The picture of Meghan Emery and accompanying story made me think back at trying to walk on South Burlington streets last winter. (“New center will make city walkable,” July 22, 2021)

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Thank you, Deb Billado, for alerting us that the Vermont Republican Party, in its unanimous opposition to vaccine passports, courageously stands behind the right of unvaccinated people to spread COVID to their fellow citizens without warning them they may be doing so.

Vermont is a glorious place to live for so many reasons but if you, like me, are the parent of an adult child with significant cognitive disabilities, Vermont can be a scary place to call home.

Recently, due to staffing levels the Burlington Police Department was not in the downtown area during bar closing times when someone was shot, nor were the resources available to respond to a street party at the one that resulted in gunfire.

City manager Kevin Dorn’s guest perspective unfairly conflated an explanation of why students of color may not feel the same comfort and safety white students may feel in the presence of a police officer with that person being against having school resource officers.

City Manager Kevin Dorn’s commentary on June 17 singles out the words of Travia Childs, one of several school board members quoted in an earlier Other Paper article, not mentioning the comments of directors Burkhardt and Day, and resorts to a “not all police” rebuttal.

In a recent edition, The Other Paper published an article about a South Burlington police officer pleading guilty to a driving under the influence charge.

For the past few years, I have increasingly read letters and heard public hearing comments in The Other Paper from folks suffering from “Last Settler Syndrome.”

South Burlington opted in to local option taxes in 2007. The argument at the time was that out-of-towners would be paying part of the tax and we could use their money to reduce our property taxes.

At the hearing held by the South Burlington Planning Commission, I urged the city to enact strong and comprehensive environmental protection standards in order to save the remaining open lands in the city from more housing developments.

The severe drought of 2020 has led to a visual reminder of global warming on our doorstep. In the Mayfair Park area of south Burlington, the most noticeable and massive maple tree has not leafed out this spring and is probably slowly dying from a lack of water last year.

Vermont is no stranger to the wanton waste of wildlife. Photos of coyote carcasses nailed to trees and crows killed in shooting contests with their lifeless bodies lined up for bragging rights, are easily found on Vermont social media.

As a member of Vermont Interfaith Action’s committee on affordable housing and homelessness, and a resident of Burlington, I’m writing to ask you to support another $90 million now to ease the transition of our unhoused neighbors out of motels and to allocate $147 million over the next three years to build and rehab more affordable housing units in Vermont.

Oh my, I researched the claim by a letter writer (“Climate change is a political issue,” The Other Paper, May 6) who alleged that our climate crisis is a hoax. I troubled myself to travel to Wonderland to ask Alice if he was correct.

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

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