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Opinion: Clergy recommend stricter gun control measures

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



Editor’s note: This letter was sent to state representatives and senators serving Addison County and copied to the Independent.

We are members of the Middlebury Area Clergy Association. In writing you today in support of stricter regulation of guns and gun trafficking, we speak as individuals, not as representatives of our congregations.

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Opinion: Stearns decries 'ommission of facts' in Independent story

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



In the June 23, 2014, article labeled “ACSU in search of new business manager,” the Addison Independent printed “Sharon Stearns, who had resigned in May of 2011 after having been placed on administrative leave.” With the legal process complete, I can finally respond to clarify the omission of facts that continue to be printed.

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Opinion: United States should withdraw itself from world affairs

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Fred Barnes



It seems the world has a country with power unequaled in all history. It is the United States of America, a title that I was once proud of when I was very young. I grew up in a propaganda system so complete with movies, great music and testimony from a corporate media, which constantly spent great effort describing the U.S. as the greatest country and the greatest democracy in the world.

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Opinion: Gas tax should only be used to fix infrastructure

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Addison Independent



Dear Mr. Lynn,

As is sadly all too typical with your editorials, everything is presented with a liberal spin. The latest example is your editorial on the gas tax, where as usual Democrats are presented as the enlightened saviors of society in their never-ending battle to save us from the Republicans.

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Editorial: Sexual violence an epidemic?

Posted on July 21, 2014 |
By Susan Lynn



Editor’s note: This guest editorial was written by my sister, who is editor of the Iola Register in Iola, Kansas. It was written in late May. We reprint it because the message is timeless, and because it as pertinent today as it was two months ago, and as it will be for years to come. - Angelo Lynn

The first cue that a problem exists is denial.

That’s why someone attending Alcoholics Anonymous begins with, “Hi, I’m Susan, and I’m an alcoholic.”

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Opinion: Candidates earn support for backing single-payer

Posted on July 21, 2014 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



There is a three-way race for two seats for state representative in the Democratic primary in Middlebury this year. I would like to urge voters to choose Amy Sheldon and Betty Nuovo for these seats on Aug. 26.

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Community Forum: Senators urge support for Phase II of Vt. Gas pipeline

Posted on July 21, 2014 |
By Sens. Kevin Mullin and Peg Flory



This week’s writers are State Sens. Kevin Mullin and Peg Flory, both of whom are Republicans representing Rutland County.

The Vermont way is for neighbors to help neighbors and communities to come together to solve challenges. Energy infrastructure, like natural gas service, is one of the most important areas for Vermonters to collaborate.  

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Editorial: Highway funding stalemate highlights nation's undoing

Posted on July 17, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Recent headlines tell the story of Congressional Republicans fighting with Democrats over highway funding. Republicans, who control the House, are holding funds to the states hostage in the hopes of forcing reductions in spending — or, at least, transferring more of the cost onto states. (How that helps taxpayers we’re not sure, but Republicans could at least claim they reduced federal spending.)

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Clippings: County's aging population isn't all bad news

Posted on July 16, 2014 |
By Weyland Joyner



Some state and area officials look at the aging population of Vermont as an obstacle to economic development in Addison County — as the demographic of residents 70 and older is expected to double in the next 20 years, while the 20-49-year-old demographic drops by 11 percent — but in my experience, there is an alternative, more positive story hiding in the data.

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Jessie Raymond: Outdoors, neither naked nor afraid

Posted on July 16, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



For the past couple of months I’ve been walking the dog on the Trail Around Middlebury or, as I like to call it, “The Trail That Runs Practically Past My House But Which, Until This Spring, I Had Been on Only Once in the Eight Years We’ve Lived There.”

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