Letters to the Editor

School board makes appointments under unique circumstances

Each year, two of the five seats on the Williston School Board, and at least one seat on the Champlain Valley Union school board, come due for re-election on Town Meeting Day.

This past election, there were two board positions that were not filled in the election process, leaving the board to appoint members of the Williston community to the open positions.

In the past, when such an appointment would entail serving on the board for a two- or three-year term, the board would consider advertising the position and interviewing candidates. Given the current situation, with the consolidated Champlain Valley School District (CVSD) board becoming the governing body July 1, the time to advertise and conduct interviews would likely extend past this date.

Since individuals appointed will only serve for two regular Williston School Board meetings, the Williston School Board appointed two members of the Williston community to the open positions at the March 21 meeting.

Gene McCue was a Williston representative on the CVU School Board up until this recent election and was re-appointed to the CVU School Board.

John Hall was a school board budget buddy for the 2017-2018 budget process and was appointed to the Williston School Board.

If you have any questions about the appointments or would like more information, please contact the Williston School Board:

Please be on the lookout for an information update regarding the Williston Central School renovation coming in a future Observer article.

Amanda Marvin
Chairwoman,                               Williston School Board

Kudos to DEA, local police

I am writing to publicly thank the Williston police officers working with the DEA for their recent assist and part in helping to remove an alleged heroin and cocaine dealer from Chittenden County.

It’s unfortunate one tenant of the landlord’s property here in Williston found the raid unnerving. These hard-working police and DEA agents have possibly saved lives by removing this person from our communities.

They certainly have helped decrease the number of opportunities for drug addicts to be readily supplied. I would willingly put up with a less-than-pleasant experience for a couple hours if I knew it was part of the process of getting dealers and traffickers off the streets.

David Mullin

LNA union effort vital for patient care

As a life-long resident of Addison and Chittenden counties, I am writing in support of the licensed nursing assistants’ fight to unionize at the UVM Medical Center. Not only do I believe in unions, and the combined power of the labor force to fight for their own rights and needs, I believe that without a union to negotiate over safe staffing, wages and working conditions it will ultimately lead to harm of the patients that rely on the UVM medical network.

As a patient with an auto-immune disease I have experienced first-hand what an understaffed hospital floor is like. Once, I was given the wrong medication in my lead line, which ended up being extremely painful and traumatic for me and my family.

I hit my page button, but help didn’t come right away. My mother was with me and alerted the nurses that it was urgent. It was a terrible experience, and I don’t know how long I would have had to wait if I hadn’t had someone with me. It is irresponsible and unethical to block something that would ensure better patient care and dignity.

I don’t blame the LNAs, nurses, doctors or pharmacy for what happened. I blame a provider behemoth that puts the wealth of administrators over the well-being of patients.

It is vital that patient care staff have control over staffing needs. They are the ones with the patients every day, and they are the ones who know best what the patients need.

Desiree Roberts