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Opinion: Secret ballots a very bad idea

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Bryan Young



I appreciated the recent opinion letter from my Democratic counterpart, Bob Zeliff, regarding the outcome of the Milne/Shumlin race and the necessity of a legislative vote to determine the next governor.

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Greg Dennis: Why a gratitude holiday matters

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Gregory Dennis



North America is a land where, as Jackson Browne says on his new album, “Even in the richer neighborhoods, people don’t know when they’ve got it good. They’ve got the envy, and they’ve got it bad.”

Which is one more reason it’s a good thing that in Canada and the United States, we set aside one holiday weekend a year to count our blessings.

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Opinion: Fisher's contributions at Statehouse appreciated

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By Kelly Cummings



Dear Rep. Fisher,

I write to you with much sadness but also much gratitude and hope.

I would like to thank you for your incredible, good and solid work on health care.

I admire your tenacity just as much as your compassion. And I so appreciate your service.

I hope you know that what you have helped set in motion has not been in vain.

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Opinion: New projects make Bristol even better place to live

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By Susan Wallis



Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Bristol was a nice place to live in the past and suddenly it has become even nicer.

Many thanks to everyone involved in the New Haven River Bridge, from the planners and all those whose photo appeared in the Addison Independent cutting the ribbon as well as to all those who showed up early for work in all kinds of weather and whose photo did not appear. The bridge is sleek, smart, handsome, modern, easy to use. Many thanks.

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Opinion: Many factors influence children's mental development

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By Jack Mayer



Early childhood education is essential for giving kids the good start they need to be successful. Eighty percent of a child’s brain has developed in the first three years, 90 percent by age five.

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Opinion: VAL serves many consituencies

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By Natalie Reigle



As employees of Addison County Vermont Adult Learning (VAL), we wish to offer clarification about comments that were made regarding our role in the community in two recent articles covering our possible move to a new, more central location (Addison Independent “HOPE seeking to fill vacancies” Oct. 23 and “HOPE seeks hold on its mortgage” Nov. 3).

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Clippings: Stop worrying and learn to love solar arrays

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By John S. McCright



I don’t get it. Why are there all these complaints about the fields of solar arrays being so ugly? Eye of the beholder, I say.

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Opinion: Exchange Street idea not BMP's

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By Ben Wilson



I write to correct a potential misunderstanding in the Independent’s Thursday, Nov. 6, article titled “BMP Leader Urges Action on Report.”

The article could be read to imply that the creation of an Exchange Street Improvement District was my idea. To the best of my knowledge the idea was formulated and spearheaded by Brian Carpenter and some other Exchange Street property owners.

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Opinion: Baser thankful for election help

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By Fred Baser



The evening before Election Day, I told my wife, Marian, that no matter what the outcome I had won. This feeling came from the support I have received from so many people in the four towns of Addison-4.

When you run for office, especially in a hotly contested race, you have to put yourself out there, and at times, you are a bit vulnerable. Having people write letters of support, donate their hard-earned cash and assist in your door-to-door efforts is huge and humbling.

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