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With thanks to John Tenny

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Each year across the county’s 23 towns, a few local “heroes” are honored for service to their communities “beyond the call of duty” or, to put it another way, way beyond what most of us could imagine doing ourselves. So, we offer our sincere thanks and tip our collective hats to them for their magnanimous efforts.

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Editorial: Town Meeting: Our views on three votes; you do the rest

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Next Tuesday, March 6 is Town Meeting Day. Don’t take it lightly.

In today’s Addison Independent, the news team has reviewed the major — and minor — issues to be discussed at town meeting of each of the 23 towns in the county, plus Brandon. The previews start on Page 12A and continue through Page 20A. We wouldn’t devote eight pages of news to the reviews, if we didn’t think the issues were important and wanted to provide citizens with a shorthand guide to each town.

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Editorial: MUHS Nordic girls: Impressive!

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the midst of news surrounding Town Meeting, the presidential primaries, the Dow cruising over 13,000, North Korea agreeing to cut back on its testing of nuclear weapons, and the continuing threat of war with Iran by the same neoconservatives that pushed us unnecessarily into a war with Iraq, let’s pause for a moment to applaud a local milestone: the MUHS Nordic girls’ ski team won the D-II state championship this week.

It was the first state championship of any MUHS Nordic ski team since 1989.

It’s a special achievement for several reasons:

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Staff Blog: Revisiting Lincoln's Cooper Union Address

Posted on February 27, 2012 | Blog Category:
By Angelo S. Lynn



In this political era in which the leading Republicans of the land stumble over themselves to reject the wisdom of separating church in state in a political context; in which cutting taxes to corporations is the panacea for all that ails us; in which cow-towing to the fanatical wing of the party is the only path to the nomination; it is instructive and nostalgic, perhaps, to want to revisit President Abraham Lincoln’s speech on slavery made in the Cooper Union, New York City on Feb. 27, 1860 – 152 years ago.

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Editorial: Making sense of tax cuts

Posted on February 27, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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Editorial: A tragedy of misplaced priorities

Posted on February 23, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



That the Vermont State Police failed to adequately respond in a search for 19-year-old Levi Duclos, who was reported to state police as an overdue hiker in Ripton on Jan. 9, has been acknowledged by most, outraged first responders and rescue volunteers across the state, distressed friends and local residents, and shaken the public’s confidence in the state police force.

It is clear to almost everyone that this is a tragedy that might have been prevented had a better system been in place.

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Editorial: A note to Charlotte residents

Posted on February 23, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



We won’t claim a preference in the current redistricting debate that has proposed moving Charlotte into the Addison County senatorial district, but in case math prevails we’d like to introduce you to aspects of the county that may be closer to your values than you may know.

Our rural roots are the most obvious similarities. Dairy farming, open land, small town government and small rural schools are the heart of both areas.

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Editorial: Imagining new role for Ed Dept.

Posted on February 16, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The case for making the state education department a cabinet-level agency with a secretary appointed by the governor gained strength this past week as the state’s test scores provided less than sterling results with no-one but local school boards to hold accountable.

What’s to be done?

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Clippings: Solar panels spark hot interest

Posted on February 9, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



 

OK, OK. We’d had numerous people stop and ask various members of the Addison Independentstaff about the new décor on our southern-facing roof.

We put up two banks of solar panels on our roof late this fall, and they’ve generated a lot more interest than I might have expected. So, here’s the story:

We’d had a slow leak in our roof this past fall, ruining a ceiling tile or two, and causing us to push the photocopier off to the side for a couple days. Nothing major, but something to fix.

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Super Bowl ad scores TD

Posted on February 9, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



 

I’m not the dyed-in-the-wool football fan I used to be.

But I tuned in Sunday to watch the New York Giants snatch the momentum away from the New England Patriots late in the second half, and saw Eli Manning march his team down to a sure winning field goal and accidentally stumble in for the winning touchdown instead.

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