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Letter to the editor: Sheriff candidate has experience

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Bill Cunningham



I strongly endorse Peter Newton as the next sheriff of Addison County. Peter currently serves as a lieutenant in the sheriff’s department under the mentorship of Sheriff Keeler. Peter has spent 28 years in public safety, 13 of which were in the emergency medical field, and the last 15 dedicated to law enforcement.

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Letter to the editor: We rob children of precious time

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Julie Parker



When I look out over the rolling blue hills and distant skyline it is hard to feel anything is amiss in Vermont. Yet Gov. Shumlin was one of the first to admit that this small state has a serious opiate crisis. Something is amiss. And Vermont has company in 49 sister states. Here is my take on what may be contributing factors.

Our children have been fleeced. We have stolen all their presents, and along with this burglary the fun they could have had playing, exploring, dreaming with them, even squandering them, tiring of them, then throwing them away.

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Note of appreciation: Many helped in reading group's book donation effort

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Pat Anderson



Addison County Readers Inc. (ACR) would like to acknowledge our generous community for helping to make the “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library” program such a success. Currently, more than 1,100 preschool children in Addison County receive a free age-appropriate book in the mail each month.

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Opinion: Reach above the clouds

Posted on July 23, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



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The trip was a long one, starting in New York and ending in Switzerland. The plane was large with three sections of seats across. Midflight the pilot said that we would be coming into some difficult weather. True enough the clouds turned dark and the plane started to jump and bump as did our stomachs and our emotions. Then, pre-warned by the Captain, we started to gain more altitude and push through the clouds to blue sky and a smooth ride. We were above the clouds.

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Letter to the editor: Monument Farms lauded for Blue Trail connection

Posted on July 23, 2018 |
By Jamie Montague



Thank you to the Addison Independent and its talented intern Nick Garber for the exciting article on the North Country Trail (June 28). On behalf of the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) staff, volunteers, members, and community supporters, we are grateful for the possibility of a federally recognized National Scenic Trail through the heart of Middlebury. It would surely benefit our community in many ways.

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Letter to the editor: Airstrip could lead to headaches

Posted on July 23, 2018 |
By Kay Smits



The recent article about the lakefront airstrip in Panton brought up some interesting details. As a neighbor of another airstrip I have some observations that these neighbors need to consider.

The airstrip next to me started as just a personal airstrip. Within a few years it became a parachute enterprise. The article stated about the flight route that would be taken. Well, our neighbor’s flight route is not supposed to be near our farm, but as I’m writing this another plane is buzzing over our barn.

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Letter to the editor: Send message to Trump on Nov. 6

Posted on July 23, 2018 |
By Harry Chaucer



So, here we are. Our president is delusional. Blinded by his personal needs, Donald Trump is unable to see the world for what it is. In his eyes, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are reputable leaders because Donald Trump wants them to be despite the reality of Putin’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine; and Kim Jong-un ruthless treatment of his own people.

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Clippings: What passes for an exciting evening at John McCright's home

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By John McCright



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I was getting ready to settle down to sleep with a mug of ice cream when our Carpathian shepherd dog Molly started barking at the window. I heard the chickens squawking and one word jumped into my mind:

Predator.

“Molly, let’s go check on the chickens!”

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Jessie Raymond: Trying to beat the heat on a budget

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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A few years ago, when we told people that we didn’t have air-conditioning, they seemed impressed.

Now they just look at us with a mixture of confusion and pity and then offer us their spare bedroom until the heat wave passes.

Maybe we’re just stubborn, but we’re not giving in yet.

For my part, I object to the cost of A/C. We spend a lot to keep our drafty old farmhouse warm in the winter; I refuse to pay for climate control in the summer as well. While I’m happy to have A/C at work, I can’t bring myself to run it at home.

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Greg Dennis: Antidotes for the daily Trump-aches

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Greg Dennis



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In almost every conversation with friends these days, there comes a time when we have to decide the same question: Are we going to talk about Trump?

The man’s actions are so outrageous that they sometimes demand a response. So we spend a few minutes fulminating about the latest outrage — Trump’s alienating allies we need in a dangerous world; bailing out of the Paris agreement to combat climate change; lying about even the most obvious facts.

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