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Letter to the editor: Audet, Ralston have entered race for the right reasons

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Louise Vojtisek



I’m chagrined to read the recent string of negative letters about the Audet-Ralston ticket. Perhaps more than disappointed, I’m suspect about the motivation. I like to read about why someone supports a candidate; I don’t want to know why you don’t support others and choose to make this opinion public.

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Letter to the editor: May the best candidates win state Senate contest

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Nick Causton



I have been counting with interest the ratio of letter writers to the Addison Independent supporting Bray and Hardy compared to Audet and Ralston. At about 7 to 1, mainly from the “Big” town and associated non-gated suburbs, it either implies campaigning differentials, or a propensity to write a lot of letters in the big town, or a reluctance by rural Addison County residents to be outspoken.

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Letter to the editor: Newton, as sheriff, would provide guidance for kids

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Terry Racich



I have worked with Peter Newton on a number of projects this past year. He has been resourceful, hard working and kind hearted. Through his campaign for Addison County sheriff, he has had the utmost enthusiasm, drive and direction.

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Letter to the editor: Using Social Security to cover debts hasn't worked

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Michael Reeves



Once again the outcry from the current leadership in Washington is that entitlement programs, which they define as Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid, are the cause of the growing national debt and they need to be cut.

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Note of appreciation: Vision for Vt. summit a success

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Fran Putnam and Priscilla Baker



On Sept. 15, 100 Vermonters participated in a Vision for Vermont summit held at the Breadloaf Barn in Ripton. The organizing committee would like to thank local organizations, individuals, and businesses who generously donated to this event: Middlebury College Department of Food Studies, Middlebury Bagel and Deli, Middlebury Shaw’s, Bud’s Beans, Middlebury Natural Foods Coop, Otter Creek Bakery, Middlebury Friends Meeting, Happy Valley Orchard, Windfall Orchard, Pat Morrow Orchard, Red Hen Bakery, Huddlebury cooks, and Jon Isham.

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Letter to the editor: Wygmans deserves a new term as state's attorney

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Spence Putnam



Dennis Wygmans, Addison County State’s Attorney, has deep and broad experience. He was appointed to the position in 2016 after spending four years in Addison County prosecuting cases of domestic and sexual violence. He previously had many years’ experience as a defense attorney and practicing corporate and entertainment law. Dennis is a native Vermonter and had a nearly 18-year career in the music industry before becoming a lawyer.

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Letter to the editor: Rep. Sharpe supports Hardy, Bray for state Senate

Posted on October 22, 2018 |
By Dave Sharpe



I enthusiastically support and endorse Ruth Hardy to represent Addison County along with Sen. Chris Bray in the Vermont Senate. The job of Senator requires an individual with a broad understanding of the needs of Vermont citizens and the ability to collaborate with a relatively small number of colleagues who must cooperate in order to create quality and effective legislation. And, after the work is done, to be able to come home and explain what the legislature has accomplished to Vermonters at their doors, and in meetings such as the annual Town meetings.

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Ways of Seeing by Joanna Colwell: Love, and listen to, your neighbor

Posted on October 18, 2018 |
By Joanna Colwell



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My friend posted a photo of two men holding up a sign that read, “Love Your Neighbor. Even if they don’t: Look Like You. Think Like You. Love Like You. Pray Like You. Vote Like You.” My thoughts kept coming back to this sign. Finally I had to respond, “Even if you are voting to take away my human rights, I still gotta love you?” My friend responded to my comment that he had it on good authority, based on most of the world’s spiritual traditions, that yes, I do have to love that person.

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Eric Davis: Is Turner a real threat to Zuckerman?

Posted on October 18, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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The most competitive statewide election in Vermont this year is for lieutenant governor, between Progressive-Democratic incumbent David Zuckerman and Republican challenger Don Turner.

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Letter to the editor: Hardy knows school funding

Posted on October 18, 2018 |
By Dave Silberman and Eilat Glikman



Education funding has, unfortunately, turned into one of the more contentiously political issues facing the Vermont legislature. This past year, disagreement over the issue brought us two budget vetoes and an unprecedented near shut-down of state government. Yet many of our elected officials (and even more of the candidates running for office) have a very superficial understanding of school budgets, offering tidy sound bites about “quality” or “affordability,” but very little by way of thoughtful analysis.

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