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Letter to the editor: Vermont Gas misleading, inaccurate

Posted on January 8, 2018 |
By Bobbie Carnwath



Regarding “Warm Wishes from Vermont Gas” that appeared as a quarter-page ad in the Addison Independent and perhaps other Vermont newspapers during the holiday season: I get that this was paid promotional material, that it is not a newspaper’s responsibility to fact-check its advertisers, and I do appreciate that the text appeared on a shaded background, alerting readers that this was not the professional, verifiable news we typically find in the fine local newspapers that Vermonters rely on and respect.

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Jessie Raymond: 'Twas the season for slacking off

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



Well, I did it again.

For the second year in a row, I’ve had the week off between Christmas and New Year’s, and, also for the second year in a row, I got nothing done.

The difference is that last year I thought I’d use the extra down time to catch up on projects around the house and to focus on my health and fitness.

Neither happened.

This year I had no such expectations. And I did not let myself down.

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Community Forum: A slight course correction needed at Mount Abe

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Stephen Harris



On Town Meeting Day this March, voters of the five towns of the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union school district will be asked to approve a bond request for renovation of the existing building at Mount Abraham Union High School in Bristol. As we consider this third request, I would like to suggest an alternative approach that enlarges the objectives, reduces the cost and produces a result that is far more appropriate to our existing challenges.

Let’s build an enhanced campus renamed “Gateway Park” that offers the following to the community:

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Letter to the editor: Healthy food bill would help kids

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Francisco Corbalan



As a general pediatrician, I spend a lot of time discussing nutrition with my patients and their families. With the rates of obesity and other chronic diseases linked to poor nutrition continuing to cause a significant burden on people’s quality of life and on our healthcare system as a whole, continued efforts are needed to help combat this ever-growing problem.

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Letter to the editor: Bristol shouldn't open its doors to natural gas

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Patricia Heather Lea



Vermont Gas Systems is not yet serving our community of Bristol with “natural” gas.

I understand that my selectboard has agreed to work with Vermont Gas Systems. Selectboard member, Michelle Perlee and town administrator Valerie Capels have the job of editing a licensing agreement with Vermont Gas Systems.

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Ways of Seeing: Timeliness is of personal essence

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Jill Vickers



I recently read an explanation of why he’s chronically late by the director of the film “Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan. He says it’s a “gluttony for wanting to keep doing what I am doing and also a lunatic resentment at being expected to do anything.”

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Gregory Dennis: Wacky, whimsical predictions for 2018

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Gregory Dennis



Even the most imaginatively jaded observers couldn’t have imagined what a wild ride 2017 would be, thanks to a certain president whose last name rhymes with “dump.”

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Letter to the editor: Trying to analyze Trump-speak

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Dick Beamish



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Letter to the editor: County dealt with the issue of death

Posted on January 4, 2018 |
By Laurie Borden



What will touch 100 percent of us during our lifetimes, but most of us don’t talk about? Death. Addison County has done very well in 2017 tackling this issue, but there is more to do. First we need to celebrate what has been done, so in the spirit of the “Chronology — a year in review” here are some highlights to note:

•  Porter bolsters Palliative Care with the return of a familiar specialist — Dr. Diana Barnard.

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Letter to the editor: The Golden Touch

Posted on January 1, 2018 |
By Charles Sabukewicz



The Golden Touch

The President’s lies

are a cruel currency,

an unfair trade

in the marketplace

of American ideals —

He couches them

in the tinsel wrapping

of raucous campaign stops:

red meat for the loyal,

the believers, the die-hards

who will come

to the table one day

and find

it was all fool’s gold,

a lot of sound and fury

signifying nothing

but thin gruel,

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