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Letter to the editor: Saving planet means sacrifices

Posted on November 21, 2018 |
By Carolyn Van Vleck



I read the group letter re: climate change with interest. While I agree with the gist of the content, I have one question to pose: What are you willing to give up?

I’m a Baby Boomer. I grew up in the age of technology, that being basically the second half of the 1900s. What was invented during that century was mindboggling, fantastic, impressive and the beginning of the end of human life on Earth, quite possibly. 

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Note of appreciation: VUHS play crew thankful for support

Posted on November 21, 2018 |
By Jolie Gramling



The cast and crew of “Anything Goes” would like to thank some special local businesses for their generosity of props, publicity and financial support for our weekend shows at Vergennes Union High School. It was a grand success and we could not do this without the local community support of all our musical endeavors! You’re the TOP!

A special shout out to: Bixby Memorial Free Library, Neat Repeats, Sweet Charity and ReSource Store in Williston.

With gratitude,

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Editorial: No need to rush park choices

Posted on November 21, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



It’s never a good sign when you realize “the fix is in.” The expression is used widely in gambling, but also about any process where a just outcome won’t be truly reflected. 

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Editorial: Feeling grateful

Posted on November 21, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Forget the rest of the world for the next day or two and consider the bounty we have all around us.

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Guest editorial: What Amazon's choice means for Vermonters

Posted on November 19, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



When Amazon announced last week that instead of building its second headquarters in one city, it would locate within the metropolitan areas of two of the largest cities on the East Coast — New York City and Washington, D.C. — it was telling us something. Both locations have neighborhoods with populations larger than Vermont.

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Letter to the editor: Hydro issue deserved 'fair and balanced' coverage

Posted on November 19, 2018 |
By Anders Holm



The Holm family very much appreciates the Nov. 15 article in the Addison Independent as it portrays a sense of urgency regarding the hydroelectric project at the Otter Creek Falls in Middlebury that has seemingly been absent for many years. American journalists are typically held to an ethical standard of delivering fair and balanced news. Denying a party the right to voice their opinion equally in a piece is known commonly as propaganda. Uncorroborated and out of context quotes are insufficient so I am hopeful this will be our chance to have our thoughts heard in earnest.

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Guest editorial: 'Politics is a funny business' — MUHS grad led Hallquist's campaign

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Cameron Russell



I met Christine Hallquist for the first time on Feb. 10, 2018, just over 9 months ago. I grew up in Vermont, graduated from UVM, and left the state for a while after college. After returning home, I was involved with political work in Vermont during the 2014 and 2016 cycles. Most recently, as the VT Democratic Party's Coordinated Campaign Director in 2016, I managed the statewide field program for candidates up and down the ballot.

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Opinion: Education beyond high school matters

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Jeb Spaulding



It’s true, not everyone needs to go to college. But consider this — over 95 percent of the jobs created since the Great Recession ten years ago have gone to workers with at least some college education, according to Georgetown University, while those with a high school diploma were left behind. The recession decimated low-skill, blue-collar and clerical jobs; the recovery added primarily high-skill, managerial and professional jobs.

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Ways of Seeing by Laurie Cox: Togetherness is a formula for civility

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Laurie Cox



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On the last Saturday in October, 28 people gathered near the Ripton Fire Station to split and stack firewood. As snowflakes (and, later, raindrops) shared the air, workers filled up the woodshed for REAP, the Ripton Energy Assistance Project. This project was formed in 2008 at a time when the economy had tanked, fuel prices soared, and fuel assistance programs were underfunded. Ripton’s response was to set up a non-profit to help fill the gaps. Saturday’s “wood bee” was an event that has taken place every year since then.

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Eric Davis: Democrats made big election gains

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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As fuller results from last week’s elections are received, the magnitude of Democratic success is becoming more apparent.

Democratic candidates now appear poised to gain close to 40 seats in the House, which would give the Democrats 235 House seats to the Republicans’ 200. This would represent the largest Democratic seat gain in a midterm election since 1974, an election held less than three months after Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency over Watergate.

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