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Opinion: Vt. farmers need to look at new approaches

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Anson Tebbetts



As we enter a new year, many Vermont dairy farmers, as well as farmers nationwide, continue fighting through their economic fog. Trapped in an antiquated federal dairy pricing system, Vermont’s hard-working stewards of the land are at the whim of a highly competitive global structure. Compensation for their milk is out of farmers’ control and unpredictable, while honor and stability are considered the cornerstones of good business.

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Editorial: The huge difference between 'affordability' and 'prosperity'

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



As Vermont’s legislators define their priorities for the session ahead and slip into a mindset that seeks to solve all of society’s problems, let’s review a recent commentary by Sen. Chris Bray, D-Addison County. In that commentary, published in the Addison Independent last week, Bray artfully drew the distinction between the governor’s “affordability” platform and an alternative vision that instead seeks “prosperity.”

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Ways of Seeing by Alice Leeds: Our differences hold us together

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Alice Leeds



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In 1996 a Muslim teen from Indonesia moved into our home and became part of our family for the next six years, initiating a relationship I value to this day.

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Jessie Raymond: Dreaming of a good night's sleep

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Jessie Raymond



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Lately, I’ve been finding that I go to bed feeling pretty good but wake up needing a cup of coffee with a WD-40 chaser.

It’s time for a new mattress.

When I was younger, I could stay up late and crash anywhere — futon, recliner, floor (my back aches at the mere memory). But over the years, I’ve developed an appreciation for a good night’s sleep. And our aged mattress now does the job about as well as a pile of two-by-fours.

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Victor Nuovo: Discovering America, history re-written

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Victor Nuovo



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All of us once learned in school that Christopher Columbus discovered America on October 12, 1492. But now we all know this is not true. Columbus was not the first person, nor even the first European to discover America. Norseman beat him to it by approximately half a millennium.

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Letter to the editor: Political civility must be restored

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Dick Cramton and Betty Thurber



Editor’s note: This letter is in response to Victor Nuovo’s column in the Jan. 10 edition of the Addison Independent.

Dear Victor,

Thank you for proposing a constructive pathway to defending our democratic system of government. You are right to point out that our “great experiment” is threatened to the extent that we may be tempted to feel helpless and reluctant to watch each day’s new trespass.

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Letter to the editor: Trump's wall isn't about invaders

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Larry Shepard



“Something there is that doesn’t love a wall...” Robert Frost wrote these words in the opening line of “Mending Wall” a poem about walls, people, society, and life. Frost knew as many of us know that anything of human construction can be torn asunder or destroyed by the world around us.

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Letter to the editor: Open season on coyotes must end

Posted on January 17, 2019 |
By Dean Percival



No other wild animal in American history has suffered the deliberate and casual persecution we have rained down on coyotes. For a long stretch of the 20th century, they were, along with gray and red wolves, designated by the federal government for eradication. This attempt had the opposite effect on coyotes, causing packs to separate and have larger litters, resulting in greater numbers.

Today, roughly half a million coyotes are shot every year. Coyotes can withstand a 70 percent yearly kill rate without any decline in total population.

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Editorial: Grateful for state's politics?

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



As political partisanship reaches an all-time high in the country (recent studies show the nation’s two major political parties have never been further apart in terms of their priorities and ideology), Vermont’s political leaders offered a different scenario on the opening days of this biennium.

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Editorial: Troubling demographics

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



In Gov. Phil Scott’s Inaugural Address this past Thursday he again emphasized the troubling demographic trend facing the state: a decline of youth and in our workforce.

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