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Gregory Dennis: A fence viewer in need of a fence

Posted on May 28, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



Good fences make good neighbors, Robert Frost famously wrote in “Mending Wall.”

Perhaps that’s why Cornwall and many other Vermont towns still appoint official fence viewers who, according to the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT), “examine fences within the town when requested to do so by the selectboard.”

Turns out, though, that this duty is essentially bogus. “The role of the fence viewer has become somewhat limited,” VLCT’s literature explains, with some municipalities abolishing it altogether.

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Eric Davis: Bernie can shape campaign agenda

Posted on May 28, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



Sen. Bernard Sanders officially launched his presidential campaign in Burlington this week. If the presidential election were held only in Vermont, Massachusetts, New York City and northern California, Sanders might very well win. However, voters from 46 other states will also vote for president, so it is likely that the person who takes the oath of office in front of the Capitol on Jan. 20, 2017, will be either Hillary Rodham Clinton or whoever emerges as the Republican nominee.

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Police chief addresses the sad lessons of a car vs. bike tragedy

Posted on May 28, 2015 |
By Hinesburg Police Chief Frank Koss



Editor’s note: The Hinesburg police chief wrote this piece late last month, after Hinesburg teenager Joseph Marshall, speeding in a car, struck biker Richard Tom on Route 116, killing Tom and himself. For many in Addison County it was eerily similar to an incident two weeks earlier in which a motorist struck and killed a bicyclist in Weybridge.

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Airport noise is underestimated

Posted on May 28, 2015 |
By Prem Prakash



If you’re sitting at your kitchen table right now and someone on the other side of the table says, “Hey, what are you doing?” and you reply, “I’m reading the Addison Independent,” then you’re having a conversation. This conversation is taking place at a volume of about 60 decibels.

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Constituent gives presidential candidate some advice

Posted on May 28, 2015 |
By Patricia Heather Lea



Dear Sen. Bernie Sanders,

I have been reflecting, since you made the decision to run for president of our United States. Here are my ideas. Use any, if they are helpful.

1.      Take care of your health. We, supporters around our country and your family, want you around on this side of the sod for a while. Whether you become president or not, we still need your voice heard. Your traveling team needs to have people who understand how to live in a healthy way. Learn de-stressing techniques.

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Editorial: Bernie Sanders: Restoring the American dream

Posted on May 27, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The intensity was there. The spark was there. The bombastic political rhetoric has never left. But at the moment Bernie Sanders stepped up to the podium late Tuesday afternoon to announce his candidacy for the president of the United States, there was something new: His voice cracked and his demeanor softened as he humbly and graciously thanked all those in the crowd and throughout Vermont’s largest city for their 44 years of support.

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Rep,. Diane Lanpher: House concludes fruitful session

Posted on May 22, 2015 |
By Rep Diane Lanpher D-Vergennes



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Community Forum: War on drugs is not a simple fight

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Officer Christopher Mason of the Middlebury Police Department



This week’s writer is Christopher L. Mason, school resource officer for Middlebury.

War on Drugs?

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Jessie Raymond: Gardener outwits gluttonous goats

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Ever since our two goats, Lucy and Jasper, decided that life inside a fence was just not for them, our yard has served as their all-you-can-eat buffet.

I’ve tried to pretend it’s no big deal. Every spring I tell myself maybe this year the goats will leave my flowerbeds alone. And every spring they eat everything — except the weeds, of course; goats have standards.

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