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Ways of seeing: Small stones, strong hands, wide ripples

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Cheryl Mitchell



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A few weeks ago, many of us who work to support farms and farm workers in the county, gathered to share ideas and resources. For several years it had seemed that things were getting better: workers were able to get driving cards, purchase cars, open bank accounts, and move more freely in the community. Farming seemed to be rising in the estimation of the public as a desirable way of life and valuable asset to the Vermont economy.

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Letter to the editor: Trump should be impeached

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Betty and Victor Nuovo



At a public news conference following his private meeting with the President of Russia, Mr. Putin, Donald Trump, the President of the United States, committed an act of treason.

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Letter to the editor: Great job on the Andi Boe article

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Benjamin N. Rosenberg



I would like to commend Andy Kirkaldy on his excellent two-part article about Andi Boe’s knee injury and subsequent recovery (Addison Independent, June 28 and July 5). As usual, Andy did his homework and gave his readers real insight into the challenges athletes face in trying to return to their sport after a significant injury. 

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Letter to the editor: Elect Jerome for House seat

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Kevin Thornton



I’m voting for Stephanie Jerome for the Vermont House because she is kind to me. She was kind to me and my family when we first moved to Brandon and she has been unfailingly kind to us since. But I don’t think I’m special in that regard. She treats everybody that way.

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Poetry: To Begin

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



To Begin, but not the usual way with words,

ideas, with pen and paper, but just…..

Begin.  Touch of air this morning

and a carrying of it toward something,

coffee and a cool breeze,

awareness that hasn’t been for some time

clouded over as it is with so much –

emotion, debris, spring run amok.

A good cleaning might do.

Just the word itself: Begin.

Say yes once and mean it.

Dance upon the letters,

open each one up, and breathe.

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Letter to the editor: Overpopulation not 'overstated' — crisis is looming

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By Dick Beamish



This concerns two recent letters about Planned Parenthood. The one on June 21 (“Nonprofit helps with pregnancies”) was from David Van Vleck, who started the Middlebury Planned Parenthood clinic in 1970. The other, dated June 28 (“Overpopulation issue overstated”), came from Father Luke Austin of Middlebury.

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Letter to the editor: Roe v. Wade means rights for all, not just for wealthy

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By Alexander Lyall



The new judge, Kavanaugh, is looking to sit on the big bench as a conservative and is likely comfortable in the right-to-life camp. The base seems happy with that.

Someday someone close to the Judge will leave home for college where more than half of her peers will encounter sexual abuse. Some of those will experience unwanted pregnancy. The Judge can provide anyone in or close to his family access to a safe abortion because he has the wealth required and the ability to suppress the story, keeping his image intact.

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Letter to the editor: Letter-writer regrets lead sentence

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By Paul Ralston



My letter published in this paper on July 2 was off base in its opening.

The opening began: “Vermont’s budget standoff has ended. Our legislators fought hard for a tax increase, and they won.” That is an unfair characterization, and I apologize for any suggestion that the Legislature’s goal was a tax increase.

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Letter to the editor: Charge more for infant daycare

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By Liv Herdman



I have a very unpopular suggestion to alleviate the daycare crisis in Addison County, charge more! (Of course, provide subsidies to those who can’t afford it).

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Ways of seeing: Border policy is cruel

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Laurie Cox



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When I was five years old, I spent the night in the hospital after getting my tonsils removed. I knew what was happening and why, but when I woke up in the morning, I wanted my parents. It wasn’t my sore throat as much as a cold heaviness in my chest — I felt so alone. I lay quietly, the tears sliding down my cheeks. Eventually a nurse came by and asked if I was alright. I said I wanted my parents. She assured me they would be there later, which I already knew, but I wanted them sooner. It seemed a long while before they came to take me home.

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