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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
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Letter to the editor: Use town surplus to reduce taxes

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By J. Douglas Dows



On March 7, Panton town voters will be presented with a proposed budget that calls for a 1.83 percent increase in the property tax rate. This sounds reasonable until you discover on page 12 of the 2016 audit report (online) that the town has an unassigned surplus of $107,962. The same thing happened last year. We had an unassigned surplus of $66,924 (page 12, 2015 audit) and raised the tax rate 2 percent. These surpluses are in addition to the “rainy day” fund established by the town several years ago.

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Letter to the editor: City mayor has done a great job

Posted on February 20, 2017 |
By Jeremy Holm



Dear Editor, I know that there are many issues facing Addison County and Vermont in general. Attracting and retaining talent, protecting our environment and building the economy are chief among them.

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Community Forum: Christopher L. Mason, In pursuit of manliness

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Christopher L. Mason



This week’s writer is Police Officer Christopher L. Mason, school resource officer for Middlebury.

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Ways of Seeing: Joanna Colwell, Dedicating ourselves to freedom

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Joanna Colwell



Dedicating Ourselves to Freedom

Last month my husband, daughter and I joined the million or so other people thronging the streets of the nation’s capitol. We walked along the wide avenues, in a sea of pink knitted hats, declaring our love for humanity, and our determination that even with the previous day’s inauguration of He Who Shall Not Be Named, our bodies are our own.

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Jessie Raymond: Getting older and (at least a bit) wiser

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



A decade or so ago, my husband Mark and I were driving through town when we saw an older man carefully sweeping the dirt off his blacktop driveway.

“Hoo boy,” we laughed. “You know you’re old when not only do you have time to sweep your driveway, but you actually think it matters.”

Well, time has passed. And, as embarrassed as I am to say it, I’m starting to feel an affinity with that old man. My priorities are changing.

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Letter to the editor: Nation seeks to build wrong wall

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Michael Doran



I remember in 1980, climate scientists calling for a switch to renewable energy sources. They hoped by 1990 we would have begun in earnest, and37 years later we have started to gather momentum. With glaciers and the polar ice caps melting everywhere and with continuous record breaking warm years, it is about time we did more.

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Letter to the editor: Coyote hunting needs regulation

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Sue Rasmussen



I am writing to express my support for the regulation of coyote hunting in Vermont. As of now they can be hunted 365 days/year, night and day, with no bag limit. This is partly because the Department of Fish and Wildlife does not need to “manage” the coyote population to maintain their numbers — the coyote are quite capable of doing this for themselves by increasing their rate of reproduction when there is a decline in population.

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Letter to the editor: Bias study had too many flaws

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Paul A. Stone



In an article in the Addison Independent on Feb. 2, “Local Chiefs Contest Racial Bias Report,” Police Chief George Merkel of Vergennes and Police Chief Tom Hanley of Middlebury, express some misgivings about the results of a recent racial bias study of local and state policing. I have similar misgivings.

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Letter to the editor: Newspaper, recreation department are major assets

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Steve Hare



I have lived permanently in this fantastic community for 33 years and was a summer resident beginning in 1957. In my 60 years I have lived in and visited many parts of this country, Canada, Mexico and lately I’ve had the chance to go to four countries in Europe.

In my slightly biased opinion, Addison County is my favorite and the best!

I’d like to comment on two of my favorite aspects of this community.

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Letter to the editor: The word 'immigrant' doesn't apply to all Americans

Posted on February 16, 2017 |
By Emily Joselson



In a recent article about the “community conversations” Rev. Andrew Nagy-Benson and I are helping to organize, I used the phrase “We are all immigrants,” to discuss this Sunday’s panel devoted to a better understanding of Islam in America today.

Several kind friends have shared with me that that phrase inadvertently ignores the reality that native people are not immigrants, nor are those who were brought here by violence and against their will. I am continuing to learn the power of language to shape our conversations!

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