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Sheryl 
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Re: “Censorship of Burlington School Newspaper May Have Violated Law

Interesting that this is the most recent post on the Register's Facebook page:

BHS Register
June 15
We are back briefly with some important breaking news!

BREAKING: Noel Green to step up as Interim Principal of Burlington High School. Current principal Tracy Racicot will return to previous position at Burlington Technical Center.

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Posted by Sheryl on 09/13/2018 at 8:56 AM

Re: “'I Am Vermont Too' Exhibition Opens at the Statehouse

This is real life according to people who have lived it. Being the constant target of ignorant assumptions sounds deeply irritating at best. Like instead of seeing a person, people see a "type." Ouch.

I have no experience having dark skin. But I remember two microaggressions based on my Jewish ethnicity. I wasn't devastated, more perplexed and miffed. But the memories remain acute. When I was 23, my boyfriend's sister told him that I would expect him to buy me expensive things and provide a lavish lifestyle. When I was in my 30s, a cafe manager who'd become an acquaintance to the point of discussing our backgrounds said that I "must be really good at business and earning."

And those were nothing, two mild chafes from my long-ago past. My heart aches thinking of people living with that disrespect daily, seeing it on others' faces before they even speak, taking the hit, and constantly striving to heal beyond it.

Life is hard enough without having to deal with this kind of thing. I want to do better for others and help reduce this pointless stress. Our assumptions about others are usually unconscious and implicit, nothing we've "decided" to believe. Still, we open our mouths and out they come, causing people pain. We must dismantle racism for all our sakes.

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Posted by Sheryl on 02/10/2017 at 8:30 AM

Re: “Scott, Minter Showcase Stark Differences in First Debate

"Asked whether transgendered students should be able to use the bathrooms of their choice in schools, both Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott said they should."
Good news, this, but the term "transgendered" implies something happened to change a person. In fact, a person identifying as transgender (there is no "-ed" suffix) is describing who they already are.

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Posted by Sheryl on 08/23/2016 at 9:22 AM

Re: “State Won't Ban Recreation on Berlin Pond

Berlin Pond itself is the city's sole drinking water supply. There is no backup reservoir. There is no source for backup water supply. If something happens to Berlin Pond, it's bottled water for the city and part of Berlin, including the hospital.

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Posted by Sheryl on 08/17/2014 at 8:56 PM

Re: “Boy Scouts Bow Out of Montpelier Parade Over National Policy on Gay Leaders

Instead of rubber-stamping a request, the Montpelier City Council asked to talk. The troop leaders said no and withdrew the request, denying their troop the chance to participate in a civic conversation and possibly come away with exactly what they'd requested. What a shame the troop leaders saw an invitation to talk as an insult instead of an opportunity to step up and come to an understanding.

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Posted by Sheryl on 07/01/2014 at 8:36 PM

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