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Opinion: ANwSU voters urged to support VUHS spending plan

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Laurie Childers



As directors of Vergennes Union High School, we write to urge the voters of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham to vote in support of the proposed Fiscal Year 2016 budget. We believe the proposed budget delivers value to our community in the following ways:

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Clippings: Farewell to the Addison Independent

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



It is with a heavy heart that I announce that this is my final column for the Independent, as I will be joining the Free Press next week, where I will cover Burlington and city hall.

It was not an easy decision to make, but it was also too difficult to pass up and I look forward to the next step in my career. As I told my colleagues last week, I know I will likely never work in such a supportive environment with colleagues dedicated to helping me hone my skills. Nor one with Crock Pot Fridays.

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Eric Davis: Sorrell's funding draws scrutiny

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



Last month, Attorney General William Sorrell filed a campaign finance complaint against 2014 Progressive lieutenant governor candidate Dean Corren. Sorrell claimed that Corren, whose campaign was publicly financed, received an illegal in-kind contribution from the Democratic Party — an e-mail blast estimated to have a value of $255 — and failed to report it. Sorrell’s complaint sought $72,000 in fines from the Corren campaign for the alleged violation of $255.

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Opinion: Revised VUHS budget falls flat

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Ivan St. George



In 2014 the Vergennes Union High School board responded appropriately to a rejected budget by resubmitting a budget that more closely reflected the reality that we have to live within our means.

Fast forward to the defeated 2015 proposal that increased spending by 11 percent (a staggering number by any measure), and one would assume that the next proposal would once again be more realistic, yet the opposite is being submitted for a revote.

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Opinion: Green Up Day a welcome event

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Mrs. Coro's third- and fourth-grade class



Do you want Vermont to be sick? Have you noticed the amount of litter in our state? Littering can turn our Green Mountains into Yuck Valleys. There are days when many of us go for walks with pets or rides with family and we notice litter on our roadsides, in our lakes, and on our forest trails. Third- and fourth-graders from Leicester Central School believe that people should not litter our state because it destroys our environment.

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Opinion: College urged to divest fuel funds

Posted on April 30, 2015 |
By Fran Putnam



As a community member, I support the Middlebury College students who are petitioning their board of directors to divest from fossil fuels.

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Opinion: ANeSU is right on track

Posted on April 27, 2015 |
By Su White



I have been closely following the events in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union — the failed budgets of some of our schools as well as the issues that have arisen around the leadership of Superintendent David Adams. I have attended many meetings of different boards over the past month as the community and employees of the district have sought to gain insight and clarity into the situation.

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Opinion: Shumlin agenda is misguided

Posted on April 27, 2015 |
By Helen Dillon



As a Vermont resident and a senior citizen, I am very concerned with the direction in which Gov. Shumlin is taking Vermont. After reading an article in the Addison Independent detailing his RESET (a complicated far-reaching energy program) objectives, I was appalled to learn that the House passed this legislation.

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Opinion: Message clear on budget defeats

Posted on April 27, 2015 |
By Jim Feldhousen



What is the mystery with the Bristol school budgets?

Both Bristol school budgets were voted down twice. The second time had the same budget amounts as the first time. The school boards are having trouble understanding why the second time failed. Hopefully for the next budget re-vote, the proposed budgets will be significantly lower.

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Opinion: Education reform bill reduces public participation

Posted on April 27, 2015 |
By Paul Stone



Closing schools and getting rid of school boards. Make no mistake about it, the goal of H.361, passed by the Vermont House and now being considered by the Senate, is about closing elementary schools and getting rid of elementary school boards; about reducing citizen and parent participation in the education of their children; about removing those pesky and annoying things, citizens and parents, from the bureaucrat’s otherwise tranquil life; about giving over to the bureaucrats of the state more power, more control, more money.

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