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July 7, 2013

Your view: Letters to the editor

The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Questions for the defense in Trayvon Martin case

To the editor:

Popular with gun aficionados, the “Stand Your Ground” law, allows a person to kill another if he feels his life is at risk. This senseless law allows anyone to kill, and if there is no one to either dispel that belief or support it, the victim is dead and the killer can give any story that buttresses his claim, absent witnesses.

In the Trayvon Martin case, specifics are unknown, but certain questions should be posed that destroy the self-defense plea. Why didn’t George Zimmerman just take his gun and point to the kid and tell him to stop, or else? Furthermore, if he was in fear of his life, having a broken nose or abrasions on one’s scalp have never caused anyone’s death. Moreover, an official medic described Zimmerman’s injuries as inconsequential. How could a grown adult man let a kid get the better of him. Was Zimmerman paralyzed by fear of a kid?

Much can be said about Zimmerman’s frame of mind, as when he called in to report a mysterious person in the area and described Martin in derogatory terms, not knowing that it was an innocent kid doing nothing. It proves ill will toward minorities and profiling in a harmless situation. We’ll never know how he approached the kid, who didn’t know with whom he was dealing. Zimmerman should have said to Martin, “I am a neighborhood watchman; can I ask you what you are doing here? Instead, Trayvon must have perceived hostility, and we’ll never know how a scuffle evolved because the other witness is dead.

It is also important to note that Zimmerman lied on national TV when he said he knew nothing about the Stand Your Ground law. The truth is that he took a course in it, as attested to by the professor who gave the course. Furthermore, Zimmerman lied to the court about not having enough bond money when he actually had almost $200,000 in the bank.

It is a given that when someone lies, the next time he repeats the story he forgets what he previously said and, if anything can cause failure for the defense, it will be the contradicting stories Zimmerman gave as he forgets what he had previously said. On the face of it, however, the state must prove its case and unless Zimmerman takes the stand, the outcome is anyone’s guess.

Dante Ippolito


To the editor:

I am submitting a proposal to the Board of Selectmen that the new addition to the Elmer S. Bagnall School be named in honor of Donald R. Beaton.

Donald served the Town of Groveland and, in particular, our school system, for a number of years, and I feel it is fitting that the town recognize his contributions.

Donald dedicated his life to the local community. He served as a member of both

the Groveland and Pentucket school committees for a number of years and was instrumental in the construction of the current school while serving on the Dr. Elmer S. Bagnall School Building


He was committed to bettering others’ lives, serving as a director of the Family Bank, Bethany Homes, Haverhill Day Care Center, Penacook Place and Northern

Elder Transport, and as a trustee of the Haverhill YWCA.

For over 30 years, he was an assistant professor at Merrimack College, where he also co-chaired the college’s capital improvement drive to construct a new gymnasium and infirmary.

He was a past president of the Greater Haverhill Chamber of Commerce and a chairman of the Groveland Finance Committee for many years.

His contributions were recognized by a number of organizations, and he was a recipient of the Boys Scouts of America Distinguished Citizen Award, the B’nai B’rith Distinguished Service Award, the Merrimack College Alumni of the Year Award and the Greater Haverhill Chamber of

Commerce Award for Significant Contributions and was a Rotary International

Paul Harris Fellow.

Donald lived his life to help others, and those of us who had the privilege to know him were better people because of it. He is a model for the future generations that will pass through the school, and his life is a lesson for each of us in true civic commitment. Donald’s contributions and sacrifices should be acknowledged and honored so that they are not forgotten.

James M. Dole