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Letter to the editor: Kachmar key to shelter's efforts

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Deborah Young



Thank you for the article about the Charter House in Middlebury and the John Graham Shelter in Vergennes. Both the director of the John Graham Shelter and the co-director of the Charter House were mentioned and quoted. Noticeably absent was any mention of Samantha Kachmar the other co-director of the Charter House. She too plays a vital role in helping homeless people in the  area.

Deborah Young

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Letter to the editor: Many helped home health agency thrive

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Kathleen Pratt



I was disappointed by the sensationalism in the Addison Independent’s recent front-page article about Addison County Home Health and Hospice. I was also dismayed by the comments of Patrick Rooney, current CFO, about the agency’s financial situation, which were overly simplistic, disrespectful of former colleagues, and self-serving.

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Letter to the editor: Lawmakers don't value human life

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Carol Kauffman



I am always surprised when I read the abortion debate continues to focus on when a human life begins. Doesn’t life begin at conception? We no longer can enter the abortion debate with intellectual honesty unless we agree on this one point. The beginning of a human life is the only point supported by science, therefore reality.

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Letter to the editor: Court can solve right of way issue

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Jim Peabody Sr.



I am glad to see that the Ferrisburgh/Vorsteveld disagreement over rights-of-way is finally going to court. It will be expensive for both sides (sorry guys) but the time is way overdue for a more in-depth review of the reasons for rights-of-way, their usages and their oversight.

The initial reason for a public right-of-way made sense; i.e. to enable travel throughout an area without the need to obtain permission from each landowner to traverse their land.

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Letter to the editor: Bristol citizens are taking a stand on global warming

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Sally Burrell



The Bristol plaintiffs’ complaint in the case involving a natural gas pipeline and the town of Bristol was upheld on Jan. 28. Judge Arms denied the motions to dismiss the case by the town and selectboard and by Vermont Gas Systems. The court assumes all facts pleaded by the complaint as true. And the plaintiffs raise a novel issue not yet determined by the Supreme Court. The judge’s order allows the case to move forward for deeper exploration.

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Letter to the editor: Home health agency can do a better job of defining success

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Barbara Christie-Garvin



I find it alarming that so many staff have left Addison County Home Health and Hospice under the new management (Addison Independent, Jan. 31, 2019). The focus on profit without attention to those who have built the excellent reputation of ACHHH over the years seems a huge oversight of both the current management and board.

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Opinion: Coyote policies lead to 'reckless killing'

Posted on February 4, 2019 |
By Vermont Humane Federation



VERMONT — On Christmas Day a Pittsford family dog was shot and killed by a man when he mistook the dog for a coyote. The man claims that he thought the coyote was chasing a deer. Neither party has yet to be cited for a legal violation by the Vermont State Police.

Eastern Coyotes are a keystone predator in managing weak and diseased prey, and the ability in Vermont to hunt these canines year-round — including a regulated trapping season from October to December — compromises this important contribution to the ecosystem.

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Opinion: Vermont must improve our paid medical leave law

Posted on February 4, 2019 |
By Robin Scheu



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On Feb. 5, 1993, the federal Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) passed with bipartisan support, marking a significant step for millions across the country by guaranteeing access to job-protected unpaid time off to welcome a new child, care for a family member, or tend to one’s own illness or injury.

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Letter to the editor: Middlebury residents uged to back climate resolution

Posted on February 4, 2019 |
By Chip and Jack Mayer



The 350VT Climate Solutions Resolution will be on Middlebury’s Australian ballot on Tuesday, March 5.

Currently, 37 Vermont towns have passed a version of this resolution and we hope Middlebury will be the next to do so. This will be an opportunity to add our voice to the growing concern about climate change. This is a non-binding resolution encouraging the state of Vermont and the town of Middlebury to pursue efforts to transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

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