Commentary Series http://digital.vpr.net en Krupp: Border Crisis http://digital.vpr.net/post/krupp-border-crisis <p>My good friend of many years, Ash Eames of Wentworth, New Hampshire died recently. But for a good part of his life, Ash was involved in community development work and the peace and justice movement in Nicaragua. And I believe that his legacy - along with that of countless others - could be instructive in helping us respond to the plight of thousands of unaccompanied children now streaming across the Texas border. They come from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras - but not, as it happens, Nicaragua.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:06:26 +0000 Ron Krupp 30664 at http://digital.vpr.net Coffin: Learning to Swim http://digital.vpr.net/post/coffin-learning-swim <p>He was a formidable specimen, a crew-cut Tarzan, all tanned and muscular. Ace Kruger was his name -like someone holding a glass of ale in one hand the high card in the other. And he was a mighty contrast to skinny little me that morning in 1949 when we met as I shivered knee deep in the chill waters of Barnard’s Silver Lake, at 7:30 with the fog not yet burned away.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 16:05:43 +0000 Howard Coffin 30682 at http://digital.vpr.net Mares: Meeting Frank Gaylord http://digital.vpr.net/post/mares-meeting-frank-gaylord <p>In researching a book about war memorials and monuments, I was both pleased and gratified to meet Frank Gaylord, the 89-year-old sculptor of the figures in the Korean War Memorial in Washington D.C. It was an honor to shake the hand that had carved those ghostly soldiers, and many more noteworthy statues besides.<br />&nbsp;</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:50:49 +0000 Bill Mares 30638 at http://digital.vpr.net Mares: Meeting Frank Gaylord Woolf: Kids, Counting, Race, And Vermont http://digital.vpr.net/post/woolf-kids-counting-race-and-vermont <p> Recently the Annie E. Casey Foundation released its annual survey of how well children are doing in the 50 states. Titled Kids Count, the study found that Vermont ranked second in the nation in its measure of the overall well-being of children. Only Massachusetts ranked higher.<br /><br />The study looked at sixteen indicators of how well kids are doing, measuring their economic well-being, education levels, health, and family living conditions.<br /> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:39:44 +0000 Art Woolf 30683 at http://digital.vpr.net Dunsmore: Elusive Cease Fire http://digital.vpr.net/post/dunsmore-elusive-cease-fire <p>When I went into the Sinai desert with Israeli forces in June of 1967, I harbored no doubts about the morality of that war. Against the backdrop of bellicose Arab boasts to drive the Israelis into the sea, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser demanded the removal of 3400 UN forces forming a buffer zone between Egypt and Israel, setting the stage for a new round of fighting. The Israeli’s preemptively attacked and it was a rout. The Egyptian air force was destroyed largely on the ground, in the first hours of the war. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 19:55:34 +0000 Barrie Dunsmore 30670 at http://digital.vpr.net Adrian: Transparency http://digital.vpr.net/post/adrian-transparency <p>On July 1st new changes to Vermont’s open meetings law went into effect in an effort to bring the law into conformity with 21st Century expectations.</p><p>The Meetings Law and its sister legislation the Public Records Act hold public bodies accountable to the people.</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:54:15 +0000 Ed Adrian 30668 at http://digital.vpr.net Kashmeri: Bremer Appearance http://digital.vpr.net/post/kashmeri-bremer-appearance <p>Recently, I picked up my local daily paper and read that Mr. Paul Bremer had spoken at a fundraiser for a small, local library. Bremer, you may remember, was the former U.S. Administrator for Iraq.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:51:09 +0000 Sarwar Kashmeri 30655 at http://digital.vpr.net Dowling: Getting Ready http://digital.vpr.net/post/dowling-getting-ready <p>College students spend years of their lives and thousands of dollars getting a diploma they hope will get them lucrative and fulfilling jobs - that takes perseverance. But as a member of the Community College of Vermont’s faculty, I’ve seen what real grit looks like. CCV has open enrollment and it’s a true melting pot. Because I teach public speaking, I’ve been honored to hear many personal accounts of danger and deprivation in far-away places - and some from right here in Vermont.<br /> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:21:02 +0000 Leora Dowling 30651 at http://digital.vpr.net Deffner: Delta Workshop http://digital.vpr.net/post/deffner-delta-workshop <p>Prior to my recent trip to Mississippi, when I told friends where I was going, they’d ask “On purpose?" and "Of your own free will?"</p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:31:12 +0000 Joe Deffner 30641 at http://digital.vpr.net Gilbert: Civil War Stress Disorders http://digital.vpr.net/post/gilbert-civil-war-stress-disorders <p> When we think about the Civil War, we may think of the uniforms made familiar through re-enactors, movies, paintings, even some old black and white photos. We may think of political giants and charismatic generals; of disease and primitive medical care; of a soldier writing letters home, or fighting in battle. But typically we don’t make the connection between people’s experiences in that war and what we now call Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.<br /> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:58:04 +0000 Peter Gilbert 30632 at http://digital.vpr.net