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Ways of Seeing, Melissa O'Brien: Chapel belongs in Facebook village

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Melissa O'Brien



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Recently I read an article about Facebook’s plans to build a village. Apparently it will include a hotel, over a thousand apartments, a grocery store, the usual things one might find in a small town. The idea is to solve some of the housing and transportation problems in the Silicon Valley area.

My first thought when I read the piece was “I sure wish they would include a chapel in their design.”

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Victor Nuovo: Lingering problems with Hobbes

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 16th essay by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought, focusing on the great political thinkers.

By Victor Nuovo

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Editorial: Shotgun commentary — Fixing health care, mulling economic growth and a showdown over gunfire

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Note: I took a break and came back to lots going on in the area and, in national politics. Here’s a shotgun commentary on a few of those issues:

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Addiction Help: The warning signs of substance use and abuse

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By Jessi de Boer



Counseling Service of Addison County and The Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction have teamed to put together a series of articles for our community this summer. Our hope is that this column offers information, support and hope for addiction recovery, specifically opiate addiction (heroin/painkillers). 

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Letter to the editor: Meals on Wheels staff reduction might hurt service

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By Marcia Liotard



My husband and I have been volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels for going on 10 years. We do Route 3 out of Bristol, which covers the western side of the town, and all of Lincoln and Starksboro. We have worked with Tracy Corbett, MOW’s Addison County coordinator for the entire time, and we are very displeased by the manner in which Age Well “eliminated” Tracy’s position. 

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Letter to the editor: Facts about the Bristol gun ordinance

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By Colleen Schuster



A lot of people have been expressing opinions about the proposed gun ordinance in town. One of the reasons why this topic came up in town this spring was because of an incident that happened at Broadview Estates this April. I wanted to outline what happened for people so they know exactly what occurred:

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Letter to the editor: New path to legal status of farm workers needed

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By John Mitchell



A recent issue of the Addison County Independent, Thursday, June 29, 2017, presented an article titled “Proposed law seeks path for legal status for farmworkers.” The article describes the initiative to establish a legal pathway for undocumented farmworkers to obtain some kind of legal status for working on farms in the state of Vermont, and the U.S.A. 

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Guest editorial: Act 60 Twenty years after Brigham

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By William J. Mathis



This week’s writer is William J. Mathis, managing director of the National Education Policy Center and Vice-Chair of the Vermont State Board of Education, and a Goshen resident. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization with which he is affiliated.

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Guest editorial: Act 60 Twenty years after Brigham

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By William J. Mathis



This week’s writer is William J. Mathis, managing director of the National Education Policy Center and Vice-Chair of the Vermont State Board of Education, and a Goshen resident. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization with which he is affiliated.

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Community Forum: Trump's climate stance hurts Vermont

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Sen. Dick McCormick and Rep. Mary Sullivan



This week's writers are Sen. Dick McCormick of Windsor County and Rep. Mary Sullivan of Burlington, who are co-chairs of the Climate Solutions Caucus of the Vermont General Assembly. 

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