Letters to the Editor (8/27/09)

Aug. 27, 2009

Solve the mystery

This is to let all Williston residents who like a challenge know that if you have not already become a history detective, there is still time to participate in the Chittenden County “History Mystery.” Completed riddle brochures are not due until Sept. 1. You can pick one up at Dorothy Alling Memorial Library and start right in your hometown to solve the 18 riddles. If you have any questions, local resident Ginger Isham will be most helpful.

As co-coordinator of the event, I would like to publicly thank Ginger for all her enthusiasm and support, and the Williston Historical Society for their participation and use of their Vermont Room for “History Mystery” Committee meetings. Also, the Williston Observer for being the first newspaper to publish a story about it (“Historical Society calls all history detectives,” July 30).

Thanks, too, to the “History Mystery” Committee, comprised of representatives from each of the historical societies in Chittenden County. They gave their time, talents and treasure to create an interesting and fun event in commemoration of the Quadricentennial.

Ann Arms, Burlington

Ja, wir können! (Yes, we can!)

The pace of change is breathtaking. There have been appointments of many new czars who derive their powers from presidential appointments. They have been doing little things like firing the president and board of directors of GM to gobbling up the largest banks and insurance companies.

A czar is an autocratic leader or ruler. There is no constitutional authority for us to be governed this way, yet by the number of bumper stickers of politicians I see who wholeheartedly embrace our new national socialism, they must be very popular.

If current trends continue, more than 50 percent of all business in the United States will be conducted under the direct authority of state or federal entities within a year or so. The same thing happened in 1933 after the credit markets “froze up.” Universal government health care was put in place, environmental policies were adopted, massive infrastructure work projects were undertaken, energy production and distribution were nationalized and emergency powers were given to the executive to transform society into the vision of the majority party.

The fellow who accomplished that sweeping ändern, or change, in the ’30s was named Adolf.

Shelley Palmer, Williston

Reform wisely

Dear Obama and health care reformers,

I like the fact that you are willing to tackle tough subjects. They are tough because there are so many competing priorities. This tells me you should think about what we are really asking for in health care reform in a realistic way. We want a long-term solution, as opposed to you gaining a notch in your belt.

This is not a quick fix. You’ve got what is left of the four-year term. Use it. Having said that, consider that not everyone needs the fix — only those that aren’t insured or can’t afford what they are paying. These folks are desperately in need of an interim quick fix. Sometimes, stepping stones get us where we need to be even faster.

I want you take your time, be thorough, discuss, envision, take the pieces that look good, move forward, and do it all over again. In your last six months, when you have exhausted every possibility, come back and tell us what you have, so we can think about it and vote on it.

It’s not all about affordability. I believe it is about wholeness; wellness of body, mind and spirit. The reforms being generated in Washington right now are far short of what we need, but they have opened up the dialogue that will advance us on the road toward real reform.

Please take your time to investigate, run models, list the pros and cons, talk with representatives of every faction of health care. I really appreciate a visionary. You help us see what can be.

A reminder to those helping you with this vision: It is not always the hare that wins when racing against the tortoise. Think about the real definition of win here.

Kris Benevento, Williston