As a citizen of Thetford and administrator of the Peabody Library in Thetford, I would like to thank Peter Blodgett for his 35 years of dedicated service as Director of the Thetford Library and wish him well in retirement.
I remember one day, twenty years ago, when my kids were looking for books to consult, Blodgett asked me to join the Peabody board. This was around the time my kids and I attended story time in Latham (Friday morning), Peabody (Wednesday afternoon) and Treasure Island (during swim lessons in the summer) where he was reading stories. stories and sang songs with the children of Thetford. My family and I were introduced to Thetford by the libraries.
Blodgett has been a friendly face to patrons of the two Thetford libraries, offering book recommendations, welcoming newcomers, managing collections, leading book discussion groups, hosting guest speakers, and hosting concerts and more. community programs in libraries. He has overseen library services for decades of tremendous change. At the Peabody Library, he took great pride and care in maintaining the oldest library in continuous service in the State of Vermont. He was the inspiration for our “Chocolate Indulgence” celebration each February, and was the emcee for the annual Penny Carnival. In the summer he kept the paperback shelves on the porch filled with books for the summer readers on the lake; in the winter darkness he donned a top hat and tails and invited us to light up the darkness with candles throughout the library before his winter solstice / holiday reading . At the Latham Library, he supported community events on the hill, hosted students from Thetford Elementary School and Thetford Academy after school, and hired a group of dedicated volunteers. He has made the phrase “libraries transform lives” a reality for many Thetford residents for many years.
If you would like to join the trustees of Peabody and Latham Libraries in celebrating Peter Blodgett, you are invited to participate in a card shower by sending him best wishes at PO Box 240, Thetford, Vt. 05074. For more information on a rally in Thetford on Sunday, email [email protected]
In his June 23 Forum letter (“Advocates of ecological burial ignored important considerations”), Tony Palazzo invited people to read the record of the discussions of the Lebanese Cemeteries Board of Trustees, which he said. is the vice president. Minutes are summaries that do not capture all the important statements. If you want to spend some time piece together history, you can listen to the audio of the May 12 meeting in which a five-year moratorium on changing regulations to allow natural burial was passed, 3- 2, by the board of directors. The disturbing chat begins an hour and 20 minutes after the recording begins. However, it makes more sense to help the city move forward rather than challenging history and initiating or pushing back against false public statements.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 protocols for public participation in board meetings may have hampered opportunities for people to report what they were actually learning from each other. For example, in a letter from November 2020, I raised questions about the initial pricing model and also asked to correct any misunderstandings on my part. Subsequently, I learned that natural burials could legitimately cost more because of their size, as Palazzo pointed out. I recognized that municipal cemeteries in Lebanon could not accommodate ideal versions of natural burial, such as those that grow wildflowers. I have come to understand the special challenges of a speedy burial; took note of a recommendation from the Green Burial Council that cemeteries should require some type of liability waiver; and recognized that some involvement of funeral home professionals may be necessary to organize a natural burial. Families and loved ones should understand the obligations regarding official death certificates and the timely delivery of the remains.
In some places, natural landfill significantly reduces the cost of conventional landfill. A wicker basket or pine box, both biodegradable, are generally less expensive than most caskets. There is no charge for embalming, a vault or a standing monument. All the logistical challenges related to the implementation of natural burial can be overcome so that the individuals and the city of Lebanon can make wise ecological and financial choices.
In William A. Wittik’s June 22 Forum letter (“It’s no laughing matter”), he wrote: “It would behoove (President Joe Biden) to heed the warnings of former Senator Harry Reid and Judge Stephen Breyer regarding because what seems politically expedient today may prove tragically short-sighted in the long run. “
I must be really laughing here! Talk about “packing the Supreme Court”. Who filled the Supreme Court during its first and only term? I would say that Reid and Breyer’s warnings are especially true as the current judges are showing themselves to be independent of what “the old guy” assumed they would be.
As I took my morning walk through the village, I saw several local Donald Trump supporters give me a middle finger as they passed vans.
They resemble in person the insurgents who fiercely attacked the U.S. Capitol and our democratic institutions on January 6, attempting to overturn the free and fair election of President Joe Biden the previous November.
In my opinion, the American population is divided between two contrasting groups of citizens: the deceived Trump Republicans and all other knowledgeable people.
This division is the result of Republican administrations, starting with Ronald Reagan, which supported a government system of minority domination by wealthy oligarchs and corporations that paid little or no taxes and starved and weakened our essential public systems. such as education, infrastructure and environmental protection.
At the same time, the GOP has lied for decades about the so-called “trickle-down effect” of money from the rich to the poor as the gap between the rich and the working and middle classes steadily widened. Families with both working parents could barely make a decent living, and society began to fracture.
Right-wing propaganda media like Fox “News” and radio talk shows spread lies and fear, making immigrants and ethnic minorities scapegoats in an age-old divisive tactic, culminating in the grotesque catastrophe of the Donald Trump cult and of his supporters. The Republican Party deserves to be gone forever.
Since Trump lovers have chosen to mar the tranquility of my morning walks, I decided to offer them two more signs on my fence line, one saying “Lock Trump Up” and the other saying, in part. , “Trump Traitors. ”
One can only hope that Trump will soon be transported to prison, publicizing the damage he continues to inflict on this poor country.
The story goes that one day, 12-year-old Abe Lincoln was approached by a man on horseback. He asked the boy in the direction of a nearby town.
When Lincoln replied that he didn’t know, the guy on the horse told him he wasn’t very smart.
That may be true, Lincoln replied, but it wasn’t he who was lost.