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Posted April 27, 2007

Thanks for domestic violence article

In response to your very well done article on domestic violence (Vermont Guardian, April 19): I am a sixth generation Vermonter — part of my family settled in Williamstown in the late 1700’s. Part of my youth was growing up in a very abusive home raised by my grandmother, who today would have been charged with child abuse.

My father was incarcerated most of my childhood for multiple offenses.

One of my first jobs out of college was working for the Barre City Police Department with many of the officers being those who had arrested my father. From that point, I dedicated my life to the judicial system. Today, I am the executive director of one of the most innovative and well-known domestic violence agencies in the United States.

Last year, CNN’s The Paula Zahn Show aired our program for abused men. I have developed a program dedicated to children who have witnessed abuse within the home.

Donna Leclerc
Englewood, FL

Men are victims, too
I am an attorney who works with male victims of domestic violence. After reading your recent article on domestic violence, which said you will be covering the issue more, I want to ask that you print this letter and provide fair and accurate coverage of the issue to include male victims, a large, hidden class who face severe public neglect.

The Centers for Disease Control’s latest data says: “In the United States every year, about 1.5 million women and more than 800,000 men are raped or physically assaulted by an intimate partner,” at http//

That makes men at least 36 percent of the victims. And, although men underreport more than women in crime data, most sociological (behavior-based) data shows that women initiate domestic violence as often as men. California State University summarizes almost 200 of these studies at

The University of New Hampshire recently confirmed this again in a 32-nation study on dating violence and found that controlling behavior exists equally in the perpetrators of both sexes.

Many male victims are disabled or elderly. Many refuse to hit back or are afraid of arrest or losing child custody if they do. Many just “take it” while their children continue to be damaged by the exposure to the violence. We cannot break this intergenerational cycle by ignoring half of it.

Marc E. Angelucci
Los Angeles, CA

Mark Angelucci is with the National Coalition of Free Men.

Impeachment: At what cost?
I am at a loss as to your politicians, I wonder how much money is wasted with these impeachment hearings (Vermont Guardian, April 20) that even Shumlin has said that there is not enough time remaining in the legislative session to take up the resolution. Be safe, Be well, and may God Bless the United States.

Dennis Wells
Jacksonville, FL

Thanks Vermont
At this moment, I sure wish I lived in Vermont. Thanks go to all the state senators who voted for the articles of impeachment.

Regarding this matter, my voice counts, even though I don’t live in the great state of Vermont. What you did affects me in Massachusetts. What those in the Vermont House of Representatives do regarding this will affect me as well. This is not just a Vermont issue — this decision reverberates around the entire world.

I hear the opinions of restraint and contemplation, but I must tell you my “gut” tells me time is running out. More men and women will die, more of our hard-earned tax dollars will fill war profiteering coffers, more secrets, more lies, more deception.

It’s well past time to say loud and clear: Enough! Thank you, Vermont Senate, for taking this bold stand. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Keith Martin
Westford, MA

Nuclear power is not “green”
There are some who believe that because Vermont Yankee has no carbon emissions it is a solution to global warming.

Vermonters need to know that every step in the production of nuclear power uses fossil fuels. The enrichment process uses electricity produced from low grade coal; fossil fuels are used in the mining of uranium, its transportation, and in building facilities, and will be used to deal with the 20 to 30 tons of radioactive waste produced every year at Vermont Yankee for more years than we have lived on Earth.

Not only do fuel rods come with a cloud of pollution, but consider also that an “accident,” or a terrorist, could make New England uninhabitable forever; there is a deadly connection between nuclear power and nuclear weapons (“depleted” uranium and plutonium); the industry receives billions in tax breaks and subsidies; and, saddest of all, we are leaving our children (if they survive), for hundreds of generations, a legacy of a radioactive wasteland.

Please remember that the Vermont Legislature took back the power to stop the re-licensing of Vermont Yankee for 20 more years. Ask your legislators to “just say no!” and remember Chernobyl.

Jane Newton
South Londonderry

Help bring Hollywood to Vermont
I am a naturopath. My wife has multiple sclerosis. She is an actor. We have formed Vermont Movies. We are interested in bringing Hollywood movies to be filmed on location in Vermont. We would like to support all creative, independent Vermonters who are tormented by chronic, and debilitating diseases. Also we would like to support starving artists, musicians, and dancers.

We need to hear from the hospitality industry. We need beds, and food, and media coverage to make this happen. Are you willing to be an extra, a carpenter, a local friend to a star?

Will you accept a Vermont currency for partial payment? Like bread bucks. We are starting Manchester “moola money.”

Please send your ideas to, or P.O. Box 2673, Manchester Center, VT 05255.

Dr. Dan Muffoletto, ND

Thanks volunteers
The Board of Directors and staff of the ALS Association Northern New England Chapter (ALSANNE) would like to take this opportunity, during National Volunteer Week, to thank the hundreds of volunteers who have contributed their time and efforts to improve the lives of those living with ALS.

ALS, commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease,” is a fatal neuromuscular disease that affects approximately 30,000 people in this country each year. Many ALS patients in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont benefit from the services and programs provided by the chapter. Whether they serve on a special events committee, assist in the office, facilitate support groups, or help raise public awareness, volunteers play a key role in the chapter’s ability to meet the needs of more than 150 people with ALS in our tri-state region.

The ALS Association, dedicated to fighting on every front to improve life for those living with ALS, focuses on three areas of expertise and commitment: research to find a cure, advocacy at the highest levels of government, and comprehensive care and support services for all people living with Lou Gehrig’s disease. The chapter couldn’t do this without the support and efforts of its many volunteers.

Gary Sullivan
Jo Ann St. Pierre
Concord, NH

Gary Sullivan is president of the board of directors and Jo Ann St. Pierre is the executive director of the ALS Association Northern New England Chapter.

Thanks, Pat
The Humane Society of the United States wishes to thank and congratulate U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy for his efforts to stop dog fighting and cockfighting. Thanks in part to Sen. Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Animal Fighting Prohibition Enforcement Act passed the U.S. Senate unanimously. The U.S. House of Representatives had previously cleared its version by a landslide vote of 368-39, and it is now on the president’s desk.

This anti-crime legislation will provide felony-level penalties for interstate and foreign animal fighting activities, and outlaw commerce in cockfighting weapons. Animal fighting not only fosters unspeakable cruelty to animals, but also spawns other criminal activity, such as narcotics traffic, illegal gambling, public corruption, and violence toward people.

When animal fighters can earn tens of thousands of dollars wagering on a single fight, a slap on the wrist is considered just a cost of doing business. Stronger penalties are needed to stop this organized network of criminal activity, and that’s why the National Sheriffs Association and 400 law enforcement agencies from across the country joined The Humane Society of the United States in backing this bill.

Thanks to Sen. Leahy for working to give animal fighting the knock-out punch.

Michael Markarian
Washington, DC

Michael Markarian is the executive vice president of the Humane Society of the United States.