Letter to the editor

01/06/2020
I write this letter regarding my thoughts on Addison Central School District facilities from a place of sincere respect and admiration for our entire ACSD community. I feel beyond lucky to raise my family here with all of you. I appreciate the steering committee and school board’s tireless work, along with everyone who has added their voices to such an incredibly important decision. We are all biased by our own experiences. I would argue, however, that maintaining buildings shouldn’t be at the expense of providing an excellent educationa for all students in our district. I support the board’s...
01/06/2020
The Addison Central School District Board continues to gather and process information needed to develop the ACSD Facilities Master Plan. Now over two years into the development of the plan, we continue to recognize how important it is for us to create a road map that leverages our strength as a unified district, responds to declining enrollment, and allows us to be proactive in responding to the financial pressures ahead that are impacting districts across Addison County and the state. This work is challenging, and we appreciate how important it is for our entire community to work together to...
01/06/2020
Mitch McConnell laughed as he bragged about killing democracy in the U.S.A. “We the people” is being replaced with “We the rich.” He has been a leader in neo liberalism, and getting away with it. Neo liberalism has “neo” for “new” and “liberalism” for “freedom,” where they mean freedom for very rich people to do what they want. And that means freedom to save money by dumping toxic wastes in rivers, treating workers as useless trash and paying as little as possible so they can get as rich as possible, and keep unions away so that workers have no representation. In other words, get rid of the...
01/06/2020
“Climate Change,” “Global Warming,” “The Great Pacific Garbage Patch,” “Fossil Fuels,” “Desertification.” We have all heard at least some of these, and, if you are like many good people out there, you want to do something. However, the sheer magnitude of these issues are overwhelming, and just figuring out where we can make a difference is even worse. However, a few small steps become major change if everybody takes even just one each. Here are a few ideas. Here in Vermont most stores are really good about asking if shoppers brought their own reusable bags — and they usually offer cheap,...
01/02/2020
I want to thank all the people who helped get me safely (and unhurt) out of my car when it almost went into the New Haven River in Lincoln in a white-out on Dec. 18. It was a tricky rescue on a steep bank and in nasty weather. Everyone was  kind and helpful: fire, EMTs and police, as well as April Mastersson, who happened to be passing by and who stayed with me and kept me focused until the Lincoln firepeople arrived. Thank you all! Jean Arrowsmith Lincoln
01/02/2020
I was pleased to see that both the Middlebury Planning Commission and selectboard have approved Middlebury College’s proposal for a solar array on South Street Extension. The Planning Commission gave its approval on condition that the college improve the visual screening and provide recreational access to the site. The college has agreed to these conditions. This array is a vital part of the college’s ambitious ten-year plan to free itself from carbon fuel dependence for heat and energy.  It’s an important step in reducing our area’s contribution to climate-changing carbon emissions. I was...
01/02/2020
Among the things to give thanks for at this season, one that I think of daily is the work of the crew at the Rikert Nordic Center at Breadloaf. It’s been a low snow year around here, but Barney Hodges, Mike Hussey and their entire Middlebury College crew have kept the skiing world-class — every morning they groom out a creamy ribbon of snow through the woods. Not surprisingly, expert skiers from around New England keep showing up; we’re blessed with the best cross-country skiing in the Northeast. But it’s most fun to watch the college, high school and youth racers hard at work honing their...
01/02/2020
Most Americans elect representatives to Congress with the intended directive to pass laws in D.C. After all, it is the legislative branch of government which is solely designated by our constitution to do just that. Some feel that our executive branch may be taking more power than our Forefathers had intended. And our judiciary may be legislating repeatedly from the bench. Furthermore, our fourth branch of government, our bureaucracy, may even get their feathers ruffled when prevented from imposing state policy as law over the wishes of our chief executive. What is factually clear is that our...
12/26/2019
To clarify Matt Dickerson’s Dec. 12 column about waiting and the origins of Christmas: Jesus is not the Messiah Jews were waiting for. We’re still waiting. Ronnie Chirnoff Ripton  
12/26/2019
A note per the airing of the 30 acre solar project in the middle of a field off of South Street Extension:  This site is by far the least expensive site when it comes to neighbors and the number of folks that might see it if they were not heading out South Street Extension. If Middlebury College really wanted to get as much PR out of this project as possible they would do something that integrated solar with their campus. This would include buildings, solar parking canopies and solar that could be seen from campus.  This could then be something that could be shown off to visitors and...

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