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Editorial: Reflections on 2017 – "Was it all connected to Trump, or did it just seem like it? "

Posted on December 28, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



Following the traumatic elections of 2016, it is no surprise that 2017 was a year fraught with chaos, protests and change. Trump was at the political center of much of that chaos as he sought to carry out promises made on the campaign trail, including banning Muslims from certain countries from entering the U.S., repealing the Affordable Care Act, reforming the tax code, pulling the U.S. out of the Paris Climate Accord and passing regulations that favored big business, big banks and the fossil fuel industry.

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Joanna Colwell: There's no racial justice in tax bill

Posted on December 28, 2017 |
By Joanna Colwell



Walking in Middlebury today, I started wondering about how the Republican tax bill would affect my life. How much will our health care premiums go up? Will our self-employed family even be able to afford insurance? How are we going to pay for college? I feel worried about the future, and at the same time I am aware that every one of these challenges is way more difficult if you are a Black person in America.

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Letter to the editor: New Mount Abe project in the works

Posted on December 28, 2017 |
By Denise Dalton



In late November, the five-town community came together for a consensus building exercise to establish priorities for renovating the aging Mt. Abraham facility. The Independent covered the event and you can find the story in their archives, along with many other articles about this project. 

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Eric Davis: Trump tax cut will affect Vermont

Posted on December 28, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



The Vermont Legislature will reconvene next week for the second session of the 2017-18 biennium. Responding to the impacts of recent changes in tax and health care policy enacted by the Republican Congress or announced by the Trump Administration will be a major item on the Legislature’s agenda for 2018.

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Letter to the editor: Better business climate needed

Posted on December 28, 2017 |
By Anders Holm



Gov. Scott dodged the fundamental issues with funding education in Vermont. Stating that delivery to students was the big issue is a cop out and a lie. In the Dec. 21 Independent article on the subject the real issues “a declining workforce, sluggish economic growth and nearly stagnant tax revenues” are mentioned but dodged by the governor.

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Letter to the editor: Cornwall firefighters were helpful, cheerful

Posted on December 28, 2017 |
By Bob and Juliet Gerlin



At 6:30 on the morning of Christmas Eve our fire alarms went off. We searched the house, but could not find anything wrong. It then shut off so we went back to bed. Fifteen minutes later it went off again, this time not stopping. We decided to call the Cornwall Fire Department, telling them that it was not an emergency because there was no sign of smoke anywhere.

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Poem: An ode to Christmases past, present and future

Posted on December 28, 2017 |
By Rustan Swenson



’Twas the night after Christmas and all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, except for a mouse.

 

Piles of debris and throwaway toys

Is all that remained from the wee girls and boys.

 

Children were nestled all snug in their beds

With cell phones and new apps tucked under their heads.

 

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Jessie Raymond: Baking experience takes the cake

Posted on December 21, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



For a while now, I’ve needed a break from reality. Obsessed with the news, I find my moods swinging between “disgruntled” and “despairing for the future of our democracy.”

I found my escape Saturday, when I baked my grandson’s birthday cake, an annual tradition.

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Ways of Seeing: $1 suitcase yields big dividends

Posted on December 21, 2017 |
By Sas Carey



When my daughter Heidi was ten, we moved from Cornwall to Middlebury. Our new house needed furniture for its empty rooms and, since we were on a tight budget, we looked for garage sales. One massive sale was on Sperry Road in Cornwall, where the Packs were moving from their large renovated barn house. We had visited the house before and knew the high quality of the furnishings.

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Letter to the Editor: Farmers are good land managers

Posted on December 21, 2017 |
By Tom Fisher



I have lived and worked in the Champlain Valley my entire life. I have watched many small family farms join to become only a few very large family farms. Most are now multimillion-dollar operations. I have worked for, and am on a first name basis with, many of these farmers. They grow thousands of acres of hay, corn, and beans to feed large numbers of extremely productive dairy animals. In doing so, they create and maintain a landscape that attracts increased tourism dollars.

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