Op/Eds

Area residents who use our public forest lands for recreation as well as business should pay attention to two stories in today’s paper. The first is on the Trump Administration’s plan to limit the public’s voice in ways in which Americans use the lands set aside as “public national forest.” Critics suggest he is taking the “public” out of that discussion and ceding control of those federal lands to big businesses to extract resources (primarily, oil, gas and timber). (See story on the front page.) The second story (see Page 2A) seeks public input from those who recreate on the state forest...
This dish needs to be washed again.   What do you mean? I just washed it.   Yeah, but look at that little black smudge on the back.   Sorry, I don’t see it.   Trust me, dear. It needs to be washed again.   Sure, OK. But does God equip women with special eyesight for dishes?   Maybe. But I think it’s more likely that God equips men with holes in their vision while they’re washing dishes.   I think we need to have a trial separation.   I know you’re kidding, honey. It’s just a dirty dish. And isn’t a trial separation what we have every Monday and Tuesday night when you’re at your house?   Yes...
I am writing to you regarding the Green Mountain Care Board decision to again approve a double digit increase for Blue Cross (12.4 percent) and MVP (10.1 percent) on Thursday. These increases in insurance rates make it impossible for families living on a fixed income to afford insurance. So it’s a choice between being insured and basic essential needs like food and housing, so we go without insurance. What is the solution you ask? In 2011 Vermont passed a groundbreaking universal healthcare law that would guarantee healthcare as a public good for everyone in our state. But as long as we rely...
Angelo Lynn
In the third of our summer series of discussion points, we’ll launch a one-time discussion into Act 46, the bill passed three years ago that mandated a consolidation of school governance with the expectations that school districts facing declining student counts might find ways to contain expenses. The upshot of that law and process has forced the topic of school consolidation to the forefront. Locally, the Rutland Northeast Supervisory District, representing the greater Leicester-Brandon-Pittsford area that comprises Otter Valley Union High School, has pursued school mergers ahead of the...
Innocent victims of gun violence in the United States are often left with a lifetime of physical pain, disability and post-traumatic stress. Family members and friends are often left with the responsibility of care giving, not to mention grief and shock. Families of the deceased not only may lose the earning power of the individual -— many poor families cannot afford a funeral they never expected. Since we don’t have affordable universal health coverage in this country, the financial burden on families of gun violence can be catastrophic, adding to the horror of it all. In addition to much...
Day of the Dead
Day of the Dead
If you look in the phone book at last names in Addison County, you probably aren’t surprised to see many familiar French and English-sounding surnames. In fact, Addison County is one of the most Caucasian areas of the country — 92.4 percent! So it may surprise you that in my work as a chaplain, I routinely encounter people of all different races, cultures and religions. While certainly not as prevalent as in other parts of the country, we are more diverse than it appears at face value. That particularly shows up in how families follow individual customs and rituals when it comes to the issue...
Some notes regarding the July 15 article “Riptonites lobby for preservation of their school”: First, one of the key strengths of our communities are our small schools and it is not smart to give away strength. Of course we should strive for the best education possible — and do so at a reasonable cost — but we should also recognize the social consequence of the proposals. It’s not just the education system, it’s the social fabric of these towns. It is bad for towns to have their schools altered from the current and long-time standard. Second, the current case of one town — the fine town of...
If you’re a bicyclist interested in developing a more-defined route between Middlebury, Bristol and Vergennes, don’t miss a meeting this coming Thursday, 7-9 p.m. at the New Haven Town Hall. Spawned by public interest in developing safer commuter routes, as well as recreational bicycling, a group of Middlebury College students developed what is being called the Triangle Bike Loop, a group of lesser-trafficked roads that link the three communities. Consultants will be on hand to lead the discussion and collect comments from interested residents, including those who use the roads for driving,...
The Caterpillar   At the Addison County Field Days, our local county fair, there’s a new act called   The President. A professor, off for the summer, does a card trick   he doesn’t have a good explanation for. How it works.   Producing a card that seems to have been shot out of a cannon. Swirled   in a tube of cotton candy. Without a number, a face or one of the four suits.   To let you know that’s the one you picked, without touching it. It’s blank. An end-of-summer   memory. A whirl-a-gig of sorts. The Caterpillar. You can sit in with a friend, who becomes   your girlfriend, when the ride...
As a rural state with a hunting culture and a fair number of gun-owning residents, Vermont could help lead the country toward sensible gun control legislation. Gov. Phil Scott led the way a year ago, in light of a planned mass school shooting at Fair Haven High School, when he flipped his previous beliefs and supported several modest gun control initiatives. Hopefully, gun owners in Vermont can agree those measures did not unduly deprive citizens of their Second Amendment rights and concede that increased community safety is a worthy reason to seek compromise. For stirring visual optics, what...

Pages

Login for Subscriber Access

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Addison County Independent