Hines Will Help Wright
I just read the “Daily 7” e-newsletter re: Wanda Hines announcing her run for mayor [Blurt, “Wanda Hines Makes It Official: I Want to Be Mayor,” January 5]. While I have a world of respect for her contributions to the city of Burlington over the years, I feel Wanda’s decision to run for mayor this year will probably guarantee a Republican mayor for Burlington for the next three years. I certainly understand Wanda’s desire to serve the city in another capacity. She would probably make a very good mayor. Unfortunately, she probably won’t be pulling nearly as many votes from Kurt Wright as she will from Miro Weinberger. I can’t see how Kurt Wright could be anything other than pleased with Wanda’s decision.
Real Journalism at UVM
I thought Mr. Bromage’s coverage of collegiate journalism was excellent [“Updating the News,” December 21]. As one of two assistant news editors at the Vermont Cynic, every day I see just how hard my fellow reporters work to put out a weekly paper. Although the mainstream concern seems to be that print journalism will be obsolete one day, I am confident that as long as we put in the effort we can preserve newspapers as the tangible publications they were meant to be. Sounds old-fashioned, but I’m optimistic. Hopefully this article and the Pacemaker Award will send a message to the UVM administration that a legitimate journalism major is much needed. The Public Communications program is about the closest you can get right now, and that’s housed in the College of Agriculture and Applied Economics. Enough said.
Out of Context
I read with interest Andy Bromage’s article “Updating the News” [December 21], which highlighted the vibrancy of college journalism programs in Vermont. That piece ended with a quote by me — “I wish the mainstream press would do as much” — but unfortunately the context in which it was made was absent from the article. I was referring specifically to the issue of public funding for higher education in Vermont and the October 20 rallies at Vermont State College campuses calling for increased support from the Legislature. I noted that while the student press covered that story extensively, the rest of the state news media, with a few exceptions, did not. That observation should in no way cloud the fact that I have great respect for Vermont’s news media, which in general exemplify the best practices of socially responsible journalism. They remain an essential thread in the social and political fabric of our state.
Shaw teaches journalism at Johnson State College.
Proper Credit to Vermonter
I wanted to let you know that the song to which you refer, Jay Sean’s “2012 (It Ain’t The End),” was written and produced by a Vermonter from Stowe named Rob Larow [“Countdown Towns,” December 28]. He and Jeremy Skaller were in Belizbeha together and are now the songwriting-producing team Orange Factory — a name I believe was coined by Burlington’s Craig Mitchell.
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Rothwell is the former owner of Club Metronome.
Don’s the Bomb
You are right on the mark about Don Mullally [“Mr. Saint Johnsbury,” December 14]. He is the best-known personality in the North Country. And he is as good as he is well-known. We have the same birthday, although he is about six years older than I. Every February 24 for 50 years, he has wished me happy birthday at 7 a.m., and I have sent him a card wishing him the same.
NonCitizens Should Earn Voting Rights
[Re “Burlington City Council to Consider Giving Noncitizens the Right to Vote,” December 21]: I consider myself a world citizen and have empathy for all people less fortunate, but stop with this. What other country in the world would give noncitizens a vote? This is crazy. If they are not willing to put in the required time and documentation, they don’t have a voice.
What would stop politicians from importing people to vote? What would stop other countries from shipping their citizens over here to vote for the politician that most benefits them? Go try and vote in France or Iraq and see how that works for you.
A Law Is a Law
[Re “Burlington City Council to Consider Giving Noncitizens the Right to Vote,” December 21]: As a former immigrant who came to the USA in 1962 and went through due process to become a citizen, this is an insult. Immigration laws should be enforced. To vote is an honor and should not be taken lightly. The problem with illegal immigration could be much easier remedied if we enforced the immigration laws. Laws are not made to be broken!
Karin M. Noack
Fair Game’s Future
Kudos to Shay Totten for exposing the tar-sands skeleton in Green Mountain Power’s closet [Fair Game, December 21]. This piece was a sterling example of old-fashioned investigative reporting — something that far too few Vermont reporters seem willing to attempt. Hopefully Shay’s successor, Andy Bromage, will continue to rummage around in this particular closet. Vermont citizens need to hear more about the likelihood of high-tension lines running the length of Vermont (so that southern New England can access cheap electricity from Hydro-Québec), about the corrupt review process that fast-tracked the Lowell wind project (so that GMP can qualify for $45 million in subsidies), and about reviving oil pipelines running through the Northeast Kingdom (so that Enbridge, the company responsible for the largest freshwater oil spill in U.S. history — and one of GMP-Gaz Métro’s owners — can bring their dirty tar sands to market). I also count on Andy to be equally willing to point out the Shumlin administration’s fingerprints when they appear on these and other travesties.