Letter to the editor

03/05/2020
On Tuesday, Feb. 25, the Vermont legislature successfully overrode Governor Scott’s veto of S.23, giving hardworking Vermonters the raise they desperately need and deserve. This bill is significant for a few reasons. It will have its greatest impact on the most marginalized Vermonters. According to the National Employment Law Project, women and people of color are overrepresented among those making minimum wage. Not only that, six out of the ten largest occupations with median wages at or around minimum also rank among the occupations projected to add the most jobs in coming years. Vermonters...
03/05/2020
With the election on Tuesday now is a good time to point out the shortfalls of the present system. Voters were asked to select either a Republican or Democratic ballot for the presidential primary. Results are predictable this year but there is always the potential for mischief voting as Republicans in some states were planning. What is more alarming though, is what will happen on Aug. 11 for the state primary. Again voters will have to choose a ballot to use. With multiple offices there are often people from multiple parties that you might prefer. That is not permitted under Vermont’s...
03/05/2020
The negative language that has been added to S.321 threatens both the hunting community and the integrity of the Fish and Wildlife Department. Senator Chris Bray stated on the record that he doesn’t believe these are attacks on hunting. If this concerns you, seek him out and speak to him about it. The Fish and Wildlife Department spends the majority of its sportsman-generated dollars on non-game programs, yet this bill creates a study committee that is made up of legislators. We could end up with some Fish and Wildlife Board members whom neither have a hunting, fishing or trapping license,...
03/02/2020
My name is Rob Backlund and I am running for Lincoln’s open seat on the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) board. I am the son of retired public school educators and my daughter, Suvi, will be a member of the Mount Abraham Unified High School Class of 2037. I was raised to value, appreciate and cherish education. Any efforts, time and money that I put forth to support our children, our teachers, our schools, our communities, our collective education, isn’t energy and capital spent, it is time and money invested. I aspire to represent Lincoln on the school board so that I can role...
03/02/2020
I am writing to encourage residents of the Addison Central School District (ACSD) to vote on March 3, and I heartily support Jen Nuceder, Victoria Jette and Mary Gill for reelection at this time. They have the experience and the knowledge from years of investment in the details of running our diverse school community, and we need people with that broad background to tackle the tough decisions ahead. As a retired teacher in this district I appreciate the work our educators do, and I also acknowledge that their job is not easy. My three children received a very good education, and although that...
03/02/2020
Addison County is known for our nature adventures and outdoor enthusiasts. I love the beauty, but admit, I’ve never been mistaken for being particularly outdoorsy. For this reason, my recent devotion and deepening appreciation for Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) surprised even me. In truth, I have my eight-year old son and MALT’s incredible staff to thank for this recent conversion. We have lived within walking distance to the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) for over 15 years and it has always been a welcome, but sporadic, respite. However, under Jamie Montague’s leadership, I have witnessed...
03/02/2020
I started watching and listening to the Democratic candidates early in 2019, and haven’t stopped. This election is critical, and the Democrats need to get it right. Many of the candidates offer strengths, but Elizabeth Warren has emerged as a true leader. She has the qualifications, the personality, and the courage to tackle corruption, corporate greed and the injustices facing many Americans and institutions. Additionally, she is empathetic and can connect with people (voters and lawmakers from all sides); exhibits the energy of a 50-year-old; and possesses an uncanny intellect and a great...
03/02/2020
Richard Isenberg’s “Letter to the Editor” on Feb. 20 “All of us are socialists” was well written and accurate. As he wrote, “Socialism is only a word, and not as threatening as ignorance, intolerance or greed.” I would like to add one more thought. “When everyone does well, everyone does well.” Also, When Charles Murray returns to Middlebury College in March to once again speak his blather, don’t show up. Let him speak to an audience of only those who invited him back again. Pat Ullom Orwell  
02/27/2020
On the cusp of the vote for the Addison Central School District Board, two challengers have announced that they are running against incumbents Victoria Jette, Mary Gill and Jennifer Nuceder. The challengers’ ads claim a platform of “transparency,” but their ads were run with no information on who funded them. These ads make thinly veiled — and unfounded — accusations that the current ACSD school board is unjust, unethical and non-transparent. The fact is that the current board has spent — literally — years on the ACSD School Board carefully studying the issues that the district faces (unlike...
02/27/2020
Are you concerned about the future of our school system? Are you counting on the school board to tackle the difficult decisions and challenges presented to us with the best interests of students and the community in mind? As a native Vermonter, and longtime resident of Addison County, I have had personal experience with the school system, first as a student and now as a parent. I attended Middlebury Union High School and graduated with the class of 2005 after being homeschooled through primary school. My four sons, ages 6, 9, 12 and 15, are currently enrolled in an array of schools in the...

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