Story on health and aging well done

To the Editor:

Congratulations to Amy Ash Nixon for writing a fine and important news story about Gail Ruggles of Newark, who recently testified before the U.S. Senate's Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging regarding the effect the current recession has had on older adults.

Ms. Nixon's story carefully and gracefully explained how Ms. Ruggles worked to reverse the downward slide of her personal life through fortitude, hard work and dedication, and how she benefited from a helping hand given by the Senior Community Service Employment Program, a job-training organization affiliated with the Vermont Division of Disability and Aging Services in our state's Agency of Human Services.

Clearly this is a social program that is succeeding and that directly helps Vermonters.

As a writer and the author of 15 books and numerous articles, I was impressed by Amy Ash Nixon's ability to describe Ms. Ruggles' life history and recent achievements. Congratulations should also go to The Caledonian-Record for assigning this story to Ms. Nixon. My only suggestion is that a story of this importance should be considered front-page news, where it would much more welcome and edifying to readers than the stories of embezzlement, domestic violence, and other dreary events that so often greet us when we pick up the morning paper.

Charles Fergus

Lyndon, Vt.


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