Letter to the editor

03/26/2020
An open letter to Joe Biden from a multi-generation Vermonter: Mr. Biden, it appears you will be chosen over our adopted son, Bernie. It also appears you are not as ignorant of history as the current man in the White House. Given these two facts, I hope you can recall how our country was saved during the Civil War by Abraham Lincoln gathering a team of rivals around him. Then our world was very likely saved in the WWII by Winston Churchill putting together a team of rivals in his government. Today, Democracy and decency need to be saved in our country, maybe even in the whole world. In the ...
03/26/2020
In the very near future most Americans will receive a check from the government as part of an attempt to stimulate the economy. Windfall income is always welcome and it is easily spent. But, I am writing as a member of the Middlebury Task Force on Homelessness to request that each of us search our heart and ask if we really need this gift, or if there are others who need it more. Having worked with other community members for the last two months on short-term solutions for the problems of homelessness in our community, I can state that all of us have been blindsided by COVID-19. We are now...
03/26/2020
For those of you who similarly craved a drastically different response to NBC reporter Peter Alexander’s question, “Mr. President, what do you say to scared Americans?” during Friday’s Press Conference, I offer this: Dear Americans, Today much of our world may feel ominous and gray, darkened by the shadow of an invisible enemy. This nemesis has changed our lives — separating loved ones from each other, stealing our livelihoods, shutting down centers of community, culture and celebration. In the span of mere weeks life as we know it has been turned upside down. And for too many the lives of...
03/26/2020
Senator Chris Bray’s legislative bill to control bear hounds shows he has no understanding of what hunting with hounds entails. The hounds go where the bear goes, the houndsmen have no ability to control where the bear takes the hounds, regardless of property lines or no hunting signs. Furthermore, it is impossible to limit the distance between the hounds and the houndsmen. The houndsmen do their best to keep up with the hounds but it is usually impossible to do so when the hounds are in hot pursuit. It is totally impossible for the houndsmen to keep the hounds in sight because the bear runs...
03/23/2020
In the last year and a half I had two strokes and was debilitated in many ways. I was not afraid of sharing this news with the world; in fact I wrote about it in this newspaper and shared it on social media. The response from this amazing community was kindness, generosity, and support.  So I am confused as to why the public has to be kept in the dark about COVID-19 patients. I don’t need to know someone’s name, but some details would be important to know. Last week it was reported someone at a college sporting event tested positive, but they were not a threat. What event were they at? How is...
03/19/2020
I just wanted to say how impressed I’ve been watching Addison County respond to the coronavirus. College staff managed to get two thousand kids safely home in a matter of days, Porter is setting up the necessary regimens, and everyone from clergy to teachers is pitching in to make things work.  The contrast with the confusion and bluster in D.C. is illuminating. The economic fallout is going to be enormous, and hardest I fear on small local businesses. I’ve bought a big stack of books from the Vermont Book Shop (who will mail them to you for a buck postage a book, or deliver them curbside on...
03/19/2020
I write to both thank and commend Sen. Chris Bray (D-Addison County) for his commitment to ensure that all Vermonters are represented and heard when it comes to wildlife matters. The legislation that he proposes in bill S.321 is long-overdue, especially the section on bear hounding.  There are numerous problems with bear hounding that his legislation seeks to address, which include violations of landowner rights, mother bears and their cubs being placed in danger each year starting on June 1 during the hound “training” season, and the tightening up of the current definition of “control of...
03/19/2020
Immunity! We can barely think of anything else these days besides the new corona virus. Vermont Public Radio’s “Vermont Edition” had a wonderful program on Monday about how our health department is preparing. Our media is posting numbers hourly with reminders about some acts of prevention that we all need to do. Yes, wash your hands frequently, yes cough into your elbow or a tissue, yes stay away from crowds, especially if your health is compromised already. BUT, and this is a big but, I have not seen a single thing about the many things that all of us in the complementary medicine and...
03/19/2020
Addison County residents, businesses, and nonprofit organizations seem to be changing daily. Social distancing is undoubtedly an appropriate measure to take in an effort to prevent/limit the spread of COVID-19. It has also resulted in many local businesses and nonprofits assessing how they can meet the needs of their employees and the people they serve in new ways during these changing times.  As needs in the community increase, so does our need to persevere in our good work. United Way of Addison County is getting creative in how we stay connected to the people and organizations that need us...
03/16/2020
When I was young I was regularly admonished to finish all of my dinner because children were starving in China. While the logic of this still eludes me, the sad reality is that it was true. An estimated 39 million Chinese starved to death during this time. The tragedy is chronicled in great detail in “Tombstone: The Great Chinese Famine 1958-1962” by Yang Jisheng. The reason this is relevant today is because the famine was not the result of a natural disaster, but the direct result of leaders failing to face reality. In an effort to promote their own careers and prove the success of...

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