To the Editor,
I am writing to address the issue of the tampon tax in our state. I am a 15-year-old girl from Montpelier High School, and I am frustrated and confused with the high tax on feminine hygiene products. These products are treated as a luxury, which should not be the case. The average woman will spend $1,773.33 on tampon products in her lifetime, plus another $443.33 if she uses panty liners as backup.
That is already such a large amount, and if you add the tax the number grows a significant amount. Through a woman’s lifetime, the sales tax on tampons will add up to $124.13 and $31.03 on panty liners. Products that are considered to be for men often have a lower price or a lower sales tax. Things such as men’s razors cost a significant amount less than women’s. Feminine hygiene products are a necessity, and every person who has a period has to purchase these products.
I can understand why people may think that the tampon tax is not a big deal, one of the reasons for this being the fact that they have never experienced what it’s like to have a period. People think that a tampon tax is a distraction, and that we should be focusing on building up our tax economy. We should be doing this, but because of the tax on hygiene products they are becoming more and more unavailable to women. People can’t afford the products, and they are spending money that they should be saving for things like food and water.
Feminine hygiene products should not be taxed, and as a woman who has to deal with a period I know that it is not, in any terms, a luxury.
Anna Luhr, Montpelier
To the Editor,
What a night it was! A million thanks to everyone who came out to support the Vermont Foodbank at the Sixth Annual Empty Bowl Benefit at The Mud Studio in Middlesex. Because of you, we raised $8,775 to help our most vulnerable neighbors.
To our sponsors, Mike Sullivan and The Mud Studio, Black Krim Tavern, Bon Temps Gourmet, Capitol Copy, Central Vermont Potters, Christ Church, Cold Hollow Cider Mill, Hunger Mountain Coop, J. Morgan’s Steakhouse, North Branch Café, Red Hen Bakery, Regal Floral Design, Sarducci’s, Vermont Creamery, The Bridge, and The World Newspaper, we could not do this without you.
To Susan Reid and Pam Bockes, whose music lifts us up every year, we are so grateful.
And most especially, to the fabulous family of potters who make and donate hundreds of their hand-crafted bowls each year, and who worked tirelessly for months to make this fundraiser the huge success it was,
Bonnie Seideman, Empty Bowl organizer