Letter to the editor

12/05/2019
I am a resident of Addison County, born into a family that has been hunting on the Vermont landscape for generations. The article about the bear hound attack on Oct. 19 and follow up articles regarding the so-called “Vermont tradition” of hound hunting not only caught my attention but has resonated for several reasons, and I feel compelled to voice them to the community. I sympathize with the couple, and with all the folks who have expressed their frustration with hounds on private land. We have had to make our own compromises on our private property too during the bear season. While the...
12/02/2019
On Saturday, Dec. 7, we as Walden students at Vergennes Union High School will once again participate in the John Graham Shelter’s sleepout to end homelessness. We are participating to raise awareness and collect donations. A lot of people — even in our own towns — see homeless people on the side of the road or on the town green and just think to themselves, “They must be really lazy,” or “They just want handouts and they’re not willing to work.” However, in reality, there are so many hardworking homeless people who just got unlucky in this unfair world. They may be working but their pay isn’...
12/02/2019
I recently attended a Wild Forest gathering at the SHO Farm in Huntington. On the way to the meeting I heard on NPR the latest news on the climate crisis we are in. The outlook is bleak but there is still hope that we can reduce the suffering that is unfolding. What is Vermont to do? It is time to tax pollution and invest 100 percent of the raised funds into: 1. Permanent conservation of wild forests; 2. Solarizing our infrastructure; 3. Converting sawmill residues into state-of-the-art wood-clay insulation instead of burning them; and 4. Insulating our buildings. There were many of the...
11/26/2019
I made a colossal mistake on Tuesday night. Now, after the horror of the mess I made, small bits of comedy filter in… “**it happens,” “this too shall pass.”  To my neighbors on Quarry Road, and those who use the road to travel from Route 116 to Middlebury, I sincerely apologize for forgetting to turn off the PTO that made my manure tanker spew poo far, wide and thick all over the road, your mailboxes, driveways and even my sister’s cat.  I am humbled, terribly embarrassed and remorseful for soiling your property and vehicles. Please forgive me.  Joel Pominville  Quarry Road Farms, Inc. ...
11/26/2019
I read with interest “Middlebury readies new traffic plan” in the Nov. 25, 2019, edition. It certainly would have been helpful if there was a map included that depicted the changes described. Actually, with any article that describes a geographic location, a map would be helpful. Doug McKain New Haven
11/26/2019
For anyone who missed Angelo Lynn’s editorial in the Nov. 21 issue of this newspaper I am urging everyone to go back and read it. Read it again. What it says may be the most important idea for citizens in Vermont to think about now. It seems quite common wisdom these days that Vermonters can no longer bear the burden of the high taxes we pay and that the answer to this problem is school consolidation. Some communities (many communities?) will have to close their schools because they are no longer affordable. This will have devastating results for many towns where the schools have been the...
11/26/2019
I just read on history.com, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918, silence was heard by soldiers along the Western Front in France. Just north of Paris, that morning, about 5 a.m., an armistice was signed by Germany and the Allied nations. World War I was to end.  Our United States Congress on June 4, 1926, officially recognized the end of World War I with a resolution:   “Whereas the 11th of November, 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of...
11/25/2019
I have known Laura Asermily for many years. While her choice of words in the article published on Oct. 17, 2019, may have been unfortunate, I am certain that they were about the behavior, not the value of the people she was discussing. It’s fair to say that pooping on the Green is bad behavior. If it were my kid doing that, I would fully expect the community to be more than a little grossed out. Regardless of the reason, he was doing it. Having said that, I disagree with any action that “discourages” the homeless from coming to or congregating in our community. It reminds me of “abstinence-...
11/25/2019
As a geology professor at Middlebury College I am proud to be involved with the “Energy2028” initiative that seeks to switch entirely to renewable energy and reduce overall energy consumption at the college by 25 percent. A major part of reaching 100 percent renewable energy is the 5 MW solar array being developed by Encore Renewable Energy on 28 acres of college land located between South Street Extension and Route 30. The originally proposed site was nearly perfect; situated in a broad valley with mature trees to the east and west; the vast tract of steel and silicon would have been well...
11/21/2019
While at a conference in D.C. this week I walked by a protest where a display of buttons was being sold, my eye immediately catching the button in big red lettering, “Make America Humane Again.” Shortly after leaving that protest I got word of the school shooting in Santa Clarita, Calif., where a high school student killed two of his classmates and then himself. The conference I was attending was a joining of the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) who I work with to pass gun violence prevention legislation. This administration is not humane, and gun violence is not humane, and...

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