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Letter to the editor: ACSD statistics are questionable

Posted on May 9, 2019 |
By John Wetzel



In response to Angelo Lynn’s April 25th editorial, I must respectfully take issue with many of the points made. I will not go through all of them, but will select a few to make a point. For one, many of the charts and numbers presented need to be questioned for accuracy.

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Opinion: Gun waiting period would spare domestic violence survivors

Posted on May 6, 2019 |
By Karen Tronsgard-Scott



Vermont has an ugly secret. In our picturesque villages, our quaint downtowns and our larger neighborhoods grim scenes of domestic violence are occurring. It is all too easy to think that this grotesque violence doesn’t exist in our beautiful state. But behind too many closed doors, victims are suffering from emotional, economic and physical abuse. After a beloved state worker was murdered last year by her ex-boyfriend, Vermont’s Public Safety Commissioner called domestic violence “a disturbing trend in the state.” Indeed, the trend is disturbing. And deadly.

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Living with dying: Releasing the story from the body

Posted on May 6, 2019 |
By Louella Morgan-Richer



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Editor’s note: Last month in this space, Andy Davis shared his story of finding meaning in his grief. This month Louella Morgan-Richer, a community member and hospice volunteer, shares her personal story. We recognize the power of our stories to connect our own experiences of grief with the experiences of others. In this way we might find transformation, love and healing.

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Letter to the editor: Deeper research required as ACSD studies buildings

Posted on May 6, 2019 |
By John-Eric Colley Robinson



An open letter to the ACSD Administration, Board, and Steering Committee:

Thank you for your thoughtfulness in planning, preparing, and presenting the April 17 community dialogue. Though I planned to attend, my son fell ill, and I stayed home to care for him. I deeply appreciate the link to the video and the attached documents you emailed me.

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Letter to the editor: Closing schools would kill towns

Posted on May 6, 2019 |
By Bill McKibben



I have been away working on climate issues, and so missed the editorial of April 25 in essence advocating for the closure of local elementary schools. I believe others have responded to the funky numbers about “classroom utilization” and so on, and have described the benefits of smaller schools for educational opportunity. So let me focus on the question of community, from my position as a resident of Ripton.

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Letter to the editor: Fossil-fuel choices must consider future generations

Posted on May 6, 2019 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Patricia Heather-Lea composed this letter to the House Energy and Technology Committee after being unable to speak at hearings held on Tuesday, April 23, due to time constraints.

I am a retired public high school math teacher. I taught here in Vermont for over 30 years. Before we made important decisions at our high school, we needed to answer this question, “Is it good for kids?”

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Letter to the editor: News media should expose scourge of Neo-Liberalism

Posted on May 6, 2019 |
By Peter Grant



The news media needs to cover more of the background and why politicians do what they do.

Neo-Liberals are an unknown quantity, but most have heard the name. They have stolen the good Liberal name and made it mean the opposite of the original.

Maybe some diligent reporter can research where this came from and why it is important now to understand this group.

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Letter to the editor: ACSD must keep its small schools

Posted on May 6, 2019 |
By Erin Robinson



To all concerned in response to Angelo Lynn’s April 25 editorial:

The conversations I’m having to have surrounding the potential closure of one or more of ACSD’s elementary schools is maddening, quite frankly. Have we honestly become a society that is solely focused on dollar signs that we are willing to sacrifice our children’s educational experience?!

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