Letter to the editor

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...
06/18/2020
As I sit here, a grandmother and a great-grandmother, in the middle of this pandemic, a time we have never had to deal with before, I watch how it affects so many. There are so many questions, so many fears, so many rules to get used to, it’s frustrating and hard for all of us, especially the little children. A time of no playmates, no play dates, school at home, no times to go out and eat or go to a movie, and so many rules. As difficult as it is for us, imagine what it’s like to be an active seven-year-old, who goes back and forth between mom and dad in the midst of all this who is trying...
06/18/2020
Peter Ryersbach’s letter of June 4 suggests we use science to guide decisions on what COVID precautions are reasonable. The guide will reveal that the science of viral epidemics is not only incomplete, but changing day to day, even among the most respected doctors. Dr. Fauci said yesterday the virus confounds him more every day. If you and I and Peter are not confused, we should be. Despite unwise cutbacks in budgets, the CDC has tackled sophisticated topics in epidemiology skillfully. It has done poorly at teaching us enough science to motivate us to follow their advice on how to live safely...
06/18/2020
On June 5, the U.S. Marine Corps announced the removal of all public displays of the Confederate flag from their installations. On June 9, the U.S. Navy followed suit. The next day, NASCAR announced that it would ban the Confederate flag from its events and properties. If you know a fellow Vermonter who displays the Confederate flag on their vehicle or outside of their home, this would be a good time to suggest that they follow the leadership of the Marines, the Navy, and NASCAR. For a replacement, offer to give them a new American flag.  Jonathan Isham, Jr. Cornwall
06/18/2020
There are many reasons why I'll be voting for Molly Gray in the Aug. 11 primary to be Vermont’s lieutenant governor. First reason? She’s incredibly experienced. She has served in the U.S. Congress, worked in a war zone, led the international human rights community, and has lived and worked across Vermont, which she loves dearly, as an assistant attorney general. Vermont could benefit greatly from this diversity of experience and commitment to service.  Second, she listens to Vermonters and cares deeply about their needs. Born to hardworking farmers and raised in Newbury, Molly has been...
06/11/2020
In a June 4 letter to the editor, Peter Ryersbach discouraged use of face masks as a means of preventing community spread of COVID-19. I have known Peter for many years, probably meeting him in my days as an HIV/AIDS prevention trainer, and respect his wise counsel and support the general thrust of his message: measures like wearing masks should be science driven.  His position on masks is wrong and faulty. First, the science is not finished on this issue. Just last week, the director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington said, “We have clear...
06/11/2020
Editor’s note: The writer sent this letter to Gov. Phil Scott and copied the Independent. The current Fish & Wildlife board, that has been primarily assembled by your appointments, consists 100% of hunters and/or trappers, some of whom also own businesses or are heads of clubs associated with hunting/trapping. Per information on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife website there are 65,000 resident hunters in Vermont. The total population in Vermont is 600,412. So hunters only make up 10.82% of the state’s population, yet 100% of this board. Per information on the Vermont Fish & Wildlife...
06/11/2020
The murder of George Floyd by slow painful asphyxiation has broken the hearts of all caring people. Maybe he deserved to die you say. He broke the law, didn’t he? He and others were trying to pass counterfeit bills and were caught. He resisted arrest and was restrained by those officers who “protect and serve” the community.  If I lived in that community would I feel differently? If I ran the business that Floyd and friends were trying to scam, would I feel good about his death? When George Floyd begs for his life and says, “I can’t breathe,” I know I will never forget the lack of compassion...

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