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

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
Brattleboro

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Amelia Stone (E Dummerston, Vermont, US) says...

Kudos to the Boston Globe for encouraging newspapers across the country to remind us all of the value of a free press, and to the Commons for hearing that call. The NYTimes article, A Free Press Needs You, concludes with the following: \"If you haven’t already, please subscribe to your local papers. Praise them when you think they’ve done a good job and criticize them when you think they could do better. We’re all in this together.\" Today I plan to subscribe.

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Bev Matias (Connecticut, US) says...

Thank you for your efforts to disseminate the news of the day and resist the hate-filled and deceitful rhetoric of this administration. I cannot believe, still, in this country that it is necessary for the press and regular citizens to defend themselves. Only one quarter or less of the citizens believe a word he says yet you are forced to defend yourselves because his speech is so incediary. The press is now officially our last line of defense.

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Janet (Venice, Florida, US) says...

You nailed it perfectly.

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banar Singleton
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banar Singleton (Michigan, US) says...

Spot on...thank you for challenging those who would blanketly dismiss your opinion/facts to do their own \"facts checking\". Unfortunately I fear many if not most of these sheep will be lead to slaughter thinking that they are going to the trough.

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Scott says...

Foreign hand on the scale isn’t an unbiased conclusion. You argument might be more forceful without highlighting this issue.

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

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