Editor’s note: The writer is responding to a caption in last week’s edition referring to Sen. Bernie Sanders as “The people’s senator.”
The uninformed, badly educated, immature people who can barely balance a checkbook, having zero understanding of finance and economics.
The “white guilt” trust-funders who self-righteously vote for Sanders believing that his crazy, destructive schemes will not touch their inheritance.
The people (significant in Vermont) who despise America, its culture and history.
The people who think that money comes from the stork and life should be “free” of...
I continually hear women yelling about being able to be in control of their own bodies. Well, please, take control and prevent that body from becoming pregnant. It’s easy, birth control pills, condoms, hysterectomy ... a baby doesn’t have control over his or her body!
If a woman wants to have an abortion, that’s her business and her choice and she should not expect other people to pay for it.
Editor’s note: The following is a letter sent this week by the Starksboro selectboard to members of the Mount Abraham Unified School District Board, and copying MAUSD Superintendent Patrick Reen and state representatives and senators covering Starksboro.
Dear MAUSD School Board members,
We present this letter to the Mount Abraham Unified School District School Board on behalf of the residents of Starksboro. Our intention is to create the opportunity for a thoughtful and deliberate response on our part to the outcomes of the current undertakings of the board, which include the Merger Study...
Editor’s note: The Letters Forum in the Independent is a place for correspondents to exchange information and opinions on issues of public policy and matters of broad public interest. As such, we don’t generally publish letters from a person extolling the virtues of a family member. We make a rare exception here because the subject of the letter, Ron Hallman, was a public figure who for three decades was for many the face of Porter Hospital as its principal spokesman; because we don’t often get a personal look at public figures from the people who know them best; and because it provides a...
I would like to thank the Rotary for displaying flags in Middlebury and the Rotary members who put out all of the flags.
Also, thank you to the businesses and individuals who donate to the Rotary to place flags in honor of veterans.
I am one of many community members who have written to the Addison Central School District board in support of allowing Middlebury Union High School students to fly the Black Lives Matter flag on the school flagpole.
The great United States historian Howard Zinn said, “You can’t be neutral on a moving train.” What he meant by that, is that the train (a metaphor for our politics and our society) is moving in certain deadly directions, and if you are neutral, you are accepting that. I do not accept that! I do not want my community to accept the fact that Black people in Vermont are 10 times...
Have you heard that President Biden has nominated Charles F. “Chuck” Sams III to become the next director of the National Park Service? He has been a tribal leader in Oregon for years. He lives, with his family, on the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in Oregon. The Senate needs to confirm this nomination. If yes, then Chuck would become the first Native American to head the National Parks Service.
What does it mean to be a good steward of the land? A person needs to know the responsibility of taking good care of the land so the land can take care of you for today and...
Let’s elect Erik Prince, Betsy DeVos’ multi-millionaire brother, to team Disgusting Americans for charging escaping Afghans and Americans $6,500 for charter flights out of war-torn Afghanistan.
Out of all current millionaires and billionaires, he is most repugnant.
We recently sent the following letter to the Monkton selectboard requesting that we Monktonites become informed and involved as a community with the ongoing discussion about town schools and the education of our youngest citizens. We recently took part in the “Town Schools listening session” organized by the Vermont Folklife Center and it was a lovely experience to be listened to describing why we feel our five-town schools are important. Our request for this meeting springs from the desire that everyone have the opportunity to be listened to: parents, students, our town officials (including...
I was pleased to find myself downtown last weekend, just in time for the start of the Lazarus Park dedication event in Middlebury. It was an enjoyable, well-run event on the part of the town. It was nice seeing so many people there valuing civic engagement both functional and ceremonial. Gov. Scott and the rest of the speakers all had inspiring things to say, reminding me why I value an active and caring government at all levels. The entirety of Middlebury’s rail project was a model example of the best that government can be.
There was one moment in the dedication ceremony however that gave...