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Letter to the editor: ANWSD board, teachers discuss latest negotiations

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Mark Koening and George Gardner and Sue Rakowski



On Jan. 12, the Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) and Addison Northwest Teachers’ Association (ANTA) held their sixth contract negotiations meeting. The main topics we discussed were the definition of a teacher, flexible scheduling, salary and benefits.

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Letter to the editor: Seniors can derive many benefits from volunteering

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Alix O'Meara



According to the Vermont Department on Aging, 23.8 percent of Vermonters will be over the age of 65 by 2032, which will rank Vermont’s population as the oldest in the nation. This will have widespread implications for Vermont’s health care system and local communities.

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Letter to the editor: Obama and Biden deserve thanks for their service

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Bruz Brown



As we transition to a new administration on Jan. 20, I felt compelled to write and thank President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden for their service to our country over the last eight years. These two men are extraordinary human beings. Their commitment to all of the people of the United States has been clearly demonstrated throughout their years of public service.

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Letter to the editor: 'Casting your whole vote' is best response to election

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Harry Yeo Chaucer



A couple of weeks ago, I began to ask my friends how they were coping withthe national election and how they were responding to the changing of the guard. Some are coping by withdrawing. One says that she listens to WOKO instead of public radio. Others have built strategies for regulating the amount of distressing news that they take in in a day, and listen to music, talk about other things with friends, work out more, hug their spouse closer or spend more time in nature or museums.

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Letter to the editor: Republicans are lying to us all

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Peter Grant



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Letter to the editor: Keep open mind, follow evidence

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Jerry Shedd



I applaud Joanna Colwell for her fine critique of Wayne Dyer’s unhelpful aphorisms (Ways of Seeing, Jan. 12). She deserves further applause for pointing out similar “harmful ideas” even in her own field of yoga. (Incidentally, the word “spiritualism” means so many different things to different people that it is completely useless. Let’s not use it anymore.)

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Letter to the editor: Trees no answer for carbon use

Posted on January 19, 2017 |
By Paul Stone



In a front-page story, Addison Independent, Dec, 15, 2016, Middlebury College President, Laurie Patton announced that the college is now carbon neutral, meaning that it has brought its carbon footprint to zero. Bill McKibben says the college has won an important battle in an all-out war on climate change.

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Opinion: Dave Silberman on cannabis legalization, part 3 — How to tax legal cannabis

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Dave Silberman



Editor’s note: This is the third of three commentaries on issues surrounding cannabis legalization in Vermont by Dave Silberman, a Middlebury attorney and pro bono legalization advocate. This column focuses on tax policy; the first focused on impaired driving, and the second on edibles; each column can be found online addisonindependent.com.

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Letter to the editor: Time to renew involvement in 'American Experiment'

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Jeff Fritz



January 20, 1937. Franklin Delano Roosevelt took the solemn oath of the office of the Presidency for the second time on a new constitutionally mandated date and my father was born in a small town in the Midwest.  Because of that coincidence, inaugural events played a special role in my family and my father’s life. Although not an overtly political man he would remark on another year and another presidency gone and look forward to the opportunities a new year and a new presidency would bring.

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Letter to the editor: ANWSD spending is too high for taxpayers

Posted on January 16, 2017 |
By Elizabeth Armstrong



An ANWSD Petition from town voters will be presented to the school board on Wednesday evening. The petition is a good consensus of the voters wanting tax relief, from our neighborhoods with multiple incomes. Residents are those who no longer will tolerate the unbearable high tax rates. Some are unable to sell their properties to leave.

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