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To the editor: Global Warming Act fails in flexibility

To the editor: Global Warming Act fails in flexibility

Well, Isaias is upon us here in Vermont, and the forecast for this afternoon is for wind gusts as high as 50 miles per hour. We’re told there may be isolated power outages. That’s a frequent occurrence in our rural communities — thunderstorms in the summer, and snow and ice storms in the winter.  Just […]

To the editor: Windham Delegation condemns racist incidents

To the editor: Windham Delegation condemns racist incidents

Dear Windham County residents, The last few months of global pandemic, economic upheaval and civil unrest have many feeling uncertain and fearful of the future.  The Windham County Delegation to the Vermont legislature is keenly aware of this, and we want to play a meaningful part in shaping a more just, fair and prosperous Vermont. […]

Op-ed: Individual actions save local businesses

Op-ed: Individual actions save local businesses

By Tim Roper I’ve heard and read quite a bit recently about how the town of Chester is killing small business through onerous regulation and thought this might be a good place to share some thoughts from my perspective in that regard. I’m writing here as a citizen of Chester and a small business owner, […]

Op-ed: Why are you mad?

Op-ed: Why are you mad?

By James Michael Brodie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC A few days ago, a white gentleman responded to one of my posts with a series of profanity laden insults. When another poster pointed out his bigotry, he responded by declaring himself a “proud racist,” before adding in a few more expletives. A quick look at postings […]

To the editor: Rep. Bock announces bid for re-election

To the editor: Rep. Bock announces bid for re-election

I would like to announce my candidacy for re-election, seeking a third term to serve as state Representative for the Windsor 3-1 District, representing Andover, Baltimore, Chester and a portion of North Springfield. My past years of service on the Chester Select Board and Chester Planning Commission and as current chair of the Southern Windsor […]

To the Editor: Vt. needs to report all Covid positives

To the Editor: Vt. needs to report all Covid positives

I am dismayed that the State of Vermont is not reporting the now 42 positive cases from Manchester on its website. All positive cases and their locations need to be reported so Vermonters can hunker down when necessary. The explanation from the state: “We hope that those people will get PCR test from the State […]

To the editor: Thrift Shop Donation Trailer filled

To the editor: Thrift Shop Donation Trailer filled

The Thrift Shop at the Chester-Andover Family Center will not be accepting donations until Saturday, Aug. 1. Due to the generosity of the community and your patience during the Covid-19 shut down, we have been overwhelmed with Thrift Shop donations. Our Donation Trailer is FULL. Volunteers will be working hard to process the donations already […]

Rep. Bock: State moving Covid money into areas of need

Rep. Bock: State moving Covid money into areas of need

By Rep. Tom Bock The last day that I and my fellow Vermont House colleagues set foot in the House Chamber was Friday, March 13. Since then, for more than three months, the 150-member House has conducted business from our homes, with Speaker of the House Mitzi Johnson insisting we continue to wear proper business […]

To the editor: Native Americans not honored by mascot

To the editor: Native Americans not honored by mascot

I grew up in Upstate New York in the 1970s. I went to Girl Scout camp and stayed in cabins with names such as Iroquois, Oneida and Hiawatha. At Thanksgiving, we cut out little paper feathers and attached them to a brown strip of construction paper so that we could play Indians in the school […]

Telegraph Poll: On the GM Chieftain mascot

Telegraph Poll: On the GM Chieftain mascot

The Green Mountain Chieftain mascot has been much revered since the founding of the high school in the 1970s. It has also been criticized for racist imagery. Is this the right time to replace the Chieftain with another, less-controversial mascot? Take the Telegraph Poll below, then if you’d like to make a civil comment, please […]

To the editor: Sen. Clarkson votes against Vermonters

To the editor: Sen. Clarkson votes against Vermonters

In a recent opinion piece, Windsor County state Sen. Alison Clarkson, asks, “What kind of America do we want to be?” It is an important question. The causes that Sen. Clarkson supports and how she votes is not the America or Vermont that I envision. It is not an America of compassion, liberty or equality. […]

Op-ed: Why are you 'white?'

Op-ed: Why are you ‘white?’

By James Michael Brodie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC I recently posed a question to my friends on Facebook who identify as white: “Do you know how you came to be called white? Do you know why?” Those who responded shared their experiences of living in white skin, but none could cite the source of those […]

To the editor: Windham Fire Co. cancels fund-raiser amid Covid-19; 50/50 raffle to take place

To the editor: Windham Fire Co. cancels fund-raiser amid Covid-19; 50/50 raffle to take place

This year has brought some very unexpected changes to our daily lives. All of us have felt the impact of Covid-19. Here in Vermont we are fortunate that the virus has not affected us as gravely as our neighboring states, but we must take precautions nonetheless. I am sorry to report that the Windham Volunteer […]

To the editor: Thanks to all for Family Center's successful Empty Bowl Fundraiser

To the editor: Thanks to all for Family Center’s successful Empty Bowl Fundraiser

The Chester-Andover Family Center Empty Bowl Soup Take Out Fundraiser, held June 10, raised $4,000 to support its Financial Assistance and Food Shelf programs. In addition to all who participated by reserving soup meals and making generous donations, we have many to acknowledge and thank. Jess Holmes and Paul Frasca, chef-owners of the Country Girl […]

Op-ed: My alma mater needs to teach about racism

Op-ed: My alma mater needs to teach about racism

By Cheyénne Prescott I was raised in the town of Chester, population slightly more than 3,000. From the 2nd grade to the 12th, I’ve been a part of this tight-knit, corner of Vermont. Some of my earliest childhood memories took place on the wooden play structure at Chester-Andover Elementary School. My “crew” and I would […]

Op-ed: Seeking racial equity in Vermont

Op-ed: Seeking racial equity in Vermont

By Sen. Alison Clarkson This week’s New Yorker magazine cover “This Side Up,” illustrates an upside down world, capturing an aspect of how many are feeling right now. Our U.S. government has failed to adequately prepare and protect its citizens from a global pandemic – and our public safety officers, whose job is to protect […]

Editorial: Why Black Lives Matter

Editorial: Why Black Lives Matter

By Cynthia Prairie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC You say “All Lives Matter?” Let me be clear that Black Lives Matter now because they have never mattered.  They haven’t mattered to the majority of white Americans and white America holds all the cards and all the privileges. As a nation, we have enslaved black lives to […]

Op-ed: Racism is white America's problem

Op-ed: Racism is white America’s problem

Editor’s note: This column is reprinted with permission by the author, James Michael Brodie, an old friend and colleague of mine from Baltimore, Md. — Cynthia Prairie. By James Michael Brodie ©2020 Telegraph Publishing LLC It should be evident by now that people like the white woman who called the police on a black man […]

To the editor: Keith Stern running for state Senate

To the editor: Keith Stern running for state Senate

My name is Keith Stern and I am announcing my campaign for the Windsor County Senate as an independent candidate. Some of you may recognize me as a candidate for governor two years ago.  My platform has not changed: I want to see a more responsible budget, end Act 46, and make sure Act 250 […]

To the editor: Congress, industry hijack access to paid TV

To the editor: Congress, industry hijack access to paid TV

What if the government told you that you could no longer subscribe to the New York Times because you live in Vermont—even if you wanted to pay for it at a premium price. That is exactly what is happening now with broadcast television. Congress has decided that certain area codes can no longer receive distant […]