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Letter to the editor: Overpopulation not 'overstated' — crisis is looming

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By Dick Beamish



This concerns two recent letters about Planned Parenthood. The one on June 21 (“Nonprofit helps with pregnancies”) was from David Van Vleck, who started the Middlebury Planned Parenthood clinic in 1970. The other, dated June 28 (“Overpopulation issue overstated”), came from Father Luke Austin of Middlebury.

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Letter to the editor: Roe v. Wade means rights for all, not just for wealthy

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By Alexander Lyall



The new judge, Kavanaugh, is looking to sit on the big bench as a conservative and is likely comfortable in the right-to-life camp. The base seems happy with that.

Someday someone close to the Judge will leave home for college where more than half of her peers will encounter sexual abuse. Some of those will experience unwanted pregnancy. The Judge can provide anyone in or close to his family access to a safe abortion because he has the wealth required and the ability to suppress the story, keeping his image intact.

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Letter to the editor: Letter-writer regrets lead sentence

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By Paul Ralston



My letter published in this paper on July 2 was off base in its opening.

The opening began: “Vermont’s budget standoff has ended. Our legislators fought hard for a tax increase, and they won.” That is an unfair characterization, and I apologize for any suggestion that the Legislature’s goal was a tax increase.

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Letter to the editor: Charge more for infant daycare

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By Liv Herdman



I have a very unpopular suggestion to alleviate the daycare crisis in Addison County, charge more! (Of course, provide subsidies to those who can’t afford it).

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Ways of seeing: Border policy is cruel

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Laurie Cox



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When I was five years old, I spent the night in the hospital after getting my tonsils removed. I knew what was happening and why, but when I woke up in the morning, I wanted my parents. It wasn’t my sore throat as much as a cold heaviness in my chest — I felt so alone. I lay quietly, the tears sliding down my cheeks. Eventually a nurse came by and asked if I was alright. I said I wanted my parents. She assured me they would be there later, which I already knew, but I wanted them sooner. It seemed a long while before they came to take me home.

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Eric Davis: Does court nominee have conflict?

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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Several of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Supreme Court opinions could figure in the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, to be his successor. One of these cases, decided in 2009, was Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Company. Although not well-known, Kennedy’s opinion in this case is relevant to today’s political situation.

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Letter to the editor: Bridges project is an opportunity

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Colleen Schuster



Closing downtown Middlebury for the bridge construction has gotten a lot of negative press, but I think it could be a big boost for the downtown. Restaurants could offer outdoor dining, and there could be opportunities for music (concerts and busking), sidewalk sales, and pop-up events to occur on Main Street.

It’s true that people won’t be able to park right at their destination, but walking is good exercise and promotes a healthy lifestyle. If you go to most other cities and towns around Vermont, you do have to park and walk to your destination.

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Letter to the editor: Tourism boosts state — so far

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Margaret Eaton



Well, this is funny and coincidental. Funny because I’ve never corresponded to anyone via the editor of a newspaper, like I am responding to the July 5 letter from Mike Sommers of Oakland, Calif. (hi, Mike!). Coincidental because I lived in Silicon Valley and then in a tourist town in California before repatriating to Vermont.

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Letter to the editor: Nuovo missive neglected Kunin

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



In my recent letter to the Addison Independent, which was published July 2, I wrote that Betty Nuovo was the first woman to be elected to the Vermont House as a Democrat. I was mistaken. That distinction belongs to Madeline Kunin, who was also the first woman elected governor of Vermont. I apologize for this mistake.

Victor Nuovo

Middlebury

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Letter to the editor: Preserving ACA remains priority

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Gail R. Regan



I know there have been distressing things in the news recently, among them separation of families seeking to take refuge in the United States. However, I hope that our legislators will not lose sight of standing against further dismantling of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Doing so is in the interest of all-age Americans. The legislation was the most progress we’ve made in decades to improve healthcare access, quality and cost.

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