Letter to the editor

Question for Addison Central School District: At the last ACSD Board Meeting on Monday, March 22, the board held a discussion on transparency, spurred by a letter I had submitted the previous month, summarizing findings from certain records I had received through the public records request process regarding the Facilities Master Plan. After the board discussion, I sent the board and administration three follow-up questions, but the questions were not answered. I sent them again two more times that week, and three more times the following week, still without the questions ever being answered....
To the Citizens of Vermont and their Legislature: Please do not change the bottle deposit system we now have in Vermont. The bottle deposit system of today is working. The recycling of other bottles is working. Please leave things alone. Adding non-carbonated beverages to the deposit system will divert valuable waste plastic from the current recycling system. This will reduce income of solid waste districts and will really hurt the trash and recycling haulers financially. Deposits on non-carbonated beverage bottles will immensely complicate our lives by making us haul huge amounts of bottles...
We have a modest array of solar panels on our sloped metal roof in Ripton, Vt. Since they were installed several years ago they have generated electrical power through much of the year without problems; however, during approximately 70+ days of the winter months, these panels are covered with snow and generated no electricity. I am surprised that after all these years of solar panels being installed in northern climates, no one seems to have come up with a solution for this problem. I’ve been told to use a long pole with a brush on the end to push off the snow. Doesn’t really work and the...
This situation with the state teachers’ and state workers’ pension fund is incredibly incompetent and unjust. Certainly, the burden for fixing it should not fall on the teachers and state workers. Just to propose such a solution is tone deaf at least, and callous, considering the already outrageous wealth inequities in this state and nation. Too bad we cannot sell off the F-35s and fund the pensions that way. We would all be better off. To me, that is the perfect solution. Millard Cox Ripton
The March 25 issue of the Addison Independent contained an article headlined “Acorn Energy Co-op third community solar project in Bristol moving forward.” In the article, it said “…Acorn Energy Co-op received final approval of its documentation for the public offering of shares in the project by the Vermont Department of Financial Regulation (DFR).” The sentence should have said “received final review of its documentation for the public offering of shares in the project.” The DFR neither approves nor disapproves of investment opportunities in Vermont. Any other references to “DFR approval” in...
Does anyone know the history of the Sunday School Trail that goes up the face of South Mountain about one mile south of the South Street bridge just south of Bristol village? Most of it is in a national Wilderness Area. I imagine somewhere in the 1930s, someone organized kids to clear a trail up to the cliffs and Preacher’s Hole. Please let me know what you might know about this Bristol asset. I will share findings through the Addy Indy. Peter Grant Bristol
Angelo, the proposal to change state employee and Vermont teacher pensions that is being considered by the Legislature is a major issue in Vermont today. Teachers have used a strategy of letter writing (published in this newspaper), holding a Zoom meeting where teachers presented to local legislators and testifying before legislative committees. The result of these efforts has been the same reduced pension proposal but now available to educators when they reach full Social Security retirement age, 67 or 68, rather than the rule of 90 (age plus years of service). For many teachers in their mid...
Porter Hospital has created a (DEI) Council to “help create a more just, welcoming and responsive place for people of all colors, nationalities and religions to work and receive health care services” (Addison Independent March 4).  They have even hung a flag stating Black Lives Matter and will be incorporating signage in Spanish for non-native speakers. I admire these efforts, but think they should go a bit further. They also address the disparities that the LGBTQ have experienced in health care. Perhaps some lessons in treating these individuals in the many facilities governed by UVM should...
This letter is from three women in Addison County who are all good friends, and who work together on a number of campaigns to promote equity and anti-racism in Vermont. Two of us are Jewish and one of us has many Jewish family members. Last week we baked up an assortment of treats, sweet and savory, and delivered them to the Middlebury College students who organize the group Justice for Palestine on campus. We wanted to make a gesture of support to these students, who have recently faced harassment on campus for their advocacy for Palestinian Human Rights. As activists in the community who...
I’m writing to address the possible taxation of services and the change back to printed medical safety data sheets (MSDS). There has been a lot of worry and concern regarding these issues though out the Cosmetology and Barber community. I feel we already pay sales tax on all of the products we use on our clients. We charge sales tax on any products sold to clients. Salon owners pay federal and state income tax on those products sold that already had sales tax levied. Independent stylists’ actual income is service-based and is already taxed on the federal and state level. Salon owners with...

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