Letters to the editor

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Just a thought

Editor: Any possible connection between these two paragraphs that appeared in the March 24 issue?

#1 Excerpt from “Out-Doors”:

“So, to the far north we had to go. Mount Sainte Anne, about 40 minutes beyond Quebec City, had a bounty of natural snow.”

#2 Excerpt from “Conservation Currents”

“The limit of the bumblebees’ southern range moved north by more than 180 miles, but the limit of their northern range remained unchanged.”

Robert Leavitt

Debbie Ingram for State Senate

Editor: I’d like to announce my candidacy as a Democrat for State Senate from Chittenden County. I’m currently serving my fifth year on the Williston Selectboard, after five years on the Williston Planning Commission.

I think of myself as a public servant, not a politician, because that was the way I was brought up—my father was mayor of our little town near Savannah, Georgia, when I was a kid, and he taught me to contribute to my community and to hold justice, compassion and respect for everyone as values. For the last nine years, I have had the chance to serve others in my job as well, as the executive director of Vermont Interfaith Action, a grassroots community organizing group of caring, inclusive people across the state seeking to effect systemic change on the issues of affordable housing, health care reform, public transportation, education and criminal justice reform—all issues that are important in the state senate, too. And the primary issue that interests me is improving our economy, making good-paying jobs that treat employees right a top priority.

Please support me in the August 9 primary and again in November, and together we’ll make Vermont work for all Vermonters.

Debbie Ingram

Above and beyond her duty 

Editor: What a sad turn of events (see “Town clerk/treasurer resigns”). Certainly the Town’s longest serving and hardest working employee now has resigned. I feel we did a real disservice to someone who for over two decades went above and beyond in service to our Town. Having been voted into this job for all that time should indicate to the Selectboard that the people of the Town value, trust and totally support her service—and willingness to pay her what is not an unreasonable salary adjustment. It’s our loss as this valuable servant leaves when we all voted to have her there.

Mark Moser
Submitted March 24

Time will tell

Editor: It is no surprise that after a more than two-year impasse over fair compensation, Mary [Mead] would want to call it quits. What is truly appalling, though, is that Selectboard Chairman Morrison’s wife felt it necessary to make some rather harsh and unsubstantiated remarks towards the end of the March 14, 2016, Selectboard meeting.

“Mary is not a popular person.” “There are people in this town that will not come to this office, because it is such an unpleasant place and Mary is the cause of a lot of that.” “She hasn’t earned respect.”

Excuse me?! After 22 years of doing an outstanding job for this town, she has not earned any respect???

That is rich! Such blunt and spiteful utterances are very unbecoming for the wife of an elected town official who regularly works with the clerk and reflect badly on Morrison himself. One can rightfully assume that he shares his wife’s sentiments and has treated Mary accordingly.

Nobody in this town can deny what a capable and effective town clerk Mary has been. Honest, hardworking and supremely organized, she has run a tight ship, often locking horns with members of the Selectboard when she called them out on mistakes, which made her unpopular with them yet saved taxpayers in this town tens of thousands of dollars.

Time will tell how Mary’s departure will affect our town, but one thing is clear: Her successor has some big shoes to fill.

Claudia Mucklow
Submitted March 28

Have you hugged a volunteer today? 

Editor: National Volunteer Week marks a special time of year for The Fresh Air Fund, and I would like to take this opportunity to extend my sincere thanks to our wonderful Fresh Air volunteers, hosts and supporters in the Champlain Valley. Their continued dedication to our New York City children is exemplary for all community members and truly embodies the spirit of the 2016 National Volunteer Week, which is from April 10–16.

Fresh Air volunteers work in several capacities throughout the year along the East Coast from North Carolina to Maine and Southern Canada to help make The Fresh Air Fund’s programs possible. Fresh Air host families open their hearts and homes and share the everyday joys of summertime with their Fresh Air friends. Our local volunteer leaders—many of whom are also hosts—serve on our local committees, interview prospective host families, publicize the program and plan summer activities. Additionally, individuals and local businesses give generously of their time and resources to make The Fresh Air Fund’s Friendly Towns Program throughout this area a great success each summer.

The Fresh Air Fund, an independent, not-for-profit agency, has provided free summer experiences to more than 1.8 million New York City children since 1877. For more information on how you can help to continue this tradition of volunteering, please call The Fresh Air Fund at 800-367-0003 or visit freshair.org.

Fatima Shama
Executive Director
The Fresh Air Fund
New York, New York

What’s fair? 

Editor: I would hope the school supports both sides of the political process and not just one side (see “Commentary: Political returns at CVU”). It isn’t fair to the students if they are offered just one side. If you are offering a day in Montpelier I would hope you would introduce them to both sides of the equation so as to see for themselves the differences between them and why there really are two sides to every story.

Richard Hess
Submitted March 27



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