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Opinion: BMP outlines its priorities for rail bridges project

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Lindsey Wing



For the past several months, the Better Middlebury Partnership has worked closely with town officials, the Addison County Chamber of Commerce, community organizations and local business owners to discuss the potential impact to businesses, organizations and the community during the proposed rail project, projected to begin preliminarily in spring 2016.

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Opinion: Scandinavia sets energy example

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By John Slade



Bernie Sanders often refers to Scandinavia as an example for America. He talks about education, he talks about jobs, in countries whose first priority is to take care of their people.

Let’s take a look at one aspect of life in Scandinavia: the development of clean energy.

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Opinion: College should take a stand

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Steven C. Rockefeller



Open letter to the president and trustees of Middlebury College:

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Opinion: Lisman provides new direction for Vermont voters

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Mike Dunbar



As a regular reader of the Addison Independent and the views shared by Editor Angelo Lynn, I must say I am perplexed by his recent op-ed titled, “Note to Mr. Lisman: Less Donald, more substance.”

Lynn’s op-ed, which seemed unbalanced and unsubstantiated, aimed to discredit the moves made thus far by Vermont gubernatorial candidate Bruce Lisman.

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Opinion: Open letter from Anbaric Transmission to New Haven

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Bryan Sanderson



An open letter to New Haven residents:

I am writing on behalf of Anbaric Transmission Company, and National Grid to introduce you to and update you about our project, the Vermont Green Line. Our proposed project will deliver clean energy to the New England Grid. The project, the Vermont Green Line (VGL), will run from upstate New York carrying 400 MW of wind and hydro power, it will travel under Lake Champlain and connect to the New England power grid in Vermont.

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Opinion: Local gyms are helping patients

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Michael Gray



Those of us who belong to the Addison County Parkinsons group want to thank John Flowers for his excellent article about Parkinsons in the Nov. 5 edition of the Addison Independent.

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Opinion: Wild Roots Farm reaches veterans

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



On this Veterans Day, I honor the healing process of offering veterans a place to plant, to build, to work, to rest, to sweat, to sing, to eat … to reflect and to emerge into feeling held by community. Jon Turner has offered his Wild Roots Farm in Bristol for this work to happen.

On Memorial Day weekend, Jon and fellow veterans built a sweat lodge. They then used the sweat lodge. Chanting and singing helped the cleansing. Friends, family and community welcomed their emergence with food and company. The ages ranged from 6 months to 83 years.

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Opinion: Workers deserve paid sick days

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Michael Booska



All workers, including myself, deserve paid sick days. I’ve worked at asmall business in Middlebury two days a week since December 2014. I don’t get paid sick days at the business, and my coworkers don’t get paid sick days either.

One employee there works full-time, but he has asthma and misses a lot ofwork. I cover for him. Another person I work with came in sick just this week because she couldn’t afford to miss work.

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Opinion: RNeSU union concerns called into question

Posted on November 12, 2015 |
By Brian Fillioe



Random thoughts and questions about the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union contract issues (Addison Independent, Nov. 5).

Why did the union wait until now to vote to set a strike date? Could it be that sports and other activities would be disrupted and they didn’t want the public backlash against them, so it is easier to wait until the playoffs and such are over?

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Opinion: Solar energy projects should be done properly

Posted on November 9, 2015 |
By Stephanie Allen



Duane Peterson’s Nov. 2 op-ed in the Independent, “Like barns & silos, solar power changes the land; but it’s necessary,”  suggested that raising questions about the solar business was an indicator of opposition to renewable energy.

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