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Letter to the editor: Panton board blamed for mistake

Posted on October 15, 2018 |
By Doug Dows



In August (Addison Independent, 8/30/2018), Howard Hall, chair of the Panton selectboard, bragged that they had significantly reduced the tax rate by using surplus funds. Then it was pointed out that those surplus funds had already been designated for the town hall restoration fund and the highway equipment fund.

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Letter to the editor: Bray, Hardy have 'proven capacity'

Posted on October 15, 2018 |
By Judy and Michael Olinick



Ruth Hardy and Senator Chris Bray deserve enthusiastic support as the best candidates for Addison County’s two State Senate seats.

The many glowing endorsements from fellow citizens and from past and present legislators who have worked with Bray and Hardy in widely different settings leave no doubt that both have the proven capacity — the knowledge, integrity, focus, energy and dedication — to tackle the complicated issues challenging our Legislature.

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Letter to the editor: Hardy is the ideal Senate replacement for Ayer

Posted on October 15, 2018 |
By Barbara Hofer



As a long-time supporter of Senator Claire Ayer, I can think of no better candidate to replace her in the Vermont Senate than Ruth Hardy. Ruth is a deeply engaged, thoughtful, wise individual who has contributed on many levels to our state and who is poised to be a strong female leader in the legislature.

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Letter to the editor: Newton is 'most highly qualified' to be next sheriff

Posted on October 15, 2018 |
By Julie Coons



I am writing this letter in support of Peter D. Newton for Addison County sheriff.

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Letter to the editor: Jerome would be a great addition to the Vermont House

Posted on October 15, 2018 |
By Mitch Pearl



I am writing to urge your support for Stephanie Jerome for State Representative for Brandon, Pittsford, and Sudbury. Stephanie is smart, she is practical, and she listens.

First the smart part. Stephanie served as a policy analyst for NASA. She is used to dealing with complicated problems and absorbing huge amounts of information. We need those skills in Vermont’s leadership today to help us tackle the hard problems.

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Letter to the editor: Newton's campaign signs have violated state laws

Posted on October 15, 2018 |
By Ann Watson



Peter Newton’s campaign signs have violated state law in several instances. See 10 V.S.A. 481-506:

First, I came home one day to my home in New Haven to find one of his signs on my lawn. No one had contacted me for my permission to put a sign on my lawn.

Second, there is a sign affixed to a tree along Route 17 headed west in New Haven, east of Field Days Road. It looks like it is located within the highway right-of-way, which if so, is one violation; and it is attached to a tree, which is a second violation.

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Letter to the editor: Global warming message sent

Posted on October 15, 2018 |
By Alice Grau



I just sent this short message to the White House:

“It’s simple: warmer oceans, worse hurricanes. Do something about climate change now!”

I hope President Trump understands. 

Alice Grau

Bridport

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Editorial: State must change process on fixing hazardous roads

Posted on October 11, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



The recent public effort to fix a dangerous stretch of road on Route 125 just west of Middlebury College campus is a call to action that the towns of Middlebury, Cornwall and Bridport should doggedly pursue — with an eye for setting a new state precedent.

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Editorial: A backcountry opportunity

Posted on October 11, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



The new backcountry hut recently built at Chittenden Brook campground on the east side of Brandon Gap is more than a story about a few hikers and backcountry skiers wanting a comfortable shelter in which to camp. It’s a story about a new kind of tourism that could boost the area’s economy.

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Ways of Seeing by Noor Traina: Time to tear down stereotypes

Posted on October 11, 2018 |
By Noor Traina



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“I just wanted you to know that I hope you feel welcome here. And I wanted you to know that I am doing my part to battle Islamophobia.” A well-intentioned woman said this to me after our intense and engaging Zumba class. I was touched and surprised by her kind words.

However, upon reflection, I recognized the unintended bias behind her words, and how this encapsulated the mistaken American image of Muslim women.

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