Letters to the Editor (6/18/09)

June 18, 2009

A family touched

Williston students, teachers, faculty and community, we wanted to thank you so much for the warmth and generosity that all of you shared with our family following Allen’s passing this April. The school community was truly Al’s “second family” and he would have been so touched, as we were, by your outpouring of love and support.

The celebration of his life that you hosted was a wonderful way to honor him. We were so appreciative of the chance to share memories, music and stories with some of the people most important to him.

Warmest wishes and deepest thanks from all of us.

Deborah Hardy, Briana Myers, Eli Myers, Meredith (Myers) Gordon and husband Andy Gordon, Family of former Williston Central School teacher Allen Myers

Dwindling resource

If you do a random survey of 20 people on Church Street in Burlington asking about the greatest threat to the world’s population, you will probably get replies such as global warming, a pandemic disease or terrorism. Those threats pale in comparison to the global water shortage that many scientists believe has already started. Human beings can last up to a month without food, but only days without water.

There are 36 states in the U.S. that are predicted to face water shortages in the next five years, according to an estimate by the U.S. government. There are also 80 countries worldwide that are facing water shortages. This number will only rise in the coming years. Water may well become an even scarcer resource than oil. Inevitably, conflicts will spawn over it. There has been a surprisingly small amount of press regarding this issue, and the threat remains underappreciated by the general populace.

We need to be aware of this issue, because even though many people might think that it is a problem that is far-off in the future, it is happening right now. We need to spread awareness of this imminent threat to the world, and change the way we act to start dealing with it now.

There are many ways to save water at home. One of the best is to install low-flow faucet aerators. These can be found at any hardware store. Many other tips for saving water can be found by searching “water conservation” on the Internet.

Greg Meyer, Williston

Pretending to follow the law

My son Max Palmer led the graduation ceremony at Williston Central School last week. During the rehearsal Ms. Jackie Parks, the principal, told the attendees that it was OK to do the Pledge of Allegiance without a flag present and that they could just pretend that there was a flag. During the actual ceremony, again no flag was present and the Pledge went on without a flag.

The following Federal Law (Title 35, Chapter 10, Section 172) may interest the school staff, but then again it might not. The public might be interested in what our children are learning.

§172. Pledge of allegiance to the flag; manner of delivery:

“The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, ‘I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.’, should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.”

Shelley Palmer, Williston