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09/10/2020
It resonated with me when reading Rebecca Rey’s Sept. 3 letter to the editor concerning the many “key people, at key moments who stepped up to help us move forward,” referring to Gerianne Smart. She could have been talking about many of the community members, like Gerianne, “that were the true catalysts of change in Vergennes.” Gerianne certainly was a big part of all of the change that has transpired over the years and has dedicated herself to making Vergennes the vibrant community that it is today. It is the same community that attracted many people to move here and enjoy what Vergennes had...
09/10/2020
I am encouraging my fellow voters in Brandon, Sudbury and Pittsford to cast one of their two votes for State Representative for Stephanie Jerome when you submit your November ballot. Stephanie has been a quick study during her first term in Montpelier, — definitely serving our three towns, and all of Vermont, well. As the campaign manager for Brandon’s former Representative Joe Acinapura, I know how overwhelming the first term can be. Stephanie took it in stride and excelled.  We are lucky to have her energy on the Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, where she serves as the clerk...
09/10/2020
As a member of the vast Bingham family tree whereupon whom one member’s Michigan farm the Republican Party was founded after there were Whigs in Wisconsin and as a lifetime Republican who hasn’t voted that way since Reagan, I will say that I perceive the current Republican Party has strayed way too far to the right and seems to be more about money, power and dishonesty. Whatever happened to Republicans like we elected from Vermont when we had moderates like U.S. Senators Aiken Stafford and Jeffords, whom I all knew as a child? I still remember Jim Jeffords coming to one of my flag football...
09/10/2020
I have five children in the Addison Central School District, my oldest at Mary Hogan, and the other four at Cornwall School. Our Superintendent, Peter Burrows, has caused a stir with our children’s schedule, so I would like to place a letter on the current issues, and his failure to recognize parents’ concerns. Peter Burrows has decided our children can go to school two days a week, based on the last name alphabet (Monday and Tuesday last name A-L, Thursday Friday last name M through Z), rather than the full week to practice “safe social distancing and lower exposure.”  Here is where our...
09/10/2020
Soon lawn signs will begin appearing in the Addison-5 legislative District towns (Bridport, New Haven, and Weybridge) saying “Jubilee for Vermont.” These signs introduce Jubilee McGill of Bridport, who is running for the Vermont House to represent the Addison-5 District. Jubilee is a native of Middlebury and is a service coordinator with the John Graham Shelter in Vergennes, where she works with people experiencing homelessness to find permanent housing. Previously she worked as a senior property manager and compliance manager at the Addison County Community Trust, which provides affordable...
09/10/2020
Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in Vergennes does not stay in Vergennes. I am not a resident of Vergennes but I might as well be. I live in Ferrisburgh. Like many in the neighboring towns of Panton, Addison and Waltham, Vergennes is our downtown. It is our gravitational center. Our children go to school there. We shop there. We dine there. We work there. We recreate there, and we interact and gather there with one another as a larger community. So it has been with great disappointment that we have all watched the events of the summer unfold in Vergennes. It has been particularly frustrating...
09/08/2020
I have a confession to make: With five children in our family, I can no longer remember important individual milestones. Were you to ask me at what ages each of my children walked, talked, cut their first tooth, I couldn’t say. I could give you a range, which would be, “Somewhere between the ages of birth and two.”  I love my children deeply for the individuals that they are; ask me today about their personalities and tastes, and I’ll tell you in detail. But past details have all receded into the fog of thirteen years of sleep deprivation. I cannot recall my fourth child’s first word, what...
09/03/2020
Not all that long ago you could take a two-week vacation, as a newspaper editor, and not miss that much. It’s not as if the world didn’t keep turning while away from the office, but rather that the world’s stage wasn’t in the constant chaos it is today.  As on most summer hiking trips, this year we were blissfully without Internet service, or even cell service, for much of the time — having to make a trip of 10 minutes by car to reach suitable places to poach connectivity for those necessary connections to the office and family back home. The absence of that daily news, the silence replacing...
09/03/2020
For most people in Vermont (by most here, I mean white) racism is something you know exists, but it’s easy to think it doesn’t happen here and isn’t something you have to be concerned about. The fact that Vermont has such a small population of People of Color and Black people limits the extent to which we as white people observe racism and limits our second-hand experiences of it as well, like hearing about it from our non-white friends. This limited scope can cause us to be blinkered to what is going on and believe that we are doing a good job, or that it isn’t really an issue in Vermont. ...
09/03/2020
If I seem a bit on edge these days, it’s because I’m a new mother, and I’m worn out. When I last wrote, we had just acquired four babies for our lonely pet turkey, Gobbles. But she turned up her beak at them, as we figured she might, and they became ours (mostly mine) to raise. So much for the empty nest. For the first couple of weeks, the turkey poults lived 24/7 in a large black rubber water tub in our dining room. Now they spend the daylight hours in the old goat barn, outdoors but safe from bullying chickens and a dog who looks at them the way I look at sticky buns.  At least once a day,...

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