Letter to the editor

06/04/2020
We would like to thank the estimated 375 fellow citizens who joined us on the Cross Street Bridge, on very short notice, for Saturday evening’s vigil for Black Lives. Collectively, we bore witness to the sadness and outrage we felt on hearing of the killing in Minneapolis of George Floyd, an unarmed African American in the custody of four police officers. Thanks also to the Town of Middlebury for its rapid positive response to our request for a permit to organize this demonstration. And we are grateful Middlebury College did not interfere with our use of College Park despite the failure of...
06/04/2020
We are deeply saddened and enraged by the murder of George Floyd and other recent killings of Black Americans, and the ongoing illness of violence and oppression toward people of color that these deaths represent. This has gone on for far too long, and it must end now. Extinction Rebellion Champlain Valley stands in solidarity with those who have lost their lives and the families who have lost loved ones, and with the greater Black Lives Matter movement. We see you, we hear you, and we support you. It is time we collectively acknowledge the foundation of theft and oppression upon which our...
06/04/2020
On behalf of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police and the Vermont Police Association, I express both outrage and sadness surrounding the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. The actions of one maligned officer with his unwarranted use of force and complete disregard of human life, as well as the inaction of other witnessing officers to intercede and protect, has left the law enforcement community of Vermont stunned and outraged. This incident has once again created a chasm of mistrust, fear and anger between law enforcement and the people we serve that has spread across the...
06/04/2020
George Floyd died after being taken into custody by officers of the Minneapolis Police Department. My initial familiarity with this case began with media images and reports. I see Mr. Floyd, handcuffed behind his back, face down on the pavement, next to a police vehicle, with a police officer, knee on the back of Mr. Floyd’s neck using his own body weight to pin Mr. Floyd down. Mr. Floyd is in obvious distress and repeatedly tells the officers he can’t breathe. The officer maintains this position for a reported 8-9 minutes until at some point Mr. Floyd is in respiratory distress and...
06/04/2020
The Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council members witnessed, as did the rest of our country, the actions of the Minneapolis Police officers who took the life of a man in their custody. The VCJTC would like to express our outrage, shame and sadness regarding the horrendous actions of the Minnesota law enforcement officials responsible for George Floyd’s death. We witnessed police indifference to the life of a human being; the absolute opposite of the values that should be instilled through proper police training. The VCJTC represents leadership from all criminal justice agencies in...
06/04/2020
As we encounter yet another incident of violence against people of color in our country, it’s critical that we, as a community, renew our stance against racism, discrimination, and hatred. The deep-rooted racism and harm that communities of color are experiencing is a call to action to move beyond accepting things as they are and have been, and to work harder to dismantle the institutional, societal, and structural barriers that continue to perpetuate racism, bias, and discrimination. In a largely white community that can at times feel isolated from the rest of the world, we need to reaffirm...
05/28/2020
Thank you, Angelo, for your recent editorial regarding the need to vote by mail in the November general election. In this time of a global pandemic, when public health is at risk, voting by mail is the safest way to conduct elections. It is baffling, therefore, why Gov. Scott has not just simply made the decision to go ahead with mail-in ballots. Some people have said that voting by mail leads to voter fraud. However, the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, which lists nearly 20 analyses and studies assessing voter fraud, reports that fraud rates remain “...
05/28/2020
On Wednesday last week I went kayaking with a friend on Lake Dunmore. I had a freak accident. I fainted and passed out in the water and almost drowned. Thank god a kind man in his boat with two younger men took me aboard despite COVID-19 and boated me to shore. Then an elderly couple at the house at shore kindly offered towels and a ride despite COVID-19.  My life-saving friend jumped in what must have been very cold water risking hypothermia to save me. I used to be a lifeguard and swimmer so I rarely think drowning would be a threat to my life. Thank god I put that life jacket on. I’m...

Photographer Max Kraus captured this image of the Air National Guard jets flying over Addison County on May 22.
05/28/2020
I was disheartened to read and hear several people disparaging Friday’s VTANG flyover in honor of our frontline medics. To those who felt aggrieved, I sincerely offer a different perspective. To pilot an aircraft off the ground and land it safely again requires skill and practice. To do so in a high performance aircraft requires yet more. To navigate from point to point over the earth, to do that in close formation, and to do it at low level are just a few of the many tens of similar skills a pilot must practice. It takes hundreds of repetitions for the skills to become so natural that they...
05/28/2020
Has your Economic Impact Payment arrived?  My wife’s and my coronavirus stimulus checks have not arrived, but my mother did receive in the mail one of the roughly 150 million that have been issued. We are OK that we have not yet seen a stimulus check. We never expected a $1,200 government check as payment for social distancing and dealing with the complications it has caused everyone in our community and country. If it really helps the economy and serves those who really need it, then perhaps this deficit money spending may prove to be a necessary ingredient to keep us from another 2008 Great...

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