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Letter to the editor: Sens. Ayer, Bray endorse Hallquist as new governor

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Sens. Claire Ayer & Chris Bray



The last two legislative sessions have concluded with periods of confusion, rancor and extra expense brought on by a record-setting number of last-minute gubernatorial vetoes, inflexible demands and a general lack of engagement by the Administration. This experience has confirmed for us that we need a governor with successful executive experience, a clear and steady vision, and the ability to work with colleagues to get there — and we see a candidate with these qualities.

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Letter to the editor: Family separation is bad policy

Posted on July 9, 2018 |
By Gus Jordan



A damaging and tragic health crisis is unfolding at the United States/Mexican border and in detention centers across the country, where thousands of  children remain separated from their parents, families, and loved ones. Research clearly shows that such separations can cause significant long-term damage to physical brain development, cognitive functioning, mental health, and the medical well-being of these children. The longer the separation lasts, the more severe and damaging the consequences.

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Ways of seeing: This is why we can’t negotiate with terrorists

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Mary E. Mendoza



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Last week, a friend of mine called me on the phone. She was clearly upset. “I think we should just build a wall,” she said to me. My friend knows me very well. I am a border historian who writes about the history of fence construction at the U.S.-Mexico divide. I’ve been writing and thinking about that history since I was a student in the History Department at Middlebury College, which was a long time ago now.

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Jessie Raymond: Forget yard sales; 'free' gets results

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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It may sound unpatriotic, but here it is: I don’t do yard sales. Oh, I might go to one; I just won’t hold one.

I have no problem giving away things we don’t use anymore, and I’m open to selling things that still have some value. But spending an entire weekend hauling out all of our stuff, sitting outside in unpredictable weather for two days and haggling with people over whether a bent metal dustpan is worth 25 cents — well, I’m no business expert, but it seems like a lot of work for little reward.

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Greg Dennis: The flatlanders' guide to local history

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Greg Dennis



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With the tourist season upon us, thousands of flatlanders are in the process of invading Vermont. It would be nice if they returned home from their vacations with an understanding of Vermont history that extends beyond Ethan Allen furniture. So, I offer the following tongue-in-cheek guide to local spots of historical significance.

 

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Legislative Review: State government got the job done

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Rep. Fred Baser



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We had two legislative sessions in 2018. One, which ended in mid-May, our normal adjournment time, and the second, began promptly after the completion of the first. It ended Friday, June 29. Why two sessions? Politics.

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Letter to the editor: Nothing wrong with knowledge

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Alexander Lyall



As someone who attended more colleges than Sara Palin, and not because we were academically inclined, I should be able to identify with critics of the intellectual liberal elite, the experts on everything.

On the other hand, how does knowledge inhibit decision-making, or stifle informed choices? How does reading diminish understanding? The logic escapes me.

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Letter to the editor: Infrastructure for bikes can pay off

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Randy Kritkausky



I welcome the wake-up call editorial in the June 25 Addison Independent concerning “missed opportunities” surrounding the area’s support of biking. I appreciate the efforts of local citizens who seek to work within the current constraints.

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Letter to the editor: How is wealth really shared?

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Mike Sommers



For a couple of weeks I’ve been thinking about the excellent June 11 letter to the editor by Margaret Eaton of New Haven regarding littering and tourist dollars. Well said!

But something is niggling at me. The oft-repeated assumption that tourism helps all Vermonters has been niggling at me.

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Letter to the editor: Area farmers donated surplus food to those in need

Posted on July 5, 2018 |
By Lily Bradburn



Did you know that in 2017 Addison County farmers donated 32,000 pounds of local fruits, vegetables, eggs, meat, and cheese to HOPE? This generosity was made possible through our Local Food Access program, which seeks to bridge the gap between the surplus produce available from local farms and the need for more nutritious fruits and vegetables among low-income households.

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