Letter to the editor

10/03/2019
Mark Twain is arguably the brains behind the quote “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” What was once a brilliantly sarcastic quip about the futility of humans on planet Earth has taken on a new life and a new possibly unintended meaning centuries later. In recent days we have seen millions take figurative action on the warming trend Earth is seeing. Sobbing Swedish kids, ranting politicians and jet setting movie stars gave lots of sizzle but no substance. I write below a list of 10 things we all can do to curb the heating of our home. Some are easy, some...
09/30/2019
There has been a great deal written about the pros and cons of keeping Ripton Elementary School open; and, with the best of intentions, most of the positions have been built upon facts and figures dealing with populations, resources and money. While our community does its best to logically allocate available funds, there are times we need to step out from the shade of pure reason’s umbrella and allow the heat of emotion to touch us. In the Thai language, when you want someone to calm down you tell them to “chill their heart.” Well, I don’t think we should be calm at the prospect of having our...
09/26/2019
On Sept. 20, millions of young people poured into the streets around the world to strike for global climate justice. They did so because too many adult leaders have failed them. Students are afraid and angry and rightfully so. Climate change is a scientific fact, and this truth has devastating consequences for their futures. This is a crisis. It is time for educators to take a stand and give students the support they deserve. It is time for the important adults in their lives to stop failing them. Taking a stand means confronting the supposed political neutrality that school institutions...
09/26/2019
The industrial methane digester that is being built on farmland in West Salisbury by Massachusetts company Vanguard Renewables is described by their CEO as “the largest biodigester east of the Mississippi.” An industrial complex such as this belongs in the Middlebury industrial park adjacent to the Vermont Gas pipeline. According to Vanguard’s certificate of operation, 69 percent of the material needed to feed the digester will be in the form of food waste (176 tons per day) trucked over country roads to West Salisbury from Middlebury College and other as yet undesignated food sources....
09/26/2019
I write regarding the recent editorial by Bill Schubart called “Imagine If Vermont Got Immigration Right.” I appreciate many of the points he made. But I want to draw your attention to the last sentence, “There are those among us who choose to forget that we’re all descended from immigrants.” To my fellow white Vermonters: Please stop saying stuff like this! We are not all descended from immigrants because: 1. Indigenous people are not immigrants. They are the original inhabitants, guardians and protectors of this land that we all live on. 2. Most Black people are not immigrants either. The...
09/26/2019
I’m asking everyone to contact their area reps, senators, congressmen and women and anyone else who will listen. Below is page 50 from the D.M.V. manual, which tells anyone who drives an older car like me that you can’t get your car inspected again. At least let the inspector have a say if the car is safe or not, and if not, give the person a chance to get it done better. William Chaffee East Middlebury Frame components   Reject Vehicle if:   1. Any area of the frame or cross members connecting the left side of the frame to the right side of the frame, cross members connecting to the inner...
09/26/2019
Thank you for the informative article about Bristol’s Four Hills Farm and its admirable modernization initiatives (“Thoroughly Modern Dairy Farm Takes Shape in Bristol,” Sept. 2). While the efforts of large farm owners to lessen their environmental impacts should be enthusiastically applauded, an important subtext here remains overlooked: Welcome though they are, such attempts at damage control are a clear sign that we’re finally running up against the intractable agricultural conundrum of our age — how can fundamentally unsustainable mega-“farms” ever be made sustainable? The short answer is...
09/26/2019
A Letter to the People of Addison County: As members of a faith community, we are appalled by news of recent harassment and terrorizing of our farmworker neighbors in Bridport, Addison County. We are saddened to learn that there are fellow Vermonters who would deliberately attack farmworkers’ homes, shout at them and shoot guns to frighten them. Why would anyone want to terrorize farmworkers who are working hard in the dairy industry and trying to raise their families? It may be difficult to imagine how much terror these actions cause in the hearts of the farmworkers and their families trying...
09/26/2019
The Middlebury Mamas want to thank everyone in the community — friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers both near and far — who helped support us in our 200-mile “Reach the Beach” Ultra Ragnar Relay race last weekend. We also want to extend our gratitude to John Flowers and the editors of the Addison Independent for featuring our story in the Sept. 5 issue. We are so proud to report that your generosity not only motivated us to reach the beach nearly two hours faster than the last time we raced this course, but helped us surpass our original fundraising goal of $3,000 to raise a total of $5,...
09/26/2019
I am a student of leadership and of human behavior. This past week I was amazed at the example of astonishing leadership behavior and human behavior in the wake of a serious incident. Last Monday there was a very serious farming accident at one of the Shoreham dairy farms. I was one of the first to arrive after immediate family and first responders. I have not witnessed a more amazingly positive response to such a negative situation. The dairy owner, Jeep Madison, the victim of the accident, is recovering at UVM Medical Center in Burlington. He is expected to make a full recovery. In the wake...

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