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Legislative Review: State budget dispute continues

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Rep. Peter Conlon



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It was not my intention to provide a legislative update well into June and a month after your citizen Legislature adjourned, but since we are now three weeks into a special session called by the governor, it seems like an update is in order.

First, despite it sounding like we are in Montpelier in a day-to-day battle with the Scott Administration over property tax rates, we are rarely there. The House has met just twice since the special session was convened and the Senate just one day. The tax and appropriations committees have met a few more times than that.

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Victor Nuovo: John Stuart Mill: Of liberty and freedom

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 18th in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism and the two-party system.

What is a free society? It is one that guarantees liberty to everyone. But just what does liberty encompass?

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Letter to the editor: Middlebury wild worth preserving

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Jennifer Stefani



This past week I went for a group hike at Wright Park; it was a mixer for the Addison Chamber of Commerce. The walk was hosted and led by Jamie Montague of the Middlebury Area Land Trust, and nature educator Mo Bisonette.

Wearing my office clothes and hiking boots and munching on new-growth hemlock needles (they are full of vitamins!), I realized once again that one of the most precious things about Middlebury is the proximity of wild plants and animals, trees, and the river, to areas of town where people gather to do business and socialize.

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Letter to the editor: Loss of diner was unfortunate

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Norman Beerman



I recently read your article on Thursday, May 24, 2018, “Those Were the Days,” ending an era of almost 80 years as Smith’s Park Restaurant, Steve’s, and finally The Diner, at 66 Merchants Row in Middlebury and couldn’t help but wonder why.

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Living with dying: What happens when...?

Posted on June 11, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



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Editor’s note: This column is provided by the End of Life Care Partnership that has been operating here in Addison County for more than eight years. Its mission is “to create a framework for our organizations to collaborate on our common goal of providing education about dying, death and options for care.”

My mom lives in Addison County and I live out-of-state. She has recently been diagnosed with a terminal disease and I cannot be with her all the time. What should I do first?

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Letter to the editor: Roadside garbage taking money out of our pockets

Posted on June 11, 2018 |
By Margaret Eaton



It is coming up on one month since Green Up Day. On that day, three of us pulled 14 bags of trash out of the ditches on a New Haven road just 2.5 miles long. 

For people who do not know, Green Up Day bags are the size of large trash bags. Today, I walked that same road and was dismayed to see a re-accumulation of the same beer cans, cigarette packs, fast food containers, plastic, etc.

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Letter to the editor: Shoreham array to be community-owned, low-impact

Posted on June 11, 2018 |
By Acorn Energy Co-op Board



On May 31 the Addison Independent carried a half-page ad on page 11A about good solar vs. bad solar with implications for the solar project currently being developed by Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op in Shoreham. The following letter provides key information about how Acorn Energy has planned and consulted with the residents and planners of Shoreham for the best possible community-owned project.

Acorn Renewable Energy Co-op’s mission is to make solar power affordable and available for all.

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Letter to the editor: Candidate Hardy seen as proven leader

Posted on June 11, 2018 |
By Jori Jacobeit



On Tuesday, May 22, I gathered with a crowd of 200 people at American Flatbread to celebrate Ruth Hardy’s Senate campaign launch. The heartfelt  introduction by Ruth’s daughter Greta, the palpable energy of the crowd, and Ruth’s charisma left me feeling hopeful for the future.

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