opinion

06/25/2020
This week’s writer is Helena Van Voorst, executive director of the United Way of Addison County. This originally appeared in a UWAC newsletter. UWAC’s mission to “mobilize the generosity and compassion of individuals and organizations in Addison County to improve lives and strengthen the community” calls for our board and staff to be equity leaders. Advocating for the health, education, and financial stability of everyone in Addison County is what we’ve done for 52 years — but we still have room for growth in how we approach this important work, specifically as it relates to racial equity. ...
06/18/2020
Over the weekend there were heroic rescues of those in distress. One came in the form of breaking a door down for someone having a diabetic seizure. This had potentially fatal results and it ended with life instead. This was accomplished because a CVOEO advocate at the Hotel Homeless Housing Program took the right action at the right time. There were 1,400 meals made every day for people who were homeless in various hotels, trying to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Feeding Chittenden did this day after day for months because it was the right thing to do at the right time. The...
06/18/2020
This week’s writers are Paul A. Cillo, President, Public Assets Institute; Jeff Fannon, Executive Director, Vermont NEA; Michelle Fay, Executive Director, Voices for Vermont’s Children; Matt Levin, Executive Director, Vermont Early Childhood Advocacy Alliance; and James Duff Lyall, Executive Director, Vermont ACLU. They penned this letter to the Vermont General Assembly, Gov. Phil Scott, and Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and shared it with the Addison Independent. As you build a plan to spend the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) monies that were allocated to Vermont, we hope you will use some basic...
06/11/2020
“Black Lives Matter” — of course they do. But this is more than a slogan to be tucked away until yet another tragedy occurs, where we get a sense that in some minds black lives do not matter. And with that I condemn those rogue police officers who belie their oath of office and treat those of color with abuse, with malice, and who consider them as lesser persons than themselves. I likewise condemn my peers who can’t or won’t rein in a culture of bigotry and wanton violence against people of color. The message I send to them is blunt — get your act together and clean up your house, human...
05/21/2020
As Vermonters, we are used to seeing ourselves compared to other states or regions of the country. Some positive, other negative, assessments. We are usually associated with California as one of the bluest states in the union when talking about politics. Recent surveys list Vermont as one of the healthiest states in the nation. By contrast, national rankings also list Vermont as one of the most expensive states to live in based on our state and local tax policies and cost of living. Nevertheless, Vermonters have tended to take pride in our history of being either the first in the nation or...
05/07/2020
So, you’ve applied (or will soon apply) for an SBA Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL). What happens now? Be sure to retain a screenshot of the Application Confirmation number that appeared at the end of the application, or at least write it down in a safe place. Keep these things in mind:  1) Although there is a “grant“ element to the EIDL (the “advance”), you are applying for a government loan, which will be processed and underwritten just like any other loan and will need to be repaid. 2) Loan applications can be delayed or denied. Have a back-up plan.  3) This is a preliminary...
04/30/2020
I call it engineered chaos with an essential outcome and a timeline that had to be completed before it begins. The outcome is to “flatten the curve” and provide a space for healing and recovery for the homeless, those who have no home to go to safely and are COVID-19 positive. They do not need to be hospitalized but do need to be sequestered. It seemed like forever to find a facility for the Chittenden Recovery Center. We prepared a place for 150 people and in the end, after forever, the Holiday Inn in South Burlington opened wide its doors so that in a matter of days those doors would be...
04/30/2020
There is no more important factor for the health of a community than a strong and viable source of trustworthy information. Those of us living in Addison County have known for years that the Addison Independent has admirably served that function. Now more than ever the survival of the Independent is crucial, and for some residents, it is a literal matter of life and death. I say that not as hyper sensationalism, but as a critical component of our ability to fight and survive the pandemic caused by COVID-19. Clearly, the future of a financially strong Porter Medical Center, and its associated...

DR. JOHN R. BRUMSTEAD
03/23/2020
For nearly two months, teams across the UVM Health Network have been planning for our clinical and operational response to what is now designated as a pandemic by the World Health Organization and declared a State of Emergency in both Vermont and New York. It is essential that all of us now move with an abundance of caution and take important measures to slow and ultimately stop the spread of COVID-19. From across the globe, and now in the United States, we are seeing examples of how important it is to act responsibly and swiftly, and we must, too. As we focus on the health and safety of our...
03/19/2020
I look forward to hearing the sweet whistle of the White Throated Sparrow every spring, but am increasingly worried about losing their beautiful voices from Vermont. The White Throated Sparrow and many other forest birds like the Scarlet Tanager, Hermit Thrush and American Woodcock are at risk of leaving Vermont as a result of the combined impact of forest habitat loss and the excessive emissions of carbon dioxide associated with burning fossil fuels. We are lucky in Vermont to still have significant blocks of healthy forests. These forested lands are a vital contributor to Vermont’s economy...

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