As the country faces one of the worst health care crisis of the past century, we at the Addison County Independent want you to know that we hear your concerns, your uncertainty, your desires to help others, and need to know how to stay safe and protect those around you. We’re heard you through stories we’ve written, letters to the editor, calls and in personal notes to us.
We also want you to know we’re here for you, just as you have been here for us over the past 75 years.
We understand the importance of timely and trustworthy local news and want you to know we are resolute in our duty to...
Thanks for asking!
Throughout the past two weeks, many of you have asked how you could help the Addison Independent. We appreciate your willingness to help, and, yes, every dollar we can raise will help us fulfill our mission to serve the community with timely, trustworthy news.
We knew we would have to ask, but for the past three weeks far greater examples of need came to the fore.
The community was quick to meet urgent needs for food and shelter for those who would suddenly be put out of work when COVID-19 forced the state to shut down thousands of businesses. We helped publicize the need...
Call it the silver-lining syndrome, or the bright side of human nature, and we see in the depth of uncertainty and hard times to come the human need to help and prevail.
So it is that three funds sprung up through individual efforts last week to raise $100,000 for local food shelves and homeless shelters, and this week another $50,000 challenge grant was launched by the United Way of Addison County (see story on Page 1A) to help its member agencies meet their needs in the health crisis to come.
We also see three area businesses combine forces to produce 1,600 gallons of hand sanitizer by...
As I write this editorial this Sunday night at 7:30 p.m., here are some thoughts and current facts about COVID-19, Vermont and the state of our lives:
• First, as of late afternoon, the Vermont Health Department had registered 52 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. That’s up from 49 the day before. A gain of only three is somewhat reassuring. Prior to that, from Thursday to Saturday, the number had doubled from low 20s to 49. Vermonters do have the ability to limit the worst of this pandemic if we practice social distancing with serious intent.
So far in Vermont, 1,158 people have been...
THE ADDISON INDEPENDENT is modeling best practices for avoiding the spread of coronavirus by nearly emptying our office and having people work from home.
MIDDLEBURY — The Addison Independent has swung into coronavirus mode. We’ve created a special Coronavirus Electronic Newsletter that we’ve sent out four times in the past two weeks and that we’ll keep running as long as needed through this current health crisis. It includes staff-written and breaking news stories on how this pandemic is affecting Addison County residents, what to do if you’re feeling sick, best practices to avoid infection, and how area residents and businesses are coping with the disruption.
We have essentially turned our newsroom in a coronavirus headquarters with daily...
The coronavirus is here and most of us have two overarching questions: what can we do to protect and take care of our immediate families, and what can we do to help others in the community.
We’ve belabored the first question with stories on social distancing, hand washing and other protocols to stop the spread of COVID-19. Now, 10 days into this rapidly moving pandemic, those who can must rise to the county’s next challenge — taking care of those most in need.
As reporter John Flowers notes in a front-page story in today’s Addison Independent, while restaurants, bars, many retail stores and...
For most of us, these are unprecedented times. We’re witnessing a global pandemic that threatens thousands of lives, and is cratering the national and world economy — all in a matter of weeks. That’s an incredible change to absorb in such a short time. We will be reeling from this onslaught for the next several weeks, and judging by the experiences of Italy, France and Spain, it will keep getting worse long before it gets better.
But it will get better. As Annie sang in the depths of the Great Depression, the sun will come out tomorrow. Holding that optimistic thought, let’s catch our breath...
On Friday, Gov. Phil Scott declared a state of emergency in Vermont in response to the coronavirus pandemic that has now established several beachheads in this country — most notably a new epicenter is spreading in New Rochelle, N,Y., New York City and neighboring states and into the Boston area.
It is already in Vermont and will ramp up sooner than most of us expect.
What ALL Vermonters need to understand is that social distancing is critical to preventing a rush of critically ill patients on our health care system. What we have seen in other countries with health care systems better...
Life will be a bit different for the next few months as we move through what will become known as the Coronavirus pandemic. Medical experts are predicting that 40 percent to 70 percent of Americans will become infected with the virus. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel predicted that 80 percent of Germans will be infected with the virus.
Those are alarming numbers that should make everyone take notice. It is not, as President Trump has maintained for the past several weeks, no big deal. It’s precisely that pig-headed notion and rejection of scientific and medical evidence that has put this...
Give Sen. Bernie Sanders credit. After his shellacking in Tuesday’s primaries — in which former vice president Joe Biden won in four or five of the six states, including a trouncing of Sanders in Michigan, 53-40 percent, and blowouts in Mississippi, Missouri and Idaho — Sanders chose to remain quiet. Rather than issue a fiery commentary or create excuses, he left the space open for Biden to claim victory, which he did with grace.
Furthermore, in comments to the press this Wednesday, while Sanders announced he would continue his race for the Democratic primary nomination through next Tuesday’s...