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 »

A Vermonter in a Vermont Home

JAN DEMERS She is a native Vermonter with roots tracing back to the journeys of Samuel De Champlain in 1609. This 68-year-old artist is a seventh generation Vermonter who bought an abandoned house in 1974 to make it her home. The house is small even with an addition. Built in 1850, it protected the families… Read More »

Trust women know what’s best regarding their health care decisions

Rev. SUSAN COOKE KITTREDGE Cooke Kittredge, a resident of Shelburne, is the Associate Pastor at Charlotte Congregational Church. Op-ed is adapted from her commentary that ran on Vermont Public Radio April 4. People of faith are obliged to wrestle with thorny contemporary problems; it’s in our job description. The issues that affect people in this… Read More »

Raising money for the poor

Raising money for the poor

The 5th Grade PREP (religious education) students from St. Catherine of Siena in Shelburne wish to thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for joining us and contributing so generously to our Catholic Relief Services Rice Bowl Project Poverty Awareness Campaign Bake Sales at the Parish Hall and Shelburne Market on Sunday, March 31.… 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 »

Dog Bite Prevention Week tips for owners

Dog bites post a serious health risk to people, communities, and society as a whole. According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 800,000 people receive medical care for dog bites and over 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year. Further, over half of those bitten are children. Between 2012-16, 550 children… Read More »

Help is Here: Maintaining social connections as we age

ALISON MILEY, MSW We experience change throughout our whole lives. However, some of the changes we experience as we enter our later years are unique and can be more challenging than the changes we experience when we are younger. On the other hand, many older adults report that older age is a time of growth,… Read More »

In Musing: The wisdom of foolish folly

CAROLE VASTA FOLLEY I played a fool once. Professionally. To be fair, I have plenty of amateur experience as well. Thus, I feel foolish enough to expound on April Fools’ Day, a day possibly inspired by Chaucer’s “Canterbury Tales.” It could also derive from the ancient festival of Hilaria, a feast the Romans took from… 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 »