Letter to the editor

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...
12/26/2019
As I write this, a block of Senators and Congresspeople are preparing to deny that the Constitution of the United States is on fire. It is a fire set by the President and fanned by their own actions; actions they commit solely out of fear that they might lose their jobs and have to settle for jobs less cushy. Might it not be time to ask why? Is it the President’s fault? Of course. But as the snake said to the person who he had just bitten, “You knew what I was when you picked me up.” Trump has never hidden his crimes; instead he flaunts them, insisting they are normal, and frightening into...
12/23/2019
The first day of winter — December 22 — and already winter had been here since the first of November with grey, rainy days and wind. Slowly the cold intensified and snow took place of the rain. Still the wind blew and the sun became more shy as December advanced toward Christmas — a time of year that our lives seem to be centered around. Today as the sun was setting — a slit opened over the western mountains and rays of sunlight shot through the porch window and lit the cellar door knob with a brilliance we hadn’t seen in more than a week. Maybe a sneak preview of things to come –of longer...
12/23/2019
Vermont’s forest-based economy generates roughly $3.8 billion annually. This figure varies from year to year. A little less than half of that revenue is associated with the timber and maple industry. More than half is generated by forest-based recreation. Vermont currently incentivizes the timber side of the equation while doing very little for the forest-based recreation side. Vermont depends upon her forests to produce clean water, sequester carbon and provide habitat for a rich array of wildlife species. The values of these commonly-held (i.e. we the people hold them) elements is more than...
12/23/2019
According to the Dec. 9 issue of the Addison Independent, residents of Addison, Panton, Vergennes, Waltham and Ferrisburgh are being asked to sign a petition to change the Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) articles of agreement to read “school reconfiguration or closure must be approved by the majority of the voters in the towns affected by the reconfiguration or closure.” As an example of this change, only the voters in Addison would have the final voice in whether or not to close Addison Central School forever. I urge voters to consider very carefully whether to attach your name to...
12/23/2019
I want to highly commend Jutta Miska and her shop “Buy Again Alley.” Jutta’s mission for the her Middlebury store are many and the main one is to “Help Others.” This came through when I dropped by her store in later October and told her about my fundraising effort. Because I’m a breast cancer survivor, I row for the Dragonheart Vermont (DHVT) dragon boat “Sisters” team on Lake Champlain in Burlington. The Sisters team won a bid to compete in the Dragonboat Club Crew Worlds in Aix Les Bains, France, in August 2020. Like many of the DHVT members, I have been selling socks this fall to help...
12/19/2019
I normally read Greg Dennis’s opinion pieces with a wry smile, impressed by his ability to poke fun both at himself and others in a light manner. But not this time. Yes, partly it was because Greg in the guest editorial in Monday’s newspaper was skewering me and mine who oppose the development of college-owned land on South Street Extension for solar collection. But partly it was because this article was lopsided, mean-spirited ridicule of those who disagree with him. We could debate whether this is “greatly needed.” We could debate whether we are “small.” But what is not debatable is that we...
12/19/2019
Editor’s note: Maureen Golden wrote this letter to her nephew Sean Golden of Bristol when he decided there is no Santa Claus. She shared it with us so we could pass it on to our readers. As I lay in bed under my Dad’s wool coat on a frigid December night I dream about Christmas. The large spruce tree in our front yard stood several stories high decorated with big bright blue holiday lights shining through the small crack of my window curtains.  I would often kneel in front of my bedroom window and stare at the snow and the dark sky wishing I might catch a glimpse of Santa and his reindeer...

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