Valley News – Forum, March 21: outcry from Croydon parents


Published: 03/21/2022 11:19:43

Modified: 03/21/2022 11:18:55 AM

Outcry from Croydon parents

At Monday’s Croydon School Board meeting, a number of very vocal residents claimed to speak “on behalf of the majority” in the town. But if that had been true, it would be Amanda Leslie, not Kevin Morris, sitting up there at the table.

Parents in Croydon actually constitute a relatively small minority of the entire city.

This is the second incident in recent memory where it’s been important for everyone to keep in mind that “loudest” is different from “most”.

Ian Underwood


Jackson confirmation support

Please support the confirmation of Ketanji Brown Jackson as Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.

She is more than qualified for the position. The nation needs her to defend what remains of our democracy.

Cynthia Hollin

White River Junction

Ukraine needs US and EU support

How many maternity hospitals need to be attacked and how many babies, children and mothers need to die before we in the US and Europe decide to take additional risks? How many towns, factories, schools and residential neighborhoods are we to see razed and looted?

And how many refugees must flee before the United States and Europe take additional risks? (There are about three and a half million refugees now).

Yes, we have made Putin’s barbaric bloodshed more uncomfortable with economic sanctions and certain armaments, but the only thing that is likely to stop Putin is to strengthen Ukraine’s defense further.

It’s time to give President Volodymyr Zelenskyy what he needs in terms of MiG planes and other war material he asks for.

Or are we going to let Putin dictate what we can or should do?

President Zelenskyy may have started out as a comedian, but what he says today is not funny.

He echoes Churchill in saying, “We won’t give up and we won’t lose. We will fight to the end in the sea, in the air. We will fight for our land, whatever the cost. We will fight in the forests, in the fields, on the shores, in the streets.

It’s time to stop dithering and debating.

The United States and its allies must give this one-man hero what he needs to defend his country from annihilation.

Stuart Richard


Senior Solutions thanks Woodstock

Solutions for Seniors: The Southeast Vermont Council on Aging would like to thank the City of Woodstock, Vermont for helping our agency through the difficult City Assembly petition process.

We could not justify going against our COVID-19 policy, which prevented us from holding face-to-face meetings with our vulnerable clientele.

The Town of Woodstock understood that we could not then ask volunteers and part-time staff to collect petition signatures in person, which would have been against our protocol.

The City of Woodstock was kind enough to not only place us on the ballot for fiscal year 2023, but to vote in support of our efforts in the community.

We are committed to providing free services to Vermont adults age 60 and older or with disabilities so they can stay in the home of their choice.

By providing volunteer visitor services; access to nutrition and wellness programs; and information about health insurance, Medicare savings programs, and Medicaid benefits, we help Vermont seniors stay healthy and connected to their communities. Your help and community support lets us know that you appreciate our work. Let’s be clear: we are not doing it alone.

The Thompson Center in Woodstock is a huge resource and has worked tirelessly to provide meals on wheels, Zoom exercise classes, programs, conferences and even transportation. It’s partners like them that help create the support network for all of us as we age here in Southeast Vermont.

Please contact us and share your challenges and concerns with us. There is a seat at the table for a member of the Woodstock advisory board. Zoom allows us to include members from many of our remote cities and towns, and we would like the city to nominate a board member.

Please also encourage any adult aged 60 or over to visit our website at They can also call our helpline at 1-802-885-2669 or toll-free at 1-866-673-8376 with questions or to volunteer as a visitor.

Again, we gratefully acknowledge Woodstock’s support.

Joann Erenhouse

Springfield, Vermont.

The author is Director of Community Relations at Senior Solutions: Council on Aging for Southeastern Vermont.


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