RSSAll Entries in the "Letters to the Editor" Category

To the editor: Balanced budget can't make up for lost federal aid

To the editor: Balanced budget can’t make up for lost federal aid

Dithering in Washington has left a lot of states scrambling to figure out how to pay for the support and services their citizens desperately need. In Vermont, Washington’s paralysis means the legislature will have just over a month to determine whether the $7.1 billion budget Gov. Phil Scott proposed for the current fiscal year will […]

To the editor: As school year starts, Weathersfield school board chair grateful to all

To the editor: As school year starts, Weathersfield school board chair grateful to all

For all the struggles that went into reopening schools this summer, Nature did smile on Vermont’s teachers and learners this week as our kids returned to school: conditions have been perfect for outdoor activity. Going in circles around my hay fields, I had a lot of time to think and feel a surge of thankfulness […]

To the editor: Senate candidate Stern chides holding legislative session

To the editor: Senate candidate Stern chides holding legislative session

This year has been destructive to Vermont and the country. In particular Vermont’s budget suffered a $400 million shortfall. Businesses as well as individuals are still harmed financially. The Vermont legislature came back in session at the reported cost of $2 million.  Now if I were in the legislature I would say to my colleagues, […]

To the editor: Sen. McCormack supporting Zuckerman for governor

To the editor: Sen. McCormack supporting Zuckerman for governor

I’ve worked well with both Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman and Gov. Phil Scott for years. I’m proud to have been a part of Vermont’s tri-partisan response to Covid.  I like and respect both leaders. It is in this context that I’ll be voting for Dave Zuckerman for governor of Vermont. Dave supports family leave, and […]

To the editor: Pamala Smith running for Secretary of State

To the editor: Pamala Smith running for Secretary of State

Hello.  My name is Pamala Smith and I am running as an Independent candidate for Secretary of State.  If I am elected, I will do my best. I will work toward increasing voter confidence, leading to greater  participation and more significant results.  I will work to make the voting process not one in which all […]

To the editor: Chester's Hugging Bear Inn closing

To the editor: Chester’s Hugging Bear Inn closing

After almost four decades, the Hugging Bear Inn & Shoppe on Main Street in Chester is closing. Located next to the historic Academy Building and across from the Fullerton Inn, the Hugging Bear has been one of the foundational businesses of the Chester Village Green for as long as most of us can remember. Founded […]

To the editor: Food Shelf accepting donations, Thrift Shop open

To the editor: Food Shelf accepting donations, Thrift Shop open

August continues to be a busy time at the Chester-Andover Family Center. Our Food Shelf, Thrift Shop and Financial Assistance Programs are up and running to meet the needs of the community. We have safety measures firmly in place to conduct business while keeping our volunteers, shoppers and recipients safe. We thank everyone for their […]

To the editor: Sean Whalen running to represent Cavendish, Weathersfield

To the editor: Sean Whalen running to represent Cavendish, Weathersfield

My name is Sean Whalen. I live and farm in Weathersfield with my young family; and my name will be on the ballot this November as an Independent candidate to represent Cavendish and Weathersfield in the Vermont House. There were times when I was a kid, that all my Mom could afford to give my […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]