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Letter: People heard, but no one stood up

To the Editor:The recent string of conversation in the Journal — Bob Stannard's May 5 column and Mark Tashjian's follow up May 12 column along with former Coach Shehadi's letter — all addressed events that had transpired at a BBA boys' …

Letter: Choice still matters in Rupert-Pawlet Act 46 effort

To the Editor:For those readers who have not followed Rupert and Pawlet's second attempt to merge under Act 46, there is a lot to be learned. And I would venture to say that it's not what is being discussed that matters, but what is not — and …

Letter: An open letter to U.S. Sen. John McCain

To the Editor:Dear Senator McCain: I write to ask you to do one more courageous thing for our country, something you can do more effectively than anyone else: Stand up and say unequivocally that the Republican Party must cease following the lead of …

Letter: MHS will continue to serve Northshire

To the Editor:At the beginning of World War ll, financial support for many service projects was withdrawn. The Manchester District Nursing Association had for many years served our community, but now there was an additional need for preventive care, …

Letter: BBA has long history of inclusion

To the Editor:I would like to comment to Bob Stannard's article titled "Stand up, or wish you had," concerning the movie about the MSJ basketball players by Duane Carlton. Sad stuff, indeed. I actually had the opportunity to sit down with Duane …

Letter: Right ideas, wrong word

To the Editor:Bob Stannard's recent opinion piece- "Stand Up, or Wish You Had" calls attention to current racial issues in Vermont and the need for residents to become more aware of, and active in addressing these problems. Unfortunately, at the …

Letter: We are well-served in Montpelier

To the Editor:I'm blessed to be married to Linda Joy Sullivan who, beside her other charms and talents, is the General Assembly representative for those of us who live in the Bennington-Rutland District. This last fact is incidental to our …

Letter: Cost of inaction on climate already high

To the Editor: The recent Manchester Journal editorial on carbon pricing ("A carbon tax by any other name", April 14) caught my attention both as a millennial and Vermont resident. While the editorial dismissed the prospect for lessened fossil fuel …

Editorials
The art of creating a new economy

This is shaping up as a blockbuster arts and culture summer for the Northshire. Please forgive us if we left anyone out, because it's a long list: Dorset Theatre Festival and Weston Playhouse Theater Company both have promising seasons lined up …

New beginnings

Across the Northshire this past week, high school students donned polyester robes and odd-looking hats and marched across a stage while family and friends took snapshots. Waiting for them across the stage was a principal or headmaster with a …

We need to talk about suicide

Rock vocalist Chris Cornell's death two weeks ago seems a long way from us in everyday Vermont. But there's a connection worth exploring, discussing, and most importantly, action.Cornell's apparent suicide in a hotel room in Detroit may have …

State needs common sense on wind

Bob Dylan was right: You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows. You only need to listen to who's complaining the loudest. Over the past few years, there were numerous complaints that wind power developers and the various lobbying …

Challenge and opportunity

Last week's story on the ripple effect in Manchester from the retail industry's national decline spells out the issues we're facing locally. That industry has been and remains an important economic engine for Manchester, providing jobs and tax …

Feeling left out of conversation

We're glad to see that Gov. Phil Scott has announced the 21 members of his Opioid Coordination Council, putting one of the first executive orders of his administration into action. But we're befuddled that a 21-member council with representation …

Columnists
Be careful about giving out your Social Security number

By nature, I am not a suspicious or skeptical individual, want to trust people at their word and be agreeable to reasonable requests. I also tend to comply with requests made of me by individuals I perceive as knowledgeable or persons of authority. …

The meaning of Memorial Day, and why we must never forget

As I write this it's Memorial Day. President John F. Kennedy would have been 100 years old today. The first thing I see is an AP story: "Has Memorial Day Lost it Meaning?" Boy, I sure hope not. Growing up in South Dorset, Vermont, in the 1950's and …

More state control is not the answer

Two years ago, I wrote an op-ed that opened: "The Legislature can work with local communities to improve education, or it can push them around."This is the fundamental choice that the governor and lawmakers continue to wrestle with this session.In …

If you're not 'woke' yet, you need to be

Picture this: Sit on the floor with your knees pulled up halfway to your chest wearing nothing more than your underwear. You can't sit up straight because the space is only 3 feet, 3 inches high. How long can you sit like this? Five minutes; 10 …

Legislative Corner: After busy session, the real work begins

The end of this year's legislative term was just exhausting. Several sessions in the last few weeks went well into the late evening, and most days were marked by long delays and uncertainty while three-ring negotiations were going on between the …

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