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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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Letter to the editor: Salisbury residents grateful for support after fire

Posted on March 11, 2019 |
By Lynne and Norman Beerman



As reported in the Thursday edition (Jan. 24, 2019) of the Addison Independent, a fire destroyed our home in Salisbury.

Our home stood for over 200 years and we always thought it would stand another 200. Sadly to say our home — all our possessions (old and new), not to mention over 20 years of memories — were taken from us.

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Letter to the editor: Cornwall Airbnb regulations needed for the greater good

Posted on March 11, 2019 |
By Andrea Landsberg



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Letter to the editor: Raise the legal age to buy tobacco

Posted on March 11, 2019 |
By Abigail J. DuBois



Several teens visited the state house recently to discuss legislation that, if enacted, would prohibit the sale of tobacco products, including e-cigarette, like JUUL, to those younger than 21. Seventy percent of people who smoke say they would like to quit, so we know that many Vermonters are now working to break from this deadly addiction. Once someone starts smoking, quitting is incredibly difficult. The best approach to stop Vermonters from starting in the first place.

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Letter to the editor: Don't trust VTrans on Middlebury rail project

Posted on March 11, 2019 |
By Bruce Hiland



VTrans announces the $72 million Bridge & Rail Project will disrupt Middlebury’s downtown for an additional three weeks the summer of 2020!

Jim Gish, the town’s “liaison” to VTrans, has been putting lipstick on this pig for nearly two years. He’d better order several more cases in bright red  — a good color for embarrassment — to keep the pig tarted up for three more years.  

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Letter to the editor: U.S. has 'confounding principles'

Posted on March 11, 2019 |
By Rustan Swenson



A subtle scan of the political, cultural and moral landscape from Capitol Hill to the far shores of this once great nation reveals a litany of subtle fundamental changes in core principles and, critically, the language which defines these principles and concepts, leading to a new vocabulary and perception where we have moved from founding principles to confounding principles.

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