MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College has recognized for local residents — Glenn Andres, Sadie Brightman, Emily Joselson and Amy Mason — with the 2020 Bonnie and John McCardell Citizen’s Awards in recognition of their remarkable contributions to the community. The college delayed its announcement of the 2020 awards until 2021 due to the pandemic.
Normally Middlebury College President Laurie L. Patton presents the annual awards at a celebratory dinner for the current and prior recipients of the award at the President’s House. The dinner for the 2020 award winners will take place at a later date.
I am writing in support of Esther Thomas for the one-year post on the Middlebury selectboard vacated by Victor Nuovo. Esther is a Residence Director at Middlebury College, part of the Student Life Staff. She moved to Middlebury to take this position two years ago and immediately fell in love with Vermont, and Middlebury in particular, recognizing it as a wonderful community in which to raise her two children.
With an undergraduate degree in history and communication, and a master’s in communication and public relations, Esther’s job requires her to manage a staff of 18 students. She is...
A walk through town reveals many signs, like our own, proclaiming that Black Lives Matter. Folks may be searching for other ways to promote racial equality, and to learn about and work to end systemic racism, other than posting signs. One option among many is to join the Rutland Area NAACP.
Now the largest New England NAACP chapter after Boston, according to its website Rutland Area NAACP is “dedicated to the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights of all persons and to eliminating race-based discrimination in Vermont.” Its vision “is to ensure a society in which all...
I am writing to endorse Dave Silberman for High Bailiff. The role of High Bailiff is to provide oversight to the sheriff’s department, to ensure that office is not above the law. Such civilian oversight over law enforcement is so important for preventing any possible misconduct and abuse. If the High Bailiff is also a member of the law enforcement community, independent oversight is impossible. Dave is running to put the sheriff’s office under this kind of objective, independent, civilian oversight.
I’ve known Dave for several years, and have been impressed by his intelligence, his...
The June 25 Addison Independent contained three different but related items: Angelo Lynn’s editorial, “Defunding police? Yes, but let’s not confuse the stage.” John Flowers’ “‘Defund the Police’ arrives in Midd,” and his second article, “Not in our town?”
Angelo Lynn’s editorial acknowledges the “problem” of militarized police departments elsewhere, compares that to our police department under the leadership of Chief Tom Hanley, and concludes by “advocating for reform at the national level,” while being “grateful for our experience locally.”
John Flowers’ first article highlights the call by...