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With thanks to John Tenny

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Each year across the county’s 23 towns, a few local “heroes” are honored for service to their communities “beyond the call of duty” or, to put it another way, way beyond what most of us could imagine doing ourselves. So, we offer our sincere thanks and tip our collective hats to them for their magnanimous efforts.

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Guest Editorial: High cost of corrections cannot be sustained for such little benefit

Posted on March 5, 2012 |
By Bill Schubart



The most expensive service our government provides to its citizens, other than heroic healthcare in Medicare, Medicaid and the VA, is to lock them up. 

According to the Bureau of Prisons, the annual average cost per prisoner in 2008 was $26,000 at the federal level and $24,000 at the local level. Small states like Rhode Island and Vermont estimate their costs much higher, about $35-$45,000 a year. This is two to three times our per-pupil cost for public education. 

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Olympia Snowe: Why I'm leaving Senate

Posted on March 2, 2012 |
By Olympia Snowe



 

Two truths are all too often overshadowed in today's political discourse: Public service is a most honorable pursuit, and so is bipartisanship.

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Editorial: Town Meeting: Our views on three votes; you do the rest

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Next Tuesday, March 6 is Town Meeting Day. Don’t take it lightly.

In today’s Addison Independent, the news team has reviewed the major — and minor — issues to be discussed at town meeting of each of the 23 towns in the county, plus Brandon. The previews start on Page 12A and continue through Page 20A. We wouldn’t devote eight pages of news to the reviews, if we didn’t think the issues were important and wanted to provide citizens with a shorthand guide to each town.

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Editorial: MUHS Nordic girls: Impressive!

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the midst of news surrounding Town Meeting, the presidential primaries, the Dow cruising over 13,000, North Korea agreeing to cut back on its testing of nuclear weapons, and the continuing threat of war with Iran by the same neoconservatives that pushed us unnecessarily into a war with Iraq, let’s pause for a moment to applaud a local milestone: the MUHS Nordic girls’ ski team won the D-II state championship this week.

It was the first state championship of any MUHS Nordic ski team since 1989.

It’s a special achievement for several reasons:

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Time outdoors builds character

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



My 22-year-old nephew Michael is both philosophical and artistic in nature. I describe him as contemplative and creative. He has also spent essentially his whole life within a short drive of mountains and trout streams. He has lived with his family in Colorado, Maine, western North Carolina and Alaska. He spent three years in Addison County at Middlebury College and another year studying abroad in mountainous Chile.

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Editorial: Making sense of tax cuts

Posted on February 27, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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Editorial: A tragedy of misplaced priorities

Posted on February 23, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



That the Vermont State Police failed to adequately respond in a search for 19-year-old Levi Duclos, who was reported to state police as an overdue hiker in Ripton on Jan. 9, has been acknowledged by most, outraged first responders and rescue volunteers across the state, distressed friends and local residents, and shaken the public’s confidence in the state police force.

It is clear to almost everyone that this is a tragedy that might have been prevented had a better system been in place.

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Editorial: A note to Charlotte residents

Posted on February 23, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



We won’t claim a preference in the current redistricting debate that has proposed moving Charlotte into the Addison County senatorial district, but in case math prevails we’d like to introduce you to aspects of the county that may be closer to your values than you may know.

Our rural roots are the most obvious similarities. Dairy farming, open land, small town government and small rural schools are the heart of both areas.

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Clippings: Vt. Town clerks are a special breed

Posted on February 23, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



I first started to poke around town clerk’s offices and, more importantly, get to know the people who run them in the mid-1980s, when I started selling real estate for about five years. Back then, Panton’s office, if I remember correctly, was in a basement in a home near Vergennes, while Waltham’s was basically housed on a porch and didn’t have a copier.

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