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Letter to the Editor: New stakeholder needed in environmental decisions

Posted on October 23, 2017 |
By Randy Kritkausky



Most of us recognize that we face numerous environmental crises. We have a fairly good understanding of the origins of these problems. And we have some ideas about solutions. One of the proposed solutions is to give more “stakeholders” a seat at the table with corporate shareholders or lobbyists influencing the regulatory process. Stakeholders are individuals and groups who are affected by decisions made by governmental bodies and corporations.

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Letter to the editor: Students, community need a renovated Mount Abe

Posted on October 23, 2017 |
By Troy Paradee and Sarah Crum



A community is defined by it’s people, traditions, local government, and the shared spaces it holds dear. Concert halls, libraries, meeting houses, general stores, favorite restaurants, schools and parks are all the places where you can FEEL the community. What a community values most becomes evident through its allocation of time and money to create and maintain community resources.

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‘Morning Joe’ shames Trump and the fans who support him

Posted on October 22, 2017 |
By Joe Scarborough



Editor’s note: There was a time in the not so distant past when this paper rejected the daily nativist barbs and the lies and deliberate misinformation spread by Joe Scarborough in this conservative television show, “Morning Joe.” He was, at one point, a champion of Donald Trump and his campaign, and helped him gain popular footing among those disaffected Americans attracted to style over substance.

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Letters to the Editor: One-time fix best for Mount Abe

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Tory Riley



Mt. Abraham Union Middle and High School is a vibrant community of both practical and innovative learning. It is also a physical structure that is tired, impractical and expensive to repair piecemeal, and full of safety and health issues. As the principal of a school that used to be tired, expensive to fix, and unhealthy, I advocate for voting “Yes” with enthusiasm on the Nov. 2 bond vote to renovate Mt. Abe.

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Letters to the Editor: Middlebury falling short on housing, infrastructure, economy

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Paul Ralston



With regards your recent article on Middlebury’s quest for an “Economic Health Committee:”

Instead of another committee, may I humbly suggest we just install a sidewalk on Exchange Street.

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Editorial: Exciting news, big possibilities for former Greg's

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



That the former site of Greg’s Grocery in Middlebury may soon see another grocery in that location is exciting news for many local patrons of the former grocery. It long had served the northern end of town and the hundreds of workers who routinely use Exchange Street en route to their jobs in what is Middlebury’s industrial and commercial park.

As commercial neighbors (being located two blocks away in the Marble Works Business District, we’re as eager as most to see a new grocery revived in that location.

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Editorial: No disrespect in taking a knee

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



Symbolism can be a powerful force for good — or ill. When San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick first took a knee a year ago to protest police brutality against black Americans, his point was not to disrespect the American flag, but to bring attention to a national crisis that had been largely ignored.

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Letters to the Editor: Second Amendment being misread

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Peter Grant



Years ago we heard that both parts are of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution are related.

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of the state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

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Letters to the Editor: Photos without identification criticized, and explained

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Melody Daigle



While checking out the Oct. 9 issue of the Addison Independent, I noticed the photos accompanying an article describing folklorist Gregory Sharrow’s upcoming talk about immigrant artists in Vermont.

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Politically Thinking, Eric L. Davis: Trump approach could help Democrats

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Prior to last year’s election, Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and White House strategist, was quoted as saying “I am a Leninist. Lenin wanted to destroy the state and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today’s establishment.”

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