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Letter to the editor: Smith merits return to Montpelier

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Edward Payne



Harvey Smith is the best person to continue to represent District 5 (New Haven, Weybridge, Bridport). He is an experienced legislator. Harvey knows our rural community. He is a retired dairy farmer who has transitioned to participating in the local food network.

He has represented New Haven at the Addison County Regional Planning Commission for over 25 years. He has been Chair and also the ACRPC delegate to Addison County Economic Development. Harvey has always been available to assist the Bridport selectboard with legislative issues.

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Letter to the editor: Sen. Claire Ayer has been effective

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Donna Bailey



I am writing in support of Claire Ayer for State Senate. Sen. Ayer has been an effective leader for Addison County for many years. She is responsive to the needs of residents of Addison County and brings much needed leadership an expertise in the Senate.

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Letter to the editor: Thurston would target 'affordability'

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Jim Douglas



When I think of Monique Thurston words like caring, determined, passionate, energetic and articulate come to mind. Monique understands how over-spending, over-regulation, job losses and increased taxation have created an affordability crisis for many Vermonters.

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Letter to the editor: U.S. does not need Groper in Chief

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Anya Schwartz



Favorite groping story: Man gropes woman in a crowded subway car. Woman grabs man’s hand, holds it high in the air, and announces, “Why is this man’s hand on my tush?”

I don’t remember who this woman was, and lord knows, Donald Trump doesn’t ride the subway. Still, I picture our faces as she holds his hand in the air and asks all of us bystanders in the train, “Why is this man’s hand on my tush?” And is he worthy of your vote for president?

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Letter to the editor: Holmes offers experience, integrity

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Chris Richard



I am lettering my support for Ron Holmes of Middlebury for High Bailiff of Addison County. I’ve known Ron for several years. His experience in law enforcement, willingness to listen to the public and integrity makes him a noble candidate for this unique position in Vermont’s political structure. I would encourage everyone to show their support in electing Ron Holmes as High Bailiff.

Chris Richard

New Haven

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Victor Nuovo on Spinoza: How to read the bible

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a series of essays on Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza.

What is the Bible? It is a book that contains the sacred scriptures of Judaism and Christianity. However, Jews and Christians differ about its meaning, even though, for the most part, they are referring to much the same thing when they use the name “Bible.” A Christian Bible has two parts, whose names “Old Testament” and “New Testament” signify a theological view of human history that I will explain shortly.

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Letter to the editor: VTrans and former leader failing town of Middlebury

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By George Dorsey



VTrans, under the leadership of state officials including Sue Minter, has failed Addison County on Middlebury rail and bridge issues.

I respond to Mr. Russell’s letter to the editor (Addison Independent, Sept. 29) and do so as a long-time Democrat who fully supports commercial development and rail development in Vermont.

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Gregory Dennis: What men do – and don't-– say in locker rooms

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Gregory Dennis



So what exactly do men talk about in locker rooms?

Donald Trump was caught on tape admitting to the now-unemployed Billy Bush that he forcibly kissed women without warning and grabbed them by the genitals.

“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” he bragged.

But as we now know from at least 15 women who say they were inappropriately groped by Trump, they don’t in fact let you do it. They protect their dignity and get the hell out of there.

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Eric Davis: Don't rush a big health care change

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Health care costs in Vermont are growing unsustainably. Many Vermont households, including those eligible for Obamacare subsidies, will pay $500 to $1,000 more for health coverage in 2017 than in 2016.

Blue Cross Blue Shield has announced rate increases of between 5 and 8 percent for 2017, along with across-the-board increases in deductibles, co-payments and out-of-pocket maximums. Self-insured businesses face similar cost increases for their health benefit programs. Medicaid continues to grow as a share of the state budget.

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Letter to the editor: Third-party vote is also responsible

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Alan Shashok



I read in last week’s op/ed section one reader write about being a responsible Republican, he/she could not vote for Mr. Trump and was therefore going to vote for Mrs. Clinton. I can understand and respect that opinion. In this election, I believe it is no longer about Republican or Democrat or being a good member of either party.

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