Letter to the editor

09/10/2020
It seems odd going about the activities of daily life, albeit with a mask on, while our country is undergoing an economic revolution. The Treasury has injected over 3.5 trillion dollars, and the Federal Reserve is prepared to loan or buy loans up to 4 trillion dollars (source, The Economist) to combat the financial consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. More dollars are likely to be raised in the coming weeks. To put this in perspective, the entire Federal budget for 2019 was about $4.45 trillion. These steps and others are unprecedented as the Fed and government deal with the economic...
09/10/2020
This letter is an edited version of the original, which Patricia Heather-Lea sent to Joe Biden on June 29 with her $15 donation.  “LET US ALL BREATHE AND BUILD COMMUNITY.” That was my message on the sign I held at a Black Lives Matter vigil in our town of Bristol, Vt. I listened to you talking with Trevor Noah on his “Daily Social Distancing Show,” posted June 10, entitled, “Reforming the Police.” Trevor asked some very pointed questions: “How do you plan to undo systemic oppression? How do you plan to undo systemic racism? How will you address the needs of the African-American community?” I...
09/10/2020
I am writing to thank Senators Chris Bray and Ruth Hardy for their vote earlier this year for the Vermont Global Warming Solution Act (GWSA). I am wondering where my Representative, Harvey Smith, stands on this bill since he was absent the day of the vote. I hope all of our legislators, and Governor Phil Scott, can see the Global Warming Solutions act as an opportunity to revitalize our state and economy. Passing the Global Warming Solutions act will put us on the road to renewed economic activity. The benefits of acting on climate change are many. Acting on climate now helps keep more of...
09/10/2020
It resonated with me when reading Rebecca Rey’s Sept. 3 letter to the editor concerning the many “key people, at key moments who stepped up to help us move forward,” referring to Gerianne Smart. She could have been talking about many of the community members, like Gerianne, “that were the true catalysts of change in Vergennes.” Gerianne certainly was a big part of all of the change that has transpired over the years and has dedicated herself to making Vergennes the vibrant community that it is today. It is the same community that attracted many people to move here and enjoy what Vergennes had...
09/10/2020
I am encouraging my fellow voters in Brandon, Sudbury and Pittsford to cast one of their two votes for State Representative for Stephanie Jerome when you submit your November ballot. Stephanie has been a quick study during her first term in Montpelier, — definitely serving our three towns, and all of Vermont, well. As the campaign manager for Brandon’s former Representative Joe Acinapura, I know how overwhelming the first term can be. Stephanie took it in stride and excelled.  We are lucky to have her energy on the Committee on Commerce and Economic Development, where she serves as the clerk...
09/10/2020
As a member of the vast Bingham family tree whereupon whom one member’s Michigan farm the Republican Party was founded after there were Whigs in Wisconsin and as a lifetime Republican who hasn’t voted that way since Reagan, I will say that I perceive the current Republican Party has strayed way too far to the right and seems to be more about money, power and dishonesty. Whatever happened to Republicans like we elected from Vermont when we had moderates like U.S. Senators Aiken Stafford and Jeffords, whom I all knew as a child? I still remember Jim Jeffords coming to one of my flag football...
09/10/2020
I have five children in the Addison Central School District, my oldest at Mary Hogan, and the other four at Cornwall School. Our Superintendent, Peter Burrows, has caused a stir with our children’s schedule, so I would like to place a letter on the current issues, and his failure to recognize parents’ concerns. Peter Burrows has decided our children can go to school two days a week, based on the last name alphabet (Monday and Tuesday last name A-L, Thursday Friday last name M through Z), rather than the full week to practice “safe social distancing and lower exposure.”  Here is where our...
09/10/2020
Soon lawn signs will begin appearing in the Addison-5 legislative District towns (Bridport, New Haven, and Weybridge) saying “Jubilee for Vermont.” These signs introduce Jubilee McGill of Bridport, who is running for the Vermont House to represent the Addison-5 District. Jubilee is a native of Middlebury and is a service coordinator with the John Graham Shelter in Vergennes, where she works with people experiencing homelessness to find permanent housing. Previously she worked as a senior property manager and compliance manager at the Addison County Community Trust, which provides affordable...
09/10/2020
Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in Vergennes does not stay in Vergennes. I am not a resident of Vergennes but I might as well be. I live in Ferrisburgh. Like many in the neighboring towns of Panton, Addison and Waltham, Vergennes is our downtown. It is our gravitational center. Our children go to school there. We shop there. We dine there. We work there. We recreate there, and we interact and gather there with one another as a larger community. So it has been with great disappointment that we have all watched the events of the summer unfold in Vergennes. It has been particularly frustrating...
09/03/2020
On behalf of the Middlebury Bridge & Rail Project team, I want to thank the National Bank of Middlebury and the Middlebury community in general for its cooperation and for its support of the men and women of our construction crew who are working to rebuild Middlebury’s downtown. Recently, as covered in the Addison Independent, the National Bank held a cookout for both the day and night shift crews, a total of some 60 workers. This is just one of the many ways in which the downtown community and the citizens of Middlebury have made us feel part of your town in the four years we have been...

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