Letter to the editor

As an American who values the Constitution and swore to defend it, I am appalled! As a patriot who was and is willing to die for this nation, I am appalled. I’ve never seen such blatant disregard for the American way of life as I saw Jan. 6. Those rioters (that’s what it was) disrespected a 245-year-old institution by invading and desecrating the Capitol Building. People can choose to believe that this election was stolen (which it wasn’t, 60 lawsuits were thrown out of the courts), but I draw the line at people stomping on our constitutionally sanctioned voting process. If you tear down and...
Hats off to the Town of Middlebury, the American Legion, and the Recreation Department for the wonderful fireworks display at the Recreation Park New Year’s Eve. It was excellent, and well attended. Ron Holmes Middlebury
Who isn’t disgusted by Trump and his disgusting mob of supporters who attacked and ransacked the Capitol Building in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 6? We need to eject this loser from the White House, jail him, and round up all his losers that did this now, and prosecute them to the full extent of the law! This is an insult to our democracy, an embarrassment to this country, and is treason!  Maybe those so-called “deplorables” who posted letters to the editor a few weeks back and love this guy so much and are “proud Republicans” who along with all those enablers of this president, might...
Dear 5 Town Community Members, Over the last several weeks we have received numerous emails and communications from community members. First, thank you for taking the time to provide your thoughts on our current dilemma. It is encouraging to receive these letters as it points to strong community involvement, which is to our benefit. There have been some common themes shared in your emails and we have some responses to provide below which we hope are helpful. Please remember that we are always open to alternative constructive thoughts and ideas as we assess the current proposal and the...
Many thanks to the overworked USPS, FedEx and UPS for their ongoing, exemplary service over the holidays and during our long-term home stays when ordering online is growing by leaps and bounds. Many thanks to all those who continue to wear masks for self-protection and to protect others; to those who continue to go to work every day in the grocery stores; to all health workers in our state and around the country who battle the deadly pandemic on a daily basis; to the teachers who continue to try and give the best education that they can over the computer lines; and to the parents who are home...
“Ignorance, inconsiderate, sickening, tragedy . . . they got what they deserved.” These are the responses to a COVID outbreak at a church in Vergennes. As a member and regular attendee, I would agree that it is a tragedy, an unfortunate series of events. Some may feel that it could have been prevented while others see it as the ebb and flow of life. We followed the CDC guidelines (masked, six-feet distance, limited capacity), and yet it still spread through the church. How did it first come through the door? Did it come through the food shelf, the blood drive, or the church services? This is...
One hundred years ago, March 1920, several thousand right-wing, self-appointed, thugs marched on Berlin under the direction of Wolfgang Kapp and Walther von Lüttwitz. They seized Berlin and overthrew Germany’s Weimar democracy for four days — the Kapp Putsch. A general strike brought the short-lived insurgency to an end. Leaders of the coup were shown extreme leniency. Among the coup plotters were adherents of the new Nazi party. Hitler visited and encouraged. The Nazis and coup participants were considered a splinter ideology, overwhelmingly rejected by decent Germans. History is cyclical,...
I would like to start off by wishing all a Joyous Holiday Season and a Happy New Year with the hope that 2021 is a better and safer time for all. To those that had friends or relatives suffer or succumb to COVID-19, I offer my heartfelt prayers. I have lost numerous friends and fellow law enforcement officers to this insidious plague. None of us has gone through this terrible time unscathed. In one way or another we have all been impacted. 2020 was the first time I did not see or spend time with my children and grandchildren during the holidays. I miss the smiles on their faces while opening...
I am incredibly disappointed by the discussion around the BLM flag at Mt Abe, and feel compelled to speak up. This is about holding our institutions accountable. This is about taking responsibility for our words and actions. And while it may seem extreme to some to draw a line between little old Mt Abe and insurrection in our Capitol, it’s not. Every person who acted as terrorist in D.C. on Wednesday was once a child who was given messages about how to treat others. And when we tell our children and youth that if they are uncomfortable acknowledging that black lives matter they can stay home...
I attended the Dec. 22 MAUSD board meeting, save 30 minutes of the five-hour meeting when I hopped off to put my children to bed, and I left the meeting feeling frustrated. While I appreciate the financial gravity of the situation our district faces and understand that we have some hard decisions in front of us, this is not a process to push through hastily. Clearly, this is one of the largest decisions facing our five towns in generations. Ensuring that there is a measured process for community engagement around the proposal that the Superintendent put forth on Dec. 8, and for the iterations...

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