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07/25/2019
I was reluctant to write this letter because, as one of the coaches, I am obviously an invested party. However, I feel the disparate coverage our Middlebury Area Little League Minors All-Star girls softball team received in relation to the boys team is very perplexing and sends a message to girls in our community that I don’t believe the Addison Independent wants to be associated with. When our minors softball team won the District 1 championship, our head coach submitted a picture to the paper. We thought the picture would be published and the girls would be so excited to have their picture...
07/25/2019
I was dismayed at the tone and some of the content of comments in an article by Christopher Ross in the July 18 Addison Independent. The article on the meeting about Ag agency exemption policies focused, in part, on manure run-off on a Panton farm. An important aspect not mentioned is that this occurred because the person hired to do the work spread the manure on the wrong field — an aspect out of the farmer’s control. The sensationalism of the article surprised me for the Independent. I am sure the farmer was as concerned and chagrined as any of us. We face huge and pressing problems about...
07/25/2019
From its earliest settlement and history Vermont has been defined by a powerful critical life defining sense of community with small self sustaining villages cropping up all across the state. This is the defining element of Vermont. A collective gathering of self-sufficient interactive villages, communities and ultimately some larger towns interspersed through a classic Vermont landscape of family farms. Community is defined as a unified body of individuals sharing a common history of social, economic, political and cultural interests. Society is defined as a community of interdependent...
07/23/2019
The 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing also happens to be the 17th anniversary of my marriage. Laying the two events side by side, I’m not sure which is the greater miracle: the amount of planning, coordination, brainpower, technology, and skill required to land a man on the moon, or the amount required to pull off our wedding (to say nothing of the ensuing marriage!). The 17th anniversary is apparently the “furniture anniversary,” so it seems fitting that this week my husband installed a major piece of outdoor “furniture” that allows our family to defy gravity just like those...

Angelo Lynn
07/22/2019
As Mr. Mueller prepares to testify in committee on Wednesday, Trump manipulates his contrived crisis of the day, Democrats running for president try to find any available oxygen to break out from the pack, Iran tests the western alliance, and Rebecca Holcomb prepares her 18-month run for the governorship of Vermont against Gov. Phil Scott — amid dozens of other newsworthy events of the week — the Addison Independent is turning its attention on whether the so-called Green New Deal could possibly offer a path for economic progress in the Vermont. Why? Because regardless of how important the...
07/22/2019
As a conservative, I’m not quick to invoke the term “market failure” as a justification for government intervention. But that’s exactly what the decline of local journalism requires. Local newspapers, the first line of democratic accountability for local government, are in free fall. The Youngstown Vindicator, the latest victim (a daily serving a population of 550,000), just announced that it is closing, after 150 years of continuous operation in the Mahoning Valley of Ohio. As the Pew Research Center recently reported, the number of newsroom employees at newspapers in the United States...
07/22/2019
Rep. Robin Scheu (D-Middlebury) wrote an excellent commentary, “Paid-leave bill good for Vermont” (June 27, 2019), on the savage injustice of some having the benefit of paid leave while others do not. As Rep. Scheu reported in her piece, “Many workers — especially lower income workers — currently do not have access to adequate paid leave to deal with their own serious illness. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide, about three in five private sector workers do not have access to TDI [paid family leave] through their employers, leaving them vulnerable when they need to take...
07/22/2019
As chair of the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) School Board Community Engagement committee, I appreciated the opportunity to speak with Addison Independent reporter Christopher Ross about the surveys we recently conducted with 5 Town Residents, which included an online version as well as more in depth, individual conversations between 35 volunteers and 135 community members. However, I was disappointed that Mr. Ross included other school board business in this article without adequately providing context to these matters. For example, it is inaccurate to call the Board’s use of...
07/18/2019
As Vermont Democrats regain their footing in the upcoming session and promise to pass legislation addressing a livable minimum wage and affordable family leave policies, they could benefit from studying what the Massachusetts Legislature passed in 2018.  In a measure dubbed the “grand bargain,” the legislature there passed a $15 minimum wage bill that would be phased in over five years, similar to what was proposed in Vermont, but there were also concessions made to the business community. A one-day permanent tax holiday was created, and the bill would eliminate time-and-a-half pay for hourly...
07/18/2019
The goldfinch hung on my window screen, its bold yellow back with black stripe shone in the light as it held on casually, confidently, pecking every few seconds on something I could not see. Bugs? Seeds blown from the trees to lodge in the grating of the screen? No matter. I hear birds every day though I’m not good at telling one call from another. In the early morning hours, lovely songs push through my dreams, season my daily routines, and linger well past dark. The goldfinch hanging on my window screen felt special because I might have missed it if I hadn’t happened to look up. I’m...

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