Letter to the editor

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...
03/16/2020
Our heartfelt thanks to the firefighters of the Bristol Fire Department along with Lincoln, Monkton, and Starksboro fire departments and the Bristol Rescue Squad, who responded to our house fire last week. We were fortunate to have such well-trained and equipped volunteer firefighters under the capable leadership of Chief Brett LaRose. They saved our house from total destruction and our smoke alarm saved our lives.  We encourage everyone to have smoke alarms on every floor that can communicate with each other.  Thank you to our friends, family, and neighbors who offered support, caring,...
03/12/2020
I am a dad. I am a protector of my family and loved ones. I cannot stand bullies. I try to look at all sides of the issue before I render a decision. I am neither Republican nor a Democrat. However, I do tend to side more towards the Democratic philosophy. After, seeing 52 Republican senators acquit a man who clearly committed crimes, who voted against the majority of Americans, I am disgusted with all these cowards. It has been said all over social media and other media venues the present Republican Party has turned into the Cult of Trump. I have friends, relatives and loved ones who...
03/12/2020
“What if there was a prolonged illness in the family? Should I be pacified by the fact that I only have to come up with $15,000 out of my own pocket to pay for it, before insurance contributes (on top of the $9,000 I’m paying in premiums)?” This quote is included in a recently released report from the Vermont Health Care Advocate’s Office aptly entitled, “Health Care Doesn’t Work if You Can’t Afford It.” The report echoes similar national findings that with rising out-of-pocket costs, people are avoiding trips to the doctor, especially to their primary care providers. Shouldn’t our...
03/12/2020
We need to stop climate change, because greenhouse gases are overheating the Earth. In cold places glaciers are breaking and melting so sea levels are rising so more floods can happen. Climate change also affects rainfall, because warm air holds more water than cold air and there will be more rainfall. More rainfall is a problem because more floods will happen and floods get higher. In hot places, the water is evaporating quicker so living organisms are dying because they can’t get enough water for drinking or fishing. A drought is when the ground dries up and there is no water for organisms...
03/12/2020
The 2020 presidential election is Bernie Sander’s to lose. By this I do not mean that I expect Sanders’s to be the Democratic candidate opposing Donald Trump in November. It will certainly be Joe Biden. But unless Sanders and his cohort of Bernie Bros abandon their fantasies of a political revolution and unite with moderate Democrats and even some Republicans to defeat Donald Trump, Trump will be reelected. And the consequences of another four years of Trump in the White House are too terrifying to contemplate. But to prevent this, Sanders must cease his quixotic contests against all...
03/09/2020
Just a few hours after a lobby visit at Senator Leahy’s Burlington office, his staffer sent me the headlining news, “Leahy, Pascrell, King Introduce Crime Gun Tracing Modernization Act.” This bipartisan act, introduced by U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and U.S. Reps. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) and Peter King (R-NY), will give the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms the ability to electronically search for the records of guns used in crimes across the country. I am an Advocacy Corps member with the Friends Committee on National Legislation, lobbying for common sense gun violence protection...

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