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.

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 […]
Shouldn’t the higher priority regarding the effects of our dairy industry be making sure streams, rivers and lakes are cleaned up, before worrying about belching cows? Considering that China and India are building more coal-fired power plants every day, and are not bound to change direction by the toothless Paris agreement, putting farmers out of […]
Murders, knifings, criminal gangs, police raids: it all sounds like Chicago in the 1920s, but it’s actually Bennington County in recent months. Almost daily, local papers carry news of another police raid or drug arrest, many linked to Massachusetts-based criminal gangs. Vermont is a target for drug activity: when there are people who are addicted […]
The proposed amendment (Article 22/Proposal 5) is a disaster. Both pro-choice and pro-life Vermonters should vote it down. What kind of reproductive autonomy does a woman have if she wants an abortion and her male partner says no? Or the other way around? That's even worse!  When both have equal "reproductive autonomy," neither has it. […]
The author of the commentary titled “Patriotism 2.0: What does it mean to love one’s country?”, speaking from a mother’s perspective, wonders whether a little bit of territory in Ukraine is worth the loss of life on both sides of this war. The answer, of course, is no, but appeasement was tried before to placate […]