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opinion http://addisonindependent.com/taxonomy/term/373/all en Legislative Review: Sen. Claire Ayer pledges to review proposed gun law http://addisonindependent.com/201502legislative-review-ayer-pledges-review-gun-bill <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-28401" style="width: 65px;"><a href="/201502legislative-review-ayer-pledges-review-gun-bill"><img src="http://addisonindependent.com/files/images/Ayer_0.thumbnail.jpg" alt="Ayer.jpg" title="Ayer.jpg" class="image image-thumbnail " width="65" height="100" /></a></div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-cutline"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> SEN. CLAIRE AYER </div> </div> </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> Sen. Claire Ayer </div> </div> </div> <p> OPINION:</p> <p> What about the gun bill, S.31?</p> <p> There&rsquo;s been some speculation on Front Porch Forum regarding my motives for co-sponsoring a bill that does three things: It puts Vermont in compliance with the federal law that requires Vermont to enter into a federal database (1) the names of certain violent felons and (2) the names of persons who have been judged in a court of law to be a danger to themselves or others. The third thing it does is require a background check during the sale of all weapons, while allowing for family members to gift guns to each other.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/28388">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201502legislative-review-ayer-pledges-review-gun-bill" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Vermont Ayer Featured gun control opinion Thu, 05 Feb 2015 12:55:16 +0000 Zach Despart 28388 at http://addisonindependent.com Jesse Raymond: Gingerbread idea no piece of cake http://addisonindependent.com/201411jesse-raymond-gingerbread-idea-no-piece-cake <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> It&rsquo;s almost time for the Vermont Folklife Center&rsquo;s annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit. This could be the year I finally enter.</p> <p> I say that every November but I&rsquo;ve always chickened out. I&rsquo;ve learned from past attempts at making gingerbread houses that the whimsy of the final result belies the blood, sweat and multiple batches of burnt gingerbread that go into the process.</p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/26977">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201411jesse-raymond-gingerbread-idea-no-piece-cake" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Gingerbread houses opinion Wed, 19 Nov 2014 19:46:44 +0000 Jessie Raymond 26977 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: You're already paying a 15 percent health care tax http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-youre-already-paying-15-percent-health-care-tax <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> Lawrence Miller </div> </div> </div> <p> What&rsquo;s the biggest state tax Vermonters already pay? It&rsquo;s not property, income or sales tax. It&rsquo;s a 15 percent health care tax that Vermont businesses and individuals are paying today. And many don&rsquo;t even know they are paying it.</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/24191">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-youre-already-paying-15-percent-health-care-tax" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion health care opinion Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:44:42 +0000 Weyland Joyner 24191 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Natural gas pipeline won't enhance public good http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-natural-gas-pipeline-wont-enhance-public-good <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> Linda Anderson Krech </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> What kind of project qualifies for a &ldquo;certificate of public good&rdquo;?</p> <p align="left"> A project that provides a boost to the local economy could enhance &ldquo;the public good,&rdquo; if it created new jobs, particularly in a low-employment area. A project that provides infrastructure that enhances the functioning of the community in some way, such as a highway that improves the traffic flow.</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/24190">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-natural-gas-pipeline-wont-enhance-public-good" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion gas pipeline Monkton opinion Mon, 30 Jun 2014 13:41:49 +0000 Weyland Joyner 24190 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Green  technology  not  yet  able  to  meet  all  demands http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-green-%C2%A0technology-%C2%A0not-%C2%A0yet-%C2%A0able-%C2%A0-%C2%A0meet-%C2%A0all-%C2%A0demands <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 align="left"> In a letter to the editor last week, environmental scholar and leader <a href="http://www.addisonindependent.com/?q=201406opinion-editorial-stance-pipeline-protest-wrong">Bill McKibben showcased the progress Germany has made</a> in moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources as a reason we should reject a natural gas pipeline in Addison County. The argument goes that investing in a fossil fuel infrastructure only makes us more reliant on fossil fuels, in this case natural gas.</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/23944">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-green-%C2%A0technology-%C2%A0not-%C2%A0yet-%C2%A0able-%C2%A0-%C2%A0meet-%C2%A0all-%C2%A0demands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Conlon natural gas pipeline opinion Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:04:20 +0000 Weyland Joyner 23944 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Message rings true for gas pipeline opponents http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-message-rings-true-gas-pipeline-opponents <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> Randy Martin </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> I was moved by the June 9 guest editorial, &ldquo;Make your bed perfectly, and don&rsquo;t ring that bell.&rdquo; I also had read and watched the video of the commencement address delivered by Naval Admiral William H. McRaven to the University of Texas graduates. I highly recommend reading or watching his speech in its entirety. They truly are &ldquo;words to live by.&rdquo;</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/23942">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-message-rings-true-gas-pipeline-opponents" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Martin natural gas pipeline opinion Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:00:30 +0000 Weyland Joyner 23942 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: CVOEO takes stock in 'American Dream' http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-cvoeo-talkes-stock-american-dream <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> Jan Demers </div> </div> </div> <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/23938">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-cvoeo-talkes-stock-american-dream" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion CVOEO Demers opinion Mon, 16 Jun 2014 13:50:55 +0000 Weyland Joyner 23938 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Middlebury has pedestrian flags http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-middlebury-has-pedestrian-flags <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> Laura Asermily </div> </div> </div> <p> Middlebury began piloting the use of crosswalk safety flags at the Middlebury Post Office on Main Street last week as part of Middlebury&rsquo;s Safe Routes to School initiatives. Pedestrians wanted additional visibility at vulnerable, high-traffic crosswalk locations, like the post office, to reduce accidents.</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/23923">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-middlebury-has-pedestrian-flags" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Asermily opinion Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:02:29 +0000 Mary Langworthy 23923 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Editor entered 'Twilight Zone' http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-editor-entered-twilight-zone <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> Gary Murdock </div> </div> </div> <p> Dear Mr. Lynn,</p> <p> I would like to take a moment to thank you for inviting Rod Serling to ghost write your latest editorial, &ldquo;A more vibrant GOP voice would make Vt. stronger.&rdquo; After reading it, I was immediately transported to the Twilight Zone.</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/23922">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-editor-entered-twilight-zone" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Murdock opinion Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:02:19 +0000 Mary Langworthy 23922 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Those in ACSU deserve thanks http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-those-acsu-deserve-thanks <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> Larry Knowles </div> </div> </div> <p> This week, my daughter and some 126 classmates will graduate from Middlebury Union High School. It is a moment of transition, coming of age, leaving the world of childhood, stepping into the responsibilities and challenges of adult life. Parents, families, community members will celebrate the achievement, as we should. I hope we will also take a moment to thank and celebrate the people who made this achievement possible.</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/23921">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201406opinion-those-acsu-deserve-thanks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Knowles opinion Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:02:09 +0000 Mary Langworthy 23921 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Postal food drive restocked shelf http://addisonindependent.com/201405opinion-postal-food-drive-restocked-shelf <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> Jeanne Montross </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">Saturday, May 10, Jill Charbonneau and her coworkers at the Middlebury Post Office conducted their annual Letter Carriers&rsquo; Food Drive. Each year, this effort replenishes food shelves that are depleted after the winter months. The Addison County Food Shelf, run by HOPE on Boardman Street, has seen a dramatic spike in usage during the past year, and the same has occurred at all the other food shelves in our community.</span></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/23431">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201405opinion-postal-food-drive-restocked-shelf" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Montross opinion Wed, 21 May 2014 19:56:04 +0000 Zach Despart 23431 at http://addisonindependent.com Community Forum: ID-4 voters to gather April 9 http://addisonindependent.com/201404community-forum-id-4-voters-gather-april-9 <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> Ruth Hardy - chair of the ID-4 School Board </div> </div> </div> <p> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">I invite you to the ID-4 School District Annual Meeting at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9, in the Mary Hogan School gymnasium. The meeting will be an opportunity for Middlebury residents to vote on the proposed 2014-2015 budget and playground project, and to learn about school initiatives.</span></p> <h4 class="meta2"> <a href="/?q=node/22523">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201404community-forum-id-4-voters-gather-april-9" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Middlebury ID-4 Mary Hogan opinion Thu, 03 Apr 2014 00:14:57 +0000 Zach Despart 22523 at http://addisonindependent.com Gregory Dennis: Town office plan – cussed and discussed http://addisonindependent.com/201403gregory-dennis-town-office-plan-%E2%80%93-cussed-and-discussed <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> Gregory Dennis </div> </div> </div> <p> Former Middlebury town planner Fred Dunnington sent along photos taken in the tropics with the underwater camera he got as a retirement present this past summer. With the temperature on Monday night hovering at zero, selectboard Chairman Dean George said at Middlebury&rsquo;s town meeting he was glad someone was enjoying warm weather somewhere.</p> <p> Dennis Cassidy asked the moderator, former Gov. Jim Douglas, if he was ready to declare he was running for governor again. Douglas dryly quipped that Cassidy was &ldquo;out of order on many fronts.&rdquo;</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">View: <a href="/?q=node/21974/lightbox2" rel="lightframe">Quick Read</a> | <a href="/?q=node/21974">Full Article</a> </h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201403gregory-dennis-town-office-plan-%E2%80%93-cussed-and-discussed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Staff Blog Middlebury opinion town office plan Tue, 04 Mar 2014 17:23:36 +0000 Addison Independent 21974 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Cell phones in cars not a key issue http://addisonindependent.com/201402opinion-cell-phones-cars-not-key-issue <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> Laurie Childers </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <em style="font-size: 13px;">Editor&rsquo;s note: The writer send this letter originally to Addison County state Sen. Claire Ayer.</em></p> <p align="left"> Hello, Ms. Ayer,</p> <p align="left"> I met you at the top of the Crown Point Bridge during the opening celebration in 2012. I was pleased to meet you and feel I am well represented by you. Thank you for your service.</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/21694">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201402opinion-cell-phones-cars-not-key-issue" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion cell phone driving opinion Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:06:50 +0000 Zach Despart 21694 at http://addisonindependent.com Opinion: Resist Middlebury College's sprawl further into town http://addisonindependent.com/201402opinion-resist-middlebury-colleges-sprawl-further-town <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> Diane Mott </div> </div> </div> <p align="left"> <span style="line-height: 20.799999237060547px;">Middlebury residents:</span></p> <p align="left"> Again, Middlebury College tries to creep further into town. Have you any idea how much property they have appropriated? Before even thinking of voting for losing a marvelous classic building and giving up more land, get a list of what Middlebury College owns in town without being taxed.</p> <p align="left"> Trying to squeeze the town property further into a small space behind the library is ridiculous &mdash; no parking, period, and the town gets smaller.</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/21693">full story</a></h4> <p><a href="http://addisonindependent.com/201402opinion-resist-middlebury-colleges-sprawl-further-town" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Opinion Middlebury opinion town offices Mon, 17 Feb 2014 14:01:43 +0000 Zach Despart 21693 at http://addisonindependent.com