Letter to the editor

07/16/2020
Bill Schubart’s dire predictions about Vermont’s outlying hospitals overlook some important issues (Guest editorial, July 2). Vermont can, in fact, sustain its rural hospitals. It is a matter of reallocating our state and federal budgets. For example, do we really need to maintain a huge military on such a global scale? Closing our hospitals will do nothing to lower our health care costs, it will simply transfer the needs and costs to the larger hospitals. Any closing will be a step back when we should be looking ahead. The pandemic has shown us that we don’t have enough hospital beds as it...
07/16/2020
Having moved to Vermont from New York City a year ago, one of my favorite changes (from a long list) has been the more personal connection to my local community provided by the Addison County Independent and local government. I feel that my representatives in Montpelier, and the devoted citizens running my town both have a much better and more personal understanding of local needs than when I lived in New York. This feeling comes to me via the Front Porch Forum, the Saturday meetings at the library, town emails, and especially the Independent. The recent articles examining each of the local...
07/16/2020
Molly Gray is the candidate for Lieutenant Governor with the strongest personal and professional qualifications. She grew up on a Vermont farm, worked in Washington, D.C., in the office of Rep. Peter Welch, and has had a number of assignments internationally, working on humanitarian and human rights issues. A graduate of the University of Vermont, Molly got a law degree from Vermont Law School, did her clerkship in Vermont’s Second Circuit Court in Rutland, and now serves as an Assistant Attorney General in Chittenden County. Molly’s platform calls for social, racial and economic justice, a...
07/16/2020
The recent revelation that President Trump may have disregarded intelligence reports that Russia had offered a bounty on American soldiers has led the veterans’ group VoteVets to compare him to the notorious traitor Benedict Arnold. While Arnold is generally used as a generic caricature for treason, the comparison is actually apt in many ways, an insult to Arnold in others, and a cautionary tale for all of us. Like Trump, Arnold was extremely full of himself. While not so overtly narcissistic as Trump, Arnold was confident in his abilities and felt destined for greatness. His early career was...
07/16/2020
After reading the narration of the journey of the Liberty Ship SS Nathanael Greene I was inspired to add some facts about Liberty Ships and the vital role they played toward the victory of World War II. I referred to a book I have, authored by Jean-Pieree Benamou, who is a renowned expert on the history of WWII. He was a tour guide when we (my two daughters and I) visited Normandy recently. The title of the book is “10 Million Tons for Victory.” Great Britain was the “arsenal of democracy,” as they housed 10 million tons of equipment of all descriptions manufactured in the United Kingdom, the...
07/16/2020
The 2019-20 school year has come and gone, changing many things along the way. With it, Mary Johnson Children’s Center marks the closing of the Starksboro School Age Program, affectionately known as RASY, and the Bristol School Age program, known as BASK. The district elementary schools will no longer provide space for their operation. For twenty and thirty years, respectively, these licensed programs provided afterschool care for more than 1,000 children ages 5-12, and served their families with empathy, good-humor and genuine concern. Staff members invested their time, talents and...
07/09/2020
The Honorable Golden Trowel and Green and Purple Thumb Award to the person(s) responsible for the incredibly wonderful flower globes that hang throughout Middlebury’s downtown! Many Thanks!   Peg Martin Middlebury
07/09/2020
The Addison Independent of July 2 did quality reporting about racism in Middlebury, Vermont. People of Color describe nasty situations involving primitive local racists, Middlebury Police, and senior white supremacist professors at Middlebury College. No level of education worked for them. I hope many of these people will go back under their rocks when Trump is gone next year. Too many teachers and their students go along with the majority that reads only required items. They are “educated” by machines programmed by corporations and politicians.  For all people in Vermont, we need a decent...
07/09/2020
Residents of Addison County have amply demonstrated that our highest priority during the pandemic has been the safety and health of our community. Everyone has sacrificed, and these cooperative efforts have resulted in enviable COVID-19 case trends that have allowed us to gradually and safely reopen our businesses and expand opportunities for recreation, entertainment and socializing. We have reason to be proud that our collective efforts have reduced the impact of COVID-19 to our community. Because the college is currently planning to reopen campus in just a few weeks to college students...
07/09/2020
I was impressed by Angelo Lynn’s editorial in last week’s Independent (“Defunding police? Yes, but let’s not confuse the stage”). I was also caught by the irony that that issue (June 25, 2020) was such a good example of the problem before us. From all I have seen and read, both Tom Hanley and Peter Newton do an admirable job in running their respective law enforcement organizations. Well-run law enforcement deserves our respect and support. It’s unfair, demoralizing and completely counterproductive to treat them the same as the poorly run organizations that really do need scrutiny. It is our...

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