Letter to the editor

09/12/2019
Regarding Richard Tanhauser’s letter in the Sept. 5 edition of the Independent, I don’t think I have ever read a letter to the editor that is so positive and prompted me to express how much reading it has made me think differently. If we all embraced this definition of “leadership” and lived our lives trying to “live” up to that definition, how we would change the world. It doesn’t take popular, famous, powerful leaders to make a difference. I have always thought that those of us who live in Shoreham have learned to agree to disagree and then go to the pub and have a drink and behave like...
09/12/2019
I read with some relief when the state police claimed that the recent harassment at and vandalism to Mexican farmworkers’ homes in Bridport was the result of a feud over access to a fishing spot, and not directed at these folks for who they are. That relief vanished after talking with the main victim of this harassment, whose home was visited two nights by a group of men yelling, firing shots or setting off fireworks and hitting the house, including his air conditioner that was in an unlocked window. He is a Mexican immigrant and so is his wife. They have young kids. He is a dedicated husband...
09/12/2019
I’ve read a couple of letters lately that suggest we don’t need milk. I almost cried! I was born and raised on farms in Rutland County. During WWII, while my three older brothers served in the Marines in the South Pacific, my sister and I were the farm hands. We were in our early teens. I loved it. I especially liked getting the cows before milking. I can still belt out “Come Boss.” And I still love cows. I drink a lot of milk — whole milk. I’ve read that doctors state our bodies need what is removed from whole milk for skim milk. I’m healthy and have good bones. I’ve fallen several times in...
09/12/2019
Thank you to Jeremy and Jordan from Northlands Job Corps. Jeremy and Jordan brought their students from the Job Corps to Orwell and worked for two days cutting trees and brush at the Orwell Village Cemetery. Trees were cut, brush was cut and chipped and everything was hauled away. Great job done. Looks Great. Town Clerk Betty Walker on behalf of the Orwell selectboard
09/09/2019
Leadership … “a leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” — John C. Maxwell. On Monday, Sept. 9, we will have the opportunity to review the current thinking as to the proposed future of the Addison Northwest School District elementary schools system. An open meeting will be available to have a community discussion on the elementary school consideration. On Front Porch Forum, I have provided some insight as to the (1) challenges/problems in maintaining three separate structurally aging elementary schools with declining enrollment. I have also lent my thinking to (2)...
09/09/2019
Dear Addison County Independent readers and Members of the Addison Northwest School District Board, Recently at the start of the school year, we learned of the plan to suddenly close Ferrisburgh Central School and Addison Central School at the end of this academic year. Many of the underlying assumptions for this recommendation by the ANWSD board are based on projecting the penalties incurred by the state for exceeding per pupil spending. The recent school board budget, which included paid stipends for some board members and facility upgrades, passed by seven votes. Understandably the board...
09/09/2019
A major issue facing patients in Vermont and around the country is surprise medical billing. This occurs when a patient is treated by a health care provider who is out of network and can often happen when a patient seeks emergency medical care. The subsequent bill for that service can come as a complete shock to patients who, most of the time, have no idea they were being treated out of network. Thankfully, Congress is now addressing this matter. I encourage Sen. Leahy’s efforts to look at this issue through the lens of rural healthcare providers and to consider a model that New York...
09/09/2019
At the start of summer, my ancient and rusty Briggs & Stratton lawnmower bit a jagged piece of Vermont granite outcropping and I was told it was no longer repairable. Fine. I certainly could not complain after so many years of service. That’s when I made a startling discovery. There was a new brand in town I’d never heard of. Husqvarna! Excuse me? Yes, Husqvarna. “Where is it made?” I asked the salesman. “They have factories all over the world,” he said. “Where’s their really big factory?” I persisted. “I think they have a large manufacturing plant in Georgia,” he said. This was getting...
09/05/2019
As we look around at today’s landscape it is easy to question “where have all the leaders gone?” Effective leadership seems to be absent on every front and it appears that things are not about to get better any time soon. When I speak of leadership I have a very simple definition: It is the “influence of others.” A very simple definition, which most folks don’t seem to realize. In essence, we are all leaders in some way, shape or form, whether we are: •  husbands or wives •  fathers on mothers •  housewives or househusbands Whether we are: •  farmers or farmworkers •  student, teacher or...
09/02/2019
In reference to the letter to the editor that ran under the headline “Dairy not necessarily healthy” in your Aug. 26 edition, the statements made by Pat Davies against dairy consumption and for an alternative, plant-based diet are compelling. Particularly now, as we discover the inevitable connection between diet and wellness or illness, traditional versus modern methods of food production, the treatment of dairy farm cows and the greenhouse gas emissions from such farms. And running through everything is our critical need to rescue this tired, much depleted planet from extinction. Change of...

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