Two vie for one seat in Starksboro

STARKSBORO — When Starksboro voters to go the polls on Town Meeting Day, March 2, they will be asked to elect two selectboard members. The seats’ current occupants are both running again: Koran Cousino for another three-year term and Carin McCarthy, a recent appointee, for her first full two-year term. Cousino is running unopposed, but McCarthy faces a challenge from Carrie Austgen. CARIN MCCARTHY McCarthy grew up in Starksboro, attending Robinson Elementary School and Mount Abraham Union High School. After … (read more)

Editorial: Let’s honor Ripton’s choice

Ripton’s choice to withdrawal its elementary school from the Addison Central Supervisory Union should be just that: the town’s choice. On Jan. 12 this year, town residents voted 163-107 to withdraw from the school district and become an independent school … (read more)

Editorial: Why vote to opt in for pot?

In this year’s Town Meeting balloting, the towns of Middlebury, Vergennes, Brandon and Salisbury (among many others around the state) will vote on allowing the retail sale of cannabis. If approved, retail stores would not open until October 2022. The reas … (read more)

Letter: Friends across towns, united for Mary Heather Noble for ACSD Board

We are writing as friends in neighboring towns within ACSD to share our support for Mary Heather Noble as a candidate for the ACSD school board.  Like many of you, we have spent hours on text chains and in backyards (then zoom); talking, listening, and st … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Hooper has the right qualifications

If you have ever attended a meeting of the Middlebury selectboard you soon realize that it is a lot of work — and not remotely glamorous. Though we may like to envision our selectboard deftly steering us into an ideal future, the fact is that much of the … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Hooper can help lead Middlebury through challenges

The downtown railroad bridge reconstruction project of last summer created a difficult time for our local business community. At the same time came an unprecedented pandemic we are all still hoping to recover from, causing even more strain on our local ec … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Ripton student wants local school to stay open

Dear Voters of Bridport, Cornwall, Middlebury, Salisbury, Shoreham and Weybridge. My name is Maggie Hoyler and I am a fifth-grader at Ripton Elementary School. It is my last year at Ripton because the district is moving sixth grade to MUMS and I want to l … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Rakowski supported for Vergennes City Council

We are writing to support Susan Rakowski for Vergennes City Council. We have all served with Sue in one of her many leadership positions.  In her many years as a Vermont resident, Sue has served this community well in so many capacities. Whether it was th … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Ripton deserves to maintain its own school

We came to Vermont 36 years ago when George was appointed to serve as pastor of the United Methodist churches in Middlebury, East Middlebury and Ripton. We loved this area and the people here. We found Ripton to be a very special place, a unique community … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Salisbury should vote down BLSG budget proposal

Last year the Salisbury selectboard voted unanimously to split off funding for the BLSG Insect Control District onto an article separate from the budget. After a close vote, the town signed on for another year with the BLSG. This year voters will again ha … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Those seeking pesticide use should pay for it

Once again this year, the selectboard in Salisbury is giving Salisbury residents the opportunity of voting on whether or not we choose to spend around $25,000 to support the BLSG Mosquito control district. They are providing us with that opportunity becau … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Thomas would bring unique perspective to board

I was encouraged to read in Laura Asermily’s letter the strong feeling that both of these candidates for the one-year remainder of Victor Nuovo’s term would make excellent selectboard members. I feel my position as a local minister demands neutrality when … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Conlon’s talent, experience needed for ACSD board

I’m voting to re-elect Peter Conlon to the Board of Directors for the Addison Central School District. I had the honor of serving alongside Peter for eight years on the ACSU and MUHS boards. During that time, the ACSU board successfully navigated several … (read more)

Letter to the editor: The numbers justify Ripton’s independence bid

Democracy — perhaps the most important reason to vote yes to ratify Ripton’s town vote to secede from Addison Central School District. The people of Ripton came out in impressive numbers and voted to secede. That vote should be respected and honored. The … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Ripton voters’ choice deserves respect

I will be voting YES to release Ripton from the Addison Central School District.  This is not because I want to weigh in on whether Ripton School should remain open or not, nor because I want Ripton to leave, but because, as a resident of Shoreham, it is … (read more)