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Letter to the editor: Rail bridges project continues to raise questions

Posted on January 22, 2018 |
By Ian Ross



I am writing in response to some articles written in recent weeks with regards to the Middlebury Railroad project. First I read in another Letter to the Editor that part of the project plan is to take excavated contaminated soil and pile it at another location near Wright Park before it ultimately gets taken to the site for managing such soil. If this is in fact part of the plan, I am completely repulsed by it.

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Letter to the Editor: Addison Central cuts are going to far

Posted on January 11, 2018 |
By Ian Ross



Editor’s note: The writer sent this to the Addison Central School District board and copied the Independent.

I have three children currently and soon-to-be enrolled in the ACSD. I have been following the FY 2019 budget talks through recent Addison Independent articles. It is usually not possible for me to attend your Monday meetings, and we have a prior engagement during your meeting this Thursday, January 11th. Therefore, I am writing you with my views regarding this difficult decision.

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Letter to the Editor: Maybe Middlebury's approach would work at Mount Abe

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Ian Ross



My family moved to Middlebury in 1994 where I then attended MUJHS (grade 7-8) and MUHS (grade 9-12) in one building for 6 years. As a teenage student new to the area I was oblivious to the plans for improving the school setting for Addison Central students until the work was nearly starting. I went on summer vacation after 8th grade, and returned to a very changed and still changing high school. MUMS was due to be completed for the next school year. Looking back, the project, while expansive, apparently did not cover all potential concerns in the building.

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Letters to the Editor: Downtown needs traffic control help

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Ian Ross



I attended the ACTR temporary Hub (bus stop) relocation meeting a few weeks back. At this meeting an issue that has concerned me for several years was mentioned. On numerous occasions I have been present when another vehicle has gone the wrong way through Court Square onto North Pleasant Street.

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Letters to the Editor: Salisbury crash puts spotlight on road safety

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Ian Ross



The April car crash that killed a 40-year old man hits home and a nerve for me. While I did not personally know him, some friends of my family were close to him. More to the point, I am almost 36 and have three young daughters of my own. I usually strive to be a safe driver, even more so since my oldest child was born. My wife has even been known to call me grandpa on the road.

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Opinion: Delays plague rail bridges project

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Ian Ross



The town made its voice heard as to what it wants to see replacing the current bridges. Great! Then we see three or four delays in start of construction over the span of two years, before the town even gets decent details as to the actual size and scope of the project. I am just as angry as anyone in town over that deception. I think it’s good that all parties have stepped back to re-evaluate the situation. However, given my previous experience, I want to urge the municipal, state and federal parties involved to not drag their feet any further in this process.

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Opinion: Middlebury bridges should be replaced without delay

Posted on October 8, 2015 |
By Ian Ross



The day was Oct. 16, 2009, and I was headed in to Middlebury from Port Henry, N.Y., on one of my two days off from working in Middlebury to run some errands with my now oldest daughter. As I started to cross the Champlain Bridge in Crown Point a construction worker, whom I thought was involved with the work that had been happening through the summer, tried flagging me down but was too late.

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Opinion: Carol's news bittersweet; essence is in Middlebury

Posted on September 28, 2015 |
By Ian Ross



Hearing that John Melanson is expanding on his business is very pleasing to me. I can remember when John and Carol were in our house discussing potential plans for their business, and they were dreaming big. Hopes included having a shop in downtown Middlebury and eventually opening a shop north or south of town where commuters could get their caffeine fix quick. Sound familiar? I know all this because Carol was my mother and I was living at home while attending college.

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