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Addiction Help: The warning signs of substance use and abuse

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By Jessi de Boer



Counseling Service of Addison County and The Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction have teamed to put together a series of articles for our community this summer. Our hope is that this column offers information, support and hope for addiction recovery, specifically opiate addiction (heroin/painkillers). 

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Letter to the editor: Meals on Wheels staff reduction might hurt service

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By Marcia Liotard



My husband and I have been volunteer drivers for Meals on Wheels for going on 10 years. We do Route 3 out of Bristol, which covers the western side of the town, and all of Lincoln and Starksboro. We have worked with Tracy Corbett, MOW’s Addison County coordinator for the entire time, and we are very displeased by the manner in which Age Well “eliminated” Tracy’s position. 

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Letter to the editor: Facts about the Bristol gun ordinance

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By Colleen Schuster



A lot of people have been expressing opinions about the proposed gun ordinance in town. One of the reasons why this topic came up in town this spring was because of an incident that happened at Broadview Estates this April. I wanted to outline what happened for people so they know exactly what occurred:

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Letter to the editor: New path to legal status of farm workers needed

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By John Mitchell



A recent issue of the Addison County Independent, Thursday, June 29, 2017, presented an article titled “Proposed law seeks path for legal status for farmworkers.” The article describes the initiative to establish a legal pathway for undocumented farmworkers to obtain some kind of legal status for working on farms in the state of Vermont, and the U.S.A. 

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Guest editorial: Act 60 Twenty years after Brigham

Posted on July 17, 2017 |
By William J. Mathis



This week’s writer is William J. Mathis, managing director of the National Education Policy Center and Vice-Chair of the Vermont State Board of Education, and a Goshen resident. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the views of any organization with which he is affiliated.

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Community Forum: Trump's climate stance hurts Vermont

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Sen. Dick McCormick and Rep. Mary Sullivan



This week's writers are Sen. Dick McCormick of Windsor County and Rep. Mary Sullivan of Burlington, who are co-chairs of the Climate Solutions Caucus of the Vermont General Assembly. 

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Eric L. Davis, Politically Thinking: Passenger rail proposal a long shot

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Vermont entrepreneur David Blittersdorf, the CEO of AllEarth Renewables, recently announced that he was expanding his focus from wind energy and solar power to passenger rail transportation. Blittersdorf has founded a new corporation called AllEarth Rail. It has purchased 12 surplus rail cars, and hopes to operate trains between Burlington and Essex Junction, on the one hand, and St. Albans, Montpelier and perhaps Middlebury, on the other.

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Letters to the Editor: Pipeline effort not up to snuff

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Claire Cunningham



This letter is in response to the Vermont Gas attorneys’ and the Vermont Public Safety Board’s comments regarding the 4-foot permitted versus the actual constructed Vermont Gas pipeline depth.

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Letters to the Editor: ACA repeal aim: economic slavery

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Tim Williams



As I have read the excellent articles, editorials and commentaries in the local and national press about the Republican’s efforts to repeal Obama Care, I am struck by an overall conclusion that is very disturbing and cruel. 

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Laurie Borden, Ways of Seeing: Finding the space lying between

Posted on July 13, 2017 |
By Laurie Borden



We seem to identify individuals on two opposite sides. There is this natural tendency to sort people into one or the other — old/young, boy/girl, Democrat/Republican, heavy/light, haves/have-nots, introvert/extrovert, leader/follower — you get the picture (or you don’t). I have been thinking about this habit a lot lately and it seems to me that this is leaving out the richness that exists in the space in between. 

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