Angelo Lynn

09/18/2020
After three trying years of construction, including almost 10 weeks without downtown traffic this summer, Middlebury is on the verge of a new beginning — at least as much of a new beginning as a town founded 259 years ago ever gets. When the ribbons were cut this Friday to reopen newly black-topped Main Street and Merchants Row, complete with granite curbs, wider sidewalks and a greatly expanded Triangle Park, a great sigh of relief reverberated deep down in this community’s soul. It’s somewhat akin to how storm survivors must feel after emerging from their shelters, realizing they survived....
09/17/2020
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is right about the shortcomings of Joe Biden’s campaign for president against Donald Trump. He not focusing enough on what he will do differently to help Americans regain their economic footing.  “We … have to give people a reason to vote for Joe Biden,” Sanders (I-Vt.) said late last week. “And Joe has some pretty strong positions on the economy, and I think we should be talking about that more than we have.” Biden is, in short, making the same mistake Hillary Clinton did in 2016. Like her, Biden is being too conservative to excite his base the same way that Trump...

THIS ARCHITECTURAL RENDERING shows the planned 11,550-square-foot building that the U.S. Forest Service will build off Route 4 in Mendon thanks to a $6 million appropriation secured by Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy.
09/10/2020
MENDON — Saying that the Green Mountain National Forest will “finally be able to put” its Rutland-area Supervisory Office “where it should be,” Sen. Patrick Leahy’s office and GMNF officials on Thursday will announce plans to build a new $6-million facility on Route 4 in Mendon. Construction will begin next spring, and it is expected to be completed by fall 2021. The new Forest Service building will house about 65 part- and full-time employees and provide a more appealing visitor center. “It will be a gateway to greeting visitors” on a highly traveled state corridor, Leahy said of the new...
09/10/2020
As national news of school-related outbreaks grab the occasional headlines, it’s normal to worry that our own towns in Addison County might be next; that we’re foolish to try to beat a virus that is spreading in unknown ways; and that the best strategy is to hunker down until vaccines are plentiful and the coast is clear. That’s one legitimate train of thought.  It has, however, two significant shortcomings. First, it doesn’t account for the business community needing substantially more government aid to stay afloat if consumer activity is substantially restricted. More importantly, it fails...
09/03/2020
Not all that long ago you could take a two-week vacation, as a newspaper editor, and not miss that much. It’s not as if the world didn’t keep turning while away from the office, but rather that the world’s stage wasn’t in the constant chaos it is today.  As on most summer hiking trips, this year we were blissfully without Internet service, or even cell service, for much of the time — having to make a trip of 10 minutes by car to reach suitable places to poach connectivity for those necessary connections to the office and family back home. The absence of that daily news, the silence replacing...

Click the PDFs at the end of the story to see Addison County's town by town voting on the governor's race, lieutenant governor's race and high bailiff's race.
08/13/2020
ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County voters during Tuesday’s primary elections followed statewide trends in picking Democrat Dave Zuckerman and Republican Phil Scott as their nominees for governor, and Democrat Molly Gray and Republican Scott Milne as the finalists for the post of lieutenant governor. In the Democrat primary for lieutenant governor, political newcomer and assistant Vermont Attorney General Molly Gray won a surprising victory over Senate President Pro Tempore Tim Ashe by winning over 90 percent of the state’s towns and doing well in Chittenden County, where Ashe has been a state...
08/13/2020
Two takeaways from Vermont’s primary election results seem apparent: 1) name recognition gained through several statewide elections makes it tough for first-time challengers to break-through; 2) those who do break through trumpet the need for change with a clear and prescient message. In the governor’s race, Republican Gov. Phil Scott was never threatened in this primary as he captured 72% to his next nearest challenger, John Klar, at 21%. No surprise there.  Among Democrats, Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman, coasted to victory over challenger Rebecca Holcombe, even though Holcombe outraised and...
08/06/2020
It’s normal to have several candidates vying for the two top offices in the state during every primary. But typically the two major party candidates are well known and the primary serves as a warm-up to the General Election.  For Democrats, this year is an exception. In the race for governor, Democratic candidate Rebecca Holcombe, a former Secretary of Education under Gov. Shumlin who also served during the first term under Republican Gov. Phil Scott, is running a competitive campaign against two-term Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman. She brings an expertise in education to the job, while also having...
08/06/2020
As the national debate focuses—at least in part in this era of a Trump-induced crisis-per-minute—on its public police forces, it’s heartening to see the Bristol community rally around its police chief and be willing to think anew about how community policing might be reinvented. Without alleging any deficiencies, the Bristol community is well-aware that biases are inherent in each of us and that a different approach might yield improved results. Having such an open-minded attitude is what helps communities discover innovative solutions. The report of the meeting (page 1A in today’s paper)...
07/30/2020
With Gov. Phil Scott’s declaration that everyone in the state should don facemasks when inside public establishments and when social distancing is not possible outside, Vermont just might be one of the few states to stay ahead of this pandemic’s rapid spread. The governor’s timing was particularly relevant as college towns and ski resorts faced the daunting task of having people comply with wearing a mask absent a statewide policy. For those readers who may be riding the fence on the effectiveness of wearing a mask, just look at the proof: Throughout the world, in areas where the public has...

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