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Community Forum, Dennis Wygmans: Value of seatbelts underscored

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By Dennis Wygmans



By Dennis Wygmans, Addison County State’s Attorney

I write to you today out of a grave concern for public safety, both here in Addison County and across Vermont. Since taking office as Addison County State’s Attorney in January of this year, I am aware of an alarming number of cases where drivers operated their vehicles at speeds well in excess of 80 mph on roads here in Addison County. Also, since January, our office has experienced a sharp increase in the number of cases involving impaired drivers.

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Editorial: The good, the bad and the ugly

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In a free society, one can believe that out of bad, comes good.

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Editorial: Walls to divide, bridges to unite

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Walls to divide, or bridges to unite?

On the campaign trail, politicians of all stripes promise big things — but few were as boastful, wasteful and wrong-headed as “the Donald” was during his run-up to the Republican convention and throughout the general election. After his first eight months in office, he’s accomplished very little of what he championed — and for that the nation is all the better.

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Letters to the Editor: Mount Abe officials make good case for building project

Posted on August 21, 2017 |
By David Brynn



Thanks to the many Five Town community members for their dedicated work in addressing the facility issues at Mt. Abe. The recent article in the Addison Independent makes a good case for moving ahead with substantial work.

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Letters to the Editor: Some dams no longer necessary

Posted on August 21, 2017 |
By Brian Fitzgerald



We’re mid-stride through the summer and many Vermonters are drawn to our waterways. Our rivers provide visitors and residents alike with a bounty of recreational opportunities: swimming, fishing and boating. But, some Vermont rivers harbor unnecessary safety risks in the form of deadbeat dams that no longer serve any useful purpose.

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Addiction Help: Medication options for addiction treatment — Are we trading one addiction for another?

Posted on August 21, 2017 |
By Jessi de Boer



Counseling Service of Addison County and The Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction have teamed to put together a series of articles for our community this summer. Our hope is that this column offers information, support and hope for addiction recovery, specifically opiate addiction (heroin/painkillers).

This week’s writer is Jessi de Boer, who is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and a licensed clinical mental health counselor, is coordinator of Adult Recovery Services at CSAC.

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Editorial: Finding a balance with firearms, target practice, shooting ranges and the public's peace of mind

Posted on August 21, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



How safe is it shoot a firearm next to your neighbor’s house? What distance between homes, or what safety precautions should be taken, before it is appropriate to condone the practice? What common sense measures should be at the heart of this conversation, and what measures of mutual respect between those wanting to shoot their firearm and those concerned about noise and their peace of mind should be considered?

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Clippings: Love, friendship at the tip of a pen

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By John Flowers



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I am in constant awe of my immediate family and their direct contributions to humanity. My wife, Dottie, is a nurse manager who helps heal people who are very ill. Our son, Mark, is an EMT who makes the rounds through parts of Chittenden County helping to save lives. Our daughter, Diane, is a social worker who has helped give new health and hope to young mothers at the Lund Center in Burlington.

Me, I just write stuff. Have for 33 years. Just hope some of it has made a difference and that I’ve brought folks a smile every now and again.

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Around the Bend, Jessie Raymond: Goats leave strained garden legacy

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



I learned something this year: Gardens grow much better when you no longer own a pair of free-range goats.

When we had the goats, not much ever bloomed. Now, almost every day, I discover a new flower I don’t even remember planting. Who knew?

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Letters to the Editor: Library addition would look nice

Posted on August 17, 2017 |
By Dennis O’Brien



As a member of the committee that worked on the plans for the expansion of Ilsley Library, I want to emphasize that the proposed addition enhances the original library architecture. The 1923 library was a classic “temple: with symmetrical order and balance. The additions over the years obliterated that balance.

The planned addition, because it removes the later additions and places the new spaces basically behind the 1923 building, will allow the beauty of the original to be fully expressed.

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