Letter to the editor

11/11/2019
As we enter the budget building season, it has become clear that the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) is facing significant financial challenges that will impact us in the next year and beyond. Our school board remains focused on student outcomes, community values and fiscally responsible decisions. However, there is concerning urgency around the trends we are seeing and we think it is important to share these challenges with you. In building the budget, we start by looking at predictions of increases in costs such as health insurance, wages, and anticipated student needs. We...
11/11/2019
Your editorial “Let small schools prove themselves” and the article written by Mr. Ross “Addison gears up for school closure fight” (both published in the Independent on Oct. 24) made me sick to my stomach, due to both the lack of investigative reporting on the issue and the false narrative that you chose to perpetuate of the school board as the villain. The school board is composed of ordinary people who care deeply about schools and education; they are our neighbors and we elected them to oversee the ANWSD (Addison Northwest School District). Neither of you took time to interview school...
11/11/2019
School budget votes in recent years have tended to split voters almost evenly in half. The two sides are familiar to all of us — the adoring parents who want everything for their kids versus empty nesters who have neither the need nor desire to stomach double-digit tax increases. The Ferrisburgh and Addison votes to retain their local schools did not follow this typical pattern. Voters without kids in school voted overwhelmingly to retain their local elementary schools. School and community leaders need to understand what the voters are saying and take the necessary steps to give them what...
11/11/2019
Draining a swamp seemed like a credible idea. Swamps, however, are ecologically necessary in a literal sense, keeping in mind, government services and swamps are politically neutral. In the draining process, four-letter-words are expressed through a Presidential “MAGAphone.” Children are encouraged to add vulgarity to their voice. Discourse descends at lightning speed into mindless banality, the most effective “dumbing-down” since the State of Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes. Footnote: The First Parent avoids looking at his son, thus repeating what his mother did, ignoring Don, drowning in...
11/11/2019
We are writing in response to the front page article “Midd police struggle with homelessness surge” (Addison Independent, Oct. 17). We were shocked and saddened by the tenor of the discussion. On several occasions, consideration for the dignity and humanity of those in our community experiencing homelessness seemed to be absent. Again and again we discerned a push to define those spending time at the town’s gazebo by an “other” or “bad” category. Specifically, we were offended by the language used by select board member Laura Asermily when she said, “….We talk about good guests and bad guests...
11/11/2019
I am astounded and horrified to hear that confiscated guns are being sold back into society in Vermont. We have an immediate and serious problem with guns, and the government is selling them! The article in the Oct. 30 Seven Days newspaper states that one of the reasons for these sales is a concern that law enforcement officials will hesitate to confiscate guns from those cited or arrested for domestic  abuse because there isn’t anywhere to put them. (This action is possible because of a recently passed law.) In order to make space for confiscated guns to be stored, we are selling guns to gun...
11/07/2019
The recent article in the Addison Independent “Middlebury police struggle with homelessness surge” (Oct. 17) made me so grateful for the good will and open hearts of people like our chief of police, Tom Hanley, and Charter House director, Doug Sinclair. We are fortunate to have such caring people and organizations in Middlebury — and there are many, including the Middlebury Area Clergy Association and the members of religious congregations, who very much want to do what is right to support people in severe poverty and those experiencing homelessness. Let me ask this question though: Would we...
11/07/2019
John Flowers recently reported on a 5MW solar farm and 2MW battery storage facility proposed by Middlebury College, Encore Renewable Energy and Green Mountain Power to be located on one of Middlebury’s most beloved recreational roads, South Street Extension. This solar farm would sit on a roughly 37-acre portion of a 518-acre parcel, a greenfield, owned by the college. The solar arrays will be visible on three sides. It will include approximately 22,000 solar panels. This siting has many neighbors and community members heartbroken. This dirt road does not have a lot of car traffic and as a...
11/07/2019
One of the few things that current-day conservatives and progressives might agree on is that our nation’s constitution is broken. Instead of being able to point to constitutional mandates, we scramble over the shards of a deeply divided political discourse and attempt to find our way on important issues like abortion, the place of the electoral college, rights for women, the intention of the second amendment, gerrymandering, climate issues, taxation, budget deficits, and much more by resorting to executive actions, patchwork legislation, and judicial review. And all the while, the...
11/07/2019
We fervently hope Dan Monger (letter Oct. 24) is wrong in his assertion that the impeachment process will help re-elect Donald Trump. Very likely the House of Representatives will adopt articles of impeachment against Trump and the Senate will refuse to remove him from office. Everything will then depend on whether the electorate will take the president’s offenses seriously enough to vote him out, no matter who becomes the Democratic nominee Unfortunately, it is not clear that a majority of voters recognize this President as the monstrosity and menace he is. As we hear and read in the media,...

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