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Letter to the editor: Tourism boosts state — so far

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Margaret Eaton



Well, this is funny and coincidental. Funny because I’ve never corresponded to anyone via the editor of a newspaper, like I am responding to the July 5 letter from Mike Sommers of Oakland, Calif. (hi, Mike!). Coincidental because I lived in Silicon Valley and then in a tourist town in California before repatriating to Vermont.

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Letter to the editor: Nuovo missive neglected Kunin

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



In my recent letter to the Addison Independent, which was published July 2, I wrote that Betty Nuovo was the first woman to be elected to the Vermont House as a Democrat. I was mistaken. That distinction belongs to Madeline Kunin, who was also the first woman elected governor of Vermont. I apologize for this mistake.

Victor Nuovo

Middlebury

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Letter to the editor: Preserving ACA remains priority

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Gail R. Regan



I know there have been distressing things in the news recently, among them separation of families seeking to take refuge in the United States. However, I hope that our legislators will not lose sight of standing against further dismantling of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Doing so is in the interest of all-age Americans. The legislation was the most progress we’ve made in decades to improve healthcare access, quality and cost.

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Letter to the editor: Gov. Scott criticized for response to school shootings

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By H. Dexter Oliver



When I voted for Mr. Scott it was because I thought he was the best candidate. I now feel I was wrong! Please let me throw out some suggestions formed of my opinion.

The one thing all of these acts of terror have in common is that they were all created by a sick mind. Whether it was one of the school shootings, the Boston Marathon bomber, a man plowing a pickup truck into a crowd, a person killing a social worker and their family, or a young man planning to shoot up a school. They were all acts planned and carried out by a sick mind.

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Letter to the editor: Column lacked humor, insulted sacrifices many made

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Paul Andriscin



Way to go, Addison Independent! You may have single-handedly destroyed the tourist season for Addison County with your so-called “tongue-in-cheek” article “Flatlanders’ guide to local history” (July 5).

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Letter to the editor: UVM Medical Center putting dollars before safety

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Fred Person



Safety:

I went to the Sunday morning service at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Burlington. Afterward two nurses presented their case for a possible strike at UVM Medical Center that they felt was necessary. I was interested in what they had to say so I stayed to listen. Half listening from the back of the sanctuary I heard them say that their work environment was no longer safe for them. That caught my attention. It was not the words they said but the tone in their voices.

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Opinion: Children again torn from parents

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Jack Mayer



This week’s Community Forum is by Jack Mayer, M.D., M.P.H., a Vermont primary care pediatrician and the author of “Life In A Jar: The Irena Sendler Project” and “Before The Court Of Heaven.”

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Letter to the editor: Sens. Ayer, Bray endorse Hallquist as new governor

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Sens. Claire Ayer & Chris Bray



The last two legislative sessions have concluded with periods of confusion, rancor and extra expense brought on by a record-setting number of last-minute gubernatorial vetoes, inflexible demands and a general lack of engagement by the Administration. This experience has confirmed for us that we need a governor with successful executive experience, a clear and steady vision, and the ability to work with colleagues to get there — and we see a candidate with these qualities.

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Letter to the editor: Family separation is bad policy

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Gus Jordan



A damaging and tragic health crisis is unfolding at the United States/Mexican border and in detention centers across the country, where thousands of  children remain separated from their parents, families, and loved ones. Research clearly shows that such separations can cause significant long-term damage to physical brain development, cognitive functioning, mental health, and the medical well-being of these children. The longer the separation lasts, the more severe and damaging the consequences.

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