Letter to the editor

10/24/2019
Kudos to New Haven’s Geoff Davis and his timely, well-written, necessary letter to the editor — “Large scale dairy farming inherently Unsustainable” (Sept. 16).  — with many numbers supporting his statements. I would encourage anyone who did not read this to do so. Farmers will need guidance and money to make the following 90-degree turn that Mr. Davis is suggesting, but it should be started now! AS he states, “the only viable solution to factory farming’s unsustainable system lies in rethinking our personal food choices and literally retooling agriculture from the ground up to meet the new...
10/21/2019
Editor’s note: This letter is in response to a letter by Addison Central School District Board Chairman Peter Conlon that ran in the Oct. 10 edition. Dear Peter Conlon, With reference to your letter to the editor, and with all due respect, I believe that the ACSD board has put the cart (The Facilities Master Plan) before the horse (our children.) We have been informed that as part of The Facilities Master Plan, an expert engineer and architect have been hired to conduct an “in-depth study of our school buildings ... designed to help guide the board at how reducing the number of elementary...
10/21/2019
I was taken quite by surprise while watching the NBC news at 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 3. There was a human interest story about a boy and his doll that perked me right up and my very first thought was, “My gosh, they have finally caught up with me — 59 years later. Sure took long enough.” And my next thought as they moved into an ad before the story was, “I wonder what they will say?” I had my four children, three boys and a girl during the 1960s raising them through the 1970s into adulthood in the 1980s. I was called, not by choice, one of those back to nature flower people. I was just being me,...
10/17/2019
The article titled “In a Warming World, New Thinking Imperils Vermont’s Wood-Fueled Energy Market” in the Oct. 9 edition of Seven Days did an excellent job of portraying two contrasting visions of Vermont’s two primary human relationships with forests. One vision sees forests as resources that need to be managed and used. The other vision sees forests first as ecosystems that require lots more space from human intervention to preserve their inherent, continued, capacity for self-renewal. The article features two publicly held enterprises, the Vermont Department of Forests, Parks and...
10/17/2019
Although I cannot dispute that the Addison Central School District’s push to consolidate our elementary schools is one plausible solution to what they deem a taxpayer issue, as an elementary school parent of four I cannot help but question if the board’s emphasis is being placed on the wrong syllable. Yes, closing schools and creating larger class sizes at fewer facilities will cut costs, but are the cut costs worth the impacts on our children and are the costs they are proposing even reasonable to begin with? At the Ripton Elementary School classes consist of two grades, together averaging...
10/14/2019
Editor’s note: This is a letter to Sue Rakowski, chair of the Addison Northwest School Board, in response to a letter she submitted on behalf of the board that ran in the Independent’s letters forum on Oct. 10. I am a Ferrisburgh resident and parent of two children. On Aug. 22, the ANWSD Board held a retreat where you were presented with several options or “scenarios” to address the impending budget crisis. At the end of that afternoon, you all made the decision to move forward with Scenario 3, which closes both Addison and Ferrisburgh Central schools. This was the first time that Ferrisburgh...
10/14/2019
Back in August, WomenSafe marked Advocacy Week by celebrating our fabulous advocates who do so much to support people in our community who are experiencing domestic violence, sexual violence or stalking. WomenSafe dreams of a world where violence against vulnerable people is practically unknown. We want to build a society that is equitable and just, where no one has to feel afraid at home, at work or out in public. We work toward creating this future by educating youth in Addison County schools about consent, gender equality and respectful relationships. But until our beautiful dream comes...
10/10/2019
Bill Schubart’s Sept. 16 guest editorial on “sensible immigration policy” and VPR’s recent series on immigration have gotten me thinking about how much sense it could make to bring needed workers to Vermont to help us address a pressing problem — weatherization. Vermont has a goal of achieving 90 percent renewable energy by 2050. Part of meeting this goal necessitates weatherizing at least 90,000 more Vermont buildings (according to the Energy Action Network). However, at the current rate of less than 2,000 homes per year, we’ll miss this goal by at least 15 years. At the same time, the...
10/10/2019
In response to Geoff Davis’ recent letter that ran in the Sept. 26 edition: Sorry but facts matter. Hills’ cows are not chained to iron rails, they live instead in free stalls which allow them to wander freely in their environment, choosing to relax in whichever stall they like. Since his observation is incorrect, I believe the rest of his arguments are not based on facts. Large farms like the Hills’ are quite sustainable. As are the very large farms in the Midwest, which recycle water, bedding, nutrients etc. The sustainability of any dairy is based on the premise that grass fiber can only...
10/10/2019
As many of you know, we the Board of the Addison Northwest School District have asked the voters of Ferrisburgh and Addison to consider closing their schools. We want to make clear why we are doing this and why we haven’t acted in other ways. It is worth stating that our responsibility is to ensure that the district is providing the best education for all students in our care. Our vision statement reads, “We envision a kind, collaborative, and creative community for all that nurtures a diverse and accessible learning environment. Students will flourish as critical thinkers and productive...

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