Letters to the Editor, Dec. 8

Cut the 'collusion' talk

To the Editor,

I'm sick and tired of hearing the misuse of the words "collude, collusion" by the entire media to the point where I commonly use the off button on my TV. Webster's College Dictionary defines collude - collusion as: "to conspire to commit a fraud - a conspiracy for fraudulent purposes." Black's Law Dictionary defines collusion as: "an agreement to defraud another or to do or obtain something forbidden by law." Bryan A. Garner's Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage explains: "collude, occasionally this word is misunderstood (sometimes intentionally by lawyers and non-lawyers), to mean to collaborate rather than (properly), to call (it) collaborate in wrongdoing."

The mistake cited above for the misuse of the word collusion for collaboration is fairly common in a variety of divorce cases or as Fowler cites the example: "the two authors, both professionals at Innsbruck appear to be working in collaboration - not collusion."

And, where is the crime? Did I muddy the issue? I'd like to hear from some of your lawyer readers in your audience in response.

Perry Green, Manchester

Wonderful events at the MCL

To the Editor,

Everyone knows the Manchester Community Library is one of the things that makes living in our community so special. But recently, it became even more special. We attended a Sunday afternoon gathering on the art of "The American Snapshot," presented by photographer Peter Bosco. Frankly, we learned a lot, and were captivated by the presentation and the engaging conversation. It exceeded our expectations, but that seems to be routine for the Library. Thanks go out to the Library for all they do. Please keep doing these events - they are wonderful.

George Orme, Manchester

A war against littering

To the Editor,

Regarding David Donnelly's letter to the Manchester Journal's Editor appearing in the Dec.1st issue: I could have written that letter word for word. Thank you Dave for concisely and precisely addressing the issue of disgusting litter on Vermont's State and local roads. There is no excuse whatsoever for a State with such a small human population to have this problem when it is largely manageable. It has become crystal clear to me after more than four decades of fighting this battle as a State Law Enforcement Officer and now private citizen that we will not win the war against litter. Aside from speeding, it has to be the most common and widespread illegal activity that a huge percentage of the population engages in.

The once a year litter removal on State roads is absurd. Yes, the State does a great and thorough job with that one effort, but it is far from adequate. Four times a year should be the minimum. Find a way to do it, I am sick of the universal and lame excuse of budget restraints. Use incarcerated persons from County and State detention facilities, institute an Adopt a Highway program like just about every other State has. The problem isn't budgetary, it's that the State and most of the public really don't give a damn.

Tony Winters, Shaftsbury

Yarn bombing continues

To The Editor,

As winter and the holidays arrive it is truly heartwarming to reflect on the generosity, creativity and collaborative spirit of our community.The bright and beautiful yarn bombs that now adorn the Manchester Community Library's entrance and trees along its path colorfully display the spirit of giving that makes Manchester and the Northshire such a great place to live and work.

I would like to thank fiber artist Trish Weill for her vision, her talent, and her hard work in spearheading this creative communal project. Thanks to Library Trustee Dave Quesnel who volunteered to operate the 26' lift, and who stayed for the whole day to help rig the colorful, eye-catching 9' by 9' piece above the Library entrance. My heartfelt appreciation goes out to each and every person who contributed to taking the yarn bombs from a fanciful idea to a vibrant reality. Thanks to all who donated yarns, needles, and crochet hooks. Thanks to each and every person who invested their time and skill in knitting and crocheting squares, spirals, tassels, and pompoms. Thanks to the kids who donated their hand-woven potholders. Thanks to the wonderful crew of people who spent an entire Sunday in the chill of early November installing the yarn bombs.

This project continues. Celebrate with us as we commemorate the Manchester Community Library's third anniversary. Visit the Library's Help Desk, donate $1, and hang a tassel, a spiral, or a pompom on a tree outside. All proceeds will go to the Manchester location of Blessings in a Backpack, an organization devoted to providing weekend food for kids. Be part of this ongoing "knit-ffiti," the fine art of yarn bombing. Thank you.

Janet Kleinberg, Youth Services Librarian, Manchester Community Library


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