Your article titled "Burlington Cops Debunk Viral Video of Man 'Shooting Up Heroin'," [802Much: "Fake News Makes News," August 22] actually made me more concerned about the police officers' management of the man injecting himself on a downtown street corner.
Had the police given it a bit more thought or a quick google search, they would have learned that there is no such thing as a "water diabetic," and insulin is never injected directly into a vein as depicted in the photo. A diabetic would have been injecting into subcutaneous fat on the back of his upper arm, on his belly, or on the fatty tissue of his thigh or upper buttocks.
Sadly, it looks like this man really did get away with injecting what was likely an illegal substance right in the presence of two police officers.
What Lies Beneath
Thank you for a good article on sailing ["Of Racing and Rail Meat," August 22]! Just a couple of nitpicks on terms. When a sailboat leans over in response to the wind, the term is called "heeling." Most of the boats in this race were keelboats, meaning they have a large amount of lead or steel under the boat to counteract the heeling effect. (The Dufour 31 has a 3,700-pound keel.) The author's weight on the rail also counteracts heeling. He suggested that his weight would help keep the boat from capsizing. Keelboats by nature do not capsize due to heeling. They are self-correcting. If heeling becomes excessive, a keelboat will just point up into the wind and will return to an upright position.
In the absence of in-depth coverage by the daily print media of the controversial mural in downtown Burlington, Sadie Williams' story ["Mural Task Force Presents Recommendations to Burlington City Council," August 15] came as a breath of fresh air.
The depiction of Samuel de Champlain looming over a Native American in a submissive posture, with head bowed, is clearly intended to suggest the superiority of white Europeans over indigenous people. Champlain's biographer wrote that he was actually a short man.
The mural task force recommends that the mural be removed in the next four years. That means it could be removed tomorrow. Why wait? Those who paid to have their likeness or their business displayed on the mural should be compensated with funds taken from other discretionary spending on nonessential city projects.
The mural is racially offensive to many and should be removed at once.
Vegan Here to Stay
[Re Grilling the Chef: "Needful Things," August 15]: Knead Bakery is a great addition to Burlington, and I'm glad Seven Days featured Rob Blum, but the writers and editors continue to treat vegan food like some weird hippie fad. The reality is, many people see the health and environmental benefits of choosing plant-based foods, and the double-digit growth in plant-based meat, cheese and milk is proof of that. Using quotation marks when talking about nut-based cheese is unnecessary and behind the times. If the writers don't feel the need to use quotation marks for gluten-free "pasta" and peanut "butter," then they shouldn't be using them for cashew cheese.
Pass the Brie!
In response to Michael Haas' letter to the editor in which he says that he and his wife just moved to Vermont and can't wait to tell Vermonters how to live [Feedback: "One for Wildlife," August 22]: He loves it here but can't take time to understand our way of life and doesn't understand or want to learn our traditions. Nor is he interested in the age-old Vermont way of accepting our neighbors as they are. Oh, yeah, and he is posting his property.
I wouldn't advise Dr. Haas, the veterinarian, on how to treat a cat with distemper. I suggest that he not try to advise the professionals in the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department on how to manage Vermont's wildlife.
I suggest that he call the road commissioner to clean up the cow flops so they don't dirty his BMW.
Excuse me, pass the Brie!
[Re Off Message: "Lead Labor Negotiator for UVM Medical Center Nurses Resigns," August 24; "Nurses Keep Up the Pressure as Hospital Seeks Budget Approval," August 22; "Pay Raises for UVM Medical Center Administrators Anger Nurses," August 16]: Please join me in boycotting the University of Vermont Medical Center by stopping all contributions until an equitable agreement has been reached between the administration and the nursing and support staff.
UVM Medical Center is one of the finest medical institutions in the country. However, our nurses and staff suffer the injustice of subpar wages and benefits. The result is that we have more than 150 nursing vacancies because our wage structure is not only losing nurses, but also new recruits are reluctant to accept employment at the current salary rates. The nurses are not asking for huge increases. They want to be paid on par with other professionals elsewhere. For example, even in Plattsburgh, N.Y., the nurses' wages far exceed the wages here. And the cost of living is higher in Vermont than in upstate New York.
Not only does this injustice hurt our nursing staff, it is hurting us as Vermont residents. When the nurses are overworked because of being understaffed, and when we are unable to recruit new professionals because of low wages, we all suffer.
If it takes money to get the administration to come to its senses, then let's do it. No more contributions to the UVM Medical Center until an equitable resolution is reached. This includes the UVM Medical Center Annual Fund, gifts of appreciated securities, planned gifts (e.g., bequests, living trusts, etc.), and foundation and corporate grants.