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Letter to the editor: Sheriff candidate has experience

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Bill Cunningham



I strongly endorse Peter Newton as the next sheriff of Addison County. Peter currently serves as a lieutenant in the sheriff’s department under the mentorship of Sheriff Keeler. Peter has spent 28 years in public safety, 13 of which were in the emergency medical field, and the last 15 dedicated to law enforcement.

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Letter to the editor: We rob children of precious time

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Julie Parker



When I look out over the rolling blue hills and distant skyline it is hard to feel anything is amiss in Vermont. Yet Gov. Shumlin was one of the first to admit that this small state has a serious opiate crisis. Something is amiss. And Vermont has company in 49 sister states. Here is my take on what may be contributing factors.

Our children have been fleeced. We have stolen all their presents, and along with this burglary the fun they could have had playing, exploring, dreaming with them, even squandering them, tiring of them, then throwing them away.

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Note of appreciation: Many helped in reading group's book donation effort

Posted on July 26, 2018 |
By Pat Anderson



Addison County Readers Inc. (ACR) would like to acknowledge our generous community for helping to make the “Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library” program such a success. Currently, more than 1,100 preschool children in Addison County receive a free age-appropriate book in the mail each month.

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Editorial: A matter of civic pride

Posted on July 23, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Here’s a challenge for Addison County residents: Find an area dedicated to public use that needs cleaning up and work out a way to get it done.

Why do it? Three reasons: First, it’s not that hard. Second, it’s rewarding. Third, it’ll make life in the neighborhood more pleasant and special.

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Opinion: Reach above the clouds

Posted on July 23, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



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The trip was a long one, starting in New York and ending in Switzerland. The plane was large with three sections of seats across. Midflight the pilot said that we would be coming into some difficult weather. True enough the clouds turned dark and the plane started to jump and bump as did our stomachs and our emotions. Then, pre-warned by the Captain, we started to gain more altitude and push through the clouds to blue sky and a smooth ride. We were above the clouds.

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Letter to the editor: Monument Farms lauded for Blue Trail connection

Posted on July 23, 2018 |
By Jamie Montague



Thank you to the Addison Independent and its talented intern Nick Garber for the exciting article on the North Country Trail (June 28). On behalf of the Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) staff, volunteers, members, and community supporters, we are grateful for the possibility of a federally recognized National Scenic Trail through the heart of Middlebury. It would surely benefit our community in many ways.

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Letter to the editor: Airstrip could lead to headaches

Posted on July 23, 2018 |
By Kay Smits



The recent article about the lakefront airstrip in Panton brought up some interesting details. As a neighbor of another airstrip I have some observations that these neighbors need to consider.

The airstrip next to me started as just a personal airstrip. Within a few years it became a parachute enterprise. The article stated about the flight route that would be taken. Well, our neighbor’s flight route is not supposed to be near our farm, but as I’m writing this another plane is buzzing over our barn.

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Letter to the editor: Send message to Trump on Nov. 6

Posted on July 23, 2018 |
By Harry Chaucer



So, here we are. Our president is delusional. Blinded by his personal needs, Donald Trump is unable to see the world for what it is. In his eyes, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are reputable leaders because Donald Trump wants them to be despite the reality of Putin’s annexation of Crimea and invasion of Ukraine; and Kim Jong-un ruthless treatment of his own people.

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Editorial: A treasonous Trump revealed, or a cult leader better defined?

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Of the dozens of political columns we read about Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki this past Monday, long-time conservative columnist (and erstwhile Republican) George Wills captured Trump’s galling performance in the most accurate terms:

“In Helsinki, the president who bandies the phrase “America First,” put himself first, as always, and America last, behind President Vladimir Putin’s regime…

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Clippings: What passes for an exciting evening at John McCright's home

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By John McCright



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I was getting ready to settle down to sleep with a mug of ice cream when our Carpathian shepherd dog Molly started barking at the window. I heard the chickens squawking and one word jumped into my mind:

Predator.

“Molly, let’s go check on the chickens!”

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