Letter to the editor

10/26/2020
Because the President of the United States has questioned the integrity of our electoral system and hinted that he may not accept the outcome of our Nov. 3 election, the Middlebury Friends Meeting wishes to state publicly that we believe in that system, which is  vital to our democracy. We have absolute confidence that the Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont town and city clerks, and boards of civil authority throughout Vermont will carry out their duties in a trustworthy manner. Indeed, Vermont can be seen as an example to the rest of the nation of how a democracy should function. We...
10/22/2020
I’ve known Jubilee McGill for several years, well before she recently entered formal politics. Like many Vermonters her life has not been easy, but she has a big heart and that has made all the difference. She knows what it is to be a single mom with difficulties in having housing and all the other associated problems. She persisted and pulled herself up and found success. She has long been very active in helping other Vermonters make their lives better, in her work and in her activism. Now she wants to take the next step and help make Vermont better for all of us, but especially the...
10/22/2020
What’s going on and why is it taking so long to get what you need? It’s because of the pandemic. Many new challenges have occurred, and each one adds demands on our work as town officials. I am writing to explain my situation as your elected town clerk, but I assure you that other town officials are experiencing similar struggles. In March, schools and businesses were shut down and a core group of “essential” Lincoln officials continued to work during that time to keep the town running. Since then everyone is back on the job, but some continue to work from home. When the Governor released...
10/22/2020
In his eight years in the Vermont Senate Chris Bray has proven himself to be one of the most productive and effective legislators in Montpelier. As chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee for the past four years he has consistently worked to improve water quality, develop clean energy, and reduce Vermonters’ exposure to toxic chemicals. He was the initiator of the Farm to Plate program, which has generated more than 6,000 new agricultural jobs, added over $100 million in farm revenue, and helped diversify our agricultural sector. He has also had a focus on smart planning, strong...
10/22/2020
Americans have a crucial choice in just a few weeks. We usually think of it in terms of policies and personalities. As an educator of 48 years, and knowing that our children are watching every move we make, I think of it as a choice between teachers. I think of the grade school classroom I grew up in with portraits of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln below the alphabet on the front of the classroom wall. To our young minds, they represented integrity and equality. Simplistically, we learned that Washington could not tell a lie and that Lincoln freed the slaves. These represented values...
10/22/2020
I encourage voters in Sudbury, Brandon, and Pittsford to join me in re-electing Stephanie Jerome for the Vermont House of Representatives. Stephanie has spent her first term working on issues that help our state’s small communities and businesses thrive. Over the past two years, she has served on the House Commerce and Economic Development Committee, the new Joint Small Business Solutions Task Force, and the Regional Economic Development Grants committee. During the COVID-19 emergency order, she led the Legislative Action Team, working tirelessly with 25 legislators to help 2,300 Vermonters...
10/22/2020
While serving as a member of the Otter Valley Unified Union School Board, I attended a workshop about how to strengthen and sustain public engagement. I chuckled when I heard the phrase “crickets and pitchforks,” referring to the two typical reactions elected officials receive from the public: silence and outrage. I was excited to learn that engagement is not simply possible, but is the linchpin of democracy. Working in a true unified fashion, the OVUU school board sought out every way to connect with the community, to hear the diversity of all voices.  Now that my term has ended I am still...
10/22/2020
The election is upon us and millions have already voted. Though we hear that very few Americans remain undecided, we in beautiful blue Vermont should make every last-minute effort to urge them to vote and to choose Joe Biden.  Donald Trump has a natural coalition of the comfortably off who care only about their incomes, religious and “patriotic” zealots, bullies, bigots, racists, haters of all stripes and those he cons with impossible promises. Though Trump lacks a popular majority, it is frighteningly possible that the distribution of his coalition may enable him to win the Electoral College...
10/22/2020
Molly Gray is exactly the right person that Vermont needs now to be our next Lieutenant Governor — intelligent, grounded in the Vermont experience, but with a level of international exposure that has prepared her to tackle the job. Molly will bring an energy to the job that will highlight the things that need to be done to put Vermont’s business in a great position to succeed. Her experience in the challenging fields of human rights law and humanitarian aid in difficult circumstances for the International Committee of the Red Cross gives her an edge in figuring out how to overcome roadblocks...
10/22/2020
I have had the privilege of getting to know Dave Silberman over these last few months. When residents across Vergennes began to discuss what it would mean to have more citizen-involved policing in our beloved city, he quickly became a wise resource, a trusted voice, and a ready ally. It is my honor today to write in support of his candidacy to be our county’s High Bailiff. I have seen up close how he serves this community as a private citizen, and I look forward to seeing his impact amplified as a public official. At his core, Dave understands the value of bringing more people into the...

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