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Letter to the editor: Health and hospice agency must act to retain staff

Posted on February 11, 2019 |
By Barbara Deal



In the late ’80s to the mid ’90s I had the honor of serving as executive director of Addison County Hospice (which then became Addison Volunteer Services which has recently joined with ARCH to become End of Life Services). In my position, I frequently related professionally with the staff of the then called Addison County Home Health (which is now Addison County Home Health and Hospice) who helped to train our hospice volunteers.

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Guest editorial: Does Japan have some lessons for Vermont's workforce?

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Emerson Lynn



The problems sound familiar. The labor pool is shrinking. The fertility rate is rock bottom. Immigration happens elsewhere. Unemployment is at a half-century low. Companies can’t find enough workers to staff their operations. The cost of providing for the elderly is climbing because there are fewer workers.

Typically that would be a place to avoid if avoiding stagnation were the objective.

But, although these are the circumstances in play, the expected downside has been avoided, which is starting to get attention around the world.

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Greg Dennis: College's divestment effort lauded

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Greg Dennis



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Environmentalists are accustomed to losing. As Joan Baez put it, “little victories and big defeats.”

So when an influential organization actually makes the right environmental decision — and then goes even further — it’s cause for celebration.

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Eric Davis: Trump's wall gambit is likely to fail

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Eric Davis



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President Trump intends to declare a “national emergency” and order the military and other federal agencies to build a wall on the southern border if Congress does not enact an appropriations bill including the full $5.7 billion for wall construction he wants. Such a move is quite likely to be overturned by the federal courts.

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Victor Nuovo: Errand into the wilderness

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Victor Nuovo



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“Errand into the Wilderness” is the title of the book by the late Perry Miller, a distinguished historian of New England. Miller took it from the title of a sermon given in 1670. It was a common practice in colonial New England for the people of a town and their public officials to gather in church on election day to renew their commitment to God and good government. The sermon was billed as an election day sermon. The Puritan minister who gave it asked his congregation this question: “What purpose had sent them on this errand in the wilderness?”

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Letter to the editor: Kachmar key to shelter's efforts

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Deborah Young



Thank you for the article about the Charter House in Middlebury and the John Graham Shelter in Vergennes. Both the director of the John Graham Shelter and the co-director of the Charter House were mentioned and quoted. Noticeably absent was any mention of Samantha Kachmar the other co-director of the Charter House. She too plays a vital role in helping homeless people in the  area.

Deborah Young

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Letter to the editor: Many helped home health agency thrive

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Kathleen Pratt



I was disappointed by the sensationalism in the Addison Independent’s recent front-page article about Addison County Home Health and Hospice. I was also dismayed by the comments of Patrick Rooney, current CFO, about the agency’s financial situation, which were overly simplistic, disrespectful of former colleagues, and self-serving.

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Letter to the editor: Lawmakers don't value human life

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Carol Kauffman



I am always surprised when I read the abortion debate continues to focus on when a human life begins. Doesn’t life begin at conception? We no longer can enter the abortion debate with intellectual honesty unless we agree on this one point. The beginning of a human life is the only point supported by science, therefore reality.

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Letter to the editor: Court can solve right of way issue

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Jim Peabody Sr.



I am glad to see that the Ferrisburgh/Vorsteveld disagreement over rights-of-way is finally going to court. It will be expensive for both sides (sorry guys) but the time is way overdue for a more in-depth review of the reasons for rights-of-way, their usages and their oversight.

The initial reason for a public right-of-way made sense; i.e. to enable travel throughout an area without the need to obtain permission from each landowner to traverse their land.

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Letter to the editor: Bristol citizens are taking a stand on global warming

Posted on February 7, 2019 |
By Sally Burrell



The Bristol plaintiffs’ complaint in the case involving a natural gas pipeline and the town of Bristol was upheld on Jan. 28. Judge Arms denied the motions to dismiss the case by the town and selectboard and by Vermont Gas Systems. The court assumes all facts pleaded by the complaint as true. And the plaintiffs raise a novel issue not yet determined by the Supreme Court. The judge’s order allows the case to move forward for deeper exploration.

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