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Opinion: True patriots don't need more gun control

Posted on October 26, 2015 |
By Arnold Gale



I was saddened to read an article by publisher/owner of my local newspaper that stresses more gun control. More unnecessary, unneeded controls that the true patriotic American gun owner doesn’t need.

Vermont, as our sister states New Hampshire and Maine, has no gun problems, only worthless petty thieves and drug pushers. Once in a while a criminal fleeing the law from other states.

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Opinion: Kudos to Addy Indy photographer Trent Campbell

Posted on October 26, 2015 |
By Prem Prakash



I bet Im not the only reader who appreciates the terrific work of Trent Campbell. Week after week of tremendous photography. Addison County is lucky to have you, Trent. Thanks.

Prem Prakash

Middlebury

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Community Forum: Order vs. chaos in the Middle East

Posted on October 26, 2015 |
By Haviland Smith



This week’s writer is Haviland Smith,a retired CIA station chief who served in eastern and western Europe and the Middle East, as executive assistant in the director’s office and as chief of the counterterrorism staff. He lives in Williston.

Our military involvement in the Middle East began with Operation Desert Shield in 1990. At the end of that invasion, we did the only intelligent thing we have done in that area: We withdrew without ending Saddam Hussein’s rule in Iraq.

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Victor Nuovo: The city and the soul

Posted on October 22, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



Justice and Plato's Republic standing hed box.jpg

Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of essays or reflections about “The Republic,” a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.

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Jessie Raymond: New blog to get her 'Out and About'

Posted on October 22, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Among my numerous roles here at the Addison Independent, I hold the title of community calendar editor. In that capacity, I spend hours each week at a computer, inputting heaps of data in exchange for a modest hourly wage.

But don’t be fooled; it’s more than just a glamour job.

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Clippings: 'Same great taste' for election cycle

Posted on October 22, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



As someone who is usually up and productive by 8:30 on the weekends, I detest brunch. I find it a habit of sloth, and no amount of mimosas or feta and spinach omelets will change my conviction.

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Opinion: It works - really?

Posted on October 22, 2015 |
By Jan Demers



He works full time. She works part time. They both make minimum wage. They have a large family. He had some health insurance. She had none. Their combined income was such that their children were covered under Dr. Dynasaur; that is, until they let their 3Square benefits lapse. He was the only one with health insurance after that. That is when the work of a Vermont Health Connect Navigator began.

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Opinion: Sanders prevailed in debate by offering clear solutions

Posted on October 22, 2015 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



Many commentaries after the Democratic debate have pointed to Hillary Clinton’s debate performance by noting her rhetorical flourishes and mannerisms. However, in my view Hillary Clinton did not win the debate, unless one thinks one can win a debate by sidestepping and not being specific about how to address critically important issues.

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Opinion: Guest editorial was off base on AARP pipeline concerns

Posted on October 22, 2015 |
By Norton Latourelle



I was shocked and angered by the comments of Emerson Lynn in his guest editorial of Oct. 12. A personal cool-down period was required so that I would not make similar mistakes to his.

We each have the right to our opinion and in stating it we should never attack people that feel differently. Mr. Lynn used some of the belittling tactics that we now find commonplace on the national political scene. Sound bites taken out of context or the mesmerizing shouting of offensive one-liners should be left, at least at present, to “The Donald.”

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Opinion: Pipeline part of larger problem

Posted on October 22, 2015 |
By Rev. Barnaby Feder



The headline on your guest editorial in Monday’sIndependent criticizing the AARP for failing to “consider all angles” in the controversy over the Vermont Gas pipeline expansion into Addison County was richly ironic. Mr. Lynn’s piece has the same failing he attempts to pin on the AARP.

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