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07/16/2019
Having just read Cheryl Mitchell’s excellent summary of the need for child care in our area (July 4, 2019), I am moved to forward you a letter I wrote recently to the ACSU Board of Education regarding the current need to reconfigure our educational system in our district. I feel the solution requires thinking, lots of thinking, lots of energy and careful planning … but we have a history of that in this area and as they say … Yes, we can!   To the ACSD Board of Education As regards your current effort to move forward with education and schools in the district, I offer the following thoughts:...
07/11/2019
US women's soccer captain Megan Rapinoe has boldly seized the nation’s attention with the team’s second World Cup victory to challenge the establishment and status quo. First and foremost she has been a leading champion of equal pay for women in sports, and rightfully so. For the past several decades, the U.S. Women’s Soccer team has been among the superstars, while the U.S. men’s team has struggled. And yet, pay for the women in a World Cup championship is a fraction of what members of the men’s team would earn. And it’s not about television draw, either. The U.S. women’s team consistently...
07/11/2019
I remember how, for so many years, I was desperate to “do something” on the 4th of July, mainly to escape from New York City, where the ever-putrescent smell of summer in the city rises from baking black asphalt, the heat and smell shimmering together in waves, the consecutive nights of firecrackers sounding like gunshots or maybe they were gunshots, certainly there were some on many of the other 364 nights of the year ... but yes, desperate for an escape to someone’s country house or lake house or beach house, sometimes forthcoming, sometimes not. I wanted outdoors, grilled food, barbecue,...
07/11/2019
The identity of President Trump’s Democratic challenger will not be known until next spring. While the large field of Democrats contests primaries and caucuses with each other, the president is actively and always campaigning for re-election. Trump will be a formidable opponent for whoever ends up as the Democratic nominee. A recent poll by the Washington Post and ABC News showed Trump’s overall approval rating at 44 percent. No reputable poll has shown Trump with more than 50 percent approval since his inauguration. Trump could very well lose the popular vote by millions of votes, and still...
07/11/2019
Editor’s note: This is the 25th in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition. On July 4, 1826 — 50 years after the signing of the Declaration of Independence — at 6:30 in the evening, John Adams died. His last words were “Thomas Jefferson still lives.” He was mistaken, for Jefferson had died four hours before. That both men should have died on the same day, and on that particular day seemed remarkable to many then as it does now. Given the narrative of American independence and nation-building, it was a fitting conclusion; to many it was providential,...
07/11/2019
Thank you to the selectmen of the town of New Haven. Congratulations on Dog Team Road's paving. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Tony Neri New Haven
07/11/2019
The evisceration of the Park Diner by its conversion from the heart of working-class Middlebury to a tableau beside which the town’s elite can sip wine and eat from a prohibitively expensive out-of-town French restaurant ‘food truck’ while taking selfies against a colorful painted backdrop is a classist and insulting blow to our community. Murals and artwork are of course time-honored traditions, but totally obscuring this building — a contributing structure to Middlebury’s downtown historic district — in swaths of sorbet color is more akin to another time-honored tradition, that of one...
07/11/2019
A little over a week ago around the time the Addison Independent was being printed on July 4, several good citizens of the town had to go down to the railroad tracks to retrieve the flower boxes that were thrown from the pedestrian bridge running from the National Bank to the U.S Post Office area and then had to refill and replant the flower boxes. The town has spent a lot of time and money making the downtown area attractive and safe during the last couple of years while the tunnel project is under construction. The selectboard and the town have hired a project manager to keep everyone...
07/11/2019
In 1976 during the Republican Convention, the late President Gerald Ford said, and I paraphrase, “ Everyone keeps talking about being an immigrant. The only non-immigrants are the Native American Indians.” It was indeed refreshing to hear someone of the stature of President Gerald Ford make such a declaration. Unfortunately, it has been my experience, many so-identified Anglos and/or Anglo-Saxons appear to believe this country, the United States of America, belongs to them alone. And anyone after them is an immigrant and addressed with the connotation of inferiority. I pray within the current...

FIREWORKS EXPLODE OVER Middlebury at Sheldon Museum's annual Pops Concert. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell
07/09/2019
The first week of July brought the summer’s first string of hot, sunny days, fireworks and celebration. The first day of July also marked the first day 21 bills and 22 new provisions in state statute took effect. It’s worth reviewing a few of that provisions passed last May amid a chaotic end of the session that saw the House walk out on the Senate over disagreement on family leave and minimum wage legislation — two notable issues that Democrats and Progressives saw as a major failure of the session and which grabbed headlines at the session’s end. While those two issues left a sour end of...

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