Ways of Seeing: Please pause school closings

These last few months of responding to the coronavirus have shown how resilient Vermonters are and how able to react quickly in an emergency. We have come together across parties and sectors to take care of one another. We have assured that people have food and places they can turn to for help. We have responded well to a crisis and continue to work on supporting those who are living on the margins. Our awareness of terrible inequities has grown and our ability to think of new solutions to old problems is g … (read more)

Letter to the editor: MAUSD should hit pause on school closure talks

Editor’s note: The writers sent this letter to the Mount Abraham Unified School District board and cc’d the Independent. Dear MAUSD School Board Members, It has become painfully clear that our district schools are in a tough place financially. We hear you … (read more)

Ways of Seeing: A vital lesson in building bridges

People recently gathered to mourn the loss and celebrate the life of David Tier, the now departed Eco-Spirit, whose commitments and practices linger among us. I would like to add one story about this gruff and gentle man, which took place on a freezing da … (read more)

Ways of Seeing by Cheryl Mitchell: Boredom can become a luxury

“This is so boring, Gaga!” Our three year old granddaughter looked at me with delight in her eyes. She was busily engaged rolling out dough and using her favorite cookie cutters.  I was taken aback and was about to correct her by saying something like “Bu … (read more)

Ways of Seeing: Together we can improve childcare

A few weeks ago, our daughter’s show “Hadestown” won 8 Tony Awards, including best musical. In her acceptance speech she called out the huge number of people who have been involved over the years and shared a closing thought that creating a great musical … (read more)