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Editorial: Residents step in to keep services open

Posted on January 21, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



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Take a look at the parking lot at the Robert Frost Interpretive Trails and you’ll notice something you might not have considered before: It’s plowed. But not by the government services that typically keep it open. A community-minded local association is helping keep it open.

Here’s the brief story:

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Opinion: Primary care provider is now just a part of 'your' team

Posted on January 21, 2019 |
By Dr. Natasha Withers



“Who’s your doctor?” For generations, this question has been asked frequently in various situations (even socially).

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Letter to the editor: Vermont must do more to prevent racial harassment

Posted on January 21, 2019 |
By Joanna Colwell and Amy Mason



On Monday, Jan. 15, we attended the press conference in Bennington, where Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan announced that no charges would be filed against anyone for the racial harassment that led to the resignation of State Representative Kiah Morris.

We traveled two hours to Bennington to support Representative Morris, who was Vermont’s only Black female legislator until racist threats, online and in her community, drove her from office.

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Letter to the editor: General workers' strike would send message to leaders

Posted on January 21, 2019 |
By Millard Cox



Since 1980 we have endured eleven partial government shutdowns and the resulting waste of our taxes. This government shutdown affects 800,000 federal workers who are not receiving pay and Vermont farmers who are not receiving support payments. The Trump administration holds disdain for the people who keep this country running, who provide services, produce our food and create the economic strength of the nation. We need enlightened, more humane government, which we can achieve with a nation-wide general strike by America’s workers.

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Opinion: Vt. farmers need to look at new approaches

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Anson Tebbetts



As we enter a new year, many Vermont dairy farmers, as well as farmers nationwide, continue fighting through their economic fog. Trapped in an antiquated federal dairy pricing system, Vermont’s hard-working stewards of the land are at the whim of a highly competitive global structure. Compensation for their milk is out of farmers’ control and unpredictable, while honor and stability are considered the cornerstones of good business.

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Editorial: The huge difference between 'affordability' and 'prosperity'

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



As Vermont’s legislators define their priorities for the session ahead and slip into a mindset that seeks to solve all of society’s problems, let’s review a recent commentary by Sen. Chris Bray, D-Addison County. In that commentary, published in the Addison Independent last week, Bray artfully drew the distinction between the governor’s “affordability” platform and an alternative vision that instead seeks “prosperity.”

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Ways of Seeing by Alice Leeds: Our differences hold us together

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Alice Leeds



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In 1996 a Muslim teen from Indonesia moved into our home and became part of our family for the next six years, initiating a relationship I value to this day.

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Jessie Raymond: Dreaming of a good night's sleep

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Jessie Raymond



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Lately, I’ve been finding that I go to bed feeling pretty good but wake up needing a cup of coffee with a WD-40 chaser.

It’s time for a new mattress.

When I was younger, I could stay up late and crash anywhere — futon, recliner, floor (my back aches at the mere memory). But over the years, I’ve developed an appreciation for a good night’s sleep. And our aged mattress now does the job about as well as a pile of two-by-fours.

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Victor Nuovo: Discovering America, history re-written

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Victor Nuovo



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All of us once learned in school that Christopher Columbus discovered America on October 12, 1492. But now we all know this is not true. Columbus was not the first person, nor even the first European to discover America. Norseman beat him to it by approximately half a millennium.

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Letter to the editor: Political civility must be restored

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Dick Cramton and Betty Thurber



Editor’s note: This letter is in response to Victor Nuovo’s column in the Jan. 10 edition of the Addison Independent.

Dear Victor,

Thank you for proposing a constructive pathway to defending our democratic system of government. You are right to point out that our “great experiment” is threatened to the extent that we may be tempted to feel helpless and reluctant to watch each day’s new trespass.

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