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Letter to the editor: Pipeline easement petition wording was changed

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Ross Conrad



Addison Independent’s Editor and Publisher Angelo Lynn’s recent editorial takes the upcoming Article vote on Vermont Gas easements to task for not including wording that the easements be renegotiated by the selectboard in order to include compensation for the town.

“The article reads in such a way that it could prevent Vermont Gas from serving that area of the downtown. That is, the article does not suggest renegotiating the rate of the easements, but just whether to approve the prior agreement.”

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Letter to the Editor: 'No' vote urged on Vermont Gas issue

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By George Klohck



An important vote is coming up for the people of Middlebury on Nov. 7 after a special town meeting. I am asking my friends and neighbors in Middlebury to be sure to vote “No” on Article 1. Here’s why. Vermont Gas has asked the town of Middlebury for an easement to place a pipeline through town property without any payment to the town. There is no reason to give this wealthy utility company a free ride here.

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Letter to the Editor: Tweet your way to happiness

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Rustan Swenson



Tweeting from my tower of Babble

Enlightening the dissidents and opposition rabble

To liberate my body and mind

I tweet on topics of every kind.

 

When I was a mere lad I heard the following pronouncement of wisdom, from a dear old Irish lady neighbor, which continues to this day to profoundly influence and shape my everyday life.

 

Tweedeli deedeli dee, Tweedeli deedeli dot

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Letter to the Editor: Middlebury should move to carbon neutral economy

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Anders Holm



As Middlebury crafts the town plan and prepares a climate change economy it should think long and hard about being the only town on Otter Creek with a waterfall not harvesting the endless, carbon free power of Middlebury Upper falls as it had done for centuries prior ending in 1966, when nuclear power was going to be “too cheap to meter” and a nuclear plant was planned for the shores of Charlotte.

Middlebury was the only town at the time to be bamboozled by the power industry into moving away from renewable energy.

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Letter to the Editor: Poetic response to Sabukewicz

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Paul A. Stone



Editor's note: The writer is responding to a poem in the Oct. 26 edition of the Independent.

 

From poet Charles Sabukewicz words brew,

Waxing efficiently on what’s askew,

His dump,

On Trump,

So frightfully true, his words elegantly few.

 

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Letter to the Editor: Research on climate change urged before Nov. 7 vote

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Brian Bauer



On Tuesday, Nov. 7, there will be a very important vote in the town of Middlebury. This vote has as much to do with just compensation for a lease as the tax on sugary drinks has to do with ending obesity. It is in fact, a minority’s legal right to express its displeasure, regardless of its effects on everyone else.

Enough reading will supply the knowledge that every form of possible energy available to Vermont has its vocal opposition. Some of the reasons given, by these groups, are the following:

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Ways of Seeing: After-school programming is key

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Cheryl Mitchell



On October 4, Holly Morehouse, director of the VT After-School Network, was honored for her work and vision with the $15,000 Con Hogan Award for Entrepreneurial Leadership. During the acceptance ceremony, she delivered an eye opening perspective on the importance of out-of-school programs.

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Editorial: Crucial vote for Mount Abe impacts future of its five towns

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



For much of the past decade, residents of the five towns that comprise the Mount Abraham Union High School district have discussed various ways to solve the facility’s shortcomings. There have been piecemeal patches, which have included pricey fixes, yet the overall deterioration of the high school building today is beyond dispute. Action needs to be taken.

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Letter to the editor: Delaying Mt. Abe project would cost taxpayers more

Posted on October 30, 2017 |
By Ron LaRose



There will be a bond vote on the Mount Abraham Renovation Project this Thursday, Nov. 2.

As a lifelong resident of Bristol and even with no children in the school system, I support this proposal, and I will try to explain why.

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Letter to the Editor: Mount Abe project is too expensive for residents

Posted on October 30, 2017 |
By Doug Tolles



This Thursday — Nov. 2 — is the day for voters in Bristol, New Haven, Lincoln, Starksboro and Monkton to decide on the so-called $35 million high school bond issue. The actual cost of the project, including interest, is in excess of $52 million according to the superintendent — closer to $60 million according to their fact sheet.

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