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Letters to the Editor: Memorial Day idea: End war

Posted on June 8, 2017 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



For Memorial Day this year, a few of us from the Friday evening Peace Vigil Bristol group marched with the Veterans for Peace at the Vergennes Parade. It was an honor.

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Letters to the Editor: Negotiation, not war, the answer

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. Jesus led by example. For me, there is something caring and tender about that scene. How do we simply love and serve one another? I read that maundy is a shortened form of the Latin word, mandatum, which means commission or commandment. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (Book of John, Chapter 13, Verse 34)

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Letter to the Editor: Ida Wells an inspiring heroine for International Women's Day

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



I invite each of you to reflect and express gratitude for a woman who has touched your life. Here is part of the story of a woman (Shall I say “herstory”?), who has changed how I view the power of writing, speaking, and acting on one’s leadings.

This African American woman’s name is Ida B. Wells. She lived from 1862 until 1931. She was born in Holly Springs, Miss. Ida was officially a slave for about the first six months of her life. The Emancipation Proclamation changed her status.

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Letter to the editor: Women's March was uplifting

Posted on January 26, 2017 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



On Saturday, Jan. 21, I drove with 3 other women to Montpelier for the Women’s March. On our way traveling south on I-89, we noticed the traffic slowing down to a crawl. We were very lucky and had the chance to get off at the Middlesex exit and onto Route 2. We made it to Montpelier. Luckily we found a parking spot and walked to Montpelier High School to join the thousands bound for the State House.

Here are some of the lessons and messages that I read on posters. I share them with you in poetic form:

Human Kind, Be Both

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Letter to the editor: Simple questions offered answers

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



I have been blessed with a lesson from one of my former students. Her name is Rose.

Rose and I visit with each other, now and then. We saw each other this past autumn. We took a walk in Bristol. Rose said her grandmother has dementia. She shared with me how her grandmother now communicates with her. From my point of view, Rose’s grandmother has the wisdom to know what three questions need repeating:

“Do you know how much I love you?”

“Do you know how beautiful you are?”

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Letter to the editor: Communities can heal through caring, good deeds

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



A couple weeks before Thanksgiving this Gospel song came to me. “There’s a healing somewhere. There’s a healing somewhere. Don’t you go until you find it. There’s a healing somewhere.” Sister Alice Martin taught me that Gospel song. Sister Alice is the pastor of a church in the heart of Philadelphia. Her congregation includes people released from prison, recovering addicts, and anyone else who feels welcomed in her presence.

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Letter to the editor: Avoid fear, practice soothing, enjoy nature’s bounty

Posted on November 4, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Fear is a 4 letter word.

Between now and the upcoming election and beyond, I am working on avoiding the trap of fear, “What if . . .?”

Isaac Penington, an English Quaker who lived from 1616 to 1679, once wrote, “Our life is love, and peace, and tenderness; and bearing one with another, and forgiving one another, and notlaying accusations one against another; but praying one for another and helping one another up with a tender hand.”

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Opinion: Politicians should stay away from nuclear weapons

Posted on August 15, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Seventy-one years ago, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and another on Nagasaki on Aug. 9.

According to the Federation of American Scientists, the United States has reduced its “operational nuclear warheads from 4,950 in 2010 to 4,700 nuclear warhead in 2015”. (The Guardian, April, 2016) President Obama’s “vision and work for a world without nuclear weapons” (Norwegian Nobel committee, 2009) has not been fulfilled. What legacy are we leaving our children and grandchildren?

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Opinion: Violence is never the right answer

Posted on July 28, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



It has been a time of reflection for me. My heart goes out to families and friends who are grieving the loss of loved ones. I find myself drawn to gardens, to watch nature carry on.

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Opinion: Use of Roundup threatens health

Posted on April 18, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Last week I received in the mail someTrue ValueReward coupons that I could redeem at my local hardware store. I cut out the RoundUp coupon and mailed it back to the hardware store. I requested that the hardware store take RoundUp off its shelves, along with any other herbicide containing glyphosate. In March 2015, the United Nations’ World Health Organization stated that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” I told the hardware store to stop taking chances with our health.

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