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Letter to the editor: Walk sheds light on suicide issues

Posted on October 11, 2018 |
By Charity Eastman



On Oct. 20, 2018, I will be walking as part of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Community Walks in Rutland to draw attention to the importance of suicide prevention. And I won’t be walking alone; I will be joined by many who share my dedication. Last year, over 550 Out of the Darkness Walks took place in communities and campuses across the United States, attended by a quarter of a million dedicated people who share my passion. Our movement is growing.

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Letter to the editor: Ralston missed 44 roll call votes

Posted on October 11, 2018 |
By Steve Maier



I have concerns about Paul Ralston’s record as a legislator. He was absent for 44 roll call votes during his time in the House between 2011 and 2014. As a former legislator, I know how important and yet also how basic it is to vote on bills that come forward, to show up and be counted. I don’t think you can be an effective legislator and miss that many votes. Among the votes that he missed were important ones on early childhood education and reducing energy costs, two issues that he now highlights in his campaign ads.

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Letter to the editor: Bevere earns endorsement in race for state's attorney

Posted on October 11, 2018 |
By John Waszak



I write to urge you to vote for Peter Bevere to be the next State’s Attorney for Addison County. After I served as a prosecutor in New York City for nearly nine formative years, my family and I moved to Vermont, and until recently, we spent much of the last three years living in Middlebury. I had the pleasure of knowing Peter professionally and personally while working in Rutland together. Peter is a capable and experienced prosecutor, a man of decency and integrity, and a person with a demonstrated commitment to both Middlebury and Addison County.

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Letter to the editor: Candidates need to do homework

Posted on October 11, 2018 |
By Paul A. Stone



The Sept. 27 Addison Independent offered answers from six candidates running for state senate for Addison County on the topic of Vermont agriculture. The central question asked by the Independent: “specifically what measures would you propose if you’re elected to help Vermont’s dairy farmers?”

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Letter to the editor: Audet, Ralston are free of political party pressures

Posted on October 11, 2018 |
By Nick Artim



Since the time when Marie Audet and Paul Ralston announced their candidacy for the Vermont Senate I have been trying to figure out exactly what I should put into a letter of endorsement. Then a recent letter to the Addison Independent editor titled “Independents stand for what?” provided me with the answer that I was looking for and why I believe that Marie and Paul represent the best choice for Addison County.

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Letter to the editor: Senator Bray deserves continued support

Posted on October 11, 2018 |
By Sen. Becca Balint



I serve alongside Chris Bray in the Vermont State Senate, and it is my sincerest hope that he will be re-elected. Addison County voters would be hard pressed to find anyone to serve who will be more dedicated or more committed to finding positive outcomes for regular Vermonters.

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Letter to the editor: Jerome is best choice for Brandon-area House seat

Posted on October 11, 2018 |
By Joanna Tanger



On Nov. 6, I’ll be voting for Stephanie Jerome to represent Brandon, Pittsford and Sudbury. I met Stephanie Jerome at a campaign kick-off event and I was struck immediately by how approachable, hard-working and energetic she is. Stephanie is both a good listener and a doer, two qualities that are essential for an excellent representative.

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Letter to the editor: More tolerance needed in our political discourse

Posted on October 11, 2018 |
By J.M. Ross



Across from the Middlebury Inn, in the small park that is enclosed by the rotary, there is a monument to Middlebury’s soldiers who answered our country’s call during the Civil War and World War I. I can find the name of my great-grandfather Patrick Mulligan who, with dozens of fellow Vermonters from Middlebury and Cornwall, stood in Company E 14th Vermont Volunteer Infantry. On a hot early July day in 1863, the brave soldiers of Company E faced the desperate charge of General Pickett’s Virginians.

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Letter to the editor: Bray is a respectful, modest and hard-working lawmaker

Posted on October 11, 2018 |
By Anna Rose Benson



I happily support Chris Bray for re-election as Senator for Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore.

Here’s what I like about Chris Bray.

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Letter to the editor: Democratic candidates stand out in strong Senate field

Posted on October 8, 2018 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



We have a very competitive race for State Senate in Addison County, and this will give our voters a chance to weigh many different approaches to how our state government can best advance the public good.

Two candidates — Ruth Hardy and Chris Bray — stand out from the field. In my opinion, they are the best choice for Addison County. They have both the necessary skill sets as well as the dedication to advance our welfare and find cost effective ways to address the state’s important social and environmental issues.

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