Letters: Greenberg’s closing
I wish some loyal Democrat will please tell me this. When I look at the job loss locally, of which Greenberg is just the latest, or state wide, when it looks like IBM in Essex Junction is leaving the state, why? I would think with our high taxes and rating as the very business unfriendly they would be moving here.
Bennington Re: World Cup coverage
The following lines "Bring on the Germans" and, "Battle lost, War won ..." in the Sports section of the Banner rang a familiar bell in my ears! I was cheering for the U.S. soccer team, but I changed my sides instantly. Language does have a meaning and "A new way of thinking regarding war" is required.
Thank you, first responders
I would like to offer a collective thank you and a lot of credit where it is so richly deserved to the emergency personnel of Bennington: Firefighters, police, rescue, etc. These agencies, and more specifically the people in them, deal with such tragedy, as was the case with last night’s accident, and as difficult and heartbreaking and rough as that is they are always there when needed, even though it can’t be an easy thing to do at times.
They deserve a thank you and even more credit for all they do, especially the officers who have the heartbreaking job of informing families of a profound, tragic loss. Thank you all for your tireless efforts.
The hunger of the Battle of the Bulge
I just finished reading "A Blood-Dimmed Tide" by Gerald Astor. It’s a collection of first person accounts from soldiers who fought in the Battle of the Bulge (the German offensive in the Ardennes forest around Christmas, 1944). In the book, the author quotes PFC Philip Hannon, who was taken prisoner during the opening catastrophic moments of that battle. Hannon describes the constant hunger they all faced, and how he couldn’t concentrate on anything else. I quote Hannon from the book: "There are many things our Federal Government does that I don’t agree with but I’m all for breakfasts and lunches in schools for any children who want them. It’s difficult to learn when your stomach is empty."
The book was published in 1992, which was 58 years after the battle. Whether the author interviewed Hannon at that time, or came across the quote from an earlier interview I don’t know. Whichever the case, it’s an interesting observation to make and so relevant today.
A further note of interest: Paul Becker, who lived in Gore Road in Bennington and died several years ago, was taken prisoner during that battle. I recall him telling me how hungry they all were when they were locked in overcrowded boxcars for days on end.
RONALD VAN ORDEN
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