Abby Mnookin

Aghast at heavy bias in Balint story

I am aghast that The Commons printed Joyce Marcel's article about Rep. Becca Balint's recent trip to Israel as a front-page news story. To give a few examples of how this reporting was heavily biased:

• Balint was the only person quoted.

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Student climate activists deserve support from their schools

‘Our schools should be giving them the tools to demand change so that they can do more than simply cling to survival in a world destroyed by those of us too shortsighted to demand change ourselves’

We are taxpayers in this school district. Many of us are parents and grandparents of children in our public schools. On June 5, many of us attended a Youth Climate Summit at which a group of seven middle- and high-school students each read a heartfelt and powerful statement about...

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Vacant energy coordinator position: unacceptable

The town of Brattleboro has $10,000 budgeted for an energy coordinator, but the position has not been filled since July 1. This is unacceptable. An energy coordinator could leverage the initial $10,000 to obtain grants and direct a big-picture approach that helps the town reduce its reliance on fossil...

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Climate day of action a huge success

We did it! On Sept. 9, hundreds of people, including dozens of families, took to the streets of Brattleboro as part of the global Rise for Climate day of action. This local Rise event was one of the largest in our region, and we couldn't have done it without the support of so many in our community. More than 100 bikers took over the streets in a “critical (and kid-ical) mass ride,” more than 100 people marched up Main Street,

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