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08/06/2020
While all the candidates in the Lt. Governor’s race have made positive contributions to our public life, I will be supporting Brenda Siegel in the upcoming Democratic primary. In my mind, Brenda has shown her commitment through her life’s work and consistent advocacy for key policies that would achieve greater economic security, social justice and environmental sustainability for Vermonters. Brenda understands that even before our pandemic, it was not acceptable for almost 40% of Vermonters to be either uninsured or underinsured, struggling with out-of-pocket costs that deter them from...
08/06/2020
Editor’s note: The writer responds to an item in the July 30 edition of the Independent with a poem. From “Statement on Hacking Incident at Middlebury Selectboard Meeting” July 28: “For the second time in as many weeks the Town has been confronted with the ugly reality of racism. As leaders of this community, we stand with them and with one voice denounce all such acts of intolerance and the malicious persons who commit them.” The ugly reality of racism   is your asking me where I’m from and not taking New York for an answer is the foreigner status bank form you unquestioningly asked me to...
08/06/2020
“Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” — John Lewis, 2018 Good Trouble 1960, Nashville You, John, just twenty years old How dared you demand a seat at that color-sensitized counter? Your skin, the tone of dignity and courage Bloodied and bruised By white segregationists’ moral anemia Arrested. Jailed. That day, John, you got in good trouble. A year or so later Rock Hill, South Carolina One of thirteen Freedom Fighters You strode into that train station’s waiting room Ignoring the required ticket —white skin Beaten, bludgeoned, nearly to...
08/03/2020
As children get ready to return to school, I am reminded of my family counseling work after 9/11. Kids came to school following that horrific day carrying tremendous trauma and stress with them. Not surprisingly, they used phrases and drew pictures much like their parents described to explain their own despair. It became clear that children needed to hear less TV news coverage of 9/11 and also the adult conversation about the event. Parents needed to self-monitor their own discussions about their fears with other adults in front of their children. Topics of terror needed to be changed to...
08/03/2020
This week’s writer is Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos I love voting. Going to the polling place to engage in the democratic process alongside family, friends, and neighbors is something I always look forward to. In fact, that is one of the reasons why I got involved in public service and ran to become your Secretary of State. Like so many other aspects of our lives, the COVID-19 pandemic has created significant challenges for our elections process. How you exercise your right to vote is your choice. Many of us, including me, have decided to vote early or by mail in the Statewide Primary...
07/30/2020
With Gov. Phil Scott’s declaration that everyone in the state should don facemasks when inside public establishments and when social distancing is not possible outside, Vermont just might be one of the few states to stay ahead of this pandemic’s rapid spread. The governor’s timing was particularly relevant as college towns and ski resorts faced the daunting task of having people comply with wearing a mask absent a statewide policy. For those readers who may be riding the fence on the effectiveness of wearing a mask, just look at the proof: Throughout the world, in areas where the public has...
07/30/2020
This week’s writer is author and commentator Bill Schubart. In the Morrisville of the 1950s where I grew up, we had limited but vibrant media access. Clyde Limoge’s News and Citizen came into our home weekly, purveying all the local joys and tragedies, police blotter, library events, home-team wins and losses, civic meetings, crop reports, and our neighbors’ births, graduations, retirements, and obituaries. Enriched by a network of “correspondents” from Elmore, Centerville, Wolcott, Hardwick, Eden Mills, Hyde Park, and Mud City, the News and Citizen brought us news from surrounding...
07/30/2020
About eight years ago I began doing hand-built pottery. Some people make beautiful bowls or whimsical wall hangings; I like to make sculptures. Probably all of you have made things out of clay, even if it was simply Playdough. I remember making an elephant when I was in kindergarten. The great thing about building with clay is that if you don’t like the way it’s turning out you just squish it into a ball and start anew. I realize that making a marble sculpture would be significantly less forgiving.  In the state of Washington, a famous bridge was built in 1940. At that time, it was the third...
07/30/2020
The other day my 3-year-old, Frankie, told us a story.  “Once upon a time Daddy was in the middle of the road,” she began. “On the yellow line.” My husband, Daniel, older daughter Joni, and I waited expectantly.  “And then a car came and crashed into Daddy.” We laughed. “What happened next?” one of us asked. “Then,” Frankie paused (she’s got decent comedic timing), “Daddy fell in a hole.” Joni was cackling now, and it made all of us giggle. “What happened next?” we asked. “Daddy couldn’t get out. And the monsters came. And they ate Daddy’s head.” *hysterical laughter* Daddy had been...
07/30/2020
With 12 days still to go until Vermont’s Aug. 11 primary election, more voters have requested absentee ballots for the primary than voted both in person and by mail in the 2016 and 2018 primaries. More than 150,000 voters may end up requesting absentee ballots for the primary. I see three important questions about primary turnout. First, how many of the voters who have requested, or will request, absentee ballots will actually return them? Second, under Vermont’s open primary law, how many voters will choose to vote on each of the three party ballots that they will receive: Democratic,...

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