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Victor Nuovo: Discovering America, history re-written

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Victor Nuovo



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All of us once learned in school that Christopher Columbus discovered America on October 12, 1492. But now we all know this is not true. Columbus was not the first person, nor even the first European to discover America. Norseman beat him to it by approximately half a millennium.

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Letter to the editor: Political civility must be restored

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Dick Cramton and Betty Thurber



Editor’s note: This letter is in response to Victor Nuovo’s column in the Jan. 10 edition of the Addison Independent.

Dear Victor,

Thank you for proposing a constructive pathway to defending our democratic system of government. You are right to point out that our “great experiment” is threatened to the extent that we may be tempted to feel helpless and reluctant to watch each day’s new trespass.

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Letter to the editor: Trump's wall isn't about invaders

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Larry Shepard



“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall...” Robert Frost wrote these words in the opening line of “Mending Wall” a poem about walls, people, society, and life. Frost knew as many of us know that anything of human construction can be torn asunder or destroyed by the world around us.

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Letter to the editor: Open season on coyotes must end

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Dean Percival



No other wild animal in American history has suffered the deliberate and casual persecution we have rained down on coyotes. For a long stretch of the 20th century, they were, along with gray and red wolves, designated by the federal government for eradication. This attempt had the opposite effect on coyotes, causing packs to separate and have larger litters, resulting in greater numbers.

Today, roughly half a million coyotes are shot every year. Coyotes can withstand a 70 percent yearly kill rate without any decline in total population.

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Opinion: 'Tis the season... for the flu

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Dr. Natasha Withers



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Letter to the editor: Mary Hogan 5th-graders speak out on the environment

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Mary Hogan students



Students in Nora O’Leary’s 5th grade class at Mary Hogan Elementary School sent these letters to the Middlebury selectboard and the Addison Independent. These letters are part of the actions they decided to take after finishing a unit on environmental issues.

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Letter to the editor: Six-year-old gives tips to stop pollution

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Kaisa Remsen



Editor’s note: The six-year-old Middlebury resident who wrote this letter wanted to do something to draw attention to this important public issue, her father told us. She initially planned to post signs, but she was urged to advertise her message as a letter to the editor. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.

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Letter to the editor: Sidewalk comes at the cost of trees

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Geoffrey Cobden



You can notice a row of ugly stumps on your left as you leave Middlebury via the Pulp Mill Bridge.

These were a row of 60 foot trees. In 1997 there was a sidewalk planned to link Seymour Street with Weybridge Street. At that time the plan called to leave the trees standing. That plan went broke.

The plan is revived, and the trees were destroyed about a year ago. More trees are scheduled to go down this spring.

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Ways of Seeing by Sas Carey: It starts by entertaining the notion

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By Sas Carey



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Many of the most important changes in my life have come about from the phrase “entertain the notion.”

One New Year I was a single potter with two children. My friend Judy, with the same family configuration, was telling me about her plans to work at a camp as a crafts director for the summer. I teach crafts in the schools, I thought, I could do that. I asked if there were any more jobs. “We are still looking for a waterfront director,” she said. “You swim.”

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