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Ways of Seeing: It's civilization's price of admission

Posted on January 18, 2018 |
By Laurie Cox



Sitting in a laundromat in Denmark is remarkably like being in one in Middlebury. After a week of travelling, it was our day for relaxing and getting clean clothes. I looked up from my book and watched the tumbling laundry in the front-load machine begin to slow. Something was pasted on the inside of the window. Approaching the now stilled machine, I realized it was money. Stuck to the window were a couple of paper bills of Canadian currency.

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Letter to the editor: Carbon tax would benefit Vermont

Posted on January 18, 2018 |
By Ralph Shepard



For over 4 decades, I’ve been watching the debate over U.S. hydrocarbon fuel consumption, (i.e. petroleum). In 1973 we had fuel rationing and long lines because OPEC flexed its muscles. it happened again in 1979. At the time, I naively thought; once we’re not dependent on imported oil everything will be great! I’ll spare you all the boring details of what transpired in the last 40 years of energy production and consumption, and bring us up to the wake-up call of global warming.

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Letter to the editor: Recent change in tax law is a bad deal for most

Posted on January 18, 2018 |
By Bruce Acciavati



OK, now we’ve entered a new year after the Trumpublicans have rammed through the most egregiously unfair tax overhaul that gives corporations and the wealthy the overwhelming amount of tax reductions and loopholes, while leaving most of us the crumbs that will be rescinded in a few years anyway, and probably end up costing most of us by eliminating a lot of deductions. And, how do you think they intend to pay for this estimated $1.4 trillion hit to the budget to make up for it?

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Letter to the editor: Mayor clarifies his meeting remark

Posted on January 18, 2018 |
By Michael Daniels



It is unfortunate that my remark of “shooting from the hip” in an Addison Independent article last Thursday was misunderstood, creating concern in the city, and I take full responsibility.

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Cheers for keeping Carol's café open

Posted on January 18, 2018 |
By Gregory Dennis



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Sometimes you wanna go where

Everybody knows your name

And they’re always glad you came

 

You wanna be where you can see

Our troubles are all the same

You wanna be where

Everybody knows your name

 

The bar in the TV show “Cheers” was a fun-filled, made-up place. But now that we’re on the verge of losing a real place where they’re always glad you came — well, then it’s time to take things seriously.

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Pennywise, pound-foolish

Posted on January 18, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



In business, it’s good to be optimistic. It sets a good tone for customers, creates a good vibe in the work place, and inspires confidence among business-to-business peers.

It’s also imperative to be realistic. You have to call things like they are, and you can’t be a Pollyanna when things go awry.

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Letter to the editor: Universal primary care bill would be a major benefit

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



In your January 4, 2018 article about the new Accountable Care Organization (One Care) and the All Payer Model, both statewide initiatives that are also being implemented in Addison County, the goals of “better care, better access to care, and cost savings” are correctly articulated.

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Letter to the editor: Good idea to move Mt. Abe library

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Denise Dalton



The conceptual plans for renovating the Mt. Abraham Middle/High School call for relocating the library to the entrance area of the building.

There is much confusion in the community about the reasoning behind this move and the need for the associated costs.

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Community forum: Why target stormwater?

Posted on January 15, 2018 |
By Julie Moore



This week’s Community Forum is by Julie Moore, Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, the state agency with primary responsibility for protecting and sustaining Vermont’s environment, natural resources, wildlife and forests, and for maintaining Vermont’s beloved state parks.

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