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11/11/2019
The latest round of flagellation of dead horse flesh has been provoked by the release of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) scores. After 20 years of overall progress, many of the scores went down. While all groups improved over the long haul, the gaps between white and other racial groups varied over time but generally remained in place. Education critics lament and proclaim, “It’s time to get tough! Let’s do some more of what didn’t work!” Meanwhile officials whisper measured words through steepled fingers saying they are “concerned,” that we must do more to ensure our...
11/11/2019
As we enter the budget building season, it has become clear that the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) is facing significant financial challenges that will impact us in the next year and beyond. Our school board remains focused on student outcomes, community values and fiscally responsible decisions. However, there is concerning urgency around the trends we are seeing and we think it is important to share these challenges with you. In building the budget, we start by looking at predictions of increases in costs such as health insurance, wages, and anticipated student needs. We...
11/11/2019
Your editorial “Let small schools prove themselves” and the article written by Mr. Ross “Addison gears up for school closure fight” (both published in the Independent on Oct. 24) made me sick to my stomach, due to both the lack of investigative reporting on the issue and the false narrative that you chose to perpetuate of the school board as the villain. The school board is composed of ordinary people who care deeply about schools and education; they are our neighbors and we elected them to oversee the ANWSD (Addison Northwest School District). Neither of you took time to interview school...
11/11/2019
School budget votes in recent years have tended to split voters almost evenly in half. The two sides are familiar to all of us — the adoring parents who want everything for their kids versus empty nesters who have neither the need nor desire to stomach double-digit tax increases. The Ferrisburgh and Addison votes to retain their local schools did not follow this typical pattern. Voters without kids in school voted overwhelmingly to retain their local elementary schools. School and community leaders need to understand what the voters are saying and take the necessary steps to give them what...
11/11/2019
Draining a swamp seemed like a credible idea. Swamps, however, are ecologically necessary in a literal sense, keeping in mind, government services and swamps are politically neutral. In the draining process, four-letter-words are expressed through a Presidential “MAGAphone.” Children are encouraged to add vulgarity to their voice. Discourse descends at lightning speed into mindless banality, the most effective “dumbing-down” since the State of Tennessee vs. John Thomas Scopes. Footnote: The First Parent avoids looking at his son, thus repeating what his mother did, ignoring Don, drowning in...
11/11/2019
We are writing in response to the front page article “Midd police struggle with homelessness surge” (Addison Independent, Oct. 17). We were shocked and saddened by the tenor of the discussion. On several occasions, consideration for the dignity and humanity of those in our community experiencing homelessness seemed to be absent. Again and again we discerned a push to define those spending time at the town’s gazebo by an “other” or “bad” category. Specifically, we were offended by the language used by select board member Laura Asermily when she said, “….We talk about good guests and bad guests...
11/11/2019
I am astounded and horrified to hear that confiscated guns are being sold back into society in Vermont. We have an immediate and serious problem with guns, and the government is selling them! The article in the Oct. 30 Seven Days newspaper states that one of the reasons for these sales is a concern that law enforcement officials will hesitate to confiscate guns from those cited or arrested for domestic  abuse because there isn’t anywhere to put them. (This action is possible because of a recently passed law.) In order to make space for confiscated guns to be stored, we are selling guns to gun...
11/07/2019
Closing a town’s elementary school was as tough as predicted: In the town of Addison, voters on Tuesday rejected the Addison Northwest School District’s suggestion to voluntarily close its school by a three-to-one margin: 373 opposed to 123 in favor. Ferrisburgh voters rejected a similar recommendation by a five-to-one margin, 884 opposed and 160 in favor. No surprise in either instance. Town residents sent a clear message on several fronts: 1) they wanted to keep their schools open; 2) as a community, they wanted be in driver’s seat when it came to making the decision to keep their schools...
11/07/2019
When late October arrives, lots of people are planning this year’s Halloween costumes, buying candy for trick-or-treaters, or otherwise filling their days with happy anticipation of a sugar-filled holiday. Not me. I am thinking about the time. Every year when Daylight Savings Time ends, I have to think hard about whether time will fall backward or forward. I remember once many years ago, I changed all my clocks one hour ahead, and it was hours before I realized my error. These days, electronic devices adjust themselves, so I just wait for them to tell me what time it is. All that really...
11/07/2019
Next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in a case involving the Trump Administration’s attempt to terminate the program of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. DACA is a program directed at immigrants who were brought to the United States before age 16 and without legal authorization. DACA participants are authorized to work in the United States, and are protected from deportation proceedings, for renewable two-year periods. DACA was started in 2012. Since that time, more than 800,000 individuals have received DACA status, with about 700,000 currently enrolled in...

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