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Opinion: ANwSU tax story error explained

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By JoAn Canning



I am writing to address and accept responsibility for the discrepancy reported in the July 20, 2015, Addison Independent between estimated tax rates Addison Northwest Supervisory Union reported to the public and the actual tax rates issued by the state.

All the Patricia Hannaford Career Center expenditures were required to be included in the tax rate calculation and were not. This caused the estimated tax rates we provided to the public to be understated. It was an error and I accept full responsibility for it.

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Clippings: Teaching and motoring in first gear

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



On a muggy July day I found myself parked on the side of the road somewhere near Whiting waiting for the car to move. The sky was the color of old denim and the distant ridgeline of the Green Mountains was in shades of green and purple. Ahead, the pavement cut a broad, jet-black ribbon straight toward the horizon.

The car had shuddered and died. A stunning stream of expletives ensued from my girlfriend’s mouth.

“I’ve had it,” she said, her jaw set in frustration. “I quit.”

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Opinion: 'Rail Trail' could benefit bikers and the whole community

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Bjarki Sears



When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? What if that lemonade was really, really good? Then it would actually be a real boon that life gave you the lemons in the first place.

I have long thought that Middlebury would really benefit from two things that, while being luxuries, would substantially add to the quality of life in the area. One is a way to stroll along the river. River walks are popular attractions in towns that have them, whether they be in natural, park-like settings or in more commercial and retail-oriented forms.

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Opinion: Bear exhibit sent a bad message

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Har Harrison



I did go to Field Days — twice, to work at a booth. Today, I learned that there were bears in cages for the public to view. I did not see them, or this letter would be more strongly worded, perhaps.

The person telling me this said, “They were rescued.” Is this what the Fish and Wildlife people and the Humane Society recommend?

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Opinion: Juxtaposition of photo, addiction story was striking

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Sylvia Coffin



I was drawn to Trent Campbell’s stunning composition on the front page of the Aug. 3 edition of the Addison Independent.

The copper container for the distillery is certainly a handsome piece of work. I was also drawn to the article right next to the photo. About a website to help fight drug addiction. Could that also maybe include a drinking addiction also? Interesting pair-up on the front page.

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Guest editorial: A ‘rightful place’ for Iran; a way to avoid war for the U.S.

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Haviland Smith



Iran and the P5+1 (China, France, Russia, United Kingdom, United States — plus Germany) have now agreed on a document that severely limits Iran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon. In return for that limitation and the ability of the Western signatories to inspect existing Iranian nuclear facilities as well as suspected military/nuclear facilities, the Iranians will see the end of most of the sanctions that have plagued them since 1979.

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Editorial: Project requires high standards

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As Middlebury residents, businesses and town officials jump into the fray that has rather suddenly surrounded the proposed railway improvements through Middlebury’s downtown — replacing the underpasses on Main Street and Merchants Row — let’s be sure the message we’re sending does not smack of a community opposed to development and resistant to change.

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Opinion: More discussion needed on the subject of tasers

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Michael and Judy Olinick



Brenda Ellis raises important issues of public concern in her thoughtful letter about equipping Middlebury police with Tasers.

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Opinion: Sentence begs question of the value of human life

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Sally Borden



Please turn to the person next to you and ask if they find the following scenario shocking. A woman is driving under the influence of alcohol after a long day of work. She is also under the influence of three prescription drugs, all designed to combat anxiety and depression. The pills come with the caution that they should not be taken while consuming alcohol. The pills heighten the effects of alcohol.

The woman kills a man on a bicycle.

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Opinion: Banners provide message of peace

Posted on August 10, 2015 |
By Patty Heather-Lea



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Seventy years ago, Aug. 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima. On Aug. 9, 1945, another atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki.

Thirty years ago, Aug. 4, 1985, the Pentagon was encircled by peace banners.

Justine Merritt, a grandmother from Denver, was moved during her daily prayers: She wanted to encircle the Pentagon in a ribbon of peace. That year was 1982.

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