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Jan. 6, 2021, will forever mark a day of infamy for our nation. It will be remembered because our beloved Capitol building — the very heart of our democracy — was stormed and laid under siege.

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You may have noticed a number of opinion pieces, letters to the editor and Front Porch Forum postings advocating for more housing in South Burlington.

I want to thank each and everyone single one of you who donated items, gifts to help successfully fill 403 stockings.

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I am a Republican. I have always voted Republican. But 2020 was not a year I supported the Republican.

During the past few years I don’t know whether I have been more despondent or more angry when I see my city of the past 30 years looking more and more like what happened to my birth state of New Jersey.

Last night, Jan. 6, at the South Burlington school board meeting, I witnessed another step in the demise of truth, critical thinking, and reality on the doorstep of our schools.

I was very pleased to read Ray Gonda’s thoughtful guest perspective in your Jan. 7, edition (“Build houses or protect nature”), as it really resonated well with me, and some of my friends and neighbors here in South Burlington.

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Several commentaries appearing in The Other Paper in the past several weeks have bemoaned the disappearance of land for building in South Burlington.

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As this is my first column since I won re-election in November, I want to begin by saying thank you. Thank you for honoring me with your continued support.

Happy New Year from the South Burlington school board. Last year was very challenging for the whole community in many ways. We are looking forward to 2021 with optimism.

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This time of year, and this year especially, I am particularly mindful about Howard Center’s critical role in the community and my gratitude for all who continue to support Howard Center’s work throughout the year.

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As a little girl growing up in Scranton, Penn., I dreamed of living in Vermont. It would take me over 49 years, but I finally moved to the place I’d idolized my whole life.

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In November, I spread year-old compost in my community garden in the Intervale in Burlington. I love the feel of a handful of rich dark compost. I call it “Black Gold.”

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When your kids have kids there’s a creed you repeat devoutly every time you talk to someone whose kids have kids: Grandchildren – there’s nothing like them.

Read through The Other Paper's Letters Archives, from January 9, 2015, to November 29, 2018.

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