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Opinion: Language is misleading on school budget ballots

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Laurie Childers



 This year (at the voting booth in the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union) “More is Less.” That means, even though per pupil spending is calculated as being MORE, the property tax rates are actually LESS than last year.

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Opinion: ACSU merger offers flexibility for all types of learners

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Jason Duquette-Hoffman



Recently, I have been working alongside fellow school board members, administrators and members of our community to wrestle with all of the various aspects of unifying the governance of our elementary schools. This work has been grueling, challenging, invigorating and tedious. But it also represents an exciting opportunity to re-envision how we educate our kids. Some of you, who may remain unconvinced that this is the right path, the right moment, the right place, may already be skeptical of what I have to say. Please, stay with me. Because, really, I hear you.

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Opinion: Support sought for Brandon's annual fireworks show

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Debbie Boyce



The Brandon Independence Day Celebration Committee is a small, fluid group of volunteers who organize and raise funds for Brandon’s two-day Independence Day celebration. In its 40-year history, this event has evolved into a major attraction for thousands of tourists, our citizens, neighbors and friends.

The Brandon Parade is considered to be the best small town parade in Vermont. It is held on the first Friday and Saturday of July; in 2016 that will be July 1 and 2, and we expect it to be bigger and better than ever.

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Opinion: Experienced school director seeks unified board seat

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Rick Scott



My wife Robin and I have been active members of the Bridport community for the last 15 years; the two youngest of our five children are currently Middlebury Union High School students. The Bridport position I seek is a one-year term that coincides with the first and formative year of the new district.

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Opinion: ACSU candidate has strong unified board background

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Jerry Shedd



I am running for a seat on the proposed Addison Central School District board.

I am a seventh-generation Vermonter who also has decades of experience with single-board public schools in New York state, both as a student and as a teacher.

I have been a member of the UD-3 school board (a unified board) since 2005. I have served on committees on finance, facilities, policy and contract negotiations. I wrote UD-3 policies on student outcomes, the first such policies in ACSU.

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Opinion: Proposed remedy for city truck traffic earns support

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Faith and Stephen Terry



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Opinion: ACCT thanks supporters for generous donations

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Elise Shanbacker



On behalf of the board and staff of the Addison County Community Trust (ACCT), I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to the many generous community members who helped us celebrate ACCT’s 25th anniversary by contributing over the past year. Thanks to this amazing community support we reached our $25,000 fundraising goal.

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Opinion: Support H. 261 and 'fair chance hiring' to rebuild lives

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Matt Birong



I’ve been the chef/owner of 3 Squares Café in Vergennes for 9 years. At 3 Squares Café, we strive to have an inclusive work environment. When a position becomes available, we interview and hire employees based on their ability to meet the needs of the position. What we don’t do, is ask about prior criminal convictions on an application.

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Opinion: ACSU board unification plan gives all towns a say

Posted on February 22, 2016 |
By Spence Putnam



In a recent letter to this newspaper Peter Lynch proposed voting against consolidation of the nine Addison Central Supervisory Union school districts into a single one because of the way the new board will be structured. I would like to present a different perspective.

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Opinion: Impact of trucks on Vergennes tourism substantial

Posted on February 22, 2016 |
By Bill and Sue Walsh



My husband Bill and I, owners of the Emerson Guest House Bed and Breakfast, located on Main Street in Vergennes, could not be more supportive of the proposed northerly Vermont Route 22A/Vermont Route 17 truck bypass.

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