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Letters to the Editor: Tax should be fair and impartial

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By David W. Pratt



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Letters to the Editor: Middlebury 'losing its way' on library project

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Catherine Braun



It is time to speak up for community. I fear that Middlebury may be losing its way, as it appears to plunge ahead with one project after another seemingly without deliberation as to the combined effect on the Town as a whole. I applaud the letters written by Janine McDonald and Sheila Khalladeh about the proposed Ilsley Library project.

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Letters to the Editor: Town must be transparent in public matters

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Eilat Glikman



I am a Middlebury resident and voter. I am also a professor at the College and a mother to two young children. I am deeply invested in the quality of my community, and as such, I write to express to you my disappointment in the reports of the Middlebury Town Selectboard’s anti-democratic plan to ignore the overwhelming will of their constituents and pursue a fear-based and un-scientific approach to the issue of cannabis legalization.

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Letters to the Editor: Middlebury rejects VLCT fear-mongering on pot

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Dave Silberman



In his letter to the editor on September 20, Middlebury Selectboard Chair Brian Carpenter attempts to describe the Vermont League of Cities and Towns' "new" position on marijuana legalization as something other than opposition.  This is absurd.

The new position states that marijuana "should only be legalized for recreational purposes after all public safety, public health, and local regulatory and budgetary concerns are adequately addressed." 

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Letters to the Editor: Federal health centers face 70 percent cuts — now

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Bob Donnis



I am writing in support of Mountain Health Center here in Bristol. As a Federally Qualified Heath Center, they provide medical and dental services to people regardless of insurance, or lack of insurance. For those less fortunate the fees are based on income.

Mountain Health is one of about 40 FQHCs in Vermont. There are hundreds around the U.S. If not extended by Sept. 30 (Friday), federal funding for these essential health centers will be cut by 70 percent. Many will close their doors. Millions across the country will lose affordable care.

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Notes of appreciation: Local veterinarians serve county's homeless animals

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Jessica Danyow



As the end of September nears and we get used to the routines and rhythms of fall, I am reminded of the consistency and continuity with which Addison County’s veterinarians have served the homeless animals at Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society.

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Victor Nuovo: Power to 'The People' is freedom's foundation

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



I return to the question: Who are the People? Surely, it is more than a useful fiction or abstraction.

“We the People” refers to actual people: those who directly or indirectly authorized the adoption and ratification of the Constitution. But in the beginning these were not all the people dwelling in the land. Women were excluded, also slaves, and native Americans who were the original occupiers of the land. Only freeborn males were counted: white, English, and mostly Protestant.

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Letters to the Editor: Middlebury officials need to listen to citizens

Posted on September 25, 2017 |
By Winslow and Joanna Colwell



For the past several years members of the Middlebury Select Board have authorized the VT League of Cities and Towns to lobby on their behalf against any effort to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Vermont. Until recently most of us were not aware of this. We find it upsetting that they would have taken a position on this issue without first assessing whether it reflects the town's wishes.

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Letters to the Editor: Porter priorities are providing care, remaining viable

Posted on September 25, 2017 |
By Maureen McLaughlin



A recent letter published in the Addison Independent suggested that Porter Medical Center needs to re-focus its priorities.

I’d like to be clear about what our priorities have been and continue to be.

•  Increasing access to high-quality care: by joining the UVM Health Network patient care options for our community are enhanced.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders: Why we need Medicare for all

Posted on September 25, 2017 |
By Sen. Bernie Sanders



This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right? Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and is designed to maximize profits for big insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, Wall Street and medical equipment suppliers?

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