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Greg Dennis: When age isn't just a number

Posted on August 16, 2018 |
By Greg Dennis



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They say age is just a number. Perhaps so. But some numbers matter more than others.

Your teeth start coming in before you’re one. Most children lose their last baby teeth by age 12.

Five is when you toddle off to kindergarten — or, increasingly so if you’re a boy, it’s age six because boys, well, we’re slower.

Ten seems like a big age because you’re at last in double digits. It never occurs to you that someday you might make it into triple digits.

I kissed my first girl at age 12. Thank you, Judy Rotach.

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Opinion: Vergennes city manager will be sorely missed

Posted on August 16, 2018 |
By George Merkle



Reaching the age of retirement for a dedicated and long-time community servant and leader undoubtedly heralds the passing of an era and is always bittersweet. On one hand we are happy for the person for reaching such a cherished life’s milestone, and on the other hand we are sad to see them go. 

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Letter to the editor: Jerome touted for House seat

Posted on August 16, 2018 |
By Philip Frassica



In the upcoming legislative election in November, the Brandon/Sudbury/Pittsford district has a choice of two house seats from the four candidates running.

I would like to encourage everyone to vote for Stephanie Jerome. Stephanie is not only a fifth generation Vermonter; she has been someone who has made an impact on our communities in a very positive way.

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Letter to the editor: Orwell board is ignoring voters

Posted on August 16, 2018 |
By Stefanie Wilbur



Editor’s note: The Independent was copied on this letter to the Vermont State Board of Education. The writer said she was very concerned that the Orwell Village School Board may be misrepresenting the voters regarding Act 46.

Dear Vermont State Board of Education,

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Letter to the editor: Let's surprise ourselves with high primary turnout

Posted on August 13, 2018 |
By Letitia Allyson Wulff



On Tuesday, Aug. 14, voters will go to the polls to cast Primary Election ballots. The General Election in November follows.

It’s summer and primaries can seem less significant than the “real” election in the autumn. But I am hopeful that we will surprise ourselves by how many of us find a few minutes to participate on Primary election day — choosing who we most want to represent us and to thereby enhance the strength and well-being of our community.

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Letter to the editor: Former officer supports Newton for sheriff

Posted on August 13, 2018 |
By Tom Scanlon



As someone who has known Peter Newton for over thirty-five years, and as a retired police executive with over thirty years law enforcement experience, I would be remiss if I did not voice my support for Peter Newton for the position of Addison County Sheriff. He is the only candidate that has all the knowledge, skills, and abilities to do the job. 

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Clippings: Best summer ever, right in my 'backyard'

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By James Finn



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As the school year creeps along, Middlebury College students expend tons of energy seeking summer jobs, internships, travel opportunities or other “substantive” ways to spend the summer months. Career interests are the main part of the equation; bustling cities like New York and Boston are oft-preferred destinations. When summer arrives students flock to these cities to pursue big-time tech, finance or PR internships; or they return to their hometowns where family, childhood friends and smaller-town summer job opportunities beckon.

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Eric Davis: Turnout is crucial in the gubernatorial primary

Posted on August 9, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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With less than a week to go until the Vermont primary election, three key questions remain open.  How many voters will turn out for the primary?  How will challenger Keith Stern fare against Governor Scott in the Republican primary?  Who will finish first in the Democratic primary for governor?

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