Not the enemy

PUTNEY — Reporters write articles for publication; however, it is editors and managing editors who write the headlines and subheads.

Calling attention to an additional filing in Superior Court to review WWHT's proposed housing project, Virginia Ray's piece alerts the reader that words do indeed matter. One online dictionary defines a foe as "a person who feels enmity, hatred, or malice toward another"; they are the "enemy."

Is that really what is happening here?

Growing numbers of Putney residents and beyond feel this is an ill-conceived, profit-seeking-only build that bypasses zoning regulations and environmental issues which will define the town of Putney for decades to come.

No matter how many times Windham & Windsor Housing Trust Executive Director Elizabeth Bridgewater continues to gaslight the public, it is everyday Vermonters who will suffer the consequences.

The only way to correctly assess that these two lots are contiguous would be to dig up and eliminate Alice Holway Drive altogether. The two patches of land are near each other, but they are divided by a public thoroughfare. They are near each other, but they are not contiguous.

Are Putney residents who have a vision of preserving open green space really the enemy? It's so sad that throughout history anyone who challenges the status quo on any issue is labeled a "villain" or a "nutter"!

This Voices Letters from readers was submitted to The Commons.

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