As Co-Presidents of the Middlebury Garden Club we are delighted to thank the Independent for the recent photos of some of our work in the town of Middlebury. While working on Main Street, pedestrians asked us a number of questions. So we appreciate this opportunity to tell the community a bit about this holiday project.
Thirty-five of our 76 members worked at staggered times over a six-day period. We wore masks and safely distanced while decorating the window boxes and urns in front of businesses on Main Street and Merchants Row. We were also asked to decorate the empty windows in two shops....
First of all, I am totally in agreement and support the letters written by Stanley Bigelow from New Haven and Josiah Bartlett from Lincoln which appeared in the Nov. 26 edition of your “newspaper.”
I am, however, appalled and disgusted by the “Editor’s Note” which was demeaning and ill-spirited. If anyone should be embarrassed, it should be you and your “paper.” Your place, as a small part of the media, is to report the news and facts — your opinion is not warranted or expected.
Instead of the “Addison Independent” you should be titled, “The Democratic Party Propaganda.”
Regarding the story in last week’s Addison Independent about the Better Middlebury Partnership’s plan to ask for $1,000 each from six surrounding towns to support economic development in Middlebury:
The residents of the surrounding towns are currently supporting Middlebury with a 1% local sales tax. I think it would be appropriate to use those funds rather than an assessment on our towns.
Americans of all stripes are entitled. Our mantra is “I want it when I want it.” I am an American and I am appalled. When I turn on the news it feels like I am watching a rerun of three months ago — wear masks, don’t get close to people — don’t travel.” So what do Americans do for Thanksgiving? They travel by the millions. It is irrelevant if your son or mother get Covidized —“we want to have Thanksgiving.” We are no longer the greatest country, the news is, we are now “the stupidest country.” I am embarrassed — thoroughly.
I too am a Vermonter, with family in VT before it became a state. However, I must take issue with last week’s letters re: Trump and Republicans. (Addison Independent, Nov. 19, “GOP’s evolution has become threat to our way of life”). As you may recall, many of us were originally Republicans, but today's Republican Party is not the same as our parents’ Republican Party. I now consider myself a GDI, or gosh darn independent. I do support Gov. Scott and his moderate side of the Republicans, but I cannot, nor ever have, supported Trump. I now vote for the person and not the party.
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As Thanksgiving Day comes, I am prompted to think about what I am thankful for. I am very thankful to be living in a caring community where help was given to me when I really needed it.
On July 23 I fell from my bicycle, apparently flying over the handlebars. I will never know why I fell when I did. I do not know who saw me fall or who called 911. I was knocked out and, when I woke up, Christy, one of the EMTs from Middlebury Regional EMS, was asking me my name and address. I was taken to Porter Hospital in the ambulance, and two policemen took my bicycle and helmet to my home. Christy stayed...
The pandemic as the moral equivalent of war....
For those who may not be able to mask safely because of their health concerns, of course they get a bye. But let’s be clear. There are people, too many people, who have gotten into a political frame of mind about this basic containment strategy for community public health.
As a former corpsman and combat vet (Hotel 2/3, RVN), you know the issue on the table is not your freedom, but the collective health and safety of those you serve with, squad, platoon, what have you. Whatever else might be going on, the first order of business is to make sure...
I am appalled that Governor Phil Scott would even consider directing schools to ask children if they joined other households for Thanksgiving. Governor Scott is not asking parents, he is asking children to incriminate their families. He is placing the burden of the parents’ decision on the children. This is precisely how Hitler gained inside household information through the Hitler Youth program and it should be clearly unacceptable in a free society, pandemic or not.
While I believe the desire of the Governor is to keep the illness at bay, posting children as informers is not an option....
For full disclosure from the start, my wife is a teacher at MUMS, with 20+ years of service and dedication; I am a former middle school teacher; and my daughter will be in the first sixth-grade class to attend MUMS if the move goes through as currently planned. I cannot state strongly enough how ill-planned that move is, and how detrimental it will be, particularly at this moment in time, without adequate resources provided to ensure its success.
In the 11/5/20 “MUMS readies for 6th-graders,” John Flowers correctly notes that the Version 2.0 plan was scuttled last spring. The same night it...
I have to admit that I was a bit shocked at the decision of the editors of this paper to “pre-empt” a letter to the editor from a Trump supporter. The whole point of a letter to the editor is for the writer to express his or her thoughts or beliefs, even if the editors from the newspaper do not agree, it is not their role to argue the point before the public has even read the person’s opinions. The readers are the judge of a person’s opinion, not the editors. What if this topic had been concerning someone’s religion? Would the editors have made such statements decrying that person’s beliefs?...