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Letter to the editor: Trump's reverse 'Midas touch'

Posted on October 25, 2018 |
By Peter Grant



Desperate people are leaving Central America due to lack of effective government, which allows crime and killings since they lack money to control the criminals. How does Trump help this problem? By offering help in fixing the crime problem? No. He wants to make it worse by cutting what help they are getting.

Trump makes so much of what he touches, worse. The reverse Midas touch. How much worse will he make the world before we can stop him?

Peter Grant

Bristol

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Letter to the editor: Hardy's skills are needed in Senate

Posted on October 25, 2018 |
By Karl Neuse



The Middlebury area town meeting on March 5, 2018, was the first time many of us heard Ruth Hardy present the Unified School District budget. We were impressed with her preparation, understanding of the budgetary process and how the committee she chaired or co-chaired treated all attending the Middlebury member towns. She answered all the questions clearly and directly and to the apparent satisfaction of all attending the Middlebury meeting. Ruth Hardy attended every member town meeting and the budgets were passed by every town.

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Letter to the editor: Ralston's record misrepresented

Posted on October 25, 2018 |
By Steve Harris



Politics certainly brings out the worst in Americans, even Vermonters. It gets personal when your friends are maligned in print, and I would like to respond to some of the most recent accusations made in this paper against my friend and associate, Paul Ralston.

Most recently accused here of being a privileged opportunist, a Republican disguised as an Independent and a peer of Brett Kavanaugh and Donald Trump, I have to interrupt and ask, “Are you serious?”

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Letter to the editor: Jerome would best represent Brandon-area voters

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Carrie Mol



Every fall I wrestle with who I will vote for and who will be the best to represent the interests of my community and my state. This year the choice was easy. I urge people to vote Stephanie Jerome to the Vermont House of Representatives. I’m not a single-issue voter, but there is one issue dear to my heart as parent and a teacher, and that is education.

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Letter to the editor: Audet, Ralston have entered race for the right reasons

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Louise Vojtisek



I’m chagrined to read the recent string of negative letters about the Audet-Ralston ticket. Perhaps more than disappointed, I’m suspect about the motivation. I like to read about why someone supports a candidate; I don’t want to know why you don’t support others and choose to make this opinion public.

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Letter to the editor: May the best candidates win state Senate contest

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Nick Causton



I have been counting with interest the ratio of letter writers to the Addison Independent supporting Bray and Hardy compared to Audet and Ralston. At about 7 to 1, mainly from the “Big” town and associated non-gated suburbs, it either implies campaigning differentials, or a propensity to write a lot of letters in the big town, or a reluctance by rural Addison County residents to be outspoken.

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Letter to the editor: Newton, as sheriff, would provide guidance for kids

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Terry Racich



I have worked with Peter Newton on a number of projects this past year. He has been resourceful, hard working and kind hearted. Through his campaign for Addison County sheriff, he has had the utmost enthusiasm, drive and direction.

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Letter to the editor: Using Social Security to cover debts hasn't worked

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Michael Reeves



Once again the outcry from the current leadership in Washington is that entitlement programs, which they define as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, are the cause of the growing national debt and they need to be cut.

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Note of appreciation: Vision for Vt. summit a success

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Fran Putnam and Priscilla Baker



On Sept. 15, 100 Vermonters participated in a Vision for Vermont summit held at the Breadloaf Barn in Ripton. The organizing committee would like to thank local organizations, individuals, and businesses who generously donated to this event: Middlebury College Department of Food Studies, Middlebury Bagel and Deli, Middlebury Shaw’s, Bud’s Beans, Middlebury Natural Foods Coop, Otter Creek Bakery, Middlebury Friends Meeting, Happy Valley Orchard, Windfall Orchard, Pat Morrow Orchard, Red Hen Bakery, Huddlebury cooks, and Jon Isham.

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Letter to the editor: Wygmans deserves a new term as state's attorney

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Spence Putnam



Dennis Wygmans, Addison County State’s Attorney, has deep and broad experience. He was appointed to the position in 2016 after spending four years in Addison County prosecuting cases of domestic and sexual violence. He previously had many years’ experience as a defense attorney and practicing corporate and entertainment law. Dennis is a native Vermonter and had a nearly 18-year career in the music industry before becoming a lawyer.

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