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05/28/2020
So much of the essence of Trump’s three years in office can be summed up with his recent politicization of wearing a mask during this Covid-19 pandemic.  He started down this rabbit hole by initially refusing to wear a mask because, as he said to folks close to him, it made him look weak and it reinforced the extent and severity of the pandemic. Trump, of course, had initially denied the pandemic would be a threat to this country and delayed taking action for eight critical weeks. Squandering those critical weeks and failing to adequately stockpile needed medical supplies have condemned the...
05/28/2020
I was pregnant with my third child when I picked up a copy of Bill McKibben’s “Eaarth.” All my life I’ve been hugging trees, growing food, and collecting rocks. I became an educator so that I could teach children about the joys and wonders of the natural world in the hopes of nurturing in them a connection to place and to each other so that we might build a sustainable and just world together. So when Bill told me that the world I knew was irreparably broken and the climate of my Vermont childhood was a ghost, dread filled my body. I was too late. I put the book down unfinished and turned...
05/28/2020
I may be speaking too soon, but I’m pretty sure 2020 is going to be my best gardening year ever. I’ve got a game-changing tool and a bold new attitude. A friend of mine recently recommended a gardening implement she called a “Japanese weeding knife.” It’s also known as a “hori-hori,” but here’s a tip: Be careful who you say that to. The first time I called the garden center to ask if they had one, the lady took offense and hung up on me.  When I called back, I spelled it out for her, and then she understood.  I went on to explain that “hori” means “to dig” in Japanese, but at that point she...
05/28/2020
You should know at the outset that I am a perimeter-of-the-grocery-store, CSA-subscribing, grow-your-own, Co-op-shopping, bring-your-own-bag, environmentally conscious kind of person when it comes to food. So when my husband asked me to go to the Middlebury Airport last Wednesday to pick up free food, I was skeptical.  “They said they’re giving away Cabot cheese,” he said, “and other good stuff.” OK, I thought, I’ll go. They’re giving away Cabot cheese, it can’t be all bad. The food was being doled out from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. I left the house at 9:40 a.m. for a three-minute drive to the airport....
05/28/2020
The First World War (1914-18), a.k.a. The Great War, was an epochal moment in world history. It brought the long 19th century to an end and marked the beginning of the 20th. It wrote finis to the Gilded Age and its sanguine optimism. Its political and economic effects were felt throughout the remainder of the century and they continue even today. In this respect, we are still living in an even longer 20th century. War or the threat of war have persisted from then until now, as have most of the social and economic ills that followed in its train. It caused the Great Depression, Totalitarianism...
05/28/2020
My daughter, Ellie, is nearing her last days as a student at Vergennes Union Elementary School. Earlier this week she received a welcome video from the Middle School, containing a virtual tour of the school and short welcome clips from her prospective teachers. She watched it a few times and then invited us to join her in an after-dinner showing, as she narrated and forewarned us of particularly amusing parts beforehand. The visuals and playfulness of the teachers eased a bit of her early angst and provided a mental bridge for her anticipated path forward as a middle schooler. It also...
05/28/2020
With this Wednesday’s news that Gov. Scott is looking to soon open indoor seating for restaurants, fitness centers and other moves that signal a further opening of the state’s economy, the caveat all Vermonters should embrace is that such openings must be greeted with heightened awareness of how to keep each other safe in this still precarious environment. The environment remains precarious not because of the current rate of Covid-19 incidence in Vermont, but because of its continued spread in states around us, and the fact that Vermont’s summer tourism attracts people from across the nation...
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...
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...

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