Valley News Forum for June 2, 2023: Scott should sign universal school meals bill

Published: 6/2/2023 6:14:28 AM
Modified: 6/2/2023 6:14:04 AM
Scott should sign universal school meals bill

As an advocate, I am writing to express my support for the universal school meals bill, H.165, and to urge Gov. Phil Scott to enact this legislation. This bill, which recently passed through the Legislature, represents a significant milestone for our state and underscores our commitment to providing all students with the necessary nutrition for their success.

First and foremost, I would like to acknowledge the hard work of the dedicated legislators who have worked tirelessly to make this bill a reality. Their efforts have placed Vermont among the few states that have implemented universal school meals. This accomplishment speaks volumes about the dedication of our elected officials to prioritize the well-being of our children and families.

It is crucial to recognize that universal school meals are essential to the school day — ensuring our students’ health, happiness, and readiness to learn. Many of our students started school during the pandemic and have only known a system where meals are universally provided. For them, this has become the norm, and it is imperative that we continue to offer them the support they need to thrive.

By signing the universal school meals bill into law, Gov. Phil Scott has the opportunity to profoundly impact the lives of countless Vermont families. It is a chance to ensure that no child goes hungry and that all students have the sustenance required to excel academically and beyond.

I wholeheartedly urge Gov. Phil Scott to take decisive action and support the universal school meals bill. This legislative stride represents a significant advancement for our state and is an essential element in equipping our children with the tools they need to succeed.

Carlin Molander

South Royalton

Piecemeal Pies investors deserve an explanation

John Lippman’s front-page story about the abrupt closure of Piecemeal Pies (“Piecemeal Pies bankruptcy has some investors expecting total loss,” May 30) was one of several published by Vermont media outlets citing a lack of response from co-owners Justin Barrett and Josh Brown regarding the matter.

Barrett’s and Brown’s refusal to explain the closure to its loyal customers and investors who pumped more than $150,000 into the enterprise is nothing short of cowardly.

Piecemeal Pies was a commendable business, and unfortunately many such businesses ultimately fail. I can only imagine how difficult the collapse was for Barrett and Brown, who were forced to endure the Gates Briggs Building flooding of 2022 and reportedly combined to earn just $62,500 in compensation in the 12 months preceding bankruptcy. Nevertheless, leaving in the dark the community that supported you and allowed you to take a stab at success is inexcusable.

I hope consumers and investors will keep Barrett’s and Brown’s despicable lack of accountability in mind if the pair ever attempts business in the Upper Valley again.

Jared Pendak

Bradford, Vt.

Do columnists dream of electric sheep?

Are you actually considering replacing Dan Mackie and the boys with AI? (“The end is near,” Page A2, May 27)

Have you lost your Yankee? Say it isn’t so! Say it, please.

Debra Lamson Perkins

New London

EDITOR’S NOTE: It isn’t so.

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