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June 24th, 2016
If you believe that the Orlando attack was the last one we will experience, you are horribly wrong.
Are there flaws in VEGI (Vermont Employment Growth Incentive)? In a letter to the editor in the June 13 Independent, one person expressed this opinion. The facts suggest that he is wrong.
Years ago, when “Take Back Vermont” signs popped up in the wake of the civil unions struggle in Vermont, and vitriolic letters appeared daily in the Burlington Free Presshating on gays and lesbians, I experienced how my home in Vermont could suddenly feel unsafe, and how neighbors I once thought of as accepting of me might actually wish that I — and every other lesbian, gay, or bi person in Vermont — would disappear.
Having just spent 12 days at death’s door while at Porter Hospital, I want everyone to know that each and every caregiver, and there were many, was outstanding. We are so fortunate to have such a dedicated hospital staff right here in our community.
Carolyn Spooner, Middlebury
I want to thank the Middlebury selectboard for the wonderful reception that they gave me, and Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay for making all the arrangements for it. Also I am grateful for so many people who came to wish me well.
It was a wonderful event that warmed my heart and that I shall never forget.
Rep. Betty Nuovo, Middlebury
ADDISON COUNTY — On July 1, the third installment of Vermont’s major trash and recycling law Act 148 will be phased in, imposing new requirements on how residents and businesses handle yard debris and how businesses handle food waste.
Landfills will no longer accept yard debris as of July 1. Haulers must offer residents and businesses curbside collection for leaves, brush and clean wood every fall and spring, a service for which haulers may charge. Customers should contact haulers for pricing information.
ORWELL — Orwell residents on Tuesday for a second time rejected a plan calling for their town to join their fellow Addison-Rutland Supervisory Union towns in forming a unified union school district.
The vote this time was closer than it was in the first ballot; this time it was 166 in favor of the proposed Slate Valley Unified Union School District and 204 against.
Orwell citizens on April 12 had voted 211 to 121 against joining Castleton, West Haven, Hubbardton, Benson and Fair Haven in the proposed union.
MONTPELIER — Early voting for Vermont’s upcoming primaries will officially open on Friday, June 24.
Beginning on Friday, any registered voter will be able to request a ballot from their town clerk by phone, mail or online and cast their vote for the Aug. 9 election. The elections staff at the Vermont Secretary of State’s Office has already finalized and sent out the ballots to town clerks and some towns may even open their early voting before Friday.