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07/01/2019
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...
07/01/2019
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...
07/01/2019
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....
07/01/2019
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
04/02/2019
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...
04/02/2019
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...
04/02/2019
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...
04/02/2019
At the Legislative Breakfast in Middlebury on March 18 in Middlebury, I had the opportunity to ask Gov. Scott how he was going to address the healthcare access crisis underway in Vermont. This question arose after I listened to the governor respond to a question the previous Friday evening on the “Vermont This Week Special” question-and-answer edition. In response to a question from Allen Quittner asking why he wasn’t pushing for Universal Primary Health Care, the governor responded that “We are doing a pretty good job in Vermont; 97 percent of Vermonters are covered by some sort of...
04/02/2019
“This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine.” You too can sing along with Fannie Lou Hamer and feel her vibrancy and power. I choose to honor Fannie Lou Hamer in recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8 and Black History Month and Women’s History Month. Here is part of her story. Herstory is another form of history. Fannie Lou Hamer lived from 1917 to 1977 in Mississippi. She was the youngest of 20 children. Her mother was paid money by the plantation owner for producing one more future field hand. Fannie Lou and her family worked as sharecroppers. Fannie Lou married Perry “...
04/02/2019
Quarry Hill School would like to acknowledge the sponsors who helped make our annual ski race, The Iguana Cup Challenge. The March 17 event at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl was a huge fundraising success this year. Thank you for your generous support: Addison County Dairy Consulting, American Flatbread Middlebury Hearth, Basin Reclaimed, Bee’s Wrap, Daly Dental Practice, Danforth Pewter, Green Peppers, Laberge Insurance, Little Pressroom and Middlebury College Snow Bowl. And also Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Middlebury Ski Club, Monument Farms, Multi Builders, Murphy Landscape Design...

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