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Editorial: Taking time to see a forest amidst a gaggle of trees

Posted on August 28, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The saying, “You can’t see the forest for the trees,” can be an apt metaphor for how easily we succumb to the routine and miss what is right in front of our eyes. An anecdote is to leave for a couple of weeks, return, and view our surroundings with a fresh perspective.

I did just that for the middle part of August.

For those who think we live in a sleepy part of the country, here were just a few of the stories reported in the Addison Independent during that time:

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Greg Dennis: Lies that liberals tell themselves

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Gregory Dennis



I am, by any contemporary definition, a political liberal. No other approach seems to me both practical and morally justifiable.

But I’ve got enough journalistic skepticism to know that not all the liberal truths are really true. And not seeing the truth, in all its nuances, can be dangerous for any political philosophy. (See pre-World War II isolationism; or “We can bring democracy to the Mideast by invading Iraq.”)

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Jessie Raymond: Help! My daughter got her learner's permit

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



Our daughter recently got her learner’s permit, so you know what that means: Mother is going to need a sedative.

Let me be clear: There is nothing wrong with my daughter’s driving skills so far. There is a lot wrong with my skills as a passenger.

I don’t consider myself a control freak in general. But traveling in a car in which I can’t reach the brake pedal terrifies me. In fact, it’s the primary reason I don’t have a chauffeur.

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Opinion: Weatherization programs back again this year

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Fran Putnam



As the weather begins to turn colder, homeowners may be thinking about their heating bills for the upcoming winter.

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Opinion: Congratulations to young actors of Town Hall Theatre troupe

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Mary K. Kerr



Bravos! Heartfelt congratulations cheerfully extended to the talented young locals of high school age who sang and danced their way across Town Hall Theater’s stage on Aug. 21 in great style. They kept their audience laughing and in awe as these creative young people made “Ondine” and “Young Frankenstein” their own. And they brought it off in just 18 days under the superb direction of Kendra Gratton and Lindsay Pontius and Middlebury College student Zach Lounsbury. 

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Community Forum: Catholic Church in need of reform

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Nicholas Clifford



This week’s writer is Middlebury resident Nicholas Clifford, who is a former professor of history and provost at Middlebury College.

A couple of years ago, the Pew Research Center told us that Vermont was the second most secular state in the Union. But, at least according to The Economist, Vermont also boasts the second highest rate in the Union of sightings of flying saucers.

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Community Forum: Single-payer is the right move for Vermont

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Peter Sterling



This week’s writer is Peter Sterling, director of Vermont Leads, a nonprofit organization working to educate the public about the advantages of implementing a publicly funded, universal access health care system in Vermont.

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Opinion: Single-payer is the right move for Vermont

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Peter Sterling



This week’s writer is Peter Sterling, director of Vermont Leads, a nonprofit organization working to educate the public about the advantages of implementing a publicly funded, universal access health care system in Vermont.

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Opinion: Letter carrier says thank you after long career

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Jill Charbonneau



I am retiring from carrying mail today. I would like to thank you for all the kindness, generosity, good faith, and premier baked goods you have bestowed upon me through out my career as a letter carrier.

Many an evening, after a long winter’s day, while stopping at the neighborhood corner store for groceries my heart has been warmed by the kind words of appreciation from fellow shoppers. It has been an honor and privilege to work here.

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Opinion: A hidden gem in the heart of Brandon

Posted on August 27, 2014 |
By Jean Somerset



I’ve always enjoyed the arts in the Rutland, Brandon, Middlebury corridor. Between the Chaffee, the Brandon Artists Guild and the Edgewater Gallery, we are richly served with vital and creative arts. Now there is another artistic gem in Brandon called The Compass Music and Arts Center, a wonderful complement to the existing art presence.

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