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Letter to the Editor: Proposed Middlebury rail project is unsafe and unnecessary

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Max Kraus



I should like to add my voice to that of Bruce Hiland and the others who continue to describe the shortcomings and dangers inherent in the Middlebury “train-tunnel” project as currently proposed. While Jim Gish and others have done their best to mitigate the problems, this does not change the fact that the tunnel arrangement as currently proposed is unsafe and unnecessary.

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Letter to the Editor: Mount Abe board could lease existing facility, build new

Posted on December 4, 2017 |
By Stephen Harris



The bond request of $35 million to renovate Mt. Abe has failed twice. I believe that the request is asking for too much money to be invested in the wrong place. The reconstruction of the 50-year-old Mt. Abe building does not address three important background facts:

1. The community cannot afford this request.

2. Mt. Abe ranks number 33 of 55 public high schools in Vermont (by 2017 test results).

3. The student body is shrinking because the region is losing young adults due to lack of opportunity.

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Community Forum by Carrie Wulfman: Vermont healthcare system changing for the better

Posted on December 4, 2017 |
By Dr. Carrie Wulfman



This week’s Community Forum is written by Dr. Carrie Wulfman, a Primary Care Provider at UVMHN, Primary Care-Brandon, in Brandon, VT.

My career as a family practice physician working in Vermont spans nearly two decades. I have been a practicing physician at Porter’s Brandon Primary Care Office (formerly Neshobe Family Medicine) for 18 years and I have seen many changes in medical practice over these years.

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Letter to the Editor: Most cats perfectly happy indoors

Posted on December 4, 2017 |
By Jessica Danyow



Got Cats?

Like many Middlebury animal lovers, I’ve been following the recent Front Porch Forum discussion about indoor versus outdoor cats. There are well-meaning people on both sides of the issue who are sharing what they see as best meeting the needs of different kind of animals and we applaud that!

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Note of appreciation: Many helped make United Way's food drive a success

Posted on December 4, 2017 |
By Nancy Luke



United Way of Addison County would like to thank all of those who participated in our Holiday Food Drive on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Hosted by Hannaford Food & Pharmacy and produced live by 92.1 WVTK and Ken Gilbert, the food drive collected enough food to supply three local food shelves.

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Letter to the Editor: Citizens have responsibility to be informed on civic matters

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Sharon Compagna



I am continually reading about folks thinking particular items are “fast tracked,” which hints at something illegal or underhanded. The selectboard publishes their agenda and minutes openly and the natural gas issue was discussed several times over the last few years. An agreement was entered into before I even got off the board.

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Letter to the Editor: What about a 'no confidence vote' on Trump?

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Pat Ullom



Donald Trump has a disapproval rating of approximately 70 percent of the American public. He has no interest, knowledge, or regard for the Constitution, Democracy or the Rule of Law. He has proven himself to be corrupt, a habitual liar, and a self-centered, out his control child with no interest or compassion for human life. His adolescent insults and criticisms of people and world leaders makes him an embarrassment and a danger to the world.

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Letter to the Editor: Loss of street events lamented

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Bill Biederman



So sorry to hear about the cancelling of the Chili Festival on Main Street in Middlebury. It had always been a great way to see neighbors and friends and to see the students from the college downtown enjoying themselves. They cancelled the beer festival a few years back and that was another event that brought people downtown and in from other places in Vermont. These were both events that were good for the members of the community and gave the town of Middlebury some exposure to folks that were otherwise just driving through.

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Letter to the Editor: Small schools vital to towns

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Olga Pschorr



We all have a story to tell. Please tell me your story. I’ll keep it in mind, I’ll hold it close, when I’m seated next to you at the next Otter Valley Unified Union School Board meeting. I am a Vermonter and a taxpayer. In case you missed it, you are invited to public forums on Nov. 30 and Dec. 5 at OVUHS as part of a democratic process to voice your thoughts on how schools are to be configured and funded.

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Letter to the Editor: Voiding of insurance requirement latest attack on ACA?

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Peter Grant



Republicans want to stop the requirement that all have health insurance. Insuring as many in a market is a concept that has been used for centuries. A bigger coverage area spreads the cost around to make it cheaper for everyone including those who actually suffer a “peril” or have to get an insurance payout. Insurers who covered floods and disasters are facing a disaster as not enough customers have paid in to cover all the disasters.

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