Whether you consider yourself a progressive or conservative or somewhere in between, if you pay taxes and vote it makes sense to check on how your vote is being represented in Montpelier.

The conservative leaning Ethan Allen Institute publishes the very revealing "EAI’s Big Book of Legislator Roll Call Profiles -- House, 2013." It’s not dry reading and believe me it’s worth the effort.

To find out how your local legislator is representing you, go to ethanallen.org and click on Roll Calls.

CHRIS CRANSTON

Woodford

Supports paid sick days

I am a registered nurse writing to express my support for paid sick days legislation. I would like to start with a story. This is just one of many stories like it that I witness as a nurse.

A patient is at the end of life. One of only three people in the patient’s life drives several hours on her day off in a borrowed car to see the patient. When she arrives, she explains that she can only stay a few hours because she will be fired from her job at a fast-food restaurant if she calls out of work. The patient dies the next day.

Although the most common messages about health focus on our biology and our behavior, and these things are important without a doubt, they are only part of the picture. Our health is more definitively determined by our access to fundamental human rights, including the right to health care, and the right to work with dignity. Paid sick days are essential to work with dignity and thus essential to our health. People with paid sick days enjoy more protections than we might understand at first glance: People with paid sick days do not have to work when they are sick.

Caregivers with paid sick days are able to take care of their children.

People with paid sick days do not have to live with the constant chronic worry and stress that comes with knowing that a day taking care of yourself or your children means a loss of income, or worse, loss of your job.

Also, the current distribution of paid sick days exacerbates long-standing injustice. People of Color and low income earners are less likely to have access to paid sick days, often forcing families into a downward spiral of poverty. By guaranteeing a minimum standard of paid sick days to all workers, we are making sure that an essential human right is accessible to all of our neighbors.

COREY MALLON

Burlington