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Every clergy person spends much of their career conducting funerals and memorial services.

I am writing to express support for Shelburne’s equity and diversity committee. For many of us, living in Shelburne means being part of a warm, generous and inclusive community.

The Shelburne Veterans’ Monument was dedicated in September 2015. Since that time, we, the members of the Shelburne Veterans’ Monument Committee, have been very observant when people are present at the monument to make sure food and drink are not taken into the monument area.

I read the green insert from the newly authorized diversity and equity committee and found the vision statement to be false, divisive and negative. In fact, it is not a vision statement at all.

I’ve been reading in recent issues of the Shelburne News about the business consultant’s report and recommendations for Shelburne. The recommendations raise questions for me.

It has come to my attention that Ernie Goodrich, who has long managed the Shelburne village cemetery, is retiring from the job after this summer.

I have lived in Shelburne for 27 years on Falls Road. In a historical neighborhood, improving things has sometimes been hard, and now I understand why.

The news article regarding the findings of the Vermont Human Rights Commission about the Clemmons Family Farm is a black eye on Vermont’s good reputation.

In response to recent postings about development in Shelburne as related to wildlife and habitat, I think there is likely little disagreement that protecting wildlife and habitat is important.

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.

As members of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion task force of the Lake Champlain Waldorf School, we were concerned to hear of the finding of the Vermont Human Rights Commission that Dr. Lydia Clemmons of the Clemmons Family Farm experienced discrimination on the basis of race and sex in her dealings with the Vermont State Police.

As the newest committee in town, the Shelburne Equity and Diversity Committee invites you to get to know about us and what we do as we welcome two to three additional members to bring new and diverse voices and experiences on board.

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