Letters to the Editor2/12/09

Feb. 12, 2009


Local elections will be held on Tuesday, March 3. Please note the Observer will not run any Letters to the Editor pertaining to the elections on Feb. 26, the week prior to the election.

All Letters to the Editor written in regards to the March 3 election MUST be received no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 16, and will appear in the Observer on Feb. 19. Please be aware that normal guidelines will apply, including a 300-word limit for all letters.

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Thanking the Fire Department

On behalf of VT MAMAs (Monday Afternoon Mommy Adventures), thanks to Chief Ken Morton and the Williston Fire Department for giving us such a nice tour of the station last Friday. Thanks to firefighters and EMTs for all you do every day, and we really appreciate the time you took to make it a special visit for the kids.

Rachel Kring


Williston goes green

On behalf of the Williston Green Initiatives, I would like to praise the Observer for the Jan. 22 coverage of the Town Hall’s energy audit (“Illuminating the way to a greener Town Hall”). The article raises awareness about the need to invest in updates to our buildings, which will translate in savings and a better treatment of our environment.

Scott Gardner, a Williston business and property owner, volunteered his time for the audit as a contribution towards the activities of the Williston Green Initiatives. Our members worked hand in hand with him to complete the report. As our group’s name was not mentioned in the Observer’s article, we would like to let readers know we were behind this effort. The Williston Green Initiatives is a grassroots committee of residents and town officials that was born out of the WING event in April 2008.

Mariana Lamaison Sears


Two Abraham Lincolns assassinated

The first Abraham Lincoln moved from Virginia to Kentucky around 1781 with his wife Mary and five children. He established a farm on a large parcel of land. Several times, local Indians came by and told him he had to move as he was farming in their territory.

He refused and continued to work the land.

Not long after, a group of Indian braves stopped by and kidnapped him and took him to their village where they made him “run the gauntlet.” This means he had to run between two long rows of Indians and they beat him with branches and sticks. This was to humiliate and punish him for not listening to their demands.

Abraham packed up his family and moved away. A year later he returned, feeling he had a right to farm the land.

One day while cutting trees he heard a twig snap. Looking about and seeing nothing, he thought it was a squirrel and continued his work. Suddenly an Indian stepped from behind a tree and shot him in the back with a rifle stolen from a white man. As he fell to the ground he saw an Indian running away. Nearby, his son Thomas saw it all happen.

Thomas grew up, married and had a son named Abraham, born on Feb. 12, 1809. This Abraham became our 16th president.

There are three similarities in this story. Both were named Abraham Lincoln, both had wives with the first name Mary and both were shot in the back.

This year we celebrate the 200th year of the birth of one of our greatest presidents.

(Information for this story came from a storyteller at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.)

Ginger Isham