Letters to the Editor

Dogs on town-owned land

Now that summer has arrived, the Williston Conservation Commission hopes you have had the chance to take advantage of Williston’s parks and trails network. During this time of year, the Conservation Commission would like to remind you of the town’s dog leash rules.

According to the town of Williston’s dog leash rules, dogs must be on a leash at all trail head parking areas, along all public roads and on hiking trails that cut through private property. Dogs must be under voice control when within town-owned parkland. The police may impound any dogs not under control, according to the town’s Dog Control Ordinance. This applies to all parks including Five Tree Hill Country Park, Oak View Hill Country Park, Mud Pond Conservation Area and Mud Pond Country Park. If you are not sure what trails are located on public or private property, please contact the Williston Planning Office at 878-6704.

As always, your continued cooperation makes public use of Williston’s parks and trails network possible and helps ensure everyone has equal enjoyment of the trail systems.

Williston Conservation Commission

Delicious fare at Reading Restaurant

Have you ever ordered from the menu of The Reading Restaurant? It’s a Calliope House tradition at Allen Brook School.

Tyler Skaflestad, taught by Ms. Schoolcraft, invited me to the second seating May 19; he remembered that grandparents were welcome.

Students selected four pieces of writing from their yearly portfolio. They offered these in a menu of appetizers, sandwiches, entrees and desserts for our reading selection. Patrons tipped the students by writing a comment about each piece they read.

A lot of work went into this event: balloons, tables for diners, student staff organization — maitre d’, line cooks, a manager and servers to guarantee a fine experience.

And there were a couple of tasty treats as well.

I learned a lot, as Tyler thought I would, more than that Jackie Robinson was also a fine football player. I was reminded how special it is to be a grandparent and how much fun school is today!

Michael Kiey
South Burlington

The importance of fair trade

In the normal market, you may buy a $2 cappuccino. The farmer of the coffee that goes into this, at best, will get 2 cents. Fair Trade guarantees a better deal for those third world producers.

Our power as consumers is huge. By buying fair trade products you directly impact the lives of these people by supporting their trade. Local companies like Green Mountain Coffee have just released a new fair trade certified coffee from Rwanda. Fair trade is more than just food, it supports equal trade of various things like clothing, arts and jewelry. The fair trade movement wants to build a sense of community as well as teach the farmers business skills so they become more independent and are able to tap into the world’s economy.

Fair trade feeds off of support and the education of people like us. Fair trade benefits our world in more than one way. Fair trade helps with equality in the global market, works to be environmentally sustainable and empowers the producers to be able to tap into today’s global market and economy. With about 2 billion people living in poverty within this world, fair trade makes it a goal to lift these people from their impoverished lives. Fair trade is not through charity, but a way to become independent and build community within the world.

Rose Friedlander

Champlain Valley Union High School freshman

Blockade serves a purpose

The United States made their best efforts to blockade Germany in both World Wars. These actions were both legal and necessary to reduce combatant’s ability to wage war. In 1962, JFK ordered our Navy to blockade some peace loving Caribbean nation when several dozen 1 megaton H-bombs strapped to ICBM’s were discovered 90 miles off Florida.

Hamas in Gaza has announced to the world their intentions of waging war and the destruction of Israel. The 4,000 or so rockets recently fired at Israeli civilians from Palestine prove that this is not just a war of words or some defensive measure.

Israel permits the transport of over 10,000 tons of food and supplies per week (also known as humanitarian relief) by ship to Gaza. Why then were the Vermont Communist groups protesting recently on the Church Street Marketplace in support of peace ships containing terrorists running the Gaza blockade? The protesters have the same sympathies as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who called on the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution that would “cut off” Israel’s hands, thus preventing it from committing more “crimes.”

The Israeli navy intercepted several ships loaded with Iranian mortars, RPGs, rockets and other heavy weapons shipped from Iran to Hamas and Hezbollah in Gaza ostensibly to create peace by exploding even more Jews. The thinking that arming belligerents is peaceful is pretty darned bizarre.

Attorney General Eric Holder has banned using the terms “jihad” and “terrorist.” When did we start letting the government ban words? Killing people is the same no matter what you call it. What pleasant name could we use to describe the Palestinian who killed and maimed all those young soldiers in Texas?

Shelley Palmer