MIDDLEBURY — Suzanne Brown, retired Visiting Assistant Professor at Dartmouth College, will be at Ilsley Public Library in Middlebury on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. to give a Vermont Humanities Council talk entitled “Immigration Restrictions Then and Now: Short Stories of Edith Eaton (Sui Sin Far).” Brown will discuss three 1912 short stories by Edith Eaton (Sui Sin Far) that examine the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and its effects on the Chinese immigrant community. Eaton’s stories explore assimilation issues, family separations, discrimination, and fear of deportation in ways that still...
President Trump’s words and actions about immigration and refugee policy represent a significant departure from American history, traditions and values. For example, the White House announced last month that the ceiling on refugees admitted to the United States in 2020 would be set at 18,000 people. Four years ago, in the last year of Barack Obama’s presidency, the ceiling was 85,000. In the early 1980s, when Ronald Reagan was in the White House, the annual refugee admissions ceiling was over 200,000. While the United States has reduced the refugee admissions ceiling by more than 90 percent...
Bill Schubart’s Sept. 16 guest editorial on “sensible immigration policy” and VPR’s recent series on immigration have gotten me thinking about how much sense it could make to bring needed workers to Vermont to help us address a pressing problem — weatherization. Vermont has a goal of achieving 90 percent renewable energy by 2050. Part of meeting this goal necessitates weatherizing at least 90,000 more Vermont buildings (according to the Energy Action Network). However, at the current rate of less than 2,000 homes per year, we’ll miss this goal by at least 15 years. At the same time, the...
A Letter to the People of Addison County: As members of a faith community, we are appalled by news of recent harassment and terrorizing of our farmworker neighbors in Bridport, Addison County. We are saddened to learn that there are fellow Vermonters who would deliberately attack farmworkers’ homes, shout at them and shoot guns to frighten them. Why would anyone want to terrorize farmworkers who are working hard in the dairy industry and trying to raise their families? It may be difficult to imagine how much terror these actions cause in the hearts of the farmworkers and their families trying...
In a recent conversation with Governor Scott, one of his principle economic concerns was the gap between job openings and applicants. With Vermont’s population either slightly shrinking or growing, depending on the most recent data, it’s fair to say our population growth is essentially stagnant. Of greater concern is that it’s ageing at a rapid rate. The average Vermonter is 43. Only Maine and New Hampshire are older. Nineteen percent of Vermonters are over 65 and when we hit 20 percent Vermont meets the World Bank’s definition of “super-aged.” In spite of the growth of automation, at this...

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