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Editorial: A $10 million price tag, and Trump+ICE = bad policy

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Two local stories stand out in today’s Addison Independent: a shocking $10 million price tag for upgrading the Ilsley Library in Middlebury, and, more importantly, a look at how the threat of deportation of migrant workers could impact the state’s and county’s dairy economy.

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Editorial: Health care primer 101

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As Republicans hope to end ObamaCare and begin the launch of TrumpCare, here’s a basic primer that explains one over-arching problem Republicans face: As crafted, the GOP plan does two things that have Republicans up for re-election in 2018 and 2020 running for cover: it could make roughly 24 million Americans now on Obamacare either lose their insurance or see the premiums increase so much they wouldn’t be able to afford coverage; and premiums for older and sicker Americans will skyrocket.

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Ways of Seeing: Sas Carey, "Original way was best for Mitchell"

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Sas Carey



This year’s Women Who Change the World Award, sponsored by Womensafe,  has gone to Cheryl Mitchell. I first met Cheryl in her office at Mary Johnson Day Care Center to discuss my now 48-year-old daughter attending the program. Beside Cheryl’s chair and part way under her desk was her baby son sleeping in a cradle. In the late 1990s, I wrote this story about her.

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Eric L. Davis: Sanders, Warren top Dems in polls

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



A national poll conducted on behalf of Fox News and released last week showed that Sen. Bernie Sanders is the most popular political figure in America, with a 61 percent approval rating. This compares, among others, with Donald Trump at 44 percent and Nancy Pelosi at 33 percent.

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Community Forum: Haviland Smith, Probe Russian embassy calls

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Haviland Smith



Editor’s note: This commentary is by Haviland Smith, of Williston, a retired CIA station chief whose focus was the Soviet Union. He was also the CIA’s first chief of counterterrorism.

Thanks to the infighting between the Trump administration and the congressional Democrats, it is now patently clear to anyone who cares to know that the U.S. government has phone taps on the Russian Embassy in Washington. That was probably an unnecessary revelation, but it will have few negative ramifications for the United States.

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Community Forum: Hamilton E. Davis

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Hamilton E. Davis



This week’s writer is Hamilton E. Davis, a journalist and policy analyst for more than 50 years; he has served as a state representative, ran the Vermont Hospital Data Council in the 1980s and worked for Fletcher Allen Health Care, now UVM Medical Center.

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Letter to the Editor: Grant supports Lincoln effort

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Andrew Furtsch



Kudos to the Addison Independent for publishing such an in depth-article about this wonderful community project in the March 16 edition. Thank you!

One small caveat, and it has only to do with the headline, which read, “Quarter-million-dollar playground upgrade planned in Lincoln.” My concern is that people who didn’t read the article might have thought mistakenly that this project was going to be funded via taxes, which it most assuredly will not.

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Letter to the Editor: Hospital union best for patients

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Desiree Roberts



As a lifelong resident of Addison and Chittenden counties, I am writing to you in support of the LNA’s fight to unionize at the UVM Medical Center. Not only do I believe in unions, and the combined power of the labor force to fight for their own rights and needs, I believe that without a union to negotiate over safe staffing, wages and working conditions it ultimately leads to harm of the patients that rely on UVM medical network.

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Letter to the Editor: Snow removal rapped, defended

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Robert Deeble and Bill Kernan



Last Thursday I went to pay my property tax at the Middlebury town offices. I had to park by the Post Office so I had the opportunity to walk the entire length of downtown Middlebury. The sidewalks were plowed, but entirely covered with hard packed snow with mounds of snow lining Main Street making for a dangerous walking situation unless you were wearing ice grippers on your boots. I walked past Autumn Gold Jewelry. Across the street on the second floor was the apartment I lived in from 1972-73.

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Letter to the Editor: Helen Porter fills vital niche in health care provision

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Rev. Lucy C.B. Pellegrini



As a resident of Addison County since 1975, I have a great deal of respect for the many medical practices and practitioners in Addison County. From the expertise and care of the private, single doctor offices that have evolved into a larger Porter Medical Center system, the standard of compassionate care and professionalism has been exceptionally high. That evolution and the years of innovation were not without struggle and pain. Practices, staff and patients have been challenged by insurances, management decisions, changes in diagnoses, technology and high costs.

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