Letter to the editor

Now that things in the town office are returning to normal after the November General Election, I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who was involved in the election for contributing to its success. This list includes people both at the state and local level, from our representatives in Montpelier, to Secretary of State Jim Condos, to the staff at the Elections Division on down to town staff: members of the BCA, poll workers, ballot counters and voters. Every citizen had a stake in the success of the election, and in Salisbury we came through with flying colors. With a record...
Bravo to Karen Duguay, Amey Ryan and others at the Better Middlebury Partnership. I’m delighted the Better Middlebury Partnership is stepping up to the challenge facing our community. I’ve just sent my check for $500 to help with your efforts. My concern is that BMP and the town of Middlebury may underestimate the difficulty of restoring a healthy downtown. I hope others — neighboring towns, institutions and individuals — will contribute generously. Specifically, I encourage BMP to seek a $50,000 contribution from Vermont Rail System, a principal proponent and beneficiary of the four year, $...
Would love to respond to the letter from Bruce Acciavatti. Bruce has it completely wrong when he states that the Republican Party is a threat to our way of life, freedom, rule of law, and decency. We all just watched our country burn down, cars set on fire, the American flag burned, our police attacked and shot just for wearing a blue uniform. This was all done by very dangerous Joe Biden supporters like Bruce. The cities with all of the violence over the summer and fall were all controlled by Democratic mayors that ordered the police to stand down and watch the city burn and stores be looted...
Editor’s note: We are publishing this letter to the editor despite its many false statements and embrace of baseless conspiracy theories, and because it shows the thinking of an Addison County resident who has embraced those views. As the letter writer points out, the United States is divided, and our little part of the country is no exception; this letter should convince readers of that. We don’t seek to embarrass Mr. Bartlett by publishing his name linked to these false and destructive conspiracy theories, in fact he seemed delighted when told we would publish his letter. Typically, we...
My name is Hannah Osborne and I was a student at Ripton Elementary School (R.E.S.) from Kindergarten through 6th grade. As ACSD continues to move toward closing several of its elementary schools, I am compelled to urge the ACSD Board to strongly consider what will be lost with the closing of our small schools. I am saddened to think of the imbalance of values that have led us to believe this would be the best option. I have temporarily relocated from Vermont to North Carolina to pursue a doctorate in audiology at East Carolina University. This relocation process has given me an opportunity to...
The “Free Orwell Community Thanksgiving Meal” this past Thursday was such a kind and generous gift to the residents of Orwell. Thank you to the Orwell Village School hosts and the OVS Booster Club sponsors, all of our community members were offered a turkey feast! Makes me proud to be a citizen of this thoughtful village, more than doing their part during this tough COVID holiday! Lynda Hutchins Orwell
A walk through town reveals many signs, like our own, proclaiming that Black Lives Matter. Folks may be searching for other ways to promote racial equality, and to learn about and work to end systemic racism, other than posting signs. One option among many is to join the Rutland Area NAACP.  Now the largest New England NAACP chapter after Boston, according to its website Rutland Area NAACP is “dedicated to the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminating race-based discrimination in Vermont.” Its vision “is to ensure a society in which all...
A modest pandemic proposal: Governor Scott, and other governors, might issue an order to lower all flags to half-staff for the duration of the pandemic to 1. commemorate the dead and 2. remind the living of our public health responsibilities to ourselves, our families, our communities, our nation and our world.  Jack Mayer, MD, MPH Middlebury    
Dear Governor Scott, I am disturbed by the unrefined nature of the recent COVID-19 mitigation pronouncement  — “Attendance at all public and private social gatherings, indoor and outdoor ... shall be limited to participation with only members of a single household.” I understand in urban areas and towns, where clusters in parks, yards and sidewalks may present close contact opportunities, that such measures are sensible. This does not account for the open spaces of rural towns and dirt roads where two residents may walk 10 to 15 feet apart and not meet another individual. I find the nature of...
I have been a strong supporter of Gov. Scott’s efforts to curb COVID-19 in Vermont. But with his most recent dictum, something has gone awry. I hope the governor and his team will consider another approach. It makes zero sense to me that under the new dictates, I can still go into a marginally ventilated restaurant and hang out with unmasked strangers while eating and drinking as much alcohol as the restaurant is willing to serve me in a marginally ventilated indoor space for the entire evening. Or I can go into a gym with others who are exercising and pump iron and exhale vigorously for...

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