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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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Letter to the Editor: Taxes can give people a voice

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By Judy Kowalczyk



Normally, I figure paying taxes is a necessary evil and I don’t mind pitching in my share to better America or assist others in need. However, I look to April 2018 with dread, for two reasons. Reason one is obvious, the current U.S. administration, but the second reason is local.

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Letter to the Editor: Balch, Davis left imprint on Morgan Horse Farm

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By Kristin Blier



As the Morgan Horse Farm begins new leadership as referenced in the article “Trio takes the reins at the Morgan Horse Farm” published in the Nov. 9 edition, it is important to remember and honor the leadership of the former directors, Dr. Donald J. Balch and Stephen Davis.

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Letter to the Editor: Keep Vermont roadsides clean; keep bottle deposit law

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By Mary Lu Harding



The beverage industry is pushing hard to repeal Vermont’s Bottle Bill, which provides for the redemption of soda, beer, liquor, coolers and malt bottles. That may be in their interest, but it’s certainly not in ours.

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Letter to the Editor: Marbleworks will continue to support local businesses

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By Kim Smith



I am writing as a representative of the Marbleworks Partnership in response to John Beattie’s letter in the Nov. 9 edition of the Independent.

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Letter to the Editor: Vote for free easements ensured 'business as usual'

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By Rev. Barnaby Feder



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Community Forum: Community College of Vermont offers many advantages

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By Anya Schwartz



Thank you the Independent for its Oct. 9 editorial, “360,000 reasons high school grads need higher education,” and for its excellent suggestions for resources to get started (such as VSAC, vsac.org).

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Letter to the Editor: ANESU voters should not remain on the sidelines

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By Denise Dalton



The vote to apply significant funds to our middle/high school missed by a narrow margin. A mere one third of voters registered in the district chose to make their voices heard by casting ballots. The conversations begun around this project must continue. We all need to come to the table for civil, thoughtful discourse, whether we are a proponent or an opponent of a major renovation.

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Letters to the Editor: Day of big vote wrong in editorial

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By Bob Stetson



In a touch of irony, Angelo Lynn, on Monday, Nov. 6, wrote about sending out his reporters to strive for accuracy for what they publish.  Yet on his editorial on November 2, 2017 he wrote a good editorial about the bond vote for Mount Abe and why it should be supported but published it on the day of the vote.  He went on to say the vote would  be held on Tuesday, Nov 7. Who checks the chief?

Bob Stetson

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Note of appreciation: Teachers, firefighters are food drive heroes

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By Rebecca Stude



The Have a Heart Food Shelf in Bristol is very grateful to the 5 town  firefighters and the ANESU teachers for another successful food drive.

Over 5,650 pounds of food was collected and donations totaling $1,300. The shelves are full and we ready for winter and the upcoming holidays!

Thank you to all who donated food, time and money to help our neighbors in need.

Thank you.

Rebecca Stude, Director HAHFS, Bristol

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