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Letter to the editor: Brandon-area candidate is a 'breath of fresh air'

Posted on October 8, 2018 |
By Philip Frassica



I am writing this to support Tim Guiles in the upcoming election for the Vermont House of Representatives, District 6: Brandon, Pittsford and Sudbury. There are four candidates running, 2 Democrats and 2 Republicans, and the highest two vote getters will be seated.

Tim Guiles is a welcome breath of fresh air for we voters to whom economic fair play, women as full equals in society, racial justice, and the environment are important issues.

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Letter to the editor: Hardy deserves support for dedication to community

Posted on October 8, 2018 |
By Jane and Matt Kimble



We are excited to support Ruth Hardy as she seeks to be elected to serve as State Senator for Addison County in this fall’s election.

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Letter to the editor: Kavanaugh's tears rated by onions

Posted on October 8, 2018 |
By Peter Grant



We need a new rating system, number of onions needed to produce tears.

Kavanaugh’s tears during his anti-Dr. Ford testimony should rate 3 onions. He put on a good show, so that many people believe him.

And Senator Lindsey Graham should be voted out of office.

Peter Grant

Bristol

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Letter to the editor: Wilson is best choice for Addison-Rutland House seat

Posted on October 8, 2018 |
By Gwyn Cattell



I am a Whiting resident and enthusiastic subscriber to the Independent writing to encourage my neighbors and other residents of the Addison-Rutland district to vote for Barb Wilson for State Representative.

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Letter to the editor: Importing methane gas from Canada is a bad idea

Posted on October 8, 2018 |
By Sally Burrell



A garbage heap in Canada is the source of the renewable natural gas I’ve been hearing about in Addison County that is sold by Vermont Gas. Collecting and using that methane from decomposing biomass makes sense when burned locally in Canada for heat or electric generation. However, when pressurized and transported to customers hundreds of miles away, benefits are lost. Potent methane escapes from the inherent leaky infrastructure and contributes to atmospheric warming.

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Editorial: Canada, trade pacts, dairy and Trump's histrionics

Posted on October 4, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



During an imagined press briefing of the recently revised North American Free Trade Agreement (Nafta) between Canada, Mexico and the U.S., Trump stood with Canadian Premier Trudeau at the podium, when a frenetic American reporter raised her hand to ask excitedly: “I hear it’s the best deal ever! Please tell me, do we get Trudeau?!”

Now, that would be a great deal, even if it were tagged with the phonetically challenged USMCA.

But, no, it didn’t happen. We don’t get Trudeau.

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Paul Ralston: Passion is good in an election

Posted on October 4, 2018 |
By Paul Ralston



In last Thursday’s edition of this paper, columnist Greg Dennis published a commentary entitled Passions running high in the State Senate race,” which began with the line, “Call it the Trump effect.”

Who or what is Dennis referring to? What does Trump have to do with our local election?

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Ways of Seeing by Laurie Cox: What makes a community special

Posted on October 4, 2018 |
By Laurie Cox



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In the late ’70s we bought a small house and moved to Ripton. One of our first tasks was to arrange for a post office box, as Ripton did not have home delivery. The Ripton Post Office was then located in the front section of a house in the town’s center.

As we entered to make our application, a woman in her late 50s stood behind the counter and introduced herself as the Postmaster, Hilda Billings. We explained our errand, but she stated that no boxes were available at that time, so we would have to use General Delivery.

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Eric Davis: Trump's fuel rules likely a disaster

Posted on October 4, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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With all the attention in recent weeks to Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Rod Rosenstein’s future as Deputy Attorney General, and trade negotiations among the U.S., Canada and Mexico, many other important stories have received less news coverage than they deserve. One such story involves the Trump Administration’s plans for automobile fuel-efficiency standards and projections of global warming.

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Opinion: SNAP helps folks get food, changes people's worlds

Posted on October 4, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



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She is a single mom. Her daughter was seven years old and stood by her side. They were about to leave the CVOEO Food Shelf when staff overheard the little girl say to her mom in a whisper “You forgot to pay.” Then with a smile that changed our world she said, “Mom, we’ve got to come to this grocery store more often.”

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