Letter to the editor

07/29/2019
Ignorance, racism and poverty are perpetuated by education that avoids such delicate subjects to please our politicians. A majority of college-educated white women voted for Trump in 2016. Fascists were elected in other major countries. Our democratic institutions are endangered along with the climate, health, fair justice and national decency. The top one percent laugh as they take most of the wealth that workers produce. The U.S. is the only advanced country without paid family leave. The minimum wage leaves many children deprived of a good chance to become middle class citizens. In Vermont...
07/25/2019
I was heartened by the outpouring of love and respect for the basic dignity and humanity of immigrants coming to America at the Bristol Independence Day parade, with dozens of local residents marching against our government's cruel policies of separating refugee families and holding children in horrific conditions, under the watch of brutal guards, with many well-documented cases of physical, psychological, and sexual abuse. As a first-generation American who has been fortunate enough to live the "American Dream", and as a grandson of Holocaust survivors, I am deeply pained to see such racist...
07/25/2019
I was reluctant to write this letter because, as one of the coaches, I am obviously an invested party. However, I feel the disparate coverage our Middlebury Area Little League Minors All-Star girls softball team received in relation to the boys team is very perplexing and sends a message to girls in our community that I don’t believe the Addison Independent wants to be associated with. When our minors softball team won the District 1 championship, our head coach submitted a picture to the paper. We thought the picture would be published and the girls would be so excited to have their picture...
07/25/2019
I was dismayed at the tone and some of the content of comments in an article by Christopher Ross in the July 18 Addison Independent. The article on the meeting about Ag agency exemption policies focused, in part, on manure run-off on a Panton farm. An important aspect not mentioned is that this occurred because the person hired to do the work spread the manure on the wrong field — an aspect out of the farmer’s control. The sensationalism of the article surprised me for the Independent. I am sure the farmer was as concerned and chagrined as any of us. We face huge and pressing problems about...
07/25/2019
From its earliest settlement and history Vermont has been defined by a powerful critical life defining sense of community with small self sustaining villages cropping up all across the state. This is the defining element of Vermont. A collective gathering of self-sufficient interactive villages, communities and ultimately some larger towns interspersed through a classic Vermont landscape of family farms. Community is defined as a unified body of individuals sharing a common history of social, economic, political and cultural interests. Society is defined as a community of interdependent...
07/22/2019
Rep. Robin Scheu (D-Middlebury) wrote an excellent commentary, “Paid-leave bill good for Vermont” (June 27, 2019), on the savage injustice of some having the benefit of paid leave while others do not. As Rep. Scheu reported in her piece, “Many workers — especially lower income workers — currently do not have access to adequate paid leave to deal with their own serious illness. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nationwide, about three in five private sector workers do not have access to TDI [paid family leave] through their employers, leaving them vulnerable when they need to take...
07/22/2019
As chair of the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) School Board Community Engagement committee, I appreciated the opportunity to speak with Addison Independent reporter Christopher Ross about the surveys we recently conducted with 5 Town Residents, which included an online version as well as more in depth, individual conversations between 35 volunteers and 135 community members. However, I was disappointed that Mr. Ross included other school board business in this article without adequately providing context to these matters. For example, it is inaccurate to call the Board’s use of...
07/18/2019
On Monday morning, July 8, at about 9:30 a.m., I was following a delivery truck heading up Main Street and turning left on Seymour Street. As it turned, it hit a white pickup truck that was parked in the last parking spot on the park side. The truck did not stop, so I followed it to Agway and spoke with the driver who denied hitting it. I called the Middlebury Police Department and reported it. When they arrived, I gave them my info and a description of what happened. They sent an officer to look at the truck but it had left the spot. If you own a white pickup truck that was parked there on...
07/18/2019
One thing I’ve noticed is that there sure seems to be a lot more hatred in the world since Trump’s been president. However, I do say make America great again, but do it with peace and justice and righteousness, not with injustice, war, racial prejudice and ethnic hatred. Dana Bingham Severson Middlebury
07/18/2019
I picked up my first and last copy of your newspaper at a local restaurant. On page one my eyes fell on a story by Christopher Ross  about a protest. In the article he refers to Detention Centers as Concentation Camps. His use of that term to describe present day Detention Centers is inflammatory and insulting to all victims who were sent to real Concentration camps to face hard labor, starvation or immediate extinction. In U.S. detention centers, those held get three meals a, day, showers, beds and free medical care. I think your paper owes your readers an apology. Sarah Laroche Salisbury

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