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.

In “Bennington children’s library offers bilingual books for Afghan refugees,” Eduardo Melendez points out that having books in the library written in the child’s first language makes the child feel welcome and helps preserve their native language.  But it does more than that. Research has consistently shown that children who learn to read in the […]
Now is the time to redefine “affordable housing” to mean affordable homeownership. It is encouraging to see the Legislature show some willingness to tackle the housing crisis. Incentivizing those who hoard housing to sell vacant second (third, fourth) homes is an excellent start to solving the current crisis and I applaud lawmakers for pushing forward […]
Dan DeLurey, a senior fellow at the Vermont Law School, invites the members of the Ethan Allen Institute “to come up with their own recommendations for how to adapt to climate change,” indicating that everyone outside of the Vermont Law School is bereft of any cognitive thinking.  One effect of melting of the ice mass […]
As an anti-trapping wildlife activist, I applaud the dedication of caring people in Vermont, who understand the suffering and outright cruelty inflicted on wild animals by humans who are brainwashed by sick "traditions" — usually excuses to keep doing what should have been abolished long ago. A few of us once offered a reward to […]
Front Porch Forum chief of staff Jason Van Driesche is running for Burlington City Council, on the ideas that "everyone deserves to be heard" and being "committed to listening to the whole community." I'm concerned that South District voters won't know how or why Mr. Van Driesche's words don't match the actions of the executives […]
I agree with the letter taking OneCare to task. If they are managing health care, they do it poorly.  Take for instance the portal systems available in hospitals, specialists and primary care offices. A patient needs to have numerous passwords for each service — one for primary care, one for a cardiologist, one for an […]
I urge VTDigger to do a story on what taxes really cost Vermonters.  I am paying between 45% and 50% of my income in taxes currently. As a retired Vermonter who really wants to stay here but pays $700 a month in property taxes, 30% in income taxes, gas taxes, diesel taxes, internet taxes, taxes […]
If law enforcement is going to have any credibility at all, the Franklin county sheriff, John Grismore, has got to go. He never should have been on the ballot in the first place. It’s this type of loser that discredits law enforcement in general. These kinds of law enforcement losers have got to be purged […]
As much as I never wanted to admit it, I was sexually targeted by a group of boys in my grade and a family member before my 15th birthday, and it made for a huge problem being around naked or scantily dressed girls in the locker room, even of my own gender, as they would […]
After reading another story about school locker room use I offer a very simple solution. Let’s have entirely unisex bathrooms and locker rooms in all schools.  Let's remove the entire opportunity to offend anyone when it comes to adults passing judgment on bathroom/locker room policy in schools. We could take it further with no boys- […]