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Letter to the editor: Fossil-fuel choices must consider future generations

Posted on May 6, 2019 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Patricia Heather-Lea composed this letter to the House Energy and Technology Committee after being unable to speak at hearings held on Tuesday, April 23, due to time constraints.

I am a retired public high school math teacher. I taught here in Vermont for over 30 years. Before we made important decisions at our high school, we needed to answer this question, “Is it good for kids?”

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Letter to the editor: Fannie Lou Hamer worthy of big accolades

Posted on April 2, 2019 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



“This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine.” You too can sing along with Fannie Lou Hamer and feel her vibrancy and power.

I choose to honor Fannie Lou Hamer in recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8 and Black History Month and Women’s History Month. Here is part of her story. Herstory is another form of history.

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Letter to the editor: Kind passersby offered valuable aid in time of need

Posted on December 20, 2018 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Kaphlunk. Kaphlunk. Kaphlunk.

We, my husband John and I, emerged from a daze to realize that sound was coming, with regularity, from our car. That happened on Wednesday evening, Nov. 14, at about 6:30. It was a chilly night. We pulled over on Seymour Street, still within the village of Middlebury.

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Letter to the editor: Sunshine, 93, inspires with anthem

Posted on September 24, 2018 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Ninety-three old Naomi Sunshine has a lesson for us all:  “We are not here to see through one another. We are here to see one another through.”

Here is some background information.

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Letter to the editor: Reflecting on endless war on terror

Posted on September 20, 2018 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



On Saturday, Sept. 8, my husband and I were visiting loved ones in Manchester, Vt. I was drawn to a park where I could listen to and watch the flow of the Battenkill River. It was a good place to continue with my daily prayers.

I was pulled away by the engraved dates in the curved sidewalk: World War II, 1941-1945. Korean War, 1950-1953. Vietnam War, 1965-1973. Gulf War, 1990-1991. Global War on Terror, 2001-the present.

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Letter to the editor: There are many effective ways of reaching students

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



“Mrs. Heather-Lea, what would you really do?” That was a question a student asked me when we were practicing a lock down at our public high school. (I am a retired math teacher. I taught for over 30 years.)

My response went something like this, “First I might pee in my pants. Then I would probably be singing and praying.” Upon reflection, I think I most likely would be protecting my students with my body and telling them, “I love you.”

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Letter to the Editor: Veterans' group works for peace

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



Armistice:  “A pause in a war, brought about by agreement between the two sides; a truce”  (Webster’s Elementary Dictionary, 1941).

An armistice was signed at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, 1918 to mark the end of World War I. In 1926, the United States Congress “passed a resolution for an annual observance” of Armistice Day. Twelve years later, the United States Congress passed the Act of 1938. November 11th was “dedicated to the cause of world peace”.

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Letters to the Editor: ANESU summer effort a real plus

Posted on September 21, 2017 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



On a Thursday evening this past August, I attended the showcase of learning presented by teachers of the Expanded Learning Program. This program happened this summer at all the elementary schools in our district — Addison Northeast. Students had the opportunity to learn a variety of subjects. I will mention a few: robotics, Chinese, growing healthy food, poetry, . . .

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Letters to the Editor: Time to chip in for Open Door Clinic

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



I read about the need of the Open Door Clinic in your Aug. 24 edition.

They need to fill a shortfall of $62,000. I believe that there are enough individuals or service minded groups in our communities who can chip in. Some simple math: 620 X 100 = 62,000.

Here is the name and address to which you can send the check: Open Door Clinic, 100 Porter Drive, Middlebury, VT  05753.

Thank you for your generosity.

Patricia Heather-Lea

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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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