Letter to the editor

09/26/2019
The process of Act 46 consolidation in the Addison Central School District has, in my view, lacked the necessary transparency and level of enfranchisement that one would expect in a democratic society. First, the 2016 Town Meeting Day school district consolidation vote held in each of the district towns was hardly a free and fair election. The small outlying towns were informed that if they voted against consolidation, they would lose their small schools state grant and probably all state funding going forward. Whereas, if they voted for consolidation, the state money (our own tax money)...
09/23/2019
We teach our children to be creative problem solvers, to think innovatively — skills that they will need in spades to deal with an ever-changing and uncertain world. Let’s model this same thinking now when it matters most for our children, our communities and our schools. Let’s find a path forward for the Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) that’s fiscally sustainable — yes — and also, dare I say, inspired! The doom and gloom of per-pupil spending thresholds, penalties, and declining enrollment loomed large over the community at the Sept. 9 ANWSD school board meeting. While I appreciate...
09/23/2019
This letter was written to the ACSD Board and Superintendent Burrows and shared with the Addison Independent. It’s the end of September, and, for me, that means my four-year-old has just completed her first month of school in the Ripton Pre-K classroom. The transition for our family had its ups and downs, and I imagine that is not unique to us. The morning scramble to pack-up, make lunch, and eat breakfast is a little rusty and we are lucky to make it to school before the bell rings to let kids in from morning recess. The pulling of the rope in the bell tower (a special job for an excited kid...
09/23/2019
The guest editorial by former CIA station chief Haviland Smith was excellent (Addison Independent, Sept. 9). In straightforward terms, it highlighted Trump’s relationship (or infatuation) with Putin, and his foreign policy activities. As the author said, this is outside the left-right arguments about which way to move the country. This is a leader who is completely flipping the relationships that have been in place for years. Trump’s preference for dictators is obvious on multiple fronts. Trump must go. He has damaged democracy by his dictatorial style of leadership. The chaos and the...
09/19/2019
Vermont is known for its beautiful landscape and Green Mountains, and we work hard to preserve the open space, the trees, the environment, the air quality, the water, the wildlife, and the wetlands, but we often forget to protect and preserve the peace and quiet. Peace and quiet is the essence of Vermont, and we must maintain diligence to preserve and protect it.  Our zoning districts were created to allow for peace and quiet in our residential and agricultural neighborhoods and our commercial districts/downtown spaces were built to allow for large groups of people, noise, artificial lighting...
09/19/2019
As a county we have a rich history and culture; one that has thrived off of agriculture, as well as the growth of small local businesses. In the beginning, Lake Champlain allowed merchants and farmers to trade their goods throughout New England. Our rich green forest, filled with birdsong, created a booming fur industry. As we have moved into the 20th and 21st century our golden whispering leaves, crisp autumns and world class maple syrup have brought tourists from far and wide into our local businesses. Our natural landscape has continued to serve us well; perfect for raising livestock, our...
09/19/2019
As I sat in the auditorium of Middlebury Union High School last week for the A.L.I.C.E. training, I watched peers tremble as they watched a video about what to do when an armed aggressor tries to shoot people in school. I tried to steady my pounding heart as MUHS students asked the faculty and resource officer what they were supposed to do if an active shooter came into the lunch room or if it happened while they were in the bathroom. Although the method of Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate is much better than sitting in the corner of a dark, locked room, it is incredibly sad and...

JOHN HANSELMAN, CEO of Vanguard Renewables, refers to a map showing the layout of a future anaerobic digester at Salisbury’s Goodrich Farm. It will convert manure and food scraps into renewable natural gas for Middlebury College and other clients. Those involved in the project held a groundbreaking ceremony at the farm in August. Independent file photo/Steve James
09/16/2019
I’ve read the article regarding the installation of the digesters that will soon begin construction on the Goodrich Farm in Salisbury. I also understand how this may be a solution to some problems, such as green algae in our lakes, etc. Recently a friend told me that when he and his buddy caught two fish in Otter Creek (Salisbury/Cornwall), both fish had blue mouths or lips, as he stated. Although I am not an expert on the subject, I thought they were lacking oxygen and wondered whether the spreading of liquid manure was responsible for this too. I speculated whether they were abiding by the...
09/16/2019
Recycling is in a crisis. China has stopped taking our mixed recyclables, which are often contaminated or contain trash that was put in the wrong bin. With the market shrinking, it’s hard to find a use for recycled items and many are ending up in landfills. We are pretty good recyclers here in Addison County — sometimes too good, putting things in the recycling bin that are not really recyclable. We are learning to be more careful. But there’s another whole side to the story: purchasing recycled products. That way we help create a market. On Monday, Aug. 5, I took a bike tour of the several...
09/12/2019
Regarding Richard Tanhauser’s letter in the Sept. 5 edition of the Independent, I don’t think I have ever read a letter to the editor that is so positive and prompted me to express how much reading it has made me think differently. If we all embraced this definition of “leadership” and lived our lives trying to “live” up to that definition, how we would change the world. It doesn’t take popular, famous, powerful leaders to make a difference. I have always thought that those of us who live in Shoreham have learned to agree to disagree and then go to the pub and have a drink and behave like...

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