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Opinion: It's time to make marijuana legal

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Lee Weisman



As a medical resident some 30 years ago, I chose to do my required “grand rounds” talk on cannabis research. All the published references I could find focused on defining the toxicity or other dangers of cannabis and THC, its active compound. Most were animal studies, and there were significant adverse effects seen in some laboratory rats. They were being given doses roughly equivalent to a human smoking hundreds of “joints” at a time.

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Opinion: History will prove governor wrong on pipeline project

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Ron Slabaugh



Dear Gov. Shumlin,

I’ve read your statements of how the Addison gas pipeline is such a good idea. I know history will prove you badly wrong but by then the damage will be done.

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Opinion: Poetic shout-out to Donald Trump

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By John Vincent



Ode to Angry White Men

Trump

Hate

With

Love

John Vincent

New Haven

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Opinion: Many made career center's boat a big success

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By William Brooks



Many thanks for your excellent coverage and photos regarding the trapping boat class at the Hannaford Career Center (Monday, Jan. 18, edition).

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Opinion: Towns need support for after-school learning programs

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Mandy Chesley-Park



I believe every Vermont community and family should have access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs for their children.

Students thrive after school, especially when it comes to learning. Afterschool learning opportunities in Addison County allow students to participate in programs that enrich them academically; literacy, math, science, technology and art are presented in workshops that appeal to students in a unique, low-pressure environment.

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Opinion: Ripton's Alexander announces bid for school board

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Bryan Alexander



I’m Bryan Alexander of Ripton and I’m running for a seat on the board that will be established if the seven-town unified school district is approved by Middlebury-area voters on Town Meeting Day.

I’m a writer, educator, futurist, and consultant working in the field of higher education.

I live with my family on the edge of Ripton; we’ve lived here 14 years.

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Letter of appreciation: Donations made Christmas merry for many

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Jeanne Montross



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Thanks to the help and support of many, many people and organizations, the HOPE Holiday Shop, and our holiday food box distribution were a great success.

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Opinion: Porter's head showed insensitivity to community

Posted on January 18, 2016 |
By Patrick Stine



I am concerned that new Porter Medical Center president and CEO Lynn Boggs shared so generic an introductory letter, one that could apply to any “small, rural community hospital” (Addison Independent, Jan. 11, 2016). I guess it’s important to fill in the blanks about Boards and Strategic Plans, the need for Cutting Expenses and Generating New Revenue Sources. Heaven knows we could use a few more Mission Statements.

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Opinion: Ilsley seeking new board member

Posted on January 18, 2016 |
By Maria Graham



The Ilsley Library Board of Trustees is recruiting a new member for its five-person board.

We are looking for a board member who believes in our mission, that Ilsley “embodies the vigor and ambition of our community. The library is accessible, lively, and inviting to all. It is a hub for learning, public dialogue, and quiet relaxation.”

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Opinion: Working families need paid leave

Posted on January 18, 2016 |
By Kathleen Gorton



I am writing to express my support for the Healthy Workplaces bill, H.187,so that my husband and I can take time off when we’re sick or our kids are sick, and not have an even harder time paying our bills.

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