Sen. Leahy reflects on his life in politics

Patrick Leahy was the third-longest-serving U.S. senator, cast more than 17,000 votes, and served under nine presidents. Some of that history will be explored next Wednesday, May 22, at a free conversation with the man himself at the Unitarian Universalist Society in Middlebury.

Editorial: The case for Dean, while Scott’s burden is heavier

Could this year’s “tough” legislative session have been less bitter, more productive, and had a better outcome with a different dynamic between the Legislature and the governor’s office?

Editorial: MNFF’s 10-year miracle

It’s no small deal to create something from nothing. It’s even more incredulous when what’s created is top-notch.

Editorial: If students focused their protests, they could have the world behind them

If others aren’t going to protest America’s support of Israel through its billions in cash and tens of thousands of bombs that have reduced wide swaths of Gaza to rubble, campus protests have a role to play — and at the very least have succeeded in making … (read more)

Editorial: Vote yes, with thanks for an Ilsley project done well

It’s not often that residents of any town can gladly approach a significant bond issue knowing all parties involved have excelled at crafting a $16.99 million library renovation project down to a very manageable $4.4 million payment for taxpayers to retir … (read more)

Editorial: SVUUSD faces double jeopardy

Residents of the Slate Valley Unified Union School District, which serves Orwell and the northwestern part of Rutland County, face tough sledding in getting its school budget passed on a third attempt next Thursday, May 9.

Editorial: A note on H.289 and net metering

Community solar is simply the ability for an individual to participate in solar usage if their own lot or circumstances prevent them from being able to place any solar arrays of their own.

Community members receive McCardell Citizen’s Award

Middlebury College on Tuesday honored a group of Addison County residents by naming them recipients of the Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Award, which the college established in 2003 to recognize exceptional service to the community. 

Editorial: School budgets deserve OK, but process needs tweaking

As voters within MAUSD learned this past week, defeating such budgets have real consequences: The school district sent out 17 RIF (reduction in force) notices to teachers, many within the school’s art department in preparation for what administrators call … (read more)

Editorial: ‘Cool enough to yell about’

Wherever you were in the path of the total eclipse this past Monday at quarter past three in the afternoon, the world seemingly stood still for a moment or two, and the vibe was noticeably different.

Editorial: Elementary school is not what most of us once knew

In last week’s Addison Independent, reporter John Flowers wrote two insightful stories revealing student behavioral problems within the Addison Central School District, most of which occurred in the elementary schools, with Mary Hogan Elementary School in … (read more)

Editorial: County Dems have role in asking Vekos to resign

Two things are clear in the recent Vermont Supreme Court ruling that suspended the law license of Addison County State’s Attorney Eva Vekos: first, that Vekos failed to properly respond to a lawful request for information about her fitness to fulfill her … (read more)

Editorial: Kudos, and thanks Addy All-Stars

I’d be remiss if I didn’t shout from the rooftops that the Addison Independent was named best-of-the-best among New England’s largest weekly newspapers.

Editorial: High fives, and thumbs down, for legislative work this session

Last week and this are crucial weeks in the state’s legislative session; it’s when bills either cross over from the House to the Senate or vice-versa — or die.

Pig Race revived at Blueberry Hill

Party cloudy skies with temps in the high 40s — plus an 8-inch snowfall the weekend before — created a near-perfect setting for the revival of Blueberry Hill’s famous Pig Race, which had run continuously from 1972 through 2007 under the direction of the l … (read more)