I wanted to submit a correction to the Winooski police story ["Small City, Big Divide: Winooski Cops Seek Community Bonds," December 10]. I used to be a board member of the Winooski Coalition for a Safe and Peaceful Community. The WCSPC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, and its executive director is Kate Nugent. Sister Pat McKittrick founded the coalition and is currently a board member; she does not run it, and it is not a volunteer group, although they do have many amazing volunteers supporting the work!
I just finished reading "Researching the Ravine" [December 3] and wanted to let Seven Days readers know that the UVM Libraries' Center for Digital Initiatives makes historical maps of Burlington freely available online. There are two collections, "Historical Maps of Burlington and Winooski, Vermont," and "Fire Insurance Maps of Burlington, Vermont." Readers can find them at cdi.uvm.edu. These maps are invaluable for anyone researching Burlington history.
Doherty is the public services librarian for UVM Special Collections.
I thoroughly enjoyed Dan Bolles' portrait of Vermont singer/songwriter Francesca Blanchard ["The World Can't Wait," December 10]. I couldn't agree more with Jacob Edgar of Cumbancha that Francesca's is a very special talent, and I firmly believe she is in the early stages of a career that will earn her international celebrity — she's just that good. Her original songs in both French and English are artfully crafted, oftentimes deeply personal, and her singing voice is beautiful.
For the uninitiated, her debut EP, Songs on an Ovation, is required listening and, again, I agree with Mr. Edgar that if you relax and take the time to absorb the beauty of her compositions, the experience can be magical.
I'd like to remind folks that the Francesca Blanchard Quartet can soon be heard and seen as part of Vermont Public Radio's "Live From the Fort" video series, and they'll also be performing December 31 at 9 p.m. as part of First Night Burlington's Global Village series of music and dance performances. I have my button.
Najman is the host of VPR's weekly "My Place" radio show.
It's no surprise that some ousted bigwigs from the Kiss administration would like to retake Burlington City Hall [Fair Game, "Weinberger's Restart," November 26], but there is hardly a groundswell of discontent against Miro Weinberger. He's done a fine job as mayor, and Burlington would be well served by a second term. Weinberger has restored competent management and vigorous leadership, put city finances on an even keel, and kept Burlington Telecom alive. City services — especially public works — are noticeably more consumer friendly. Returning the old regime would be a step back into the past.
Paul Heintz may be getting more clever, in his own mind at least, but he is out of touch with Vermonters [Fair Game: "Shumlin 2.0," November 19]. Yes, we will see "what we want to see" because we have been here a long time. We know what is good for our state of Vermont. Heintz should stop intellectualizing for the sake of a story. He'll be out of a job quicker than Peter Shumlin, who has much more wisdom than Heintz does. He should get real and start listening to someone other than himself.
[Re Off Message: "'Black Lives Matter' Candlelight Vigil Held in Burlington," December 13]: Black lives matter. All lives matter, including those of the unborn. The med students doing the White Coats for Black Lives, in my opinion, are hypocrites. There are more minority woman having abortions than white women. And doctors are doing the abortions. Why are they not protesting that? There are far more minority babies aborted every year than cops killing people of color. Unborn babies are innocent, unlike Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Both had committed crimes before the cops stopped them. If they had listened to the cops and done what was asked of them, they both would be alive. The time to disagree with the cop is not on the street, but in the courtroom. It is far safer for everyone.
[Re "Green Mountain Opera Festival Cancels Season," November 26]: As a member of Florida Grand Opera's administration team, I just want to clarify that FGO is not in any danger of forfeiting its 74th season. All of the operas for the 2014-2015 season are scheduled and will be performed as planned. Our current "Say YES! to Opera, South Florida" comprehensive campaign is to ensure the performance quality of future seasons.
Mazzurco manages public relations for the Florida Grand Opera.