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Guest editorial: State Auditor answers criticism

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Doug Hoffer



The State Auditor’s Office serves Vermonters by ensuring that state government and entities that receive taxpayer funds are operating effectively and efficiently. As such, I would like to clear the air about some misinformation regarding my office and my intention to audit Vermont’s Accountable Care Organization (OneCare Vermont). Some have expressed concerns about the need for such an evaluation and our authority to do so. Here are the facts.

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Ways of Seeing by Ruth Farmer: Fictional detective offers real lessons

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Ruth Farmer



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In the past few months, I have been on binge, reading Louise Penny’s Armande Gamache novels. Gamache is a high-ranking officer in the Sûreté in Quebec. The central setting of the novels is a village called Three Pines. Penny has created in Gamache a man who happens to be in law enforcement. So many detective novels feature detectives who happen to be men or women. It is the job that is important, not life, not being human.

As a reader, I often find many truths in fiction. I found myself gravitating toward Gamache’s often-repeated paths to wisdom:

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Jessie Raymond: Taking a trip down memory lane with old pals

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Jessie Raymond



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Last weekend, while back in my hometown for a family gathering, I caught up with a couple of old friends. This year, the emphasis was on “old.”

At 51, I’m in good health. I don’t have a fear of aging (although those “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” commercials are starting to make me a little uncomfortable).

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Victor Nuovo: The very idea of a Democracy

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Letter to the editor: Farmers should stay positive

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Steve Kayhart



It’s easy to flip through the TV channels or scroll through social media or the internet and be hit with negative, upsetting and frustrating news. As a dairy farmer, I see and experience some of the same feelings hitting so many others right now, at my own local level.

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Letter to the editor: Editorial policy needs to shift

Posted on March 14, 2019 |
By Randy Kritkausky



As one who frequently reads both the Addison Independent’s letters to the editor and your lead editorial, I value the public platform that the newspaper offers our community. I have experienced virtually open access to your paper for my occasional letters. I am grateful.

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Guest editorial: Let the sun shine — on government

Posted on March 11, 2019 |
By Jim Condos



On Tuesday, March 5th, Vermonters elected their local government officials on Town Meeting Day. In November 2018, Vermonters chose their statewide officers and legislative representatives. In November 2016, Vermonters voted for the highest elected office in the United States.

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Opinion: The meaning of voting rights

Posted on March 11, 2019 |
By Jim Condos



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This week’s Community Forum is by Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos.

The term ‘voting rights’ is thrown around all too often today as a buzzword and policy stance that’s used as a political football.

We must never forget that the right to vote is enshrined in our Constitution. Efforts to deny or restrict any eligible voter’s right to vote are an affront to our democracy. Every new denial chips away at the very bedrock upon which the foundation of our country was built.

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Living with dying: The heart of grief

Posted on March 11, 2019 |
By Andy Davis



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This column is presented by the Living with Dying Partnership – an alliance between End of Life Services (formerly Hospice Volunteer Services and ARCH), Addison County Home Health & Hospice and UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center. The mission of this partnership is to create a framework for end-of-life care organizations to collaborate on our common goal of providing education about dying, death and options for care. For more information on this partnership, please call End of Life Services at 388-4111.

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