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Letter to the Editor: Mount Abe revote on thoughtful path

Posted on December 11, 2017 |
By David Brynn



On Dec. 6 the Mount Abraham Union High School Renovation Committee met and dug into the upcoming bond vote. They voted to hold that on March 6, 2018, Town Meeting Day, because there is pressing work that must be done.

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Letter to the Editor: New vision for Mount Abe facility hailed for creative ideas

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By David Brynn



The Addison Independent’s recap of the Nov. 27 meeting of the Mount Abraham Middle/High School’s Renovation Committee meeting was superb. As the author noted, the session was a lively and yet respectful discussion full of energy and tension. The Addy Indy article captured all of this very well. Special thanks to all who made the meeting so!

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Letter to the editor: Wait until Town Meeting Day for Mount Abe bond vote

Posted on November 27, 2017 |
By David Brynn



On Monday, Nov. 27, the Mount Abraham Union Middle and High School’s (MAUM/HS) Renovation Committee will be reconvened ostensibly to get to a quick re-vote on the twice-failed Mount Abe Bond. The Renovation Committee needs to hear that waiting until Town Meeting Day, March 6, 2018, is essential.

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Letter to the Editor: Think outside the box for Mount Abe renovation

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By David Brynn



The Mt. Abe bond was voted down again — this time by a narrow margin. There may be a rush back to the consulting firm to re-configure the ask in time for a Town Meeting vote or even sooner. Cutting the ask and the bond length in half now might get the vote to YES. But real community involvement in the process is essential for creating a compelling legacy project that will stand the test of time.

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Letters to the Editor: Mount Abe officials make good case for building project

Posted on August 21, 2017 |
By David Brynn



Thanks to the many Five Town community members for their dedicated work in addressing the facility issues at Mt. Abe. The recent article in the Addison Independent makes a good case for moving ahead with substantial work.

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Letter to the Editor: Much absent from Trump's speech

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
By David Brynn



Trump stayed on script. The Republicans had a good night and were mighty proud of themselves. Pelosi looked a bit lost. She really ought to move on. Pence looked like a nine-year-old who had just gotten a brand new baseball glove. Trump did a good job and it was great seeing him without his red tie around his neck and Bannon at his ear. Trump kept it positive and he worked to unite the assembled. Good for him. We needed a break from his overt angst.

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Vt. forests are linked to clean water

Posted on November 21, 2016 |
By David Brynn



The Addison Independent’s recent article on the revised water quality rules for forestry in Vermont was an excellent one. The Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and Recreation was quoted as stating that the recent tweaks were designed to give landowners and loggers flexibility “to get the job done.” The forest industry reiterated its continued commitment to getting the job of conserving water quality done in Vermont.

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Opinion: Reducing phosphorus output is key to lake cleanup

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By David Brynn



In the Thursday, Aug. 20, edition of the AddisonIndependentthe excellent cover story is about the Otter Creek watershed’s sources of phosphorus that are killing Lake Champlain. Fifty percent is coming from agriculture. Seventeen percent is coming from forests. Seventeen percent is coming from stream banks. Assuming that 70 percent of the stream banks are in forests, that would put the forest contribution of phosphorus in the Otter Creek watershed at 28 percent.

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Opinion: Change needed in water policies

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By David Brynn



The time has come to take seriously the cleanup of our streams, rivers and lakes. They are the lifeblood of Vermont and they are the ecological treasures of all Vermonters.

As temperatures continue to warm and the peak flows of storm events increase, the negative impacts of sediment and nutrient deposition will accelerate. That Gov. Shumlin has placed the cleanup on his priority list for his third term is a great step forward.

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Community Forum: Make your invisible shared water resources visible

Posted on December 1, 2014 |
By David Brynn



This week’s writer is Bristol resident David Brynn, the Executive Director of Vermont Family Forests who for this piece described himself as “Commoner, Little Otter Creek Catchment, NW Addison County, Vermont, USA.”

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