Letter to the editor


LIBERTY SHIP SS NATHANAEL GREENE
06/25/2020
We flew the American flag in front of our house for years. But, as America became increasingly partisan, we stopped flying it. We devoutly believe in the ideals represented by the flag, but have no truck with the “America, love it or leave it” attitude of many on the Right. We are not flag wavers. But I never felt right about this. What gave these people exclusive rights to our national banner? Didn’t I have an obligation to defend the very idea of America, as defined by Washington, Lincoln and Roosevelt? And there was a bit of family history that inspired me to restore the Stars and Stripes...
06/25/2020
I personally want to say thank you to the administration and faculty for everything they did for the graduation on Saturday, June 6. They were so very organized, they all cheered on the graduates as you passed them by, which made them feel special, as they all are special. In these times with the social distancing requirements, graduation seemed like it could be another bleak moment, one these seniors have had to endure, so many times in the last few months of their senior year, missing their last prom, spring sports, academic recognition night, signing yearbooks, and enjoying the last...
06/25/2020
Here’s a question for everyone who lives in the Bristol Police District, who are on the hook for funding 90% of the town’s police budget: If there were a question on the ballot that, if approved, would dissolve the Bristol Police District — effectively eliminating local police — would you vote yes or no? Note: According to the document that spelled out terms for merging the town and village in the 1990s, people outside the district do not get to vote on such a question.   Eliminating the police district might not be what we want… But some changes are worth considering. We’ve heard from...
06/25/2020
The We of Rayshard Brooks   Isn’t it a privilege to fall asleep in the front seat of your car,   pass out, some nights, from a night of drinking? And not worry.   Not worry you could wake-up dead. Having been found, and not asked just   to move along. Shake off the night. To drive through the drive-through, sober   or drunk from drinking in the stars, through the moonroof. An accessory   you could afford without worrying too much about being   overcharged. Becoming lost in space. Between the black   and white lines in a parking lot. A few spaces reserved for the disoriented.   You could...
06/25/2020
Recently I spent a few days in Porter Hospital with a medical episode that had me quite worried. The doctor in the emergency room was very competent and sent me with my diagnosis into the Medical-Surgical unit in the East wing, where I was cared for by a fantastic group of nurses. Not only did they all do an excellent job of monitoring me, drawing blood and administrating the drugs that I needed, but they also did a great job helping me with the stress of my situation. Everyone wore masks, gloves and always used the hand sanitizer, but otherwise they did not hesitate to touch me and use their...
06/25/2020
I am able to walk in my neighborhood. Rest in Peace Ezell Ford. I am able to play peacefully in the park. Rest in Peace Tamir Rice. I am able to go grocery shopping. Rest in Peace George Floyd. I am able to relax in my home. Rest in peace Breonna Taylor. I am a white American, and I don’t have to constantly worry that my life might be taken from me based on the color that I wear on my skin.  The American government has not done enough in terms of police reform and interfering with police brutality, especially in black neighborhoods. Neither have they done enough in making sure officers are...
06/18/2020
Gov. Scott, the state’s chambers of commerce and even our own Addison County Economic Development Corporation last week and this week have gone on the attack because the state Legislature did not quickly rubber stamp Gov. Scott’s recent proposal for $400 million in economic aid. Here’s a fact check: The $400 million proposal put forward by the Scott administration was well-intended, but devoid of the statutory language needed to make it law. A PowerPoint presentation is not the same as fleshed-out legislation. Further, both the executive and legislative branches are constantly learning about...
06/18/2020
The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the handbook used by psychiatric professionals in the U.S. and throughout the world as the authoritative guide to diagnosis of mental disorders. Although the manual is used by professionals, you do not have to be a professional to use it. The DSM is written in plain English language and contains simple descriptions, symptoms and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders.  One category of mental disorder is called Personality Disorder and one type of Personality Disorder is called Narcissistic Personality Disorder. DSM...

A MESSAGE OF love replaced a swastika drawn on the sidewalk in front of the Congregational Church of Middlebury earlier in the day on June 5. Photo courtesy Danielle Stillman
06/18/2020
The Congregational Church is a physical and social anchor to the town of Middlebury.  We can orient ourselves by its spire. It houses weekly Community Suppers for those who need them, convenes and hosts Community Conversations about issues that affect all of us, and is a place of worship and profound connection for many. On Friday, June 5, a swastika was discovered chalked onto the sidewalk right below the sign for the church. We strongly believe that this symbol of the Nazi party and their desire for an Aryan nation, cleansed of anyone not of their race — including Jews, LGBTQ people,...
06/18/2020
Twelve local students, including four from area high schools and eight from Middlebury College, where among the 96 signatories of a recent letter to Gov. Phil Scott, Secretary of State Jim Condos, House Speaker Mitzi Johnson and Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe, An Open Letter from Vermont High and College School Students. Most of the students will be first-time voters in the coming presidential elections. The letter is printed below. As representatives of the youngest generation of Vermont voters, we call on you to implement a universal vote-by-mail system for the 2020 election. No...

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