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Opinion http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/263/all en Opinion: Supreme Court right to reject pit http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-supreme-court-right-reject-pit <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Bruce Acciavatti et al. </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> The Supreme Court of Vermont just dealt a major blow to the Lathrop Limited Partnership&rsquo;s proposed gravel pit in Bristol. In a unanimous decision issued March 20, the Court reversed rulings by the lower Environmental Court that allowed the project to move forward. The high court&rsquo;s decision marks the end &mdash; we hope &mdash; of a long and costly struggle.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29345">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-supreme-court-right-reject-pit" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion appeal bristol Gravel Lathrop neighbors pit Supreme Court Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:32:13 +0000 Zach Despart 29345 at http://addisonindependent.com Jessie Raymond: New dog not garden's best friend http://addisonindependent.com/201503jessie-raymond-new-dog-not-gardens-best-friend <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Jessie Raymond </div> </div> </div> <p> In my steadfast, if na&iuml;ve, belief that winter is someday going to end, I&rsquo;ve started thinking about gardening.</p> <p> I just need to keep in mind that last year&rsquo;s garden was a spectacular failure.</p> <p> I blame the dog.</p> <p> Indirectly, I mean. We got him last spring and it changed my routine. Knowing he needed exercise, I started walking him every morning before work, during the time I had previously devoted to the garden.</p> <p> The dog liked it. I liked it. The garden hated it.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29344">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503jessie-raymond-new-dog-not-gardens-best-friend" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion dog Garden Thor Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:31:20 +0000 Zach Despart 29344 at http://addisonindependent.com Community Forum: Take 'shame' away from drug addiction http://addisonindependent.com/201503community-forum-take-shame-away-drug-addiction <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Melissa Deas </div> </div> </div> <p> <em>This week&rsquo;s writer is Melissa Deas, a Bristol resident who works in Addison County for Spectrum Youth and Family Services teaching classes to people on furlough who have criminal and substance abuse backgrounds.</em></p> <p> Visiting another state can be an awareness event that one can bring home to her/his own state. While reading the <em>Bangor News</em> in Maine, I found myself very impressed with an obituary a family wrote for a 27-year-old man, Ryan Bossie, who died from a drug overdose.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29343">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503community-forum-take-shame-away-drug-addiction" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion addiction Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:30:42 +0000 Zach Despart 29343 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Middlebury should take long-term approach to land http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-middlebury-should-take-long-term-approach-land <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Ross Conrad </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> As the Middlebury selectboard considers plans for the land behind the Ilsley Library (termed the Economic Development Initiative &mdash; EDI) they should keep in mind the fact that highly valuable community-owned pieces of property in the downtown area are becoming less and less, and sale of the parcel under consideration should only be undertaken as an absolute last resort.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29342">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-middlebury-should-take-long-term-approach-land" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:29:43 +0000 Zach Despart 29342 at http://addisonindependent.com Greg Dennis: This Copper Ale's now not for you http://addisonindependent.com/201503greg-dennis-copper-ales-now-not-you <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Greg Dennnis </div> </div> </div> <p> Here&rsquo;s a recipe for a fun evening. Grab a six-pack of New Coke, hop in your Ford Edsel, and come on over so we can discuss Starbucks&rsquo; wildly successful campaign to get its customers to talk to each other about race.</p> <p> When we&rsquo;re done dissecting how well it worked for Starbucks to have their baristas write &ldquo;Race Together&rdquo; on their incredibly wasteful paper cups, we can turn to the subject of beer.</p> <p> Local beer, I mean. In particular, Otter Creek Brewing Co.&rsquo;s shocking decision to retire its flagship Copper Ale.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29341">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503greg-dennis-copper-ales-now-not-you" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion beer Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:29:11 +0000 Zach Despart 29341 at http://addisonindependent.com Notes of Appreciation: Business made 'Spin United' a success http://addisonindependent.com/201503notes-appreciation-business-made-spin-united-success <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Nancy Luke </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> United Way of Addison County would like to send a giant thank you shout-out to Middlebury Fitness for their support and community spirit. On Sunday, Jan. 25, Middlebury Fitness hosted the second annual &ldquo;Spin United&rdquo; in support of UWAC and our partner agencies. They raised $7,000 for our community. The proceeds go to the United Way of Addison County general fund for community needs. Thank you, Middlebury Fitness. What a fun and healthy way to contribute to our community.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29276">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503notes-appreciation-business-made-spin-united-success" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:11:43 +0000 Zach Despart 29276 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: PSB ignores established precedent http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-psb-ignores-established-precedent <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Stephanie Kaplan and Annette Smith </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> Vermont&rsquo;s scenic beauty has always been highly valued both by Vermonters and by visitors to our lovely state.</p> <p align="left"> In 1968 Vermont banned billboards to prevent the despoiling of Vermont&rsquo;s landscape. And when Act 250 was enacted a few years after that, it included Criterion 8, which prohibits commercial or industrial development that would create an &ldquo;undue adverse impact&rdquo; on the scenic or natural beauty, aesthetics, historic sites or natural areas.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29275">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-psb-ignores-established-precedent" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:09:24 +0000 Zach Despart 29275 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Mt. Abe board, ANeSU must be accountable to voters http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-mt-abe-board-anesu-must-be-accountable-voters <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Ron LaRose </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> In the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union district, I believe two elementary school budgets were defeated along with the Mount Abraham budget. Being a taxpayer in Bristol, I can only talk about what is happening in our town and my take on the high school budget.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29274">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-mt-abe-board-anesu-must-be-accountable-voters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:08:34 +0000 Zach Despart 29274 at http://addisonindependent.com Clippings: 911 house number signs save lives http://addisonindependent.com/201503clippings-911-house-number-signs-save-lives <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-29248" style="width: 64px;"><a href="/201503clippings-911-house-number-signs-save-lives"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Conlon, Peter_5196.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Conlon, Peter_5196.jpg" title="Conlon, Peter_5196.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="64" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Peter Conlon </div> </div> </div> <p> A few days ago, the Middlebury ambulance and Cornwall First Response were called to a home on Route 30 for a man described by the dispatcher as &ldquo;unresponsive.&rdquo;</p> <p> As a volunteer firefighter, I put on my shoes and coat and headed out to see if I could help. Thanks to 911 numbering of residences, I knew about where the house was, and assumed I could pin it down once in the area. I started rehearsing in my head the CPR training we receive every other year. Thirty compressions, two breaths.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29210">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503clippings-911-house-number-signs-save-lives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion 911 fire safety signs Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:14:38 +0000 Zach Despart 29210 at http://addisonindependent.com Eric Davis: Dems' 2016 hopes ride on education bill http://addisonindependent.com/201503eric-davis-dems-2016-hopes-ride-education-bill <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Eric L. Davis </div> </div> </div> <p> Several legislative committees have been working on bills to change Vermont&rsquo;s system of K-12 education finance and governance. The package is likely to come up for a vote on the House floor soon. While the final shape of the legislation is yet to be determined, the political consequences of the issue have become clearer in recent weeks.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29209">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503eric-davis-dems-2016-hopes-ride-education-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Democrats legislature Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:13:50 +0000 Zach Despart 29209 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Legal marijuana the right move http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-legal-marijuana-right-move <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Winslow Colwell </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> I&rsquo;m writing today in response to the recent letter signed by various chiefs of police regarding marijuana law in Vermont.</p> <p align="left"> I&rsquo;m very glad that they have such concern for the young people of Addison County. As the father of a pre-teen I truly appreciate that they are looking out for the welfare of young people in our community. Reading their letter, however, leaves me feeling that they are a bit out of touch with reality.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29208">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-legal-marijuana-right-move" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion legalization marijuana police Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:12:47 +0000 Zach Despart 29208 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Alum praises VUHS Walden Program http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-alum-praises-vuhs-walden-program <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Julia Walsh </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29207">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-alum-praises-vuhs-walden-program" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion VUHS Walden Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:10:30 +0000 Zach Despart 29207 at http://addisonindependent.com Rep. Sheldon's Legislative Review: Water quality bill will protect Vt. http://addisonindependent.com/201503legislative-review-water-quality-bill-will-protect-vt <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-29247" style="width: 100px;"><a href="/201503legislative-review-water-quality-bill-will-protect-vt"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Rep. Amy Sheldon new headshot.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Rep. Amy Sheldon new headshot.jpg" title="Rep. Amy Sheldon new headshot.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="100" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Rep. Amy Sheldon of Middlebury </div> </div> </div> <p><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29205">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503legislative-review-water-quality-bill-will-protect-vt" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Amy Sheldon legislature water quality Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:07:38 +0000 Zach Despart 29205 at http://addisonindependent.com Community Forum: Congress must pass new FOIA law http://addisonindependent.com/201503community-forum-congress-must-pass-new-foia-law <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Sen. Patrick Leahy </div> </div> </div> <p> Sunshine Week is a time to celebrate one of our nation&rsquo;s most basic values, the public&rsquo;s &ldquo;right to know.&rdquo; Our very democracy is built on the idea that our government should not operate in secret. James Madison, a staunch defender of open government, whose birthday we celebrate each year during Sunshine Week, wisely noted that for our democracy to succeed, people &ldquo;must arm themselves with the power knowledge gives.&rdquo; Transparency enables the American people to hold their government accountable.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29204">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503community-forum-congress-must-pass-new-foia-law" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion sunshine week Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:06:29 +0000 Zach Despart 29204 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: VUHS cuts would hurt kids, school, property values http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-vuhs-cuts-would-hurt-kids-school-property-values <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-bylinetaxo"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="field-label-inline-first"> By:&nbsp;</div> Christopher Wyckoff </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> As a Vergennes Union High School faculty member, local taxpayer and parent, I find myself in a very awkward situation. As a faculty member I support my school and my community. I want to make it clear that my job is not in jeopardy from the proposed cuts. As a local taxpayer and parent, I feel an obligation to write this letter to inform the public on some of the details of the proposed budget and some of my thoughts on this process.</p> <div class="premium-message"><p> The full text of this article is only available to online subscribers.</p> <p> Are you an online subscriber? <a href="/user">Click to login</a>. <a href="/onlinesubscribe"> </a></p> <p> <a href="/onlinesubscribe">Click here</a> to learn more about our online subscription options. If you have a print subscription, <a href="/onlinesubscribe">click</a> to add online access for only $10/year</p> </div><h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/29139">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201503opinion-vuhs-cuts-would-hurt-kids-school-property-values" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion budget taxes VUHS Mon, 16 Mar 2015 12:48:55 +0000 Zach Despart 29139 at http://addisonindependent.com