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.

We all rely on broadband internet every day. And the global pandemic made access to high-speed affordable internet even more vital for our jobs, education and healthcare.


In response to the comments on vaccine passports, if we ignore the fact that 23 percent of the adult population in Vermont has not been fully vaccinated as of July 23 — and there are no statistics about inoculations administered to children 16 and younger — and if we also ignore the vaccination status of visitors from other states to our Statehouse, we are introducing a threat to the health and well-being of our fellow citizens who represent us in the Vermont Legislature.

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.

My family would like to voice our support and appreciation for Matt Lapierre regarding “Barber celebration criticized,” which he posted on social media.

I am writing in support of Dr. Lydia Clemmons, the Clemmons family and the Clemmons Family Farm. They have long been valued members of the Charlotte community.

I give strong support for the relocation of Charlotte Family Health Center in the West Village. The Health Center application meets all municipal and state requirements for approval, and provides a needed community resource.

As an animal behaviorist and trainer, I’d like to know why Vermont legislators failed to pass or move any pro-wildlife bills this year.

During my 35-year career as a naturopathic physician I noticed that the natural treatments that had been successful in keeping people healthy in the 1980s became less and less effective.

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.

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.

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.

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