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Letter to the Editor: Snow removal rapped, defended

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Robert Deeble and Bill Kernan



Last Thursday I went to pay my property tax at the Middlebury town offices. I had to park by the Post Office so I had the opportunity to walk the entire length of downtown Middlebury. The sidewalks were plowed, but entirely covered with hard packed snow with mounds of snow lining Main Street making for a dangerous walking situation unless you were wearing ice grippers on your boots. I walked past Autumn Gold Jewelry. Across the street on the second floor was the apartment I lived in from 1972-73.

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Letter to the Editor: Helen Porter fills vital niche in health care provision

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Rev. Lucy C.B. Pellegrini



As a resident of Addison County since 1975, I have a great deal of respect for the many medical practices and practitioners in Addison County. From the expertise and care of the private, single doctor offices that have evolved into a larger Porter Medical Center system, the standard of compassionate care and professionalism has been exceptionally high. That evolution and the years of innovation were not without struggle and pain. Practices, staff and patients have been challenged by insurances, management decisions, changes in diagnoses, technology and high costs.

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Letter to the Editor: New city mayor grateful for support

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By Michael H. Daniels



To the Citizens of Vergennes, I am honored once again that you have elected me as your Mayor. This is truly a privilege and I appreciate your support. As a team, we will be very successful in all endeavors. There is a wealth of knowledge, skill and talent in our city; with everyone engaged our goals are not impossible.

Feel free to contact me at [email protected], (802) 877-3691 or (802) 238-2764. I look forward to hearing from you.

Michael H. Daniels

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Letter to the Editor: Speaker never should have been allowed at college

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By LuAnn Chiola



I am writing in response to the multiple opinions expressed in the March 9 edition concerning the actions of student protesters at Middlebury College.

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Letter to the Editor: Student behavior shows college is failing to educate

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By Steven Nothern



Following the violence on March 2, Middlebury College officials and college President Patton would shift blame to “outside agitators,” and encourage us to believe this was a one off. There is, however, every indication of a more systemic problem at the college. I am a graduate of Middlebury College, class of 1978. My wife taught in the language department. We are both very dismayed by what we can only describe as the intellectual intolerance of the academy.

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Letter to the Editor: Asermily thankful for support

Posted on March 20, 2017 |
By Laura Asermily



Thank you for electing me for a second term on Middlebury selectboard. I value working for a strong Middlebury and deeply appreciate your effort to participate in Town Meeting and voting. Brian Carpenter and I were uncontested though would have welcomed other candidates. I am glad for the interest in filling our Selectboard vacancy to complete Donna Donahue’s term for one year. I hope these candidates and others will consider running in coming years.

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Community Forum: Patrick Leahy, Right to know is under assault

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By Sen. Patrick Leahy



This week’s writer is Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy, who was admitted to the Freedom of Information Act Hall Of Fame for his long work in strengthening the law.

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Community Forum: Vt. dairy industry built on strengths of farmers, needs multi-sector problem-solving to remain strong

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By Roger Allbee



This week’s writer is Roger Allbee, a former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture and former executive director of the USDA Farm Service Agency for Vermont who has served in many positions relating to the regional and national farming industry.

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Community Forum: Successful bridge work is vital

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By Brian Carpenter



This week’s writer is Brian Carpenter, Chair of the Middlebury selectboard.

Early last year a group of Middlebury citizens and community leaders, concerned about the impact of the rail/bridge project on our downtown, formed a community action group.

Calling themselves Neighbors Together, this group asked, “How can we work together to preserve those values that define Middlebury during this challenging infrastructure initiative?”

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Legislative Review: Chris Bray, Senate is busy; budget yet to come

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By Sen. Christopher Bray



Pneumonia put me out of action for the last 10 days, so I missed most of you on Town Meeting Day. I’m submitting my report to you through the Addison Independent.

In the Senate, here are some of the current bills we’ve passed and issues we’re addressing:

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