To the Editor:

In response to the Editorial "NEDS and CEDS," in the February 5, 2016 edition of the Manchester Journal, I would like to take exception to the statement: "Broad sweeping global and technological revolutions have upended the classic formula for reaching the American Dream – education and hard work." Nothing could be further from the truth. Changes in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries have only created greater educational needs and more self-determination in working to achieve one's goals of a "better life."

Yes, it is a different and changing world we live in today. Consequently, it is considerably more difficult to become a productive

member of society without post secondary education – be it college, technical or vocational training. Further, we only need look at our limited-success welfare programs to realize that individual effort, i.e. "hard work," is part of the answer that will determine America's future.

The premise of the editorial, that a coordinated effort in Southern Vermont to improve economic and social conditions is well founded. Perhaps the proposed Council of Governments (COG) can become the vehicle to achieve the recommendations of the NEDS, CEDS, and Southern Vermont Economic Zone documents rather than the splinted approach that has not served the region to this

date.


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Please, let's encourage our young people to seek continued education and instill the work ethic that has made America the greatest country on Earth. Let's work together to advance the economic development of our region.

Paul Gordon

Londonderry