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Opinion: Solar sector offers jobs for state

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Rick Shappy



It seems a week doesn’t goes by without someone in the media bemoaning the lack of job opportunities for young people in Vermont. While Vermont is an attractive place to live, we need professional jobs to keep our population rooted. The solar industry, while not new, has seen remarkable growth as costs have become affordable, and accessible programs like community solar arrays pop up. Turns out that deploying clean, renewable technology necessitates a significant workforce.

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Opinion: Vergennes city council candidate is highly qualified

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Lynne Perry



On Thursday, Jan. 29, you reported on candidates running for Vergennes City Council. I would like to take the time to offer more information on Jeff Fritz.

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Opinion: Letter criticizing reverend on gun issues not civil

Posted on February 9, 2015 |
By Paul Stone et al.



A Jan. 29 letter to the editor of the Addison Independent, by John Burton of Cornwall, unfairly and unjustly criticizes Rev. Barnaby Feder, minister of Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society, Middlebury.

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Clippings: All taxpayers have 'skin in the game'

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Let me be clear: I value holding onto my money as much as anybody. I brown-bag, buy in bulk, and browse for products on sale.

And I wish my taxes were lower. For the record, we pay almost $6,600 on a Middlebury home assessed at about $250,000. Property tax relief doesn’t really help much, if at all, depending on fluctuations in one of our incomes.

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Eric Davis: Vermont needs reliable highway funding

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Eric L. Davis



On most issues, Gov. Shumlin would not see eye-to-eye with Robert Bentley, the conservative Republican governor of Alabama. Yet, last week Govs. Shumlin and Bentley appeared together before the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. Bentley and Shumlin, speaking on behalf of their colleagues in the National Governors Association, urged Congress to pass a multi-year extension of the federal highway trust fund.

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Opinion: Fritz not just a good renovator

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Terry Faith Weihs Terry



In Thursday’s, Jan. 29, article, “Vergennes duels set for city council,” longtime Addison Independent reporter Andy Kirkaldy describes candidate Jeff Fritz, as “best known in Vergennes for purchasing a large Victorian Main Street home in 2011 and renovating it before moving there from Washington state.” While committing substantive energy and resources to the restoration of one of our most important Vergennes residential assets is in and of itself most admirable, Andy missed the point.

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Opinion: Taxing soda not a smart plan

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By C.W. Cobb



With regard to the sugary beverage tax being floated and which so enchants our own Angelo Lynn, if Montpelier is so concerned for our health why is there a tax on gym memberships? Sounds like the state wants to have its soda and drink it too.

C.W. Cobb

Middlebury

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Opinion: Fritz a good pick for city council

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Debra Emerson



After reading the article “Vergennes duels set for city council, VUES board seats” in the Addison Independent Jan. 29 issue, I am compelled to write this letter.

My deep disappointment is that author of the article chose to write what he did with regard to Jeff Fritz. I have recently had the pleasure of working with Jeff at the Vergennes Opera House and the Friends of the Bixby Library; however, his involvement in our community includes a whole lot more.

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Opinion: Soda tax misses the mark

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Brian Bauer



If you believed that the Shoreland Protection Bill was about fighting pollution in Vermont’s waters, you also probably believe that a tax on sugary drinks is a health care initiative. Both could not be further from the truth.

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