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06/04/2020
I do not know Sarah Pope, and I try to always give the benefit of the doubt where I can, but I can think of no good motivation other than writer’s block and extremely bad decision making that could have led to the column “Free food was a day-long investment” (May 28). When she asks herself “Should I feel bad if I am ungrateful?” I wonder if the questions should have started sooner. Maybe start with “Am I food insecure?”, “Is ‘free’ Cabot products a reason to take food from the needy?” or maybe simply “What is my motivation in this?” Journalism often involves going to places where the...
06/04/2020
I’m going to discuss an issue that may bring up strong feeling in many readers, including disbelief and anger. I do not do this to make anyone angry or to diminish anyone’s strong feeling that they are doing what is best for their community. I believe in science, and my research indicates that wearing cloth or dust mask is not an effective method of slowing the spread of COVID-19 and may even do just the opposite.  I was recently sent an article by my sister to convince me to wear a mask. This article states that it may be possible to contract COVID-19 not only by being coughed on, but by...
06/04/2020
I am a dedicated reader of your paper (“our” paper, really) and I very rarely share my reactions to articles in writing. I had to read Sarah Pope’s “Clippings” twice to be sure I really understood what she was saying... She wrote about her experience at the Middlebury Airport last Wednesday, to pick up some free Cabot cheese “and other good stuff.” I think she was referring to a May 20 Meal Distribution for Those in Need organized by Vermont Emergency Management and the National Guard. She describes herself as a Coop shopper and an environmentally conscious kind of person when it comes to...
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...
06/02/2020
My children have done many things to amuse themselves while staying at home during the COVID-19 pandemic. They have read, read, and read some more. They have logged in countless hours on our trampoline and ninja slackline. They have played games: chess, poker, Apples to Apples, Unstable Unicorns, and Monopoly Deal. They have made art, baked, finished embroidery projects, and all four of my daughters are currently at work on novels. But one of their most enduring hobbies throughout this time has surprised me: The taking – and making – of personality quizzes. It started back in March, when a...

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