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02/13/2020
Vermont voters will cast presidential primary ballots on Tuesday, March 3, along with voting for local offices and school budgets on Town Meeting Day. Vermont will be one of 14 states holding primary elections on that “Super Tuesday.” Any voter in Vermont may vote in either the Democratic or the Republican primary. However, unlike in the August primary for state offices, where the voter’s choice of which ballot to mark is secret, in the presidential primary the voter must ask for either the Democratic or the Republican ballot. The highest turnout in a presidential primary in Vermont was in...
02/13/2020
Editor’s note: This is the 46th in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition. In June 1858, the Republican Party of Illinois held its state convention and nominated Abraham Lincoln to be its candidate for the United States Senate. He began his acceptance speech by calling attention to the precarious state of the nation, which was divided over slavery. Like a preacher, he began by issuing a divine warning: “A house divided against itself cannot stand” (Mark 3:25), and continued, “I believe this government cannot endure, permanently half slave or half...
02/13/2020
We should all be grateful for those courageous congressmen, including our own three, that voted to impeach and convict the despicable idiot who has soiled the White House and has been on a crusade to destroy our values. We should thank those who have spoken out in exposing his corruption and lies. The Senate, of course, wasn’t able to convict him, due to one of the most flagrant cover-ups in American history by Trump’s Repugnantan lackeys. Now it’s time for someone to, by whatever means possible, end this farcical presidency before he does any more damage to the country. This is urgent! Bruce...
02/13/2020
Dear ACSD Friends and Neighbors, About 18 months ago I volunteered to join the Steering Committee for the Addison Central School District Facilities Master Planning Process — the committee formed to help the school board engage the public about the challenges facing our district, and the choices the board must make about investment in our schools. This committee includes a variety of folks representing different perspectives in the district: a few members from the board and district administration, faculty and staff, community members and parents, and a few high school students. At our first...
02/11/2020
After a fairly lackluster winter, we had our first big snowstorm yesterday. Today, the world beyond my windows is gorgeous. Because the snow was preceded by ice, the tree branches bend low and glitter in the sunlight as if they’re encased in glass. Temperatures have yet to rise above freezing, so the snow still lies heavy on the evergreens. I’m unsure of the total accumulation – I’d estimate somewhere between 8 to 12 inches – but the fields are blanketed white, and the remaining hay bales in our neighbor’s field look like marshmallows tipped on their sides. The sun came out today, in a bright...
02/10/2020
Editor’s note: Sen. Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, was the only Republican to break with his party and support removing President Trump from office. In doing so, he put his principles above party loyalty to a president whose actions he could not, in good faith, abide.  Such personal character among the people elected to Congress is what has made our democracy function throughout the past 225 years. When the personal character of so many falter in a party and they fall in line with actions that are so obviously corrupt, the systems of checks and balances put in place to rein in would-be...
02/10/2020
Recently VTDigger published a hit piece on the Autosaver Group, Abel Toll and his family.  We don’t suggest you read it because it’s the shoddiest excuse for “journalism” we’ve seen from Digger (an otherwise welcome, necessary, innovative and professional addition to the Vermont news-scape).  Managing Editor Colin Meyn’s name is on the piece. That makes sense since we’ve come to know him as “most likely to get VTDigger sued” for yellow journalism.  The piece is predicated on a “high” number of consumer complaints against the Autosaver Group. One glaring, immediate and unforgivable problem is...
02/10/2020
We have all heard by now that Gov. Scott vetoed the Paid Family Leave plan that would have covered virtually all Vermonters with a modest .2% payroll tax. He said it was not “affordable” to cover all Vermonters, implying it would be “affordable” if it was his voluntary plan. He proposed his voluntary private insurance early last year but he has not yet produced a price tag or even found an insurance company that would provide it. What he has said is that the voluntary plan would be provided to all state employees (if they want it) and the yet-to-be-determined insurance rates would be...
02/10/2020
I worked as a teacher and principal at the Ripton Elementary School for 20 years beginning in the first fall the “new” school was opened. When Ripton no longer tuitioned students to Mary Hogan, and for the next 18 years, our student population averaged 65. We never had 80 students. Today the student population is 55 (five are tuition students from Hancock and Granville). The business manager at the ACSD Central Office sent me this information: “The tuition number does fluctuate as students come and go, but at the start of the school year, we had 11 students at MUMS, five at Ripton, 19 at MUHS...
02/10/2020
The Senate is not broken — the Republican leadership is. Simply put, they are unethical. Ethicists tell us that ethical people consider the needs of others and strive to see things for what they are. In contrast, unethical people strive to gain selfish advantage and look for ways to validate their current way of thinking. That’s what the Republican Senators, except for Mitt Romney, have done with the impeachment trial. By failing to allow witnesses and documentation, they have failed to fulfill their oath to act with “impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws.” They have gained...

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