To address root causes, a horrific humanitarian conflict needs to stop

As a retired teacher in Brattleboro who has served the children and families of my community for 27 years, I am heartbroken to know that the horrific humanitarian conflict in Gaza continues.

Since Oct. 7, this conflict has claimed tens of thousands of lives, mostly women and children. The lives of millions of civilians and the remaining hostages are again under threat, and the United Nations is warning of a famine soon.

Rep. Becca Balint should use her position to advocate a ceasefire. She should pledge to vote against any more military assistance for Israel without a ceasefire in place.

Only when the killing stops for good can we address the root causes of the conflict. Israelis and Palestinians deserve to live in peace.

Deb Pierotti


This letter to the editor was submitted to The Commons.

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