August 1, 2014

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Oct. 28, 2010

Girl Scout thanks

Williston Girl Scout Troop 30444 thanks our neighbors for all their support during our recent bottle drive. The money we’ve raised will help fund our upcoming educational trip to New York City. Thanks!

Betsey Dempsey, Williston

Ride the bus

I ride the CCTA Williston Village Bus to commute to and from my job in Burlington and I encourage you to ride the bus too. Chittenden County Transportation Authority added the Williston Village route in June and we are lucky to have this opportunity. There are numerous bus stops to take advantage of.

I enjoy taking the bus. It has forced me to get moving every day as I walk to and from the bus stop. By leaving the driving up to someone else, I get to read and relax. I have had numerous laughs with my fellow riders. I have not only saved money on commuting costs but I have also saved money by not running errands after work.

We all need to do our part in cutting greenhouse gas emissions. Williston is known for coming together, so won’t you help in filling every seat on the bus?

CCTA makes daily Monday through Friday trips from the village to Burlington at 7:05 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. and from Burlington to the village at 4:40 p.m. and 5:20 p.m.

CCTA designated the Williston Village Route as 1V for a reason. We are #1.

I hope to see you on the next Route 1V bus.

Robin Coletta, Williston

Organic or local?

I think we should do away with the word “organic” and use the word “local.” When I hear the word “organic” I see dollar signs. I realize we need to be concerned about our food and where it comes from, as well as making sure it is good, healthy food. I think we can only be concerned up to a point that is realistic.

With today’s economy, how can the average family survive on “organic” food that costs twice as much as what is sold in the supermarkets? Some of the prices at farmers’ markets are “organic” also.

Why do a small percentage of people shop at farmers’ markets? Because of several reasons such as prices, limited time available and limited products. We have a large percentage of working families today. Weekends hold precious hours for family time, recreation, cultural time and sports activities. Shopping needs include the non-food items as well as the grocery list. The supermarket is convenient as a one-stop deal.

If a large percent of the population shopped at organic/farmers’ markets, could the producers keep up with the demand? It seems to me they would have to work harder to produce more food, hire help and get bigger. Bigger has its problems. Staying small and “organic” means struggling and includes a lot of hard work from preparing the soil to planting, care of the plants, picking the produce, advertising, trucking to and from a market.

I don’t know the answer but I do know I prefer to shop “local” rather than “organic.”

I am reminded of the farmer who spent thousands of dollars for equipment, cows, feed, herd health services and more, and could never get a good price for his product and was always and is always today in debt.

Ginger Isham, Williston

Our students deserve better

Recently, the Observer reported on the Science NECAP scores of all eighth graders in Chittenden South Supervisory Union. The percentage of eighth grade students scoring proficient or above on the Science NECAP is as follows:

> Charlotte: 59 percent

> Hinesburg: 41 percent

> Shelburne: 42 percent

> Williston: 26 percent

Why did eighth grade students in all the other CSSU schools score higher on the Science NECAP than Williston eighth graders if Williston Central School is led by the same curriculum director and its teachers are responsible for teaching the same Vermont State Standards in Science as the other schools in our Supervisory Union?

I refuse to believe that Williston students are not as smart or as capable as the students in these other schools.

Therefore, the only logical conclusion is that the students in these other schools are being led by competent administrators who are held accountable by their school boards.

Don’t Williston students deserve the same?

Abby Klein, Williston

NECAP scores

On Oct. 14, Walter Nardelli, Williston School District principal, wrote in response to the yet again dismal NECAP scores, “The areas where our students struggle include inquiry, science writing and justifying results. Students on individualized education programs, also known as IEP plans, who speak English as a second language and/or who come from homes struggling to provide the basic needs for their children find the test especially challenging” (“Guest Column: Improving our science NECAP scores”).

I didn’t realize Williston had so many ESL speakers and poverty-level homes. I guess that explains it.

Patrick Etienne, Williston

Award is ‘despicable’

I want to express my utter revulsion and sadness at the news item entitled “Williston has two ‘Rising Stars’” (“Around Town,” Oct. 21 Observer).

The fact that Vermont Business Magazine deemed a volunteer coordinator at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England worthy of honor both horrifies and saddens me. That someone in any way associated in the business of murdering little babies is worthy of honor for “their commitment to business growth, professional excellence and involvement in their communities” is simply too surreal to believe! Do they not realize that “business growth” at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England is higher numbers of deaths of babies, and the permanent wounding of women’s spirits?! According to their own financial statements, abortion is the main source of income at Planned Parenthood of Northern New England.

To honor someone for their part in the snuffing out of hundreds of innocent lives is despicable, and a vivid commentary on how depraved our society has become.

Marie Chamberlin, Richmond
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