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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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Letter to the editor: Baser has made positive impact

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Frank Buonincontro



Two years ago I wrote a letter regarding Fred Baser and his running for representative. I made three points:

1. Fred is my brother-in-law

2. I like Fred in spite of that… and

3. I believed he would do an outstanding job representing his constituents.

Well two years later, Fred is still my brother-in-law, I still like him and by any yardstick Fred has had a positive impact in the Legislature.

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Letter to the editor: Bristol candidate is experiences

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Nilene Farnsworth



I’m writing in support of the re-election of Fred Baser to the Vermont House of Representatives. I have known Fred for a long time, and I consider him a trustworthy, honest, hard-working person.

He has served our town of Bristol and the county on numerous committees. He understands the economic challenges that face all of Vermont, whether it is to attract jobs to our area, retaining jobs in Vermont, affordable housing and the over taxation.

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Letter to the editor: ANeSU change as negatives

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Michael Fisher



On Nov. 8, voters in the five towns of Addison northeast will face an unusual and important ballot item. No I am not talking about the presidential race which is indeed as unusual as it gets this year. I am talking about the school consolidation ballot that is brought to you by the ANeSU Act 46 Study Committee. This proposal represents a significant change in how we govern one of the most important community organizations in our towns, our schools.

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Letter to the editor: Former education secretary, ANeSU head backs merger

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Armando Vilaseca



An exciting opportunity is approaching this November for the communities of Bristol, Lincoln, New Haven, Monkton and Starksboro. The upcoming Addison Northeast Supervisory Union District Act 46 merger vote provides an opportunity for the communities to design a better system for the education of their children. The ANESU Act 46 study committee has been working hard for over a year in open meeting formats preparing to address the legal requirements of Act 46 and do what is best for all students.

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Letter to the editor: Bruhl has proven himeself as listener, shown integrity

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Anna Rose and John Benson



We are writing in support of Taborri Bruhl for state representative in New Haven, Bridport and Weybridge. What first impressed us about Taborri when he came to our house is that he didn’t talk about himself, but wanted to learn about us, our worries and our ideas.

The environment and energy, economic justice, kids and education, farming and land conservation: he’s got goodwill, curiosity and the intelligence to work for what’s best for all of us.

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Letter to the editor: Scheu viewed as strategic thinker, problem solver

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Johanna Nichols



By now, you know about the many ways Robin Scheu has served and continues to serve the Middlebury community. I want to speak to why I supported Robin from the moment she announced her campaign to represent Middlebury residents in the legislature, driving her around as she went door-to-door in the heat of August.

I have known Robin for sixteen years. My experience with her has been when she works with groups who are trying to create a vision and mission, trying to develop a strategy, to set goals and to accomplish something in community.

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