Letters to the Editor

We invite you to write considered responses on topics covered by VTDigger. The letters will be published several times a week, depending on the number submitted. They will appear on the front page of VTDigger and at this archive. To submit a letter, complete the form here.

I have been following the news concerning the proposed new Burlington High School with great interest as I am a graduate of BHS and the local college community. Evidently, there is no greater need right now than a new institute of higher education as apparently everyone who has ever graduated is inept and uneducated. I […]
We’ve all felt the pain of still-high gas prices. We’ve seen it before. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRCD), adjusted for inflation, prices were similarly high in 2006, 2008 and briefly after 2011. This spike has much to do with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which is largely funded by fossil fuels. The NRCD […]
I've been a happy member of Vermont State Employees Credit Union for over three decades, and I'll be voting against the merger. Having read and considered the various reasons proposed for this move, I think it comes down to a few simple things.  First, if it ain't broke, don't fix it. VSECU is a healthy […]
As part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Central Vermont Out of the Darkness Walks, I will be participating on Oct. 29 at the Statehouse in Montpelier to draw attention to the importance of suicide prevention. I won't be walking alone. Last year, over 550 Out of the Darkness Walks took place in communities […]
This is in response to Anne Donahue's opinion piece in which she cited the Guttmacher Institute's statistics on third-trimester abortion.  Rep. Donahue quoted the statistics as saying there were 12,000 third-trimester elective abortions in the U.S. each year. Unfortunately, most of us are never taught how to read and understand statistics in school (which is […]
Brookside Primary School in the Harwood Unified Union School district has been averaging more than one physical restraint per day for at least the past five school years. According to the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, Harwood used physical restraints 451 times with 281 occurring at Brookside in 2017, by far the […]
I read the president’s comments about the antisemitism on campus and have to say all they did was try to cover his ass. He never denounced any antisemitism. His response is inadequate and I suspect it will be the finding of the education department investigation. I’m saddened to hear of such incidents as I thought […]
The ongoing crisis in hospital budgets has the University of Vermont Health Network feuding with the Green Mountain Care Board.  Both claim to be concerned with how their budget decisions will affect everyday Vermonters. The fact is that everyday Vermonters are once again getting the shaft regardless of which side “wins” this feud. That is […]
Article 22/Proposal 5 - Personal reproductive liberty: “That an individual’s right to personal reproductive autonomy is central to the liberty and dignity to determine one’s own life course and shall not be denied or infringed unless justified by a compelling State interest achieved by the least restrictive means.” Supporters of the amendment say that this […]
Back in the days of mainframes, there was a big red "off" switch. One day, a programmer's daughter tripped it on accident and turned the whole mainframe off. Twice. So, they put a big plexiglass cover over the big red switch. That sort of switch cover is called a molly-guard (after the girl's name) and […]