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John McCright http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/195/all en Addison County physician Dr. Alan Ayer dies at 71 http://addisonindependent.com/201503addison-county-physician-dr-alan-ayer-dies-71 <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John McCright </div> </div> </div> <p> ADDISON &mdash; Long-time Addison County obstetrician-gynecologist Dr. Alan Ayer, who delivered well over 5,000 babies and practiced in this area more than 30 years, died suddenly on Friday, March 13. He was 71 years old.</p> <p> Ayer was a native of Maine, and he received his medical degree from the University of Vermont College of Medicine. He practiced medicine for more than 40 years.</p> <p> Ayer was the husband of Sen. Claire Ayer, who has represented Addison County as a Democrat in the Vermont Senate since first being elected in 2002.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29131">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503addison-county-physician-dr-alan-ayer-dies-71" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Addison County Porter Hospital Mon, 16 Mar 2015 02:26:34 +0000 John McCright 29131 at http://addisonindependent.com Clippings: Me, you and Berkshire Hathaway http://addisonindependent.com/201501clippings-me-you-and-berkshire-hathaway <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John McCright </div> </div> </div> <p> It really bothered me a few years ago when the Supreme Court declared that corporations are people. It just seemed like Chief Justice John Roberts and the Republican majority on the court (and make no mistake, these five men carry the water for the GOP that put them in power) simply were twisting the rules again to favor their team. How did I know that corporate personhood would favor the Republicans? Because the Republican majority on the Supreme Court backed it, therefore it must be pro-GOP. How&rsquo;s that for circular liberal logic?</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28245">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201501clippings-me-you-and-berkshire-hathaway" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion corporations money speech Supreme Court Wed, 28 Jan 2015 21:30:27 +0000 John McCright 28245 at http://addisonindependent.com Clippings: My parents know the value of quality time http://addisonindependent.com/201412clippings-parents-know-value-quality-time <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John McCright </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.79px;">Dear Mom and Dad,</span></p> <p> It&rsquo;s Sunday night, a few days before Christmas, and we&rsquo;ve been scurrying around getting things ready for the holiday &mdash; cleaning, wrapping gifts &hellip; Sarah and the girls took a sled down to the brook and collected pine boughs, then they decorated the house, made it look and smell like a festival. I spent half the day in the office getting things ready to take a day off.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/27588">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201412clippings-parents-know-value-quality-time" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Children christmas family Tue, 23 Dec 2014 13:40:03 +0000 John McCright 27588 at http://addisonindependent.com Winter in November http://addisonindependent.com/201412winter-november <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27196" style="width: 590px;"><a href="/201412winter-november"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/snow in trees_1511.standalone.jpg" alt="snow in trees_1511.jpg" title="snow in trees_1511.jpg" class="image image-standalone " width="590" height="379" /></a></div> <p> ON THANKSGIVING MORNING these trees in Middlebury, like those around Addison County, hung heavy with snow after the county received the heaviest snowfall of anywhere in the state.</p> <p> Independent photo/John McCright</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:14:34 +0000 John McCright 27197 at http://addisonindependent.com Snowbound http://addisonindependent.com/201412snowbound <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-27194" style="width: 266px;"><a href="/201412snowbound"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/snowy branches_1501.jpg" alt="snowy branches_1501.jpg" title="snowy branches_1501.jpg" class="image image-standalone " width="266" height="400" /></a></div> <p> THE UNUSUALLY HEAVY snowfall in Middlebury this past Wednesday left this dangle of dogwood covered in the white stuff.</p> <p> Independent photo/John McCright</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 15:13:26 +0000 John McCright 27195 at http://addisonindependent.com Happy Halloween! http://addisonindependent.com/201410happy-holloween <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-26585" style="width: 296px;"><a href="/201410happy-holloween"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/spook3145.jpg" alt="spook3145.jpg" title="spook3145.jpg" class="image image-standalone " width="296" height="400" /></a></div> <p> A MUTANT NINJA Turtle watches a young dragon with a cider doughnut peer into a hollowed-out pumpkin on the Middlebury town green this past Sunday. Hundreds of children swarmed the green to take part in games and to give their Halloween costumes a test run during the annual Spooktacular.</p> <p> Independent photo/John S. McCright</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:58:55 +0000 John McCright 26586 at http://addisonindependent.com Smile http://addisonindependent.com/201410smile <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-26583" style="width: 275px;"><a href="/201410smile"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/spook2900.jpg" alt="spook2900.jpg" title="spook2900.jpg" class="image image-standalone " width="275" height="400" /></a></div> <p> SEVERAL HUNDRED CHILDREN (and a handful of adults) dressed up in a wide variety of costumes and mobbed the Middlebury town green Sunday afternoon for the seventh annual Spooktacular. Some children had their photos taken in front of a spooky moon.</p> <p> Independent photo/John S. McCright</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:58:49 +0000 John McCright 26584 at http://addisonindependent.com Toss across http://addisonindependent.com/201410toss-across <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-26581" style="width: 275px;"><a href="/201410toss-across"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Spook_2948.JPG" alt="Spook_2948.JPG" title="Spook_2948.JPG" class="image image-standalone " width="275" height="400" /></a></div> <p> A YOUNG MUMMY plays a bean bag toss game at Sunday&rsquo;s Spooktacular on the Middlebury town green. The event, sponsored by the Better Middlebury Partnership, also featured music, face painting and lots of running around.</p> <p> Independent photo/John S. McCright</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:58:39 +0000 John McCright 26582 at http://addisonindependent.com Oooo, apples! http://addisonindependent.com/201410oooo-apples <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-26579" style="width: 590px;"><a href="/201410oooo-apples"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/spook3240.standalone.jpg" alt="spook3240.jpg" title="spook3240.jpg" class="image image-standalone " width="590" height="378" /></a></div> <p> SUNDAY&rsquo;S SPOOKTACULAR CULMINATED in a trick-or-treat parade up and down Main Street where merchants and others handed out candy (and some fruits, too) to all the little children.</p> <p> Independent photo/John S. McCright</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:58:29 +0000 John McCright 26580 at http://addisonindependent.com Clippings: For clarity's sake, ditch the extra commas http://addisonindependent.com/201410clippings-claritys-sake-ditch-exra-commas <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John McCright </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.7999992370605px;">Last month I took the practice test for the Common Core, a set of education standards that all American children will have to meet. The test was created by an outfit called the &ldquo;Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.&rdquo; I was aghast and a little dismayed when I saw that Question 17 included the writing mistake that drives me, as an editor, the most crazy. The question read:</span></p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/25907">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201410clippings-claritys-sake-ditch-exra-commas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion commas Punctuation Wed, 01 Oct 2014 20:16:49 +0000 John McCright 25907 at http://addisonindependent.com Pet of the week Sophia http://addisonindependent.com/201409pet-week-sophia <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-25564" style="width: 292px;"><a href="/201409pet-week-sophia"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Pet of the Week Sophia.JPG" alt="Pet of the Week Sophia.JPG" title="Pet of the Week Sophia.JPG" class="image image-standalone " width="292" height="400" /></a></div> <p align="left"> I&rsquo;m Sofia!</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201409pet-week-sophia" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mon, 15 Sep 2014 13:56:54 +0000 John McCright 25565 at http://addisonindependent.com Clippings: The kids' big new test is challenging http://addisonindependent.com/201409clippings-kids-big-new-test-challenging <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> John McCright </div> </div> </div> <p><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/25351">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201409clippings-kids-big-new-test-challenging" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion education standardized testing Wed, 03 Sep 2014 20:34:49 +0000 John McCright 25351 at http://addisonindependent.com Look at that http://addisonindependent.com/201407look <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-24438" style="width: 590px;"><a href="/201407look"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/parade9538.standalone.jpg" alt="parade9538.jpg" title="parade9538.jpg" class="image image-standalone " width="590" height="391" /></a></div> <p> MEMBERS OF THE Starksboro softball team enjoy the view from their float in the Bristol Fourth of July parade.</p> <p> Independent photo/Trent Campbell</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 17:19:55 +0000 John McCright 24440 at http://addisonindependent.com Making syrup and more http://addisonindependent.com/201404making-syrup-and-more <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-22540" style="width: 590px;"><a href="/201404making-syrup-and-more"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/cauldronguy2126.standalone.jpg" alt="cauldronguy2126.jpg" title="cauldronguy2126.jpg" class="image image-standalone " width="590" height="378" /></a></div> <p> AT THE TRADE Winds Farm sugarhouse in Cornwall on March 22 Adam Hescock shovels some hot coals onto a cast iron pan in order to surround the pan with heat and cook the cornbread batter inside. The family also put a fire under a cauldron of maple sap to demonstrate how maple syrup was made in olden times.</p> <p> Independent photo/John S. McCright</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 16:19:50 +0000 John McCright 22542 at http://addisonindependent.com Meeting of minds http://addisonindependent.com/201403meeting-minds <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-22036" style="width: 301px;"><a href="/201403meeting-minds"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/TMcornwall1915.jpg" alt="TMcornwall1915.jpg" title="TMcornwall1915.jpg" class="image image-standalone " width="301" height="400" /></a></div> <p> SELECTWOMAN JUDY WATTS and Board of Civil Authority member Gary Margolis confer during voting on a gas pipeline resolution at Monday evening&rsquo;s Cornwall Town Meeting.</p> <p> Independent photo/John McCright</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/photos">see all photos</a> | <a href="http://www.trentcampbell.smugmug.com/Addison%20Independent">order reprints</a></h4> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 20:56:57 +0000 John McCright 22038 at http://addisonindependent.com