Fact-based dialogue needed in ongoing gun debate — Robert Rich South Burlington

Champlain Valley Union High School student Ethan Duncan’s recent contributions to the Shelburne News are commendable. It is heartening to hear from young people who present cogent, reasoned arguments based on critical thought and factual evidence. In formulating his position, Mr. Duncan demonstrated the capacity to reject the hysterical and fearful misinformation so often presented in… Read More »

Veteran suicide is a preventable tragedy

by Dr. Brett D. Rusch Suicide is one of the 10 leading causes of death. In the United States, over 42,000 people kill themselves every year and 18 percent of them are veterans. On average, 20 veterans a day die from suicide. We know that in 2014, Vermont lost 24 veterans to suicide, making the suicide rate for Vermont veterans more than three times higher than… Read More »

We need to be able to debate respectfully

We’ve been critical of Gov. Phil Scott’s performance during this legislative session, but he was magnificent last week as he explained why he signed three gun bills into law. First, he explained why a foiled school shooting in Fair Haven shocked him and forced him to rethink his conviction that Vermont was immune to that… Read More »

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