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Opinion: Tips hit skids for ski area workers

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Addison Independent



Growing up in Burlington, I can remember the Salvation Army bell being rung on Church Street during the Christmas shopping season. The bell ringer stood next to a red kettle hanging from a tripod. Early in the shopping season you could hear the clang of coins as they fell into the nearly empty bucket.

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Opinion: Middlebury rail bridges project progressing

Posted on March 24, 2016 |
By Jim Gish



I was hired two months ago as Middlebury’s Community Liaison for our downtown bridges project, which will get under way this fall. This position is funded by VTrans, and it has three goals: 1) to provide accurate and timely information on the project to the community, 2) to provide community feedback to VTrans, and 3) to help promote the vitality of Middlebury’s downtown during the project.

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Opinion: Sanders shines light on economic inequality issues

Posted on March 21, 2016 |
By Randy Kritkausky



Vermont’s Independent senator and presidential primary candidate has succeeded in getting mainstream print media to change its economic reporting. While once dismissing his candidacy as quixotic, and his ideas as radical and fringe, they are now responding to public opinion and carrying articles about the core issues our favorite son has pushed to the forefront. It is shameful that this reporting did not occur sooner. But better late than never, and the shift in reporting may contribute to a shift in policy making. We can hope.

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Community Forum: Orchard adds sunlight to its harvest portfolio

Posted on March 21, 2016 |
By Bill Suhr



This week’s writer is Bill Suhr, Champlain Orchards owner and head orchardist.

Eighteen years ago, I bought an apple orchard in Shoreham with the idea that we could grow food with a conscience. Today, Champlain Orchards does just that with our locally grown, ecologically managed apples and other tree fruits. We are committed to selling at least 90 percent of our products in Vermont or within 30 miles of our border, and the local purchase of food is the foundation of our business and a contributor to our success.

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Community Forum: Dentists hamstrung by Medicaid

Posted on March 21, 2016 |
By Jim Cossaart



This week’s writer is Dr. Jim Cossaart, DDS, of Bristol Park Dental.

If you have Vermont Medicaid insurance for your dental needs, you have a poor policy, and you will likely get results of the same. Many more Vermonters have joined the ranks of those eligible for Medicaid — but the state has not funded the program adequately. Many Vermont adults have discovered that most dentists will not accept Medicaid as payment.

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Community Forum: Senate works on new energy bill

Posted on March 16, 2016 |
By Sen. Christopher Bray



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Vermonters want a greater voice in solving this century’s greatest challenge — how to change our economy from one powered by burning fossil fuels to one powered by clean, renewable energy.

Over the past several years, the Legislature has struggled to find the right way to promote this energy transformation while also empowering Vermonters to help determine how we make the transition. We have brought our hearts and mind to this work, and now we’re offering an answer.

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Opinion: All must be vigilant to protect vulnerable in community

Posted on March 14, 2016 |
By Barry Churchill



In these turbulent political times our women are becoming more assertive of their presence. We have an established woman representative who is vying for the presidency a second time, women will be serving on the front lines in battle in the military, and educated women are becoming forerunners in the business world. To note for all Americans is equal rights with equal pay. For me as a concerned voter, these are great strides in the mindset of our evolving democracy. For all people, by all people.

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Opinion: Time for lawmakers to be sensible on pot legislation

Posted on March 14, 2016 |
By Dave Silberman



On Feb. 25, the Vermont Senate took historic action, passing a bill legalizing and regulating the cultivation, sale and possession of marijuana for non-medical purposes. This bill, S.241, now heads to the House of Representatives for further consideration.

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Opinion: Marijuana has been used for years in Vermont, legalizing will ease a lot of inherent problems

Posted on March 14, 2016 |
By Geoff Davis



With the legalization of recreational marijuana on the Statehouse docket, a full public conversation on this important issue has finally begun. As could be expected, opinions vary greatly, but on one thing we all agree: This is a crucial public health issue, and it’s vital that Vermont get it right.

The debate ultimately sugars off into a single question: Would legalization of recreational marijuana use for adults improve or diminish public health and safety in Vermont?

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Opinion: Thanks to all for voting for the unified school district and budget

Posted on March 14, 2016 |
By Jeff Glassberg



I’m writing to express my appreciation to the residents of Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham. It was my pleasure to serve as a director of Vergennes Union High School for the past three years, and as chair of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union Board for the past two.

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