Fire Department Deserves Thanks
Thank you for your excellent article on the Montpelier Fire Department. I was honored to work with many of the firefighters working today. The community gets an extremely high quality of service because of the quality of persons selected to provide that service. Thank you for thanking them!
Gesualdo Schneider, Retired Fire Chief
New Year’s Resolution
Once again, it’s time for New Year’s resolutions, particularly those to improve our diet and exercise routine.
Although gun violence and traffic accidents remain the leading causes of death among young people, the most dangerous weapon for the rest of us is still our fork. Well over a million of us are killed each year by high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer and other chronic diseases linked to our meat-based diet.
But times are changing. According to Gallup, 22 percent of American consumers are avoiding meat and 12 percent are avoiding dairy products. Supermarket chains, along with Target and Walmart, offer a growing selection of delicious and healthy plant-based meat and dairy alternatives. Animal meat consumption has dropped by 8 percent in the past decade.
Hundreds of school, college, hospital and corporate cafeterias have embraced Meatless Monday and vegan meals. Fast-food chains like Chipotle, Panera, Subway, Taco Bell and White Castle are rolling out vegan options.
Let’s make this New Year’s resolution about exploring the rich variety of plant-based entrees, lunch meat alternatives, cheeses, ice creams and milks, as well as the more traditional green and yellow veggies. The internet offers tons of recipes and transition tips.
Maxwell Branset, Montpelier
Rush To Bring Renewable Energy Biased Toward Developers
Here is a letter to the editor that I have written to explain my feelings about the rush to bring renewable energy into Vermont without any forethought.
The process is completely biased towards the developer and the affected citizens are left behind.
I hope that you will consider running my letter.
Dustin Lang, Swanton
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