Letters: Obama didn’t overpromise

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He never promised us a rose garden

A year ago, if we had read in the paper that employers were hiring again, that health care legislation was proceeding without a bump, that Afghanistan suddenly became a nice place to take your kids, we would’ve known we were being lied to.

Back then, we recognized that the problems Obama inherited as president wouldn’t go away overnight. During his campaign, Obama clearly said an economy that took eight years to break couldn’t be fixed in a year, that Afghanistan was a graveyard of empires, and would not be an easy venture for us. Candidate Obama didn’t feed us happy talk, which is why we elected him.

He never said America could solve our health care, economic and security problems without raising the deficit. Instead, he talked of hard choices, of government taking painful and contentious first steps toward fixing problems that can’t be left for another day. Right after Obama’s election, we seemed to grasp this.

We understood that companies would be happy to squeeze more work out of frightened employees and would be slow to hire more. We understood that the banks that had extorted us out of billions of dollars, were lying when they said they would share their recovery. We understood that a national consensus on health care would not come easily. Candidate Obama never claimed that his proposed solutions would work flawlessly right out of the box, and we respected him for that.

But today, the president is being attacked as if he were a salesman who promised us that our problems would wash off in the morning. He never made such a promise. It’s time for Americans to realize that governing is hard work, and that a president can’t just wave a magic wand and fix everything. Permission explicitly granted to publish this letter.

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West Dover SVSU needs your help

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To the parents of children under the age of 6: The Southwest Vermont Supervisory Union is currently in the process of conducting a comprehensive community needs assessment. We need your help to complete the process.

There are two purposes of the community needs assessment:

1) In 2007, Governor Douglas signed Act 62, which allows school districts the option of providing public pre-K for preschoolers. This can be done by utilizing community child care providers or through school based preschools. The SVSU would like to know if your child is currently involved in child care and if you have any unmet needs.

2) The second reason is to assist the SVSU in developing a list of children between the ages of birth through five years of age, in each town within the SVSU. This will allow us to do some long-term planning and be prepared as children enter kindergarten.

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Your information is vital to this process. If you reside in the SVSU in the towns of North Bennington, Bennington, Shaftsbury, Woodford or Pownal, and you have not filled out a Parent Survey, please contact me at 802-447-0906 or baschramm@comcast.net to receive a copy of the survey, or to complete one over the phone.


Community Needs

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