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Among the 46 states welcoming refugees, Vermont has received approval to welcome 100 Afghans to our communities through USCRI Vermont Afghan Placement and Assistance program.

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I am writing concerning the COVID-19 vaccine. Some factors prevent some people from taking the vaccine, whether allergies, no immune system or because it is against their religious beliefs.

Why is there a worker shortage? The Washington Post recently tackled the question a lot of people have been talking about. The headline read: “Why America has 8.4 million unemployed when there are 10 million job openings.”

The interconnection between poverty and environmental problems is widely known, but the work connecting poverty relief to environmental justice is undeveloped and nearly nonexistent.

Joy. It’s in short supply. Or is it? These were my thoughts as I awoke last Sunday in a familiar swirl of anxiety that greets me each morning. I can’t help it; chalk it up to an unstable childhood.

I’ve been a South Burlington resident for 10 years, and am an advocate for retaining open lands and, more specifically, creating development guidelines that have a rigorous stance on reducing environmental impacts to air and water.

As the Vermont Climate Council readies its plans to dramatically reduce Vermont’s greenhouse gas emissions, they have embarked on a series of public engagement events to field questions from curious citizens.

As I walked an abandoned hill farm recently, I paused to take in the old cellar hole and its companion — a gnarly apple tree. The research project I was doing for a local community group included mapping the 19th-century features.

Forests are complex, intricate and nuanced, and also massive, expansive and interconnected. To be responsible forest stewards we need to both zoom out to understand our role in a giant landscape and zoom in to recognize the tiny pieces and parts that make forests work.

In no way did I expect to feel like this. Driving north on Interstate 93, headed to drop off Dehlia at school followed on all sides by rain and fog and rain, my windshield wipers barely keeping up with any of it, I’m fine.

Vermont’s legislative social equity caucus encourages Vermonters to challenge a growing narrative coming from outside of our borders that is deliberately using fear and division to threaten our world-class education system.

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

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