Letters to the Editor
Thanks for smooth election
To the Editor:
I would like to publicly thank Town Moderator Peter Basiliere for his outstanding job running the polls for the election last week.
His organizational skills are superb. His communications to election volunteers, his training session for ballot clerks and his setup of the polls to reduce lines was very well thought out and executed.
Working with the Police Department to open up two-way driving and parking between the high school and middle school was a great move. And the provision of mini shuttles for handicapped voters to the door was something you don’t find in every town.
Great job, Peter, and all town officials and volunteers who worked hard to make it easy to vote.
Celeste Philbrick Barr
Help support Standing Rock
To the Editor:
On Nov. 3, the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) in New England issued a Call to Prayer and Support for Standing Rock. In light of the great interest that southern New Hampshire people have shown with regard to our local pipeline issues, the members of the Souhegan Meeting in Wilton wish to share this statement with all people of good will in our region.
In North Dakota, the Standing Rock Sioux and their allies are struggling for the future of their land and people. Where those without worldly power stand in the truth in the face of empire, God is at work and our faith calls us to support them.
For months, the indigenous people leading this witness have embraced their role as "water protectors" in opposition to the completion of an oil pipeline that threatens the water supply, sacred sites, sovereignty and survival of native people. Their nonviolent stand to protect the water, land and climate for future generations faces escalating violence in a militarized, state-supported assault.
We see God at work in these courageous actions, raising up a vision of a world renewed. Many people of faith, including the Quakers, are engaged in supporting this witness, and we pray for those who plan to deepen their involvement. We are keenly aware that winter is coming to North Dakota and that direct material support is needed for those continuing this work.
We encourage you to keep this unfolding confrontation in your prayers and to keep yourselves and their communities educated about nonviolent resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline at Standing Rock and elsewhere. We urge you to consider how you might offer practical and spiritual support to those standing for life in the face of violence.
In support of this witness, we hope all will consider the following possible actions:
- Prayer: Hold all involved and affected by these events – on every side – in the Light of Christ, including those from New England who are working to support the water protectors and those planning to travel to North Dakota in the coming days.
- Advocacy: Join the advocacy work of Friends Committee on National Legislation in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.
- Support: Respond to the call for timely and direct support of those gathered at the Sacred Stone Camp.
Performance for anniversary
To the Editor:
Just two days before the election, three former first ladies appeared in Milford. … Well, it was only one lady, but Elaine Bromka, performing as Lady Bird, Pat and Betty, made a capacity audience believe that they were really there.
The event at the Congregational Church’s parish house, the auditorium that served as the venue for Playhouse 101 when it began, was in celebration of the 45th anniversary of the professional summer theater, which after three years became the American Stage Festival in the theater that is now the Amato Center for the Performing Arts.
Ms. Bromka was one of the origianl actors at Playhouse 101. Her "Tea For Three" performance has played in many locations over the years. How lucky we were that we could see it here!
Turnout affected outcome
To the Editor:
Before we lose ourselves in a wave of post-election conciliatory feelings, I will insert a fact into the discussions of those of you who feel the wrong candidate won the election.
According to several media outlets, a smaller share of eligible voters turned out in the 2016 presidential election than turned out in either of the previous two presidential elections.
So what, you say?
When fewer voters go to the polls, overall, Republicans tend to win that election. The opposite is true, too. When more voters go to the voting booths, Democrats tend to win that election. This is true across the electorate, not just in battleground states.
This is not intended to take anything away from Mr. Trump’s victory, it’s just the way things shake out. Selah.
Scouting for Food collects 4.75 tons
To the Editor:
Scouting for Food was a great success this year. The communities of Mason, Wilton, Mont Vernon, Lyndeborough, Brookline, Amherst and Milford generously donated more than 11,233 items of food and personal hygiene products that were distributed to Share in Milford, and the Open Cupboard and the Second Congregational Church’s Christmas Store food pantries in Wilton.
This year, we collected more than 4.75 tons of food and hygiene products. Thank you to our generous residents for donating – these items will go a long way in helping our neighbors who need a little extra assistance this winter.
Scouting for Food is successful because of the organizations that volunteer and donate to the effort. A special thank you goes to Chief Jack Kelly and the Milford Fire Department, who opened the fire station again this year as the collection, packing and delivery headquarters for Scouting for Food.
Another special thank you goes to Market Basket and Shaw’s supermarkets in Milford for providing more than 500 banana boxes to pack the food for delivery to the food pantries and for helping to recycle the many plastic grocery bags that were received full of food.
Also, thank you to Pizzeria Roma for its support with feeding our hungry volunteers.
Finally, thank you to the Boy and Girl Scouts throughout our communities who hung thousands of door tags explaining Scouting for Food and picked up the food donations. Without Girl Scout Troops 10033, 10111, 12027, 12212, 12681, 12997, 51960 and 12687; Cub Scout Packs 4, 260, 421 and 613; and Boy Scout Troops 4, 10, 22, 264, 260 and 407, Scouting for Food would not be possible. All our Scouts performed their good deeds and should be proud of helping their neighbors. What wonderful communities we live in that care so deeply for their neighbors and provide such great examples to our young people of how to be a community.
Milford Area Scouting for Food