RSSAll Entries in the "Letters to the Editor" Category

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

To the editor: Eliminate 'power base for racism'

To the editor: Eliminate ‘power base for racism’

The obscene public execution of George Floyd on Monday night, May 25 by Minneapolis police has brought about righteous indignation and protests not only in Minnesota but across the country as the American public has finally had enough of the continuous system of non-accountablity and protection from serious prosecution afforded to brutal thugs posing as […]

To the editor: Vermont LWV urges state to adopt mail-in voting

To the editor: Vermont LWV urges state to adopt mail-in voting

The League of Women Voters of Vermont supports every citizen’s right to vote in a safe and secure manner. It is our position that Vermont should be among the 20-plus states that are proactively mailing ballot materials to voters for the general election. Requiring voters to come together in large numbers at polling places this […]

To the editor: Southern Windsor County gets $300,000 Brownfields Grant

To the editor: Southern Windsor County gets $300,000 Brownfields Grant

The Southern Windsor County Regional Planning Commission has received a $300,000 community-wide Brownfields Assessment Grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is one of just two grants awarded in Vermont in the 2020 fiscal year. This funding will provide a substantial boost in our ability to offer much needed assessment of brownfield sites in […]

To the editor: Is industrial renewable energy really 'green?'

To the editor: Is industrial renewable energy really ‘green?’

A few weeks ago I sent the following email regarding the recently released documentary Planet of the Humans to our state representatives and senators.  I sent a similar email to our congressional delegation: Rep. Peter Welch, and Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders.  Not one of those seven politicians who represent Windham-3, Windham County and […]

To the editor: Chester/GM Alumni Association cancels parade

To the editor: Chester/GM Alumni Association cancels parade

Unfortunately we have decided to cancel this years Chester High/Green Mountain Union High Alumni Parade, which was scheduled for Saturday, June 6. Due to various circumstances related to the coronavirus shutdown, we can’t plan a future date at this time.  We are hoping to have an alumni event of some type this fall but it’s […]

To the editor: Empower Vermonters going forward with Covid-19 rcovery

To the editor: Empower Vermonters going forward with Covid-19 rcovery

Regular Vermonters are on the front line of the Covid-19 crisis and are our first line of defense. Health care and testing, as important as it is, is the second line of defense and contact tracing is the third line. Going forward with the Covid-19 recovery, it is important that all Vermonters have access to […]

To the editor: Erskines announce impending closure of iconic grain store

To the editor: Erskines announce impending closure of iconic grain store

We are writing to inform everyone of our decision to close Erskine’s. This has been coming for a while now with the decline in storefront retail businesses and the state of repair of our old building, furnace, etc. That is the easy part of our decision. The folks like you who have made our business […]

To the editor: Tanzer thanks community as she departs Whiting library directorship

To the editor: Tanzer thanks community as she departs Whiting library directorship

Whiting Library’s first librarian served for 50 years. My tenure was a relatively short 11 ½.  What began in the children’s room moved down the hall into the front office, which was the library’s original entrance. From there the services to the public, physical needs of the building and news ideas were nudged along. During […]

To the editor: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Mask - NO SERVICE

To the editor: No Shirt, No Shoes, No Mask – NO SERVICE

We don’t allow smoking in stores because second hand smoke causes cancer. Why in the world should we allow people to transmit a deadly virus in stores when they can easily wear a mask? Second hand smoke takes years of multiple exposures to cause cancer, while one exposure to the novel coronavirus can kill. At […]

To the editor: Green Up Day moved to May 30

To the editor: Green Up Day moved to May 30

The Chester Conservation Committee is announcing that our 50th Green Up Day will be held on May 30, 2020 and we want to share – at a safe social distance – this momentous anniversary with you. No one really expected the 50th anniversary of Green Up Day would include working around a pandemic, but we […]

To the editor: Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad thanks supporters, mask makers

To the editor: Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad thanks supporters, mask makers

The Londonderry Volunteer Rescue Squad has received a tremendous outpouring of support from the community over the last two months. First, we’d like to express our gratitude for the many monetary donations we’ve received. In addition, the discounts and donations of materials, time, labor and products were instrumental in strengthening our response to the Covid-19 […]

To the editor: Chester Music Series cancelled

To the editor: Chester Music Series cancelled

With great reluctance, the Chester Summer Music Series Committee has decided to cancel our concert series for the summer of 2020. There are a great many variables at play with Covid-19, and we do not feel confident in predicting the current and future course of the pandemic at this time. This decision has been difficult […]

To the editor: Keep Vermont State Colleges independent

To the editor: Keep Vermont State Colleges independent

Closing NVU-Lyndon, NVU-Johnson, and Vermont Technical College’s Randolph campus would migrate Vermont’s higher educational engine to the Champlain Valley. The Burlington metropolitan area already exerts economic and political dominance over the rest of the state, especially the Northeast Kingdom and southern Vermont. Depriving Vermonters of access to educational and cultural resources in this manner would […]

To the editor: Everyone must wear a mask in public

To the editor: Everyone must wear a mask in public

While I have been a supporter of Gov. Phil Scott, and think he and his team are doing an excellent job managing the Covid-19 crisis, I am concerned that mask wearing in public has not been made mandatory. It is a risky move and it just isn’t safe. This virus is not going away. It […]