Tristan Roberts

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Rep. Tristan Roberts plans a paternity leave from politics and will not seek re-election this fall

Tristan Roberts represents the Windham-6 district in the Vermont House of Representatives, where he has served on the House Corrections and Institutions committee.

HALIFAX-Dear friends,

Like you, I love my family and I love being a Vermonter.

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Leaving the prescription and facing the fear

I depended on a prescription controlled substance to get through life for four years, and I’m far from alone. I decided to leave the meds behind and try again to confront the experiences, to try to learn from them. The first thing I faced was terror.

I was prescribed, and took, a 0.5 mg pill of clonazepam nightly to suppress night terrors for four years, starting in 2011. It's a low dose, but I became habituated - as one does. I stopped cold turkey eight years ago this month and then used somatic therapy to...

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Tristan Roberts, representative, Windham-6

Thank you to everyone who participated in the general election here in Windham-6. Thank you to each voter who considered my candidacy for state representative. Thank you to those who trusted me with your vote. I have all your voices, all your stories, with me as I pack for...

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‘Heroes don’t need extra reasons to act’

When knocking on doors as a candidate for Vermont State Representative for Windham-6, the most common question I get is, “Why are you running?” I love to talk and listen on the issues, but that's only one part of the equation. “What is your moral compass?” is a question I've been mulling over even more. Here's an answer to that - a story about a national tragedy and a hero of mine who has taught me a lot about showing...

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Let us make walking holy

Why don't we walk more? Anyone who can afford to do so drives a car most places in the U.S. Walking is a luxury activity for health or social reasons, not a mode of transportation. The folks who do walk to get somewhere are disproportionately poor, are vagrants, or are flying a sign. I work in sustainability, a field that looks deeply at practical obstacles to walking and mass transit. Today, I want to talk on an emotional level. In...

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A vote for conflict awareness, not conflict avoidance

Can a person be too qualified to serve on the Brattleboro Food Co-op board? The BFC board thinks so. I really, really appreciate the board's service. Its members work tirelessly, and part of their job is to evaluate the job performance of the general manager. The board says that a senior staff person who reports to the GM would have “too great” a conflict of interest to serve in this capacity. A proposed bylaw change would exclude those people from...

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Individual respect is deserved

I don't like the tactics of 17-year-old Rio Daims, who kept heifers waiting on hot pavement during last weekend's parade “die-in.” But what is her father, who isn't quoted and whose decade-old activism is unrelated, doing in your story? Sometime last century, newspapers started covering women in the news without mentioning their husbands. Will today's child activists get that much respect?

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Businesses that stand behind opinions get support

For the businesses who submitted the anonymous column on the impact of panhandling, I suggest that they begin speaking more openly. As a regular downtown business customer, I stand ready with my wallet to support any business willing to engage in an honest dialogue. Speaking out on a controversial topic is hard. All the more reason I will support any downtown business that puts skin in the game and signs their name to any opinion expressed respectfully. I don't know...

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