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06/11/2020
I am ashamed at what has been happening in our nation lately, disregard for human life, property and safety.   I am ashamed at being born white, living in an affluent community, attending a proper New England boarding school, attending an Ivy League University.   I am ashamed, as a child of the 50s, that my father had a black yard man he called “boy,” our neighbors had a black maid who lived in their attic and I thought nothing of it.   I am ashamed that at school every morning I recited the Pledge of Allegiance ending with “liberty and justice for all” and believed it to be so.   I am...
06/04/2020
Donald Trump is a failed president. Americans are facing the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression, the worst pandemic since the Spanish Flu of 1918, and the worst civil unrest and protests since the riots of the late 1960s. It is no coincidence that these three calamities have occurred under Trump’s caustic leadership, abysmal ignorance and deeply flawed character.  And rather than even try to unite the nation, Trump’s reaction is to lead Americans in a war against each other. The question of the day is whether Republicans would follow Trump if he called out the troops against...
06/04/2020
Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy delivered these remarks on the floor of the U.S. Senate on June 3. America is hurting. Reeling from a deadly pandemic that has taken more than 100,000 lives. Witnessing the broad daylight murder of yet another black man by an officer of the law. Seething with rage and sorrow about the racial injustices that still plague our society. And suffering from unprecedented political divisions, routinely worsened and deepened by a President whose every utterance only tears us further apart. In my 45 years in the United States Senate, I have never seen our country so in need...
06/04/2020
Vermont Gov. Phil Scott gave these remarks at a Monday press conference: I want to start by addressing the tragic death of George Floyd in Minnesota. The reactions, justifiable outrage, that it sparked across the nation … I also want to remind everyone of the role each of us has to play in making our nation better and truly equitable for every American regardless of their skin color, religion, sexuality, job, where they were born, or their political views. Mr. Floyd’s death is a heartbreaking tragedy and a painful reminder that if you believe, as do I, that everyone is created equal in the...
06/04/2020
It’s Week Ten of The Quarantine and I am obsessed with bread. I apologize in advance to anyone who doesn’t tolerate gluten, you may not enjoy this column. Back when things were regular, when a trip to buy groceries didn’t feel life threatening, I wasn’t much of a bread baker. I mean, I could knock out a pretty decent challah on a Friday afternoon, but for the most part I was perfectly happy to buy bread that someone else baked. But I always admired people who could keep a sourdough starter alive, people who understood the basics of no-knead, hot-oven bread making. I had made a few attempts,...
06/04/2020
In 1871, the Reconstruction-era Congress passed an act known as the Civil Rights Act. This statute was designed to counteract attacks on the rights of newly freed slaves in the South, particularly by the Ku Klux Klan. President Grant asked Congress to provide the federal government additional authority to combat white supremacists in the South. The law was added to the statute book less than a month after the President’s request. One of the provisions of this act, now known as Section 1983, reads in part as follows: “Every person who, under color of any statute of any state, subjects any...
06/04/2020
The Great Depression was an international economic catastrophe that lasted for a decade, 1929–1939. Its end came because of a second world catastrophe that caused a burst of industrial development and employment, a second Great War, in which 75 million died, two-thirds of them civilians, many of them victims of genocide. It was a high price to pay for full employment. None of this was foreseen in 1928, when Herbert Clark Hoover (1874–1964) was elected the 31st President of the United States, succeeding the lackluster Calvin Coolidge. He won by a landslide, winning 60% of the popular vote, 40...
06/04/2020
Lucy Poduschnik, a seventh grade student at Middlebury Union Middle School wrote these two poems, Her words reflect the experience that she and many of her peers are having during the COVID-19 pandemic.    Housebound   I glance out the window hoping to see somebody, The games are spread across the ground after being played over and over again, I will myself to stay sane, I pinch myself to see if maybe I am just dreaming, Someone I hardly know stares back at me in the mirror, A terrible bedhead, pajamas with baggy knees after being worn all day, square eyes from so much time on the computer,...
06/04/2020
As a retired teacher (over 20 years as an elementary school classroom teacher and five years as a supplemental literacy teacher in Bristol, Vt.), I am concerned about the future of education during and after the pandemic crisis. I know from my own experience that there are many children in our communities who struggle, both academically, and in other areas of their lives. Even when school is open they face many challenges. My former colleagues who are still teaching are working incredibly hard to stay connected to their students, and teach them. But when this is over, and the schools reopen,...
06/04/2020
As we wrap up the school year, the ANWSD Board would like to thank our students, parents/guardians, faculty and staff for their extraordinary resilience, creativity, and kindness during this school year. We know it has been the most difficult year, and we thank all of them for continuing to teach and learn together. Unfortunately, the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic are far from over. The economic impact of this crisis will lead to some difficult decisions about our budget and our structure as a district. We would like to take this opportunity to explain more fully the discussions the...

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