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Voices / Letters from readers

What can our town do to assist our most vulnerable members?

Originally published in The Commons issue #463 (Wednesday, June 13, 2018). This story appeared on page D3.

RE: “Compassion over fear” [Viewpoint, May. 30]:

Many thanks to Liza King who, in these pages, has added another voice of compassion for the many folks among us who are struggling mightily with poverty, homelessness, or disabilities of one sort or another.

Those among us who are so privileged should be thankful for a roof over our heads, food in the refrigerator, and clothes on our backs — in short, a safe place of refuge.

Often I think of a refrain sung by Joan Baez as I walk down the streets of Brattleboro: “There but for fortune go you and I.”

Let us as a community and a society be judged by the care we give to the least among us. What can our town do to assist our most vulnerable members in terms of life’s basic necessities of food and shelter?

These are pressing issues that clearly concern many of us.

Jon King


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