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Letter to the editor: Solar farms as bad as billboards

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Ethan Sausville



I am writing in response to the article recently posted on solar fields. I have seen solar fields popping up all over Vermont. We as Vermonters have always valued the beauty Vermont has. We passed laws to preserve the beauty of Vermont by outlawing billboards along our roadways. I feel solar fields are just as bad as billboards, they stick out like a sore thumb.

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Note of appreciation: Bristol group thanks gym project boosters

Posted on January 12, 2017 |
By Eric Carter



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As your paper has reported, Mount Abraham Union High School replaced its gymnasium floor last fall.

In effort completely modernize the feel of the basketball games at the Mount Abe, the community wanted a new scorer’s table. Bristol Youth Sports, a non-profit community organization, helped organize a fundraising effort to purchase a scorer’s table, to then donate it to Mount Abe.

BYS networked and mobilized our parents and area businesses to help us make this purchase.

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Opinion: Dave Silberman on cannabis legalization, part 1 — Don't politicize impaired driving

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Dave Silberman



Editor’s note: This is the first of three commentaries on issues surrounding cannabis legalization in Vermont by Dave Silberman, a Middlebury attorney and pro bono legalization advocate. This column focuses on impaired driving; the second on how to deal with “edible products,” and the third on cannabis tax policy. They will run in consecutive issues of the Addison Independent on Page 5.

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Letter to the editor: Smarter approach to school sports will boost health

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Brett Blanchard



Both Vermont and the nation as a whole are in the midst of one of the worst epidemics in U.S. history. It’s an epidemic that has had dire consequences for nearly all aspects of living, most notably, and too often tragically, with the youth of Vermont. The rapidly declining health of our children is associated with our exploding opiate addiction, leads to the excessive medication of our kids and swamps our healthcare system. The good news is this epidemic is entirely reversible and within our immediate control.

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Letter to the editor: Temporary bridge installation was prompt, efficient

Posted on January 9, 2017 |
By Brian Kemp and Paul Vaczy



This letter is to thank those who helped in the removal of the Salisbury Station “Swamp Road” bridge and the installation of the temporary bridge. We would like to thank Wright Construction from Mount Holly, Vt. for their diligence in the removal and disposal of the bridge remains.

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Jessie Raymond: Momentum lost after starting on top

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Picture, if you will, a spinning top. When first released with a twist of the wrist, it whizzes around upright at high speed, describing tight circles, occasionally bouncing off nearby obstacles, but retaining most of its momentum.

As time goes on, however, the top slows, growing more and more wobbly until, tracing one last dramatic arc, it falls onto its side, spent.

The top is a metaphor. (To be clear: I’m the top.)

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Ways of Seeing: Moving ahead will require our guidance

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Abi Sessions



“A clarifying moment.” That’s how President Obama described the election of Donald Trump at his recent press conference. A clarifying moment.

I know he can’t articulate at a press conference how it feels to anticipate eight years — or 50 years or 100 years — of work undone. I know he can’t say “How the heck are we gonna survive this one?” He has to offer an optimistic interpretation. So I’m trying to look through those relatively optimistic glasses, to see what he sees.

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Letter to the editor: Simple questions offered answers

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



I have been blessed with a lesson from one of my former students. Her name is Rose.

Rose and I visit with each other, now and then. We saw each other this past autumn. We took a walk in Bristol. Rose said her grandmother has dementia. She shared with me how her grandmother now communicates with her. From my point of view, Rose’s grandmother has the wisdom to know what three questions need repeating:

“Do you know how much I love you?”

“Do you know how beautiful you are?”

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Community Forum: State colleges face a funding crisis

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Jeb Spaulding



This week’s writer is Jeb Spaulding, Chancellor of Vermont State Colleges.

Governor-elect Scott and the new Legislature have a lot on their plate in the new year. There is one big decision to make that can’t be put off. Will they choose to provide the funding necessary to place the Vermont State Colleges System (VSCS) on a sustainable path or not? If the VSCS Board of Trustees or Chancellor could decide, we would say yes and here is why:

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Letter to the editor: Trump following in W's footsteps

Posted on January 5, 2017 |
By Peter Grant



We are hearing Trumped up charges that the U.S. intelligence services got Iraq wrong so we shouldn’t believe them now. Now the Main Trumper is saying he knows better than our intelligence people. Same mistake.

Bush was confident that his story, that his friends made up, was the truth, so he invaded Iraq. Now the Trump is doing the same thing, ignoring the truth and selling another bag of Trumped up “alternate truth,” which really should be called what they are — lies.

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