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Letter to the editor: Teachers to add to job description?

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Alexander Lyall



To make schools safe: send teachers and staff to ten weeks of Basic Training, since taking down a military assault requires a military response. Basic Training, however, is only basic. Also required are Advanced Training and some practical experience. That would take at least a year, rotating through actual combat operations. We have several available from which to choose.

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Letter to the editor: Baker should return to selectboard

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Donna Donahue



I am writing to support Gary Baker’s candidacy for Middlebury selectboard. I previously served with Gary on the selectboard and have served on committees with him. He is one of the few individuals I have known in politics who comes to the table open minded, listening and digesting information before making a decision. We have not always agreed on issues, but I have great respect for Gary’s integrity and work ethic. He does not operate from a personal agenda but always puts Middlebury first.

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Letter to the editor: Mount Abe renovation project should be defeated

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Doug Tolles



Residents of Bristol, New Haven, Lincoln, Starksboro and Monkton will once again be asked to pay for an unneeded expansion of the Mt. Abe school building. This is the school where both enrollments and academic results continue to decline.

The $29.5 million debt figure on the ballot excludes the additional interest expense of 17.5 million dollars — costing you over $47 million — the real cost of this bond.

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Letter to the editor: Fuentes-George is energetic, courageous and smart

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Joanna Colwell



I hope Middlebury voters will join me in voting for Lindsey Fuentes-George for Middlebury selectboard.

As the national political scene seems to go from bad to worse, I take heart in the wave of grassroots, local, first-time candidates who are determined to serve their communities with integrity and compassion.

Lindsey is a mother of three, so you know she can handle multitasking, prioritizing, and making money stretch, in the service of a family-friendly Middlebury.

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Letter to the editor: Khan has always taken Middlebury's interests to heart

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Julie Durkin Merritt



I am very pleased to endorse Farhad Khan for Middlebury Selectboard. Although I live in Rutland, I work in Middlebury and have had the pleasure of knowing Mr. Khan for over 5 years. Despite the influence of the internet and big-box development in Vermont, Farhad, his wife, Amtul, and their One Dollar Market have consistently contributed to the economic health of the retail presence in Middlebury.

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Letter to the editor: Fuentes-George is a wise choice

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Dave Silberman



I was heartened, amidst a political climate where more and more elected officials seem only to listen to people who already agree with them, to read that Lindsey Fuentes-George has launched a campaign for Middlebury selectboard centered on seeking out the opinion of — and listening to — the entirety of our diverse community.

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Letter to the editor: Teacher fires a poetic shot

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Peter Bruno



Why I Won’t Take a Bullet for My Students

 

I won’t take a bullet for my students

Not because I’m scared necessarily,

Though I’d like to be around a while longer,

 

To teach some more,

Direct a few more plays,

I’ve yet to tackle Ibsen or Williams, not to mention Beckett

 

Each day we dutifully stand for the Pledge,

Some students recite along with the principal, others like me, silent

 

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Letter to the editor: Board candidates have fresh voices

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Laura Asermily



I endorse Lindsey Fuentes-George and Farhad Khan for Middlebury selectboard. These fresh voices will infuse us with diversity and vitality during our rail bridge construction project. Geographically, these candidates represent the southern and eastern parts of our town that are important to have at our table. Socially and economically, they represent equally important sectors toward helping us build an affordable, responsive Middlebury. Both are raising young families and are committed to our reorganizing schools and expanding public library and recreation programs.

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Letter to the editor: Energy fund to help Weybridge

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Gale Hurd



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Letter to the editor: Experience a plus for Baker

Posted on March 1, 2018 |
By Ken Perine



Gary Baker deserves your vote for Middlebury selectboard. He has served our town for many years in several capacities, including as a member of the Development Review Board and the Infrastructure Committee and as a past member of the selectboard.

His service has always been thoughtful and reasoned. He is a dedicated and hardworking public servant, just the type of person we should have representing us on the selectboard. Please join me in supporting Gary on Tuesday.

Ken Perine

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