14th in a series
The Constitutional Convention completed its work on Sept. 17, 1787, by adopting the Constitution that it had drafted and sending the document to the states for ratification. Article VII of the draft Constitution provided that it should become operational upon ratification by nine of the 13 states. On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth state to ratify it. The remaining states would follow suit. Rhode Island was the last, on May 29, 1790.
In between these dates there occurred a great national debate. In New York state, a series of 85 essays in favor of ratification...
Two notes from the side of the mountain in Ripton:
• The cross-country skiing is better than I ever remember up here. The regular installments of snow, and the cold temperatures, have let Barney Hodges, Mike Hussey and their team at Rikert, and Andy McIntosh and his fellow volunteers on the backcountry trails, produce tracks that are just sublime. Please come up and share them
• Ripton residents voted by a wide margin to try and run their own elementary school, and I think many of us would be grateful if our friends down in the valley would let us give it a try. It seems to me you could...
While I’m pleased that the very sensitive and critical decision on what to do about the Mount Abraham Unifies School District facilities has been delayed until August, I do wish that the full percentages had been provided in the little inset about the school survey in the Addison Independent’s Jan. 28 story.
As a Monkton resident who is fully opposed to closing our school or any other school in the district, and does not support “repurposing” schools, I feel that the wording pits towns against each other: Lincoln and Starksboro residents, the towns that will be the most impacted by these...
Racism is a public health issue. Black communities and other communities of color have higher rates of newborn death, childhood illness, women dying in pregnancy and childbirth, and shorter lives with higher rates of severe illness. Porter, as a healthcare organization, has an imperative to address the racism and inequities built into our system.
As an organization, we believe there is more we can do to be intentionally inclusive and equitable. We acknowledge that we can do more to make sure all members of our community feel welcome and have equal access to our services. We are committed to...
During the segment of the Feb. 9 selectboard meeting on allowing cannabis retail sales in Middlebury, the possibility of harmful impacts on children was discussed; but one aspect of that issue did not come up. That is the impact on the health of very young children from unintentionally consuming edible cannabis products.
Following the legalization of cannabis sales in Colorado, the number of young children seen in the ER of Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, for cannabis exposure rose significantly. About half of those cases involved edible products. The median age of patients seen in the...
I’m fed up with all the flags. You can read the downfall of our republic in the proliferation of competing banners dotting the landscape, flown by Americans to demonstrate their growing distance from and, often contempt for, one another. Gone is any talk of the common good. Now, we just want to express our self-righteous indignation at those too stupid, stubborn, or unenlightened to share our view of the world or the grievances of our tribe.
First, newly arrived in this region, I noticed the proud displays of the Confederate battle flag as I drove around it’s farms and fields. I wasn’t...
This letter is in response to Emily Hoyler’s “Ways of Seeing” piece titled “Darwinism losing its significance” of the Feb. 4 edition of the Addison Independent. Although the article brings up some important and thought-provoking points, there were some misleading and inaccurate statements that I feel obliged to correct as a professional biologist. The main point that I want to make is that Charles Darwin’s theories of natural selection and biological evolution remain the foundation of the entire field of biology. Darwinian theory explains topics as diverse as: the patterning of species...
While I was never fully content with how the ACSD school board was conducting their Facilities Master Planning process, among other prior objectives (under Peter Conlon’s leadership), I have been extremely concerned with the sudden and narrow minded way and accelerated pace in which the restarted process has been conducted over the last nine months during the pandemic (under new leadership). The board’s efforts and information that has come out about behind-the-scenes maneuvering and actions have increased my feeling that it is time to get some new voices and energy on the board.
It is in...
I agree with John Pratt’s letter to the editor about the well-organized COVID vaccines given at the American Legion in Middlebury on Feb. 4.
I was almost dreading what should have been a hopeful relief. What a wonderful surprise it turned out to be.
Thank you to all involved.
The Addison Central School District Central Office recently created a document on the financial impact of Ripton’s withdrawal for the rest of the towns in ACSD. It was shared by school board members on Front Porch Forum and it confirmed that “a potential Ripton withdrawal could result in a small savings in education spending per equalized pupil for the remaining towns in ACSD. Additionally, this scenario would recognize virtually zero discernable tax impact.”
What struck me about the Central Office’s document was not that Ripton’s withdrawal would have virtually no impact on taxes in other...