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.

The Nov. 27 commentary titled Vermont’s climate plan is built on a foundation made of paper contains many important points regarding the Vermont climate change policies, particularly around renewable energy. But the encouraged policy mandating more in-state renewable energy generation is not the best approach for reducing carbon emissions. Simply adding more renewables, particularly solar, […]
Democratic Party head Jim Dandeneau is certainly correct that “Vermonters care about being able to support themselves and their families,” yet he strangely omits our state’s health care nightmare from his list of “Vermonters’ agenda” items. We suffer from a growing doctor shortage and lengthy waits for an appointment. The state’s own survey indicates that […]
The idea put forth that primary care providers can provide more care for nonemergency conditions is not working. In theory it works, but not in practice. If one needs to know if a situation is emergency-worthy and call their primary care provider, if they are fortunate to have one, that very brief call costs you […]
Why is the cost of gas so high? Because big oil has been profiteering.  For example: • Oil giant Chevron raked in $11.2 billion in profits from July through September. • Exxon did even better, making $19.7 billion in profits over just those three months — its most profitable quarter ever. • In fact, the […]
Bruce Seifer, who died last week, was one of the most influential unelected persons in Burlington's last 30 years.  As a staff member of the Community and Economic Development Office, he authored the compelling "Jobs and People" economic report to the city and a national book on local development. He helped create the Vermont Employee […]
As a mental health counselor, practicing for 33 years, I agreed with the emotional tenor of Dr. Roston's commentary (I need to do better. And I am doing the best I can), but I felt that it fell short of explaining the lack of mental health providers. The state of Vermont decided to go the […]
I know I'm just one person, but I felt I had to say something after reading about the saga of the young trans high schooler in Randolph. I am outraged at how she has been treated by bullies locally, and by bloodthirsty campaigns of national hate.  Shame on them all for how they have attacked […]
Regarding “Vermont meat processor expands with $1.1 million federal grant”: Given the correlation between animal agriculture and the climate catastrophe, I wish government grants would expand local vegan food operations. The University of Oxford recently published a study that found that meatless sausages and burgers are up to 10 times more planet-friendly than their counterparts. […]
Local hospitals complain of the costs of travel nurses. Travel nurses are supplied by corporate companies, who make oodles of profit, renting you “nursing care.” Corporate control, through MDs bringing MBAs with politicians’ support into health care in the 1990s was done by you!  You allowed corporate control of hospice, now draining Medicare with bogus […]
In 1868, the United States Senate passed the 14th Amendment, declaring that no child should be denied equal access to education.  Therefore, it seems reasonable to conclude that supporting equal education for all individuals is a core American value that ought to be protected.  Education is seen as a road to greater opportunities, but globally, […]