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Letter to the Editor: Addison Central cuts are going to far

Posted on January 11, 2018 |
By Ian Ross



Editor’s note: The writer sent this to the Addison Central School District board and copied the Independent.

I have three children currently and soon-to-be enrolled in the ACSD. I have been following the FY 2019 budget talks through recent Addison Independent articles. It is usually not possible for me to attend your Monday meetings, and we have a prior engagement during your meeting this Thursday, January 11th. Therefore, I am writing you with my views regarding this difficult decision.

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Letter to the Editor: Mount Abe option is worthy studying

Posted on January 11, 2018 |
By David Brynn



Steve Harris’s essay entitled “A Slight Course Correction” in the Addison Independent’s Jan. 4, 2017 edition provides great food for thought. Steve makes a solid case for expanding objectives at Mt. Abe while reducing costs in hopes of producing better results. This is exactly the sort of thinking we should be employing.

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Letter to the Editor: Column sparked happy memories

Posted on January 11, 2018 |
By Sylvia Coffin



I just received my Addison Independent in the mail for Dec. 21, 2017, rather late as it came on Jan. 2, 2018. A nice surprise as I found some good reading in it from before Christmas. I was particularly drawn to Jessie Raymond, “Around The Bend” — her account of the baking of a birthday cake for her grandson and the successful outcome. I was greatly amused with her addition to being hooked on the Hallmark Channel while producing the cake.

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Police chiefs oppose marijuana legalization in Vermont

Posted on January 8, 2018 |
By Chief George Merkel et al.



On behalf of the Vermont Police Association, the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police and the Vermont Sheriffs Association, we write this letter in opposition of H.511 (legalization of marijuana). Our members are extremely disappointed that Gov. Scott expressed a wiliness to sign a legalization bill prior to release of the progress report the Governor’s Marijuana Advisory Commission intends to issue on Jan. 15, and prior to the release of the commission’s final report due on Dec. 15.

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Letter to the editor: Trump: Like dealing with a terrorist

Posted on January 8, 2018 |
By Peter Lebenbaum



The President is demanding that the Democrats support building a southern border wall and changes to the immigration system before he will support DACA. Once again we are faced with the agonizing dilemma:

When, or if, do we negotiate with terrorists when they hold captive innocent civilians?

Peter Lebenbaum, Middlebury

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Letter to the editor: Vermont Gas misleading, inaccurate

Posted on January 8, 2018 |
By Bobbie Carnwath



Regarding “Warm Wishes from Vermont Gas” that appeared as a quarter-page ad in the Addison Independent and perhaps other Vermont newspapers during the holiday season: I get that this was paid promotional material, that it is not a newspaper’s responsibility to fact-check its advertisers, and I do appreciate that the text appeared on a shaded background, alerting readers that this was not the professional, verifiable news we typically find in the fine local newspapers that Vermonters rely on and respect.

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Jessie Raymond: 'Twas the season for slacking off

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



Well, I did it again.

For the second year in a row, I’ve had the week off between Christmas and New Year’s, and, also for the second year in a row, I got nothing done.

The difference is that last year I thought I’d use the extra down time to catch up on projects around the house and to focus on my health and fitness.

Neither happened.

This year I had no such expectations. And I did not let myself down.

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Community Forum: A slight course correction needed at Mount Abe

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Stephen Harris



On Town Meeting Day this March, voters of the five towns of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union school district will be asked to approve a bond request for renovation of the existing building at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol. As we consider this third request, I would like to suggest an alternative approach that enlarges the objectives, reduces the cost and produces a result that is far more appropriate to our existing challenges.

Let’s build an enhanced campus renamed “Gateway Park” that offers the following to the community:

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Letter to the editor: Healthy food bill would help kids

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Francisco Corbalan



As a general pediatrician, I spend a lot of time discussing nutrition with my patients and their families. With the rates of obesity and other chronic diseases linked to poor nutrition continuing to cause a significant burden on people’s quality of life and on our healthcare system as a whole, continued efforts are needed to help combat this ever-growing problem.

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Letter to the editor: Bristol shouldn't open its doors to natural gas

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Patricia Heather Lea



Vermont Gas Systems is not yet serving our community of Bristol with “natural” gas.

I understand that my selectboard has agreed to work with Vermont Gas Systems. Selectboard member, Michelle Perlee and town administrator Valerie Capels have the job of editing a licensing agreement with Vermont Gas Systems.

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