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Letter to the editor: Ripples of climate movement grow beyond Middlebury

Posted on April 8, 2019 |
By John Isham



In his spot-on coverage of the five-day march for Climate Justice, Christopher Ross has documented a core truth of the global climate movement: It has deep roots in Addison County and at Middlebury College.

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Editorial: 'Out, trucks!' says the Little City

Posted on April 4, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



Folks in Vergennes have spoken: They want the big 18-wheelers off Main Street.

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Editorial: 'Biggest issue of our times'

Posted on April 4, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



Just over a dozen years ago, Ripton environmentalist Bill McKibben staged what was billed as the first climate change march in the nation right in our backyard. The march started at the Robert Frost wayside area in Ripton as more than 100 people listened to brief opening comments before walking to the Middlebury Green for more speeches and lemonade, and then on to Addison Independent columnist Greg Dennis’s home and yard for that first night’s campout, dinner and more conversation.

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Chris Bray: Bills are on the way to becoming new laws

Posted on April 4, 2019 |
By Chris Bray



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The Senate just passed the half-way point in the legislative session, and I am writing to provide this progress report. I have sponsored the following bills — which have all passed, or are on their way to final passage:

S.40: Lead Testing and Remediation for Schools and Childcare Centers. Lead is a dangerous toxic substance that produces permanent brain damage. We need to test levels in drinking water and act to reduce exposures for students, faculty and staff in order to achieve a protective, science-based standard.

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Ways of Seeing by Sas Carey: Still working to understand racism

Posted on April 4, 2019 |
By Sas Carey



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I have been trying to understand and work on my racism issues for most of my life. But I still can’t quite get how painful it is for people of color, despite the fact that I adopted a biracial daughter in Vermont fifty years ago.

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Greg Dennis: Taking the next steps on climate change

Posted on April 4, 2019 |
By Greg Dennis



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The future launches at you in the most unexpected ways. It happened to some of us a few years ago when the climate movement suddenly took wing in Vermont.

As the climate crisis now grows ever more dire, the movement is shifting into higher gear. That’s got me reflecting on all the changes and where we might go from here.

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Eric Davis: Trump is blaming his own Fed pick

Posted on April 4, 2019 |
By Eric Davis



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President Trump is worried that economic underperformance over the next 18 months could be a risk to his re-election.

Trump promised as a candidate in 2016 that, if he were elected, economic growth would run at 4 percent a year, if not higher. The latest reports from the Commerce Department indicate that actual economic growth in 2017 was 2.2 percent, and 2.9 percent in 2018. Looking at the statistics on a quarter-by-quarter basis, growth slowed from 3.4 percent to 2.2 percent from the third to the fourth quarter of 2018.

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Victor Nuovo: More on independence

Posted on April 4, 2019 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition.

I have written about the Declaration of Independence as though it were a perfect statement of principles. It was not.

Nor did it escape contemporary observers that the promoters of independence were shortsighted in the application of the principles of reason they espoused, and to that extent they were hypocrites. I will mention only one acute observer, Abagail Adams.

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Letter to the editor: Jim Gish not at fault for rail project

Posted on April 4, 2019 |
By Annie Magri



I am writing this post in response to a letter to the editor I saw in the Addy Indy two weeks ago; it ran March 11 under the headline “Don’t trust VTrans on Middlebury rail project.” I had to let some time lapse to cool off before I wrote.

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