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July 14th, 2016

Gregory Dennis: Recent acts part of tragic history

Posted on July 14, 2016 |
By Gregory Dennis



What can a white man, in the nation’s second-whitest state, say about the tragedies of violence and racism that continue to tear our country apart?

I sat down to write this column in Carol’s Hungry Mind Cafe, where the flow of coffee and friends on laptops can stir the creative juices.

But I had to go home to finish this. Because I didn’t want to have to explain to everyone in the cafe why I was crying.

Crying for all the decades of murdered black victims of white police violence — people who died because they were black.

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Opinion: One candidate backs legal pot

Posted on July 14, 2016 |
By Dave Silberman



While Vermont will not be joining Massachusetts, Maine and California in allowing the people to vote directly on marijuana legalization via ballot initiatives this fall, legalization is — indirectly — on the ballot in our upcoming August 9 primary, in the form of the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.  

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Opinion: Experience a plus for Scheu

Posted on July 14, 2016 |
By John Barstow



We enthusiastically support Robin Scheu to represent Middlebury in the state legislature, and encourage fellow voters to do likewise in the August 9 primary and again in November. Why? Because Robin gets things done no matter what she tackles, from managing the Addison County Solid Waste Management District to chairing the boards of key local nonprofits that help all of us. A few of those boards include: United Way, Mary Hogan Elementary and Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op.

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Opinion: Time to pick the path of peace

Posted on July 14, 2016 |
By Elizabeth Frank



The tragic events that unfolded last week highlight racial tensions that have been simmering in many communities throughout our land for decades.

I believe fear is the driver behind violence. We now live in a manufactured, heightened state of fear. The media feeds fear regardless of what the issue is: terrorism, weather events, racial tensions, politics, immigrants, health issues, you name it.

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Guest Editorial: Affordable housing is a tough nut to crack but proposed bill offered a pilot project

Posted on July 14, 2016 |
By Rep. Fred Baser



The availability of good housing for middle income Vermonters, near their place of work, is a problem in Vermont. Contractors struggle to build affordable homes for this market.

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Community forum: What are addictive medications?

Posted on July 14, 2016 |
By Jessi de Boer



This week’s writer is Jessi de Boer, who wrote this in coordination with the Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction. DeBoer, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and a licensed clinical mental health counselor, is coordinator of Adult Recovery Services at Counseling Service of Addison County.

What are Addictive Medications?

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July 13th

Starksboro man drowns while helping to save his son

Posted on July 13, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



FERRISBURGH — A 36-year-old Starksboro man died on Thursday morning, July 7, at the University of Vermont Medical Center as a result of a July 6 swimming incident while trying to rescue his son in the waters of Lake Champlain at Button Bay State Park.

Vermont State Police said Jason Russell died at around 4 a.m.

State police responded to Button Bay State Park at around 5 p.m. on Wednesday after receiving a call about a boy having trouble swimming.

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Brandon gets $1.3 million grant to replace downtown culvert

Posted on July 13, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



BRANDON — The stormwater culvert planned for the Neshobe River in downtown Brandon is on the fast track for completion, thanks to Vermont’s congressional delegation.

In a press release issued Thursday, the offices of Sen. Patrick Leahy, Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch announced a $1.3 million Hazard Mitigation Grant to the town from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

The new grant will fund the construction phase of a culvert under Route 7 designed to divert floodwater from the Neshobe River.

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