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Letter to the editor: CCV should pay its workers more

Posted on May 9, 2018 |
By Alice Leeds



When I retired from a long and satisfying career as a public school teacher, I was excited to return to teaching part-time at the Community College of Vermont in Winooski. Student diversity, wonderful colleagues and a lovely work environment make CCV a positive place to teach, and the paycheck supplements my retirement income.

However, instructors who have made a long-term commitment to this important educational institution and who depend on that CCV paycheck for their livelihood are struggling.

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Letter to the editor: Memorial Day not for politicians

Posted on May 9, 2018 |
By Barbara Mercier



Decoration Day, the name was changed to Memorial Day in 1882. It was originally a day where families, veterans, communities decorated the graves of all military members who perished in their respective wars.

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Letter to the editor: Leopold's ethic of nature revisited

Posted on May 9, 2018 |
By David Brynn



I love Aldo Leopold. His writings have long touched my soul. Yesterday I spent the day with other Leopold groupies contemplating his classic “The Land Ethic” at the Green Mountain Club’s headquarters in Waterbury — a building built with pine, hemlock and mixed hardwoods supplied by Vermont Family Forests. That is a story for another day.

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Victor Nuovo: Wollstonecraft and the Rights of Women

Posted on May 9, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



I begin this essay with a brief biography of Mary Wollstonecraft for the benefit of readers who don’t know her. She was born on April 27, 1759, in London, where she also died, on September 10, 1797, aged 38. She was the second of seven children. Her family was financially comfortable. However, her father was a spendthrift, a drunk, and a wife-beater; his bad habits meant that she received no formal education and no inheritance.

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Editorial: A call-out to unsung heroes

Posted on May 9, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Rather than a commentary on a particular subject, for this editorial I’ll touch of a few items of special interest in today’s Addison Independent.

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Greg Dennis: Notes on downtown parking and upcountry music

Posted on May 9, 2018 |
By Gregory Dennis



Random thoughts and miscellany this week:

Why do Middlebury officials persist in blocking off several much needed parking places outside the post office? The blocked spaces are reserved for buses that stop there only occasionally. This during a time when downtown businesses are closing due in part to — you guessed it — a lack of parking. 

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Guest editorial: There's no education fund deficit

Posted on May 9, 2018 |
By Jack Hoffman



Pssst. Did you hear about the $60 million deficit in the Education Fund?

Guess what. It’s not true.

Given the headlines and news stories in recent weeks, Vermonters may be surprised to hear there is no deficit in the Education Fund. That’s because funding for schools—like funding for municipalities—doesn’t work like the state budget, and never has. Citizens vote directly on their school and municipal budgets. Their elected representatives vote on the state budget. That makes a big difference.

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Opinion: Responsible solutions to irresponsible debt

Posted on May 7, 2018 |
By Mark Crow



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Opinion: Need for dental care, insurance continues in state

Posted on May 7, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



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Ouch!

I broke my tooth. Usually my dentist, who is excellent, can fill the broken area and I’m ready to go again. Not this time. It broke below the gum line and that meant oral surgery, months of healing and then a crown. The right side of my jaw is getting a work out and the left side is getting tender loving care. I’m not eating certain foods and I think I’m losing some weight. In perspective this is an easy fix because I have insurance and a good income. I am privileged.

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Letter to the editor: African American citizens' struggle continues

Posted on May 7, 2018 |
By Frances Stone



I spent two days in the National Museum of African American History and Culture the last week of April with Paul my husband, and François Clemmons a good friend. It’s a visit I will never forget nor will I forget the impressions it made on me. Much was not new to me since the South is part of my heritage and I grew up in a loving, caring, giving family that believed in equal rights and the dignity and worth of all people.

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