We are exasperated with people, now from around the world, who are telling Green Mountain College what they should do with Bill and Lou, an aged pair of oxen. Bill and Lou are the business of GMC to do with as they see fit as long as it is humane, which it is. Itís the business of nobody else. GMC had a rational discussion, described recently in the Rutland Herald by GMC professor Philip Ackerman-Leist, about the fate of Bill and Lou and how the entire college came to their own conclusion. GMC is to be commended for a thoughtful process and should be able to eat Bill and Lou. Or stuff and mount them.
Joining the chatter, Middlebury Collegeís Rebecca Kneale Gould, assistant professor of religion, is chastising GMC for their decision (Rutland Herald, Nov. 4). Our ethics tell us that you are out of line. Itís none of your business. When there are serious problems in the world of human hunger and suffering and joblessness and hurricane recovery, there are a myriad of things to worry about other than Bill and Lou.
Itís time to step back and re-evaluate what we can meaningfully do with all the extra time we seemingly have and to use it to help people, rather than harass Green Mountain College.
Itís time to remember the words of Martin Luther King, Jr.: ďThe arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice,Ē and time to speed up that arc toward Justice so that all humans might enjoy the pursuit of happiness. Itís time to put energies to productive use and stop meddling in othersí legitimate decisions.
PAUL A. and
FRANCES L. STONE
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