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February 16th, 2017
I am writing to express my support for the regulation of coyote hunting in Vermont. As of now they can be hunted 365 days/year, night and day, with no bag limit. This is partly because the Department of Fish and Wildlife does not need to “manage” the coyote population to maintain their numbers — the coyote are quite capable of doing this for themselves by increasing their rate of reproduction when there is a decline in population.
In an article in the Addison Independent on Feb. 2, “Local Chiefs Contest Racial Bias Report,” Police Chief George Merkel of Vergennes and Police Chief Tom Hanley of Middlebury, express some misgivings about the results of a recent racial bias study of local and state policing. I have similar misgivings.
I have lived permanently in this fantastic community for 33 years and was a summer resident beginning in 1957. In my 60 years I have lived in and visited many parts of this country, Canada, Mexico and lately I’ve had the chance to go to four countries in Europe.
In my slightly biased opinion, Addison County is my favorite and the best!
I’d like to comment on two of my favorite aspects of this community.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury Union High School boys’ hockey team split two games last week.
The Tigers’ record stood at 8-6-2, good for sixth place in Division I, heading into a game scheduled for Wednesday at BFA-St. Albans after the deadline for this edition of the Independent. The Tigers are set to visit Stowe on Saturday.
BOSTON — The Middlebury College men’s distance medley relay team set an NCAA Division III record this past weekend at Boston University, and Panther athletes set three other school track and field records at BU, while the men and women also posted some strong results at a separate meet hosted by MIT.
In a recent article about the “community conversations” Rev. Andrew Nagy-Benson and I are helping to organize, I used the phrase “We are all immigrants,” to discuss this Sunday’s panel devoted to a better understanding of Islam in America today.
Several kind friends have shared with me that that phrase inadvertently ignores the reality that native people are not immigrants, nor are those who were brought here by violence and against their will. I am continuing to learn the power of language to shape our conversations!
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s hockey swept two NESCAC games from last-place Colby this past weekend, moving into a first-place tie with Hamilton in the process.
The Panthers, 14-6-2 overall, and the Continentals are both 9-4-1 in NESCAC play. However, Hamilton defeated the Panthers in two head-to-head meetings and holds the tiebreaker heading into the final weekend of the regular season.
MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury College women’s basketball team this past weekend split its two final regular season NESCAC games, an effort good enough to nail down the No. 4 seed for the league’s postseason and earn the right to host a quarterfinal game this Saturday. The Panthers also won a non-league game at Plattsburgh on Tuesday.