Letter Box

There are 15 comments on the Brattleboro Reformer story from Nov 18, 2010, titled Letter Box. In it, Brattleboro Reformer reports that:

I would like to offer two factual corrections to Christian Blake's inflammatory Nov.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Brattleboro Reformer.

Fran

Newfane, VT

#1 Nov 18, 2010
Mr. D'Errico: Perhaps a first step might be to hire qualified writers who can a. spell and b. quote accurately?

A second step would be to hire proofreaders. Another would be to get some graphics people in who could scale an image without making it look like a funhouse mirror.

The "best of our ability" is usually pretty mediocre, to say the least. Too bad the better people at the Reformer leave either of their own volition or are let go.
Fran

Newfane, VT

#2 Nov 18, 2010
PS Mr D'Errico: People hardly need the Reformer as an outlet to voice their opinions. The Commons is available, and it is a better publication that has taken many of the advertisers who no longer wish to pay high rates to the Reformer for distorted ads. Oh yes, and its articles are well written and accurate.

There is also iBrattleboro, and you might be interested to read the many comments there regarding this foolishness of letting go one of the few good writers you had on your staff.

You "allow" us full access, how nice.

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#3 Nov 18, 2010
Kind of like New York Times getting rid of Maureen Dowd, but not surprising.

The only columnist I read, as she writes well & shares herself, life & experiences & insightful wit. My husband loves her too.

Interesting ppl produce the same results no matter what they write.

Uninteresting, like wise.

Another thing I love about Joyce is her ability to connect & engage the reader as if speaking directly to them is a gift. When she stated she didn't write her column for the Reformer she didn't have to, we already knew.

Many thanks Joyce. Among journalists & people you're standing tall.
flat lander

United States

#4 Nov 18, 2010
To be judged by the Deformer is a insult as it stands but to be given a run down of your hanging only gives them another story of slant vs. the truth in their court is another reason they are at the bottom. Being released from the Deformer isn't a bad thing. Here is your sign. Up is the only direction out of their trough.
stonegonemad

Saint Johnsbury, VT

#5 Nov 18, 2010
Fran wrote:
Mr. D'Errico: Perhaps a first step might be to hire qualified writers who can a. spell and b. quote accurately?
A second step would be to hire proofreaders. Another would be to get some graphics people in who could scale an image without making it look like a funhouse mirror.
The "best of our ability" is usually pretty mediocre, to say the least. Too bad the better people at the Reformer leave either of their own volition or are let go.
First of all, I will miss Joyce's writing...there are not many writers like her, and the Reformer just lost theirs. There are some great columnists for the paper, and they are the reason I read it. I will miss her as I still miss Jim Austin's column. Even when you don't agree with something, it's good to read a well-written article. YES-proofreaders are necessary, but I rather enjoy having a 14 year-old pointing out the grammar and spelling errors to me! Lastly, if they were to remove much of their advertising, there wouldn't be a paper left.

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#6 Nov 18, 2010
flat lander wrote:
To be judged by the Deformer is a insult as it stands but to be given a run down of your hanging only gives them another story of slant vs. the truth in their court is another reason they are at the bottom. Being released from the Deformer isn't a bad thing. Here is your sign. Up is the only direction out of their trough.
Well said.
Stanley

Brattleboro, VT

#7 Nov 18, 2010
Herb Eisenberg is an architect and that would be important except for one thing...he is also a NIMBY. I suspect that his complaints (which are clearly exaggerated) would not be stated at all if he lived in some other neighborhood.


The Crowell Lot is much better situated for a skate park. The kids who will use it for their athletic pursuits will be able to walk there. It is time we provided this valuable recreational facility to our children in town.

Don't let the Nimbys stop it!!
Stashu Yelnats

Newfane, VT

#8 Nov 18, 2010
Stanley wrote:
Herb Eisenberg is an architect and that would be important except for one thing...he is also a NIMBY. I suspect that his complaints (which are clearly exaggerated) would not be stated at all if he lived in some other neighborhood.
The Crowell Lot is much better situated for a skate park. The kids who will use it for their athletic pursuits will be able to walk there. It is time we provided this valuable recreational facility to our children in town.
Don't let the Nimbys stop it!!
Why is it the only outlet for youthful energy is a "skate park"? What possible educational purpose would this have other than teaching these kids that they can do whatever they wish, whenever they wish, without contributing anything to the community. Gimme gimme gimme!
Has the influx of "outsiders" really changed the responsibility of our communities? Unfortunately, in the case of Brattleboro it appears so. Have you any idea how many civil services need tending? How about elderly who might need a hand or just an ear to bend? Volunteerism for a worthy cause. These activities will most certainly teach the kids more responsibility, respect, and en-route them to be responsible citizen better than a "skate park"!
Have them help a fellow student who is having difficulties with their studies. Mentor!
The public school system has already de-sensitized our youth and spoiled them by the schools demanding everything they want (especially raises for the administration, increased benefits, etc.) for "the sake of the children" when the kids have no idea the sacrifices we, as parents & taxpayers, have to make.
Cold you say? Perhaps, but it is reality the same as running naked outside in January. Cold reality!

I suggest giving these kids a chance to learn what the real world is about - with respect and compassion - so once they are let loose on society they may have a better chance of survival and making proud contributions to our society. These kids are our future!
VIVA our youth!

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#9 Nov 19, 2010
Stashu Yelnats wrote:
<quoted text>
Why is it the only outlet for youthful energy is a "skate park"? What possible educational purpose would this have other than teaching these kids that they can do whatever they wish, whenever they wish, without contributing anything to the community. Gimme gimme gimme!
Has the influx of "outsiders" really changed the responsibility of our communities? Unfortunately, in the case of Brattleboro it appears so. Have you any idea how many civil services need tending? How about elderly who might need a hand or just an ear to bend? Volunteerism for a worthy cause. These activities will most certainly teach the kids more responsibility, respect, and en-route them to be responsible citizen better than a "skate park"!
Have them help a fellow student who is having difficulties with their studies. Mentor!
The public school system has already de-sensitized our youth and spoiled them by the schools demanding everything they want (especially raises for the administration, increased benefits, etc.) for "the sake of the children" when the kids have no idea the sacrifices we, as parents & taxpayers, have to make.
Cold you say? Perhaps, but it is reality the same as running naked outside in January. Cold reality!
I suggest giving these kids a chance to learn what the real world is about - with respect and compassion - so once they are let loose on society they may have a better chance of survival and making proud contributions to our society. These kids are our future!
VIVA our youth!
Viva our youth, or viva what you think???

Hate to break this to you, your worldview is not 'reality'. Young people are just that-people, not property.

They have-and should have choices. Encouraging mutual respect a more productive & worthy goal.

Trying to push or force anyone to do anything is is control & generally only control-freaks do this. This also reinforces a herd mentality rather than thinking for oneself & taking responsibility for actions.

Anything that can be done to promote outdoor physical activity of ones choice, in this case skateboarding.
Stanley

Brattleboro, VT

#10 Nov 19, 2010
Stashu Yelnats wrote:
<quoted text>
Why is it the only outlet for youthful energy is a "skate park"? What possible educational purpose would this have other than teaching these kids that they can do whatever they wish, whenever they wish, without contributing anything to the community. Gimme gimme gimme!
Has the influx of "outsiders" really changed the responsibility of our communities? Unfortunately, in the case of Brattleboro it appears so. Have you any idea how many civil services need tending? How about elderly who might need a hand or just an ear to bend? Volunteerism for a worthy cause. These activities will most certainly teach the kids more responsibility, respect, and en-route them to be responsible citizen better than a "skate park"!
Have them help a fellow student who is having difficulties with their studies. Mentor!
The public school system has already de-sensitized our youth and spoiled them by the schools demanding everything they want (especially raises for the administration, increased benefits, etc.) for "the sake of the children" when the kids have no idea the sacrifices we, as parents & taxpayers, have to make.
Cold you say? Perhaps, but it is reality the same as running naked outside in January. Cold reality!
I suggest giving these kids a chance to learn what the real world is about - with respect and compassion - so once they are let loose on society they may have a better chance of survival and making proud contributions to our society. These kids are our future!
VIVA our youth!
I don't disagree with much you say (except the gimme gimme gimme stuff) but I also don't see that it has anything to do with whether we have a skate park at the Crowell Lot. We can have both. Have you ever been to a skate park. Fresh air, exercise, problem solving, tremendous exercise, friendly competition, companionship,....I see nothing negative about a skate park.

Growing healthy and responsible children are a society wide interest. A skate park is totally consistent with that interest.
Christian Blake

Bellows Falls, VT

#11 Nov 23, 2010
It's a shame that when a weak kneed left liberal socialist answers my letters they fail to read the words and love to jump to their own slanted conclusions using personal attack verbage, which by the way I can take. i.e. inflamatory, ignorance etc.. It's the other readers that may be mislead. I said "should", which is not a definite. Like the difference between will and may!
Discrimination is if the act was based on color. race etc.. It was not. It was based on the inability to perform a haircut on a different type of hair. Whether it be African male tourist or Jewish females with European curly red hair. This is why a radio talk show is important as one can explain all the variables in the Queens english to the sect that likes to think they are above us all, like the elitist in the O'Bama administration. Let us bring Vermont back to its conservative roots reject the liberal way of life and its dialoque.
Joe Shlabotnik

Grantham, NH

#12 Nov 23, 2010
Aaaaah, the holiday season. Nothing is more enjoyable than football and nuts.

“figuresdontlie*l iarscanfigure”

Since: Feb 10

S. Londonderry VT

#13 Nov 24, 2010
Christian Blake wrote:
It's a shame that when a weak kneed left liberal socialist answers my letters they fail to read the words and love to jump to their own slanted conclusions using personal attack verbage, which by the way I can take. i.e. inflamatory, ignorance etc.. It's the other readers that may be mislead. I said "should", which is not a definite. Like the difference between will and may!
Discrimination is if the act was based on color. race etc.. It was not. It was based on the inability to perform a haircut on a different type of hair. Whether it be African male tourist or Jewish females with European curly red hair. This is why a radio talk show is important as one can explain all the variables in the Queens english to the sect that likes to think they are above us all, like the elitist in the O'Bama administration. Let us bring Vermont back to its conservative roots reject the liberal way of life and its dialoque.
'Verbage'??? This is a bit rich coming from you. Kindly look in the mirror plz. Your silly semantics also a scream. What a load of crap.

To fancy oneself an intellectual & attempt to wax philosophical, while using the 'verbage' of a typical VT clod & resident numbskull is interesting to say the least.

All conservatives are not racists & there are plenty of liberals who ARE racists. Ignorance knows no color.

Your ridiculous rant as well as the others are just that & a clumsy attempt to defend the indefensable. You & those who are claiming 'rights have been violated' & continuing to defend the indefensable-obvious ignorance, have every right in the world to do so & continue to be what you are defending, ignorant local-yokels & racists. Please call it what it is & stop trying to church it up, it's not working btw. Y'all reek.

Kindly place a 'Whites Only' sign on the door of your businesses or homes since you're so proud of who & what you are, so everyone knows who you are & will not need to waste their time discovering who is who. But oh please, call it what it is, stop trying to explain it away & be proud of who you are.

Those of us who wish to live in peace & justice will then avoid you & your ilk as the destructive dummies you are & wish to remain.
Joe Shlabotnik

Grantham, NH

#14 Nov 24, 2010
Don't stop him and his Westminster West buddy. It is great recreation to watch the dirt fly up out of the hole he has dug for himself, all the while he keeps digging.
Please continue Mr. "B"!!!People pay to see this stuff.
KntukyBob

Del Rio, TN

#15 Nov 25, 2010
Thanks for allowing me to see the evidence of what happens when we don't follow Jesus' directive to not get caught up in the affairs of this world. Hate happens!

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