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Guest editorial: What Amazon's choice means for Vermonters

Posted on November 19, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



When Amazon announced last week that instead of building its second headquarters in one city, it would locate within the metropolitan areas of two of the largest cities on the East Coast — New York City and Washington, D.C. — it was telling us something. Both locations have neighborhoods with populations larger than Vermont.

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Letter to the editor: Hydro issue deserved 'fair and balanced' coverage

Posted on November 19, 2018 |
By Anders Holm



The Holm family very much appreciates the Nov. 15 article in the Addison Independent as it portrays a sense of urgency regarding the hydroelectric project at the Otter Creek Falls in Middlebury that has seemingly been absent for many years. American journalists are typically held to an ethical standard of delivering fair and balanced news. Denying a party the right to voice their opinion equally in a piece is known commonly as propaganda. Uncorroborated and out of context quotes are insufficient so I am hopeful this will be our chance to have our thoughts heard in earnest.

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Guest editorial: 'Politics is a funny business' — MUHS grad led Hallquist's campaign

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Cameron Russell



I met Christine Hallquist for the first time on Feb. 10, 2018, just over 9 months ago. I grew up in Vermont, graduated from UVM, and left the state for a while after college. After returning home, I was involved with political work in Vermont during the 2014 and 2016 cycles. Most recently, as the VT Democratic Party's Coordinated Campaign Director in 2016, I managed the statewide field program for candidates up and down the ballot.

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Opinion: Education beyond high school matters

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Jeb Spaulding



It’s true, not everyone needs to go to college. But consider this — over 95 percent of the jobs created since the Great Recession ten years ago have gone to workers with at least some college education, according to Georgetown University, while those with a high school diploma were left behind. The recession decimated low-skill, blue-collar and clerical jobs; the recovery added primarily high-skill, managerial and professional jobs.

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Ways of Seeing by Laurie Cox: Togetherness is a formula for civility

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Laurie Cox



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On the last Saturday in October, 28 people gathered near the Ripton Fire Station to split and stack firewood. As snowflakes (and, later, raindrops) shared the air, workers filled up the woodshed for REAP, the Ripton Energy Assistance Project. This project was formed in 2008 at a time when the economy had tanked, fuel prices soared, and fuel assistance programs were underfunded. Ripton’s response was to set up a non-profit to help fill the gaps. Saturday’s “wood bee” was an event that has taken place every year since then.

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Eric Davis: Democrats made big election gains

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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As fuller results from last week’s elections are received, the magnitude of Democratic success is becoming more apparent.

Democratic candidates now appear poised to gain close to 40 seats in the House, which would give the Democrats 235 House seats to the Republicans’ 200. This would represent the largest Democratic seat gain in a midterm election since 1974, an election held less than three months after Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency over Watergate.

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Letter to the editor: Middlebury reps. thank area voters

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Robin Scheu and Amy Sheldon



Many thanks to all the Middlebury voters who re-elected us to represent you in Montpelier. We appreciate your trust in us; it is an honor and a privilege to have your support. We look forward to representing everyone in Middlebury and working hard for you in the State Legislature.

Robin Scheu and Amy Sheldon

Middlebury

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Letter to the editor: Running for office has inspired me

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Ruth Hardy



Thank you to the voters of Addison County, Buel’s Gore and Huntington for your overwhelming support last week to elect me as your newest state senator. I look forward to working hard to serve the people of Vermont with intelligence, integrity and spirit.

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Editorial: Of elections and 'the Dream'

Posted on November 12, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



A generation or so ago, the American Dream was writ large in our cultural DNA. Symbolically, the dream came to mean owning an adequate house, having a family, a car and a job to pay for it all. In the 1950s-60s-70s, that seemed to be possible for a majority of Americans. The mantra was that if you graduated high school, worked hard, and kept your nose clean you’d get to that dream in your thirties, start building equity and have enough to retire on Social Security by 65. That was the life.

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