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Opinion http://www.addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/263/all en Opinion: Mt. Abe Pathways offers valuable real-world learning http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-mt-abe-pathways-offers-valuable-real-world-learning <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Lisa Sanchez </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>Editor&rsquo;s note: The writer presented this letter to the Mount Abraham Union High School Board and copied the </em>Independent<em>.</em></p> <p align="left"> As a mother of a former Pathways student (and a forever) personalized learner I write this letter to clear up some apparent misconceptions of what our personalized learning experience was and what it was not.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29406">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-mt-abe-pathways-offers-valuable-real-world-learning" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Mount Abraham Mon, 30 Mar 2015 11:00:34 +0000 Zach Despart 29406 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: Could New York case set precedent? http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-could-new-york-case-set-precedent <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Howard Fairman </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Act 250 (1970) and the Quechee analysis (1986) did not envision nor consider aesthetic impacts of ridgeline and hillside developments of industrial wind turbines and solar panels certified as public goods (&ldquo;PSB ignores established precedent,&rdquo; <em>Independent,</em> March 23).</p> <p align="left"> They also did not envision nor consider aesthetic impacts of telecommunications towers, though similar towers have been parts of Vermont&rsquo;s landscapes since the advents of radio and television.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29405">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-could-new-york-case-set-precedent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Mon, 30 Mar 2015 10:59:05 +0000 Zach Despart 29405 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: Supreme Court right to reject pit http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-supreme-court-right-reject-pit <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Bruce Acciavatti et al. </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> The Supreme Court of Vermont just dealt a major blow to the Lathrop Limited Partnership&rsquo;s proposed gravel pit in Bristol. In a unanimous decision issued March 20, the Court reversed rulings by the lower Environmental Court that allowed the project to move forward. The high court&rsquo;s decision marks the end &mdash; we hope &mdash; of a long and costly struggle.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29345">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-supreme-court-right-reject-pit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion appeal bristol Gravel Lathrop neighbors pit Supreme Court Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:32:13 +0000 Zach Despart 29345 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: New dog not garden's best friend http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503jessie-raymond-new-dog-not-gardens-best-friend <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> In my steadfast, if na&iuml;ve, belief that winter is someday going to end, I&rsquo;ve started thinking about gardening.</p> <p> I just need to keep in mind that last year&rsquo;s garden was a spectacular failure.</p> <p> I blame the dog.</p> <p> Indirectly, I mean. We got him last spring and it changed my routine. Knowing he needed exercise, I started walking him every morning before work, during the time I had previously devoted to the garden.</p> <p> The dog liked it. I liked it. The garden hated it.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29344">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503jessie-raymond-new-dog-not-gardens-best-friend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion dog Garden Thor Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:31:20 +0000 Zach Despart 29344 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Community Forum: Take 'shame' away from drug addiction http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503community-forum-take-shame-away-drug-addiction <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Melissa Deas </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>This week&rsquo;s writer is Melissa Deas, a Bristol resident who works in Addison County for Spectrum Youth and Family Services teaching classes to people on furlough who have criminal and substance abuse backgrounds.</em></p> <p> Visiting another state can be an awareness event that one can bring home to her/his own state. While reading the <em>Bangor News</em> in Maine, I found myself very impressed with an obituary a family wrote for a 27-year-old man, Ryan Bossie, who died from a drug overdose.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29343">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503community-forum-take-shame-away-drug-addiction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion addiction Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:30:42 +0000 Zach Despart 29343 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: Middlebury should take long-term approach to land http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-middlebury-should-take-long-term-approach-land <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Ross Conrad </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> As the Middlebury selectboard considers plans for the land behind the Ilsley Library (termed the Economic Development Initiative &mdash; EDI) they should keep in mind the fact that highly valuable community-owned pieces of property in the downtown area are becoming less and less, and sale of the parcel under consideration should only be undertaken as an absolute last resort.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29342">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-middlebury-should-take-long-term-approach-land" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:29:43 +0000 Zach Despart 29342 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: This Copper Ale's now not for you http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503greg-dennis-copper-ales-now-not-you <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennnis </div> </div> </div> <p> Here&rsquo;s a recipe for a fun evening. Grab a six-pack of New Coke, hop in your Ford Edsel, and come on over so we can discuss Starbucks&rsquo; wildly successful campaign to get its customers to talk to each other about race.</p> <p> When we&rsquo;re done dissecting how well it worked for Starbucks to have their baristas write &ldquo;Race Together&rdquo; on their incredibly wasteful paper cups, we can turn to the subject of beer.</p> <p> Local beer, I mean. In particular, Otter Creek Brewing Co.&rsquo;s shocking decision to retire its flagship Copper Ale.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29341">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503greg-dennis-copper-ales-now-not-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion beer Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:29:11 +0000 Zach Despart 29341 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Notes of Appreciation: Business made 'Spin United' a success http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503notes-appreciation-business-made-spin-united-success <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Nancy Luke </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> United Way of Addison County would like to send a giant thank you shout-out to Middlebury Fitness for their support and community spirit. On Sunday, Jan. 25, Middlebury Fitness hosted the second annual &ldquo;Spin United&rdquo; in support of UWAC and our partner agencies. They raised $7,000 for our community. The proceeds go to the United Way of Addison County general fund for community needs. Thank you, Middlebury Fitness. What a fun and healthy way to contribute to our community.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29276">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503notes-appreciation-business-made-spin-united-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:11:43 +0000 Zach Despart 29276 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: PSB ignores established precedent http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-psb-ignores-established-precedent <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Stephanie Kaplan and Annette Smith </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Vermont&rsquo;s scenic beauty has always been highly valued both by Vermonters and by visitors to our lovely state.</p> <p align="left"> In 1968 Vermont banned billboards to prevent the despoiling of Vermont&rsquo;s landscape. And when Act 250 was enacted a few years after that, it included Criterion 8, which prohibits commercial or industrial development that would create an &ldquo;undue adverse impact&rdquo; on the scenic or natural beauty, aesthetics, historic sites or natural areas.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29275">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-psb-ignores-established-precedent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:09:24 +0000 Zach Despart 29275 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: Mt. Abe board, ANeSU must be accountable to voters http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-mt-abe-board-anesu-must-be-accountable-voters <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Ron LaRose </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> In the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union district, I believe two elementary school budgets were defeated along with the Mount Abraham budget. Being a taxpayer in Bristol, I can only talk about what is happening in our town and my take on the high school budget.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29274">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-mt-abe-board-anesu-must-be-accountable-voters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:08:34 +0000 Zach Despart 29274 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Clippings: 911 house number signs save lives http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503clippings-911-house-number-signs-save-lives <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-29248" style="width: 64px;"><a href="/201503clippings-911-house-number-signs-save-lives"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/Conlon, Peter_5196.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Conlon, Peter_5196.jpg" title="Conlon, Peter_5196.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="64" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Peter Conlon </div> </div> </div> <p> A few days ago, the Middlebury ambulance and Cornwall First Response were called to a home on Route 30 for a man described by the dispatcher as &ldquo;unresponsive.&rdquo;</p> <p> As a volunteer firefighter, I put on my shoes and coat and headed out to see if I could help. Thanks to 911 numbering of residences, I knew about where the house was, and assumed I could pin it down once in the area. I started rehearsing in my head the CPR training we receive every other year. Thirty compressions, two breaths.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29210">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503clippings-911-house-number-signs-save-lives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion 911 fire safety signs Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:14:38 +0000 Zach Despart 29210 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Dems' 2016 hopes ride on education bill http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503eric-davis-dems-2016-hopes-ride-education-bill <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric L. Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> Several legislative committees have been working on bills to change Vermont&rsquo;s system of K-12 education finance and governance. The package is likely to come up for a vote on the House floor soon. While the final shape of the legislation is yet to be determined, the political consequences of the issue have become clearer in recent weeks.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29209">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503eric-davis-dems-2016-hopes-ride-education-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Democrats legislature Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:13:50 +0000 Zach Despart 29209 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: Legal marijuana the right move http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-legal-marijuana-right-move <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Winslow Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> I&rsquo;m writing today in response to the recent letter signed by various chiefs of police regarding marijuana law in Vermont.</p> <p align="left"> I&rsquo;m very glad that they have such concern for the young people of Addison County. As the father of a pre-teen I truly appreciate that they are looking out for the welfare of young people in our community. Reading their letter, however, leaves me feeling that they are a bit out of touch with reality.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29208">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-legal-marijuana-right-move" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion legalization marijuana police Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:12:47 +0000 Zach Despart 29208 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Opinion: Alum praises VUHS Walden Program http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-alum-praises-vuhs-walden-program <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Julia Walsh </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29207">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-alum-praises-vuhs-walden-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion VUHS Walden Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:10:30 +0000 Zach Despart 29207 at http://www.addisonindependent.com Rep. Sheldon's Legislative Review: Water quality bill will protect Vt. http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503legislative-review-water-quality-bill-will-protect-vt <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-29247" style="width: 100px;"><a href="/201503legislative-review-water-quality-bill-will-protect-vt"><img src="http://www.addisonindependent.com/files/images/Rep. Amy Sheldon new headshot.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Rep. Amy Sheldon new headshot.jpg" title="Rep. Amy Sheldon new headshot.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="100" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Rep. Amy Sheldon of Middlebury </div> </div> </div> <p><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29205">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/201503legislative-review-water-quality-bill-will-protect-vt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Amy Sheldon legislature water quality Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:07:38 +0000 Zach Despart 29205 at http://www.addisonindependent.com