In case it is of interest, this is a letter to the editor (LTE) of mine submitted to vtdigger this morning in response to a recently published LTE regarding the name of “Vermont Public” written by Paul Stone (https://vtdigger.org/letters_to_editor/please-change-the-new-vermont-public-name/), fyi:
Vermont Public Disconnect Is Quite Obvious:
Since the merger between Vermont PBS and VPR and the subsequent name change, because it most definitely describes and means nothing whatsoever, I have been referring to the organization as “Vermont Public Whatever.”
Seven Days online newspaper informs us in a bold headline in the Daily 7 column of October 1st, item #7: (Vermont) Biologists: Shooting Ruffed Grouse Could Offer Clues As to Why They Keep Dying
A poem inspired by today’s world headlines.
spinning toward election
lawmakers reject proposal
fighters have left
crisis turns violent
protesters pack square
After the latest round of shootings earlier this month, I had a moment of nausea that led me to think it might be a good time for a news hiatus. The weather was gorgeous — high summer in Vermont — and an array of family were due to visit. So rather than read depressing headlines all summer, I decided to take a couple weeks off from the news. Maybe, I thought, it will make me happier and less anxious if I just don’t hear any of it.
I was digging through some old family things and came across a green piece of paper that my grandfather had printed to encourage fellow students to submit news to the college newspaper. It says:
“HAVE YOU NEWS TODAY OF YOUR..