Tired of the con­stant has­sle at the border ?

Stanstead Journal - - FORUM - New­port, VT Paul Hunt, Ge­orge K. Weller or­ga­niz­ers.

Sick of the forms, the wait, the lost time? Join us in a dis­cus­sion about how we can open the US-Canada border The US and Canada are each other’s largest trad­ing part­ner. Fam­i­lies and so­cial or­ga­ni­za­tions span the border along its 5,520 mile (8.820 km) length. Yet both coun­tries are spend­ing un­told mil­lions of dol­lars to make it harder and harder to cross that imag­i­nary line, forc­ing some busi­nesses to stop cross-border de­liv­er­ies and en­tire fam­i­lies to give up cross-border vis­its. It has be­come too ex­pen­sive and too time-con­sum­ing to com­ply with the ever-in­creas­ing reg­u­la­tions. Europe has opened their bor­ders from Por­tu­gal to Es­to­nia while we are clos­ing ours. His­toric en­e­mies like Ger­many and Poland now have no con­trolled border be­tween them, while his­toric friends like Canada and the US tighten theirs. Is it not time to end this non­sense and find a way to open our com­mon border for our com­mon good? Come to the so­cial hall of the UU church in Derby Line, VT at 1pm on Satur­day, Fe­bru­ary 5th. It is across from the Irv­ing sta­tion and nearly next to the US Cus­toms.

There are many ques­tions to dis­cuss; maybe you can help sug­gest an­swers and paths to this goal. Help us join to­gether again.

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