Roses to the Bennington Banner for your recent focus on the GOOD things that are happening in our community and surrounding areas. It’s especially heartening to read about the positive things our young people are doing and accomplishing, in their schools and in the community.

The media tends to sensationalize all the heinous acts committed by society, especially when misguided young people commit atrocious acts. We hear so much about that type of behavior that it would be easy to let ourselves believe that all young people are bad. Nothing could be further from the truth. Most of our young people are good, hard working, honest students with solid dreams and goals for the future. They study hard, play hard and get involved in their churches and communities. We all need to encourage them in their endeavors. Your recognition of their wholesome activities and commitments gives them a sense of pride and helps to bolster their self-esteem and self-worth. We all need to praise each other for the good things we do. Thank you for encouraging our young people. And thank you for refreshing articles that help us to realize that goodness and wholesomeness are still prevalent in our society.

MARGARET BOULET

Bennington

Thanks to all involved with U.N. lectures

Mark Skinner Library recently learned that it takes a village to host a lecture series on international relations.

"The World We Want: Goals and Challenges in Peace and Development in the United Nations" brought eminent U.N. dignitaries to Manchester. That privilege was made possible through the combined efforts of Manchester’s public library and a host of partners.

Our sincere gratitude is extended to Neil Pierre, chief of the Policy Coordination Branch of the U.N. Department of Economic and Social Affairs; Eduardo Ulibarri, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Costa Rica to the U.N.; and Signe Burgstaller, Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Sweden to the U.N., who donated their time and traveled at their own expense to share their thoughts on international diplomacy with the people of Southern Vermont.

Equinox Village, Green Mountain Academy of Lifelong Learning, Maple Street School, and Northshire Bookstore served as series sponsors. Their support was invaluable. In addition, Equinox Village generously sponsored the first two lectures.

Receptions worthy of an ambassador or two were made possible through the generosity of Pat Bennett, Equinox Village, GMALL, Mark Skinner Library Board of Trustees, Linda McKeever, Judy Paris, Ponce Bistro, Ye Olde Tavern, and Maryanne Wagner.

Bob Bushee Sugarworks, Mother Myrick’s Confectionary, and Northshire Bookstore helped Mark Skinner Library create lovely Vermont-inspired welcome baskets for the distinguished UN officials.

Library volunteers Yunxing (Samuel) Chen, Bill Duryea, Abbey Grant, Curt Merrow, Maryanne Wagner, and Jimmy Woodard ensured the smooth running of things.

Last but not least, we extend a world of appreciation to Yvonne Lodico, N.Y. Head of the United Nations Institute of Training and Research for conceptualizing this series and recruiting our speakers. Without her, the series would not have existed.

Manchester’s public library extends a big thanks to all of the above-mentioned organizations, businesses, and individuals for supporting our mission to serve the life-long journey of learning by providing information and opportunities for personal enrichment and enjoyment to people of all ages in our community.

CINDY WATERS

Adult Programming Coordinator

Mark Skinner Library

Manchester