We’ll never sort out the hot mess that health care has become in Vermont and in the U.S. until we agree on the fundamental question of whether health care is a definable right or just a lucrative business.

Imagine waking up one morning and seeing crumbs all over the floor, dirty dishes in the sink and the house full of flies because someone left the back door open. Which problem should you deal …

I write this letter to express my dismay and frustration. I have had the absolute pleasure to know Hinesburg fire chief Al Barber for nearly 45 years.

I have been an over-compulsive sorrier my whole life. Though I’m not sure when the words “I’m sorry” became entrenched in my vocabulary, I do know if there was a competition of who said “I’m sorry” the most, I’d win ... by the age of 10.

The big lie, perpetuated by former President Donald Trump and some of his supporters, is that our elections are not secure. These dangerous and disingenuous claims are made without evidence to support them.

Kevin Ellis recently wrote an open letter to Republicans echoing leftists’ blinkered view of Republicans and, more disturbingly, their dystopian view of our republic.

I started in on the trail at the Williams Woods Natural Area in Charlotte to get a first-hand look at some very big and uncommon Vermont trees. As I clumped across numerous truncheons, I could tell that the soils here were wet underfoot.

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 I write this, the Vermont Legislature is nearing the end of the session — we hope. Several bills passed both chambers, House and Senate, in the last two weeks and have been sent to the governor for his signature.

I am appalled by Hinesburg Fire Chief’s homophobic social media post and hollow apology. He claimed to have not read the meme before sharing, but most memes are not meant to be a lengthy read.

I feel compelled to write about the issue currently facing Hinesburg and our Fire Department. I speak as a Hinesburg resident, a gay woman, and parent of a firefighter/EMT.

I was on the Hinesburg Fire Department for six or seven years. I believe most members were aware that I was gay. I never believed my sexual orientation was an issue. I always felt welcome.

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