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...
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...
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,...
We, the elected members of the Addison Northwest School District board, are parents, community members, and dedicated public servants. We are tasked with ensuring a rich and robust education for all district students in a way that is affordable to our communities and abides by local, state, and federal requirements. At times we are presented with challenging situations and we are grateful when the Addison Independent helps advance the difficult discussions.
For years, we have discussed declining enrollment and rising costs during our public meetings. Some of these conversations have been...
Migrant workers in Addison County: Well, congratulations to ICE for arresting a hard-working undocumented Hispanic getting groceries on a break from a job local people won’t do! Putting it to our local farmers again!
I think the real hero is Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley, who said years ago he would not bother hard-working undocumented workers and has kept his word. Thank you Chief Hanley for caring about our farmers!
Sheri Bessette Smith
“If it isn’t good morality, it isn’t good politically,” so said a wise professor from the English school at which I lived a half a century ago.
He said this 30 years removed from Munich’s sad surrender to a cardboard strutting bully who demanded Britain and France give up alliance to the well-armed Czechs.
We know, of course, how that worked out. Yet we’ve learned naught, and 80 years removed from distant Munich’s shame, we, as a nation, turned our back on friends who fought and died for us.
And once again the vacuum left behind a sad, immoral act is filled by players who mean ill, which...
As a resident of the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) for 25 years, I have realized the depth of commitment and caring our community has for the success of our schools, our teachers and our students. As a parent of children who attended school here, I have been witness to the ways this community has supported our kids over the years and how teachers, community members and others continue to support them still. Our schools have always put our kids at the center of their education — providing opportunities and creative options for ALL students, understanding that with education,...
I recently received a mailer from the ANWSD with information for voters about the upcoming school closure vote on Nov. 5. From the text on the recent mailer sent to voters in the town of Ferrisburgh: “Savings to projected FY21 expenses by closing two buildings: at least $2 million (tax rates will decrease)”.
This is not quite right. While the Education tax rate may slightly decrease with the closure of two schools, the municipal rate will rise, causing taxes overall to rise. If voters choose to close Ferrisburgh Central School, the town may purchase it for $1 plus any existing debt. The...
I was disappointed by the somewhat inflammatory reporting on the ANWSD in the news section of the Oct. 24 Addison Independent. As a parent of two children in the school district, I’d like to thank our school board for their hard work in navigating these difficult choices. I’d like to respond to some of the charges in that article and propose an alternative.
First, on the charge of taking undemocratic action, we voted the school board members in, and they are working within their limits and rules to make the best of a bad situation. The undemocratic behavior has actually been at the...
What makes a school?
That question, in various forms, has been asked by many of us over the past weeks. It calls into question our notions of education and the infrastructure in which education is provided.
When I reflect on my children’s experiences at Ferrisburgh Central School, I think of the people. My daughter’s second-grade teacher who finally figured out that she had ADHD and wasn’t just a kid who couldn’t behave. Her third-grade teacher who pushed me outside my comfort zone in order to advocate for her placement in a combined 3/4 classroom. The emails and phone calls I received when...