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The U.S. Energy Information administration reports the U.S. fossil fuel consumption increased 4 percent from 2017 to 2018, to the highest ever. Economic development without fuel use growth theoretically may be possible, but instead of slowing climate change we are driving the heedless bulldozers of development straight to oblivion. If the Vermont population has in fact stabilized (the 2020 census will tell), that will be a blessing. “Undeveloped” lands are the heart and lungs, indeed, the limbs and bodies of our life support systems. We can’t live on computers and iphones, nor on asphalt and...
The July/August issue of the Sierra Club’s “Sierra Magazine” has a review of the trash/recycling situation. It used to be that U.S. companies could take reusables from our trash and even pay money for that stuff. We had to clean and presort it by plastic type and metal type, but then automatic trash sorting was invented. However, this created sloppiness with unwashed materials contaminating clean things like paper and make them useless. Our trash was sent to countries where cheap labor would sort it and the rest was dumped near streams that washed it into the ocean. Now the ocean has a big...

Angelo Lynn
As we approach the nation’s Fourth of July celebration this year, it’s worth noting the reason: the 13 colonies declared their independence from Great Britain, to escape what they considered the heavy hand of the British empire. In the ensuing struggle to gain American independence, we would become a nation of migrants, pushing aside Native Americans to make room for an ever-increasing tide of newcomers over the next 233 years — a tide that continues to this day. And for much of that time, the strength of the nation has been associated with the nation’s gracious policy of acceptance as...
She is a single mother of two children aged 8 and 10 years. The family became homeless initially due to domestic violence. She coped by staying at a motel while occasionally couch surfing at a family member’s home for nearly four months. The family found an apartment and applied for security deposit assistance through the Housing Opportunity grant. The family’s gross monthly income is $2,407. The Area Median Income eligibility cut off for a three person household for the assistance is $2,067 gross monthly income. Her application was denied by the Housing Review Team due to being over income...
Every year, when budget writers in Montpelier begin their work — and legislators begin to determine what to spend — the backdrop of these conversations is marked by a unavoidable reality: Vermont has a serious problem with its unfunded liabilities. All together, we have a total liability of just over $8 billion — that’s billion, with a “b.” For comparative purposes, that’s larger than our entire state budget. These liabilities are composed of our teachers’ pension ($3.4 billion), teachers other post-employment benefits, or OPEB ($0.9 billion), state employees’ pension ($2.7 billion), and...
Thanks to the writer of the letter “Faulty logic in climate change argument” (Addison Independent, June 17), which provided a science-based refutation of a climate change denier letter. However, we need to stop spending our time defending climate science and focus on solutions to the climate crisis. (To that end, it would be great if this paper would stop printing demonstrable false climate denial letters. I doubt very much if you’d publish letters from anti-vaxers). We now have a 38-page, detailed version of the Green New Deal’s energy plan, which is called The Evergreen Economy Plan (vox....
Regarding the article “A late bid for the presidency” by Gregory Dennis, published June 27: Thank you! Thank You, Mr. Dennis and the Addison Independent, which facilitated this via publication. Since the tragic and sorrowful incident and picture of a young father enveloping his toddler daughter with his t-shirt consequently drowning, I have been tearing up and at times uncontrollably shaking and crying. Mr. Dennis’ article superbly evoked laughter, giggles and more. Again, thank you for sharing this with your readers at large. And please keep them coming. Princess Montpelier Middlebury
In a news flash this Monday, April 1, Vermont Secretary of Transportation Joe Flynn announced that the transportation board had studied numerous projects around the state and decided it was “absolutely critical” to reverse course and adopt an overall policy to "first, do no harm.” “We have particularly studied our AOT projects through the centers of downtowns and determined that multi-year projects have been causing ‘undue harm’ on the business communities that too often have caused retailers and others to have to move or go out of business. In the future we plan to adopt the medical creed of...
Occasionally, a court decision is rendered that materially impacts intellectual property law and should be publicized as nonlawyers need to be aware of its import. Fourth Estate Pub. Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, 17-571, handed down on March 4 by the United States Supreme Court, is such a decision. In Fourth Estate, the Supreme Court holds that a copyright lawsuit cannot be filed until the copyright registration to the work is approved by the Copyright Office. The Supreme Court abrogate the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Cosmetic Ideas, Inc. v...
Last year the Addison Independent published an article about the Cornwall Church and the community looking into their future. Much has happened in the ensuing year. Not big and noticeable events, more like the exploration or contemplation within. Now is time to update that article. It has been a surprising and exciting year for our congregation. We spent much time during the past year or two discussing what we want as a congregation and the future of our church. We had a part-time minister who had been our pastor for several years to lead us through these discussions. The time came for Mary...

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