Viewpoint: Enter when cued – An apology and a rebuttal

Editor’s note: Michael Dabroski directed the Vermont Mozart Festival from 2015 until he resigned from the organization this June when this summer’s concert series was canceled. The festival featured an orchestra of early-career musicians performing a number of concerts in Shelburne, Stowe, Charlotte and Burlington. The future of the nonprofit arts organization is unclear.  MICHAEL… Read More »

Viewpoint: “Shut out and disrespected”

FRANK KOSS After 12 years with the town of Hinesburg, I was excited about my retirement as police chief. Despite 25 years with the California Highway Patrol and 23 years with the Air National Guard, this was to be my first actual “don’t need to work” retirement. When I announced my retirement last January, I… Read More »

Democracy is our responsibility

MIKE YANTACHKA Celebrating our nation’s birthday on July 4th reminds us how lucky we are to live in a country built on democracy. We must also remember that our democracy was formed and is maintained by active participation of the governed – namely, us. When we see that our government is taking us in a… Read More »

Viewpoint: Foster Care Month celebrates families who ‘answer the call’

MEGHAN FLANDERS Resource coordinator, Vermont Department for Children and Families, Family Services Division, Burlington District Office May is Foster Care Month, a time to celebrate the hundreds of foster and kinship foster families in Vermont who provide safe, nurturing homes for children while they can’t be at home. It is with deep appreciation that the… Read More »

Reproductive Rights are Civil Rights

ELIZABETH DEUTSCH Elizabeth Deutsch, RN is the Director of NYS and New England Community Mobilization Housing Works and a resident of Hinesburg. As a mother and a nurse, I am able to say that every pregnancy is unique, and every person’s circumstance is different. We all deserve access to health care based on our medical… Read More »

Viewpoint: Appreciate your neighboring farm

BERNIE GUILLEMTTE Bernie Guillemette is a second generation farmer in Shelburne. My family has farmed our land here in Shelburne for more than 70 years. It’s part of our DNA. And our fields are part of the fabric of the landscape that is beyond beautiful. It’s no wonder it’s a lure for many when they… Read More »

It’s time to close the women’s prison

By BILL SCHUBART Editor’s note: This commentary is by Bill Schubart, a regular commentator for Vermont Public Radio who lives in Hinesburg. This piece was first aired on VPR. As the Legislature and the Department of Corrections consider how to repatriate the Vermont prisoners housed in Mississippi, several legislators see the larger picture. We don’t… Read More »

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