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.

On Jan. 26, Brattleboro was treated to an evening of Windham County's Got Talent. Young contestants got a chance to perform for the judges and the public. One young student, after an investment of time and hard work, was excited to perform Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit." However, less than an hour before the performance, a […]
A recent story in VTDigger regales us with a Democratic fundraiser at Caledonia Spirits. A "Gin Party" where for the small fee of $50 to $1,000 the donee can speak to a state senator. The larger the donation, the longer the time spent with the senator. I was under perhaps the naive notion that elected […]
To John Greenberg's commentary on the causes of the cost of health care in Vermont and the U.S., I say amen!  I assure you that the financial aspect of providing the best care possible grew out of all proportion during the decades I was a practicing registered nurse, the last few decades in home care […]
Some landlords are using the "at will" clause in their rental agreement to not renew tenants’ lease agreements because, if tenants have lived in an apartment for at least five years, that apartment will now, with a new rental agreement, be at least $600 more per month.  This action by some landlords is expected to […]
Welcome to the Legislature’s new judicial committee members. Here are some realities you should understand. First, Vermont's legal system is designed to protect the status quo. Vermont's lawmakers don't work for their constituents. Familiarize yourself with all the rabbit holes that prior legislative committees have written into the existing statutes, rules, administrative procedures and documents. […]
Media recently reported that “two health provider groups brought alarming anecdotes and statistics to the House Committee on Health Care.” One legislator compared Vermont’s health care system to a village on fire. The testimony came from: Rest assured that the same privilege has been accorded to insurers like Blue Cross and MVP, as well as […]
I am writing in response to “Henry Kronk: What if renewable energy was beautiful?”  Mr. Kronk’s commentary encourages Vermont to embrace the installation of industrial solar power plants for the greater good of Vermont energy sovereignty and to preclude a dystopian future of societal collapse. Along the way he invokes a “learn to live with […]
To Darryl Benjamin: Being a senior citizen in Vermont, I take issue with the blatant ageism of your commentary.  Sure, Florida attracts the over-65 crowd who, like your wife, are sick of the cold. It also attracts lots of much younger people for the same reason. I cringe every time I hear some under-65 person […]
This commentary was really harsh in my eyes, even by Vermont Digger standards.   The comparison of Florida's political climate to prewar Germany was grossly overstated.   I was disturbed by the mean-spirited generalizations about the people who live in Florida, especially those who would be considered senior citizens. Perhaps Darryl should have chosen to move to […]
Perhaps nothing better highlights the need for campaign finance reform than Vermont’s recent congressional election.  The Republican nominee, Liam Madden, raised only $30,000, but is now under investigation by the Federal Election Commission for misrepresenting the identity of his donors.  And then there is the Democratic nominee and new congresswoman Becca Balint, who received $ […]