Martin the Maverick

To the Editor: I was upset to read Steve Boudahs letter depreciating Martin Harris column. Martins observations are far from being repetitious drivel. In my book, they are a breath of fresh air, for Martins conclusions often run contrary to the areas political grain. Say what you will, Martin does his homework. His tenets are invariably based on mined numerical data. His columns, as well as those of John McClaughry, Jim Callahan and Rusty DeWees, are the meat of your paper. Dont even think about giving one of them up. George T. Murdoch II Middlebury Editors Note: Dont panic, we have no plans to eliminate Martin Harris column. In spite of the overwhelming force of local politics, Mr. Harris has always found support here. Since other area newspapers have either dropped (or refused to carry) Mr. Harris column, this editor considers its appearance here as a red badge of courage. We like mavericks, sweet or sour. Covering up birthmarks To the editor: A suggestion: having read with interest Dr. Firsts recent article re: birthmarks, I was happy to see this topic taken up in your good newspaper. It would have been even more helpful, however, if he had mentioned that there are cosmetic products out there that can be used with great effectiveness to minimize the unsightly look of said birthmarks - especially on the face...in many cases, two minutes a day of cosmetic covering can make all the difference in the life of a child. I have lived with a facial birthmark for 75 years during which time I have used several products - Covermark for years, and lately, DermaBlend. They can be bought over the counter, or any dermatologist could recommend them. The difference in facing the world comparatively blemish-free, especially for a child, is immeasurable. It would be wonderful if Dr. First could add a few words along this line to the good advice and information that he gave in his article. It would be of great benefit to parents and children who might not be aware of a cosmetic option. Thank you, Carol Adams Richmond, Vt.

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