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Letter to the editor: Thought of closing ACSD schools is difficult, sad

Posted on April 15, 2019 |
By Wendy Leeds



In recent and ongoing meetings at MUHS, a community dialogue continues about the challenges of declining enrollment and fiscal responsibility. The task before the ACSD Board and steering committee is daunting and disturbing. Participants have the opportunity right now to weigh in on big decisions that will be made in coming months. Closing 1-6 of our elementary schools is a very real option on the table.

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Letter to the editor: Time to weigh in on the fate of schools

Posted on April 15, 2019 |
By John Wetzel



Last week I attended a ACSD Facilities Master Plan Meeting and I want to encourage all who care about our schools to attend the next one on Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m. If you are from a small school outside of Middlebury, it is of particular importance, as all the options proposed by the board included closing at least one of our elementary schools (all the way up to closing all but one school).

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Letter to the editor: Payroll tax for family leave is regressive, unfair

Posted on April 15, 2019 |
By Catherine Braun



I was born and raised in Manhattan. My family lived in a housing project on the lower east side.

My parents were able to get our apartment due to my father’s status as a returning veteran.

The tradition that was strongest in our home was political and social awareness and activism.

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Ways of Seeing by Barbara Clearbridge: Why isn't the good stuff in the news?

Posted on April 11, 2019 |
By Barbara Clearbridge



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I listen to the radio rather than watch television. Now, however, I am fasting almost entirely from conventional radio newscasts. I want, I need, hopeful news, inspiring news, or at least relevant news. I see no reason why radio newscasts have to be nearly entirely about tragedies or relative wealth, especially when the vast majority of us aren’t impacted by the subjects of these reports. Many stories are simply irrelevant.

I have actually heard these stories over the past several months:

“Small plane crash in Texas, 6 killed.”

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Jessie Raymond: Some books' popularity a mystery

Posted on April 11, 2019 |
By Jessie Raymond



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I recently started thinking about writing a murder mystery set in Vermont.

I know nothing about writing mysteries, or fiction of any kind, for that matter. And I really only read classic British “cozies” — Agatha Christie, P.D. James and that crowd. I’m not sure my familiarity with early-20th-century English villages, with their glut of vicarages and parlor maids, would help me write a contemporary New England mystery.

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Opinion: Are leaders born or raised?

Posted on April 11, 2019 |
By Jan Demers



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She sang for the U.S.O. in Vietnam going places Bob Hope wouldn’t go. She entertained at the Purple Onion in San Francisco following in the footsteps of the Smothers Brothers and Phyllis Diller. She was kicked out of Brigham Young University for refusing to stop the work on the Equal Rights Amendment. Nina Wyatt Harrington received her B.A. and M.B.A from San Francisco University working all day in computer sales and going to college and singing at cabarets at night.

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Victor Nuovo: Questioning common sense

Posted on April 11, 2019 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition.

Thomas Paine (1737–1809) was a political activist, revolutionary, and pamphleteer. English by birth, he became an American citizen and a citizen of the French Republic by choice and played a key role in their respective revolutions. He is best remembered for his revolutionary writings, Common Sense, The Rights of Man, and The Age of Reason.

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Letter to the editor: Middlebury needs a Mexican eatery

Posted on April 11, 2019 |
By Dick Beamish



Thank you for focusing your April 4 issue on climate change, the number-one threat to the future of life on our planet. Thank goodness for Bill McKibben, who has probably done more than anyone else to bring global attention to this impending global catastrophe and what we can still do to mitigate it. And thank goodness for newspapers like the Addison Independent for editorials and news coverage devoted to “This biggest issue of our times.”

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