read some research articles about the drawbacks and benefits of various building configurations, multi-age classes, looping and grade span options. This will be important to ensure that all the participants at the forums have some common understanding of the issues.

In the Oct. 23 edition of the School Bell, there was an update explaining the changes to the timeframe of the committee. An updated version is included on the Web site as well. Click on “Notes and updates from the Meetings,” and then “Conceptual Frameworks Committee Update 11-10-08.”

The Conceptual Frameworks Committee


Thanks to election workers

With the presidential election barely behind us it is time to recognize the extraordinary work of our town clerks and their election assistants.

It is not easy to run an election: long lines of voters waiting to check in, voters who can’t remember where they are registered, politicians glad-handing voters outside the polling place, poll watchers who can’t hear names and, this year, piles and piles of absentee ballots to process. And yet, it is essential to our trust in the democratic process that our election workers perform their duties professionally and without bias.

I am proud that Vermont’s town clerks and their election assistants ensured that this year’s election ran smoothly. Congratulations and thanks to all who made this possible!

Deb Markowitz

Secretary of State