In the latest of Jim Sabataso’s excellent reviews he regretted that the producers of the documentary film "Period. End of Sentence." used dubbed English dialog rather than subtitles. He found the dubbing overly rehearsed, unnatural and distracting.

I would like to comment on recent issues surrounding the Mill River district. My husband and I have a special needs child who attends Mill River Union High School and I served as School Board Chair for Tinmouth School prior to the district merger.

A 17-year-old girl recently expressed frustration at the lack of activities for teenagers in Rutland. She had a respectful, neutral tone and ended the letter with a few reasonable suggestions.

The Castleton Community Seniors, Inc. extends a sincere thank you to the residents of Castleton, Fair Haven and Hubbardton who approved the Community Center appropriations for 2019-20. Your support validates a “spirit of community,” which must exist in order to provide important programs and…

I was not surprised to read that when Joseph Trenn (March 8) was stopped by police recently, they just told him to get his car inspected and carry his license. I, too, have been stopped for an outdated sticker, and I also was simply urged to get right with the law.

I just read all of the great things going on in the state Legislature including proposals for a 92 percent tax on e-cigarettes, a 16 percent on marijuana, a minimum 3 percent increase in property taxes and an annual $100 million addition to the payroll taxes to cover a mandatory paid family …

This week is known as crossover week in the Vermont State House, when the House and Senate move bills out of committee and onto the floor to be voted upon. Bills that pass in the House then cross over to the Senate and vice-versa, for further discussion and final voting.

In the short time since moving to Danby, Vermont, I was thrilled to learn that there was a small college with an attractive campus nearby with a hospitable policy toward the community at-large. From my experience, such institutions provide the bedrock for cultural and intellectual opportunit…

In his letter (March 6), Richard Andrews calls the discussion or even naming of "white privilege" illogical, "counterproductive and ineffective." He bases this on his belief that there is a large segment of possessors of white privilege (yes, it is a very real and destructive thing) who will…

A note to Melanie King regarding “Nothing for teens to do” (March 7). First, I have a question: does your reference to “teens” include 13-year-olds? I ask because you suggest special times for teens to use the skating rink. Is that for 17-year-olds only? Here’s an idea. Tear yourself away fr…

I think one of the biggest problems in this town is that kids get into violence and drugs. There is not enough entertainment for the kids so they resort to violence and drugs to help with the boredom and frustration of life.

In a recent paper, a letter writer suggested that homeless shelters would curb the dumpster divers that he sees on his way to work every day. I am going to tell you that will not work. I know a couple of different individuals who pick bottles. They have a home, so providing more shelters wil…

Rutland community needs more homeless shelters. Every morning I see more than two people diving through the Ramunto's dumpster looking for cans. If we can request funds from the state, it would be very easy to build a homeless shelter in Rutland. There are many abandoned buildings to choose from.

During the open hearing on Wednesday, the Republicans on the Oversight Committee showed they not only had no interest in the work of government oversight, but had contempt for the Democrats, who did, and surrendered every one of their allotted minutes to repeated denunciations of the witness…

In order for today’s youth to be better trained and efficient workers, local businesses need to be willing to approach training in a different way. Teenagers need to be trained with hands-on material. We think we know too much about technology and are able to quickly move through this type o…

The heroin/opioid epidemic in Vermont has been getting more and more visceral throughout the past 10 years says Matt Prouty, of the Rutland Police Department: "It used to be that I only knew maybe a handful of people that used heroin. Now it's hard to go down the street and not see somebody …

I am writing to voice my support for Matthew Reveal for alderman of the City of Rutland. Matt has grown up in Rutland and sees the value of the community, raising his family here, owning his business here and investing in his family’s future here. A few of the things that I admire about Matt…

I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of David Sagi. He was a remarkable man, an exemplary person and leader. Simply put, Rutland is a better place because Dave was in it.

I write this for no other reason than to apologize. I understand that, as superintendent, everything I say reflects on the Rutland City Public Schools. I understand that it reflects on every one of you who has dedicated your lives to the children and the community. I recognize that the words…

On Town Meeting Day, Wonderfeet Kids' Museum is on the ballots in Rutland City, Rutland Town, West Rutland, Chittenden and Mendon, seeking funding for the museum. Those who have walked through the doors of the museum even for a few minutes know of its “magic” and why it is so special to Rutl…

In my time on the Rutland City Board of Aldermen, I was continually impressed by the hard work and thorough approach of my colleague, Melinda Humphrey. Melinda is very active in our community. Among other things, she coaches youth hockey and is a founding member of the Rutland Young Professi…

My name is Matthew Merritt, and I am running for a two-year seat on the [Rutland City] Board of Aldermen in the March election. I am a lifelong Rutland resident of 28 years, and I currently live on Deer Street with my wife, Shannon. I have had aspirations for public office for a long time. I…

The Vermont abortion rights bill (H.57), currently before the Senate, protects a woman’s right to have an abortion — the same right she’s had in Vermont for 46 years. I strongly support this bill because all people of Vermont should be able to be in charge of decisions about their bodies — a…

I read that the undertakers will soon be gathering to discuss what to do about Poultney once GMC closes its doors. Though they be many, the meeting will be short, as there will not be much that can be done. There is no way to make up for that loss.

I am watching the Michael Cohen testimony and it is believable to me. We all can remember working for someone who told us to do things or say things that we didn't think was right ... this is just the way powerful people work. It's unfortunate that someone like that can get elected president…

Eternal shame on Sens. Leahy and Sanders for opposing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act. (The legislation, introduced by Sen. Ben Sasse, would have protected infants born alive from being denied lifesaving medical care.) Their vote has nothing to do with promoting women’s heal…

Vermont Adult Learning needs the support of the Rutland community. We are part of a collaborative effort to meet the needs of our Rutland City adults who have dropped out or left high school for a variety of reasons. Without a high school diploma, GED certificate, or other evidence of basic …

I am writing in enthusiastic support of Lisa Ryan’s re-election to the Rutland City Board of Aldermen. I have known Lisa since she was a student in the Rutland City Public Schools (RHS Class of 2007) and recognized her strong character and sense of service even as a young woman. Lisa holds a…

Today, I believe that the American flag flying at the Vermont State House ought to be lowered to half-staff, and a black shroud flung over its gold dome. How else to commemorate the darkest day in Vermont legislative history?

I need to strongly dispute Marcia Hildebrand's statements in her column "Against H.57" on Feb. 19. She says "Most women would admit they are not proud of their abortions and actually regret them," and "Very few women will publicly proclaim they feel good about their abortion history."

Last year, “The Bus” provided 285,000 people with transportation all over (Rutland) City and 25,000 trips to medical appointments. It links Rutland to all of our area colleges and to ski areas. It brings people to and from work, class, movies, dining and shopping, providing a total of over 7…