Letter to the editor

07/09/2020
Picture a virus that is extremely contagious and spreads like wildfire in groups. For the fortunate it is a nuisance, for the unfortunate it is fundamentally lethal and leaves permanent scars on others. Unlike Ebola, it is nearly perfect in its ability to sustain itself due to keeping most hosts alive as vectors for spread. Many who spread have no symptoms. There is no vaccine so herd immunity was the only real option. The common name of the virus begins with the letter C. Coronavirus? Yes. There is another strikingly similar virus that we all know very well. The common name is chickenpox,...
07/09/2020
Editor’s note: This letter was originally published online by the Middlebury Campus newspaper, and refers to a letter that was the subject of a story in last Thursday’s Addison Independent. On Sunday evening of June 28, the entire Middlebury College community — faculty, staff, current students, alumni, retirees and more — received an email from Professor Marissel Hernández-Romero. In it, she details her experiences with racism at the college. She goes on to name specific incidents and people, and ends her letter by encouraging, “all BPoC staying, students, staff and faculty to share their...
07/09/2020
I write to express several concerns with the school consolidation decision brought by the ACSD School Board. We have a new home in Cornwall and I am hoping my almost-five-year-old will start kindergarten at the Cornwall school this September. His nearly-three-year-old sister was to follow. In fact, I specifically bought our house in Cornwall in order to take advantage of the Bingham Memorial School for my young children.  I have been loosely following the school consolidation issue for the past eight months, and now all of a sudden, amidst the COVID-19 curtain of social distancing, the school...
07/09/2020
We will be voting for Rebecca Holcombe in the Democratic primary for governor.  Rebecca is best known for her role as Vermont’s Secretary of Education, where she became intimately aware of the educational needs of communities all over Vermont and where she advocated for equitable access to education and childcare for all Vermonters. Her administrative experience in Vermont government sets her apart from the other Democratic candidates for governor. She also has experience as an outdoor educator, public school teacher, and school administrator. Rebecca has committed to real affordability by...
07/09/2020
Debbie Ingram is my choice for Lt. Governor of Vermont. During her four years in the Senate, Debbie has served on committees like Education, Health, and Welfare that deal with issues that are near and dear to my heart, including paid family leave, which Debbie supports. Debbie is committed to creating an economy that values the dignity of all people by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour and initiating paid family and medical leave. Because Debbie has served in the Senate, she is familiar with the realities of getting that work done in Vermont. Debbie’s commitment to the dignity of all ...
07/09/2020
If there is one thing that this new virus has made abundantly clear is the importance of healthcare for everybody. I listen to Gov. Scott’s weekly press conferences, and I am grateful that he is taking a thoughtful, measured, and science-based approach to managing the COVID-19 crisis in Vermont. However, looking forward, we need to plan as a state for continuing our progress towards the goal of having everybody in Vermont have good (!), affordable health insurance. I continue to believe that the best way to achieve this is with a single-payer healthcare approach. Amongst those currently...
07/02/2020
It’s remarkable to me how guidance to put a cloth covering on our face sparks debate, resentment or even anger. Why is something so trivial so hotly contested? Why do those who refuse to do so feel shamed by those who do? Perhaps it’s because the perceived criticism finds its mark. “The lady doth protest too much, methinks.”  Those who would assert their “freedom” to not wear a mask, regardless of its impact on the larger public, have become complacent in the languor of freedoms gained by those who fought and died for them throughout the nation’s history. In World War II, when more than 400,...
07/02/2020
Dave Hallam is like Miyagi from “Karate Kid.” Yes, he has been secretly teaching me karate in the MALT office. Okay no, but he has been teaching me, a lot.  Dave has been a steady and encouraging presence in the MALT office since 2006 and I have been fortunate enough to work side-by-side with him for the past three years. He is a steadfast mentor in moments of uncertainty and times of celebration. Dave is an Otter Creek Bakery fairy and dedicated steward to MALT’s donor database. He is a friend of mine and a gift to MALT. In 2016 Dave helped MALT move our donor database from clunky software...
07/02/2020
Thank you for the “Not in Our Town?” article (June 25). I read with interest Chief Hanley’s assessment that the “video of the incident, taken from the two police cars at the scene, shows no evidence of racism.”  Let’s not let ourselves off the hook so easily.  “No evidence of racism” on a video does not mean racism did not play a role. When Black people are seen by whites as threatening as they simply go about their lives, this is indeed evidence of racism — the racism we all imbibe simply from being social organisms living in America. Racism is embedded in our culture. We are cultural...
07/02/2020
The recently announced plans for reopening of Middlebury College this fall pose new risks for college employees, students and the larger community. I recognize the college faces a very difficult set of circumstances. But the current plans regarding testing and campus population density fall short of providing for adequate public health and safety. As a college alum and local resident, I greatly appreciate what the college adds to the community. Moreover, college President Laurie Patton and her team have made great progress in areas that benefit the county, including production of cleaner,...

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