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10/29/2020
Without hesitation I support Dave Silberman for high bailiff in this upcoming election. Perhaps a lesser known position, the high bailiff has an important community role intended to put a check on the sheriff’s office. In an effort to prevent impropriety and misconduct the high bailiff may arrest the sheriff if they break the law. As a civilian, Dave can provide unbiased and independent oversight on law enforcement.  Personally, I have known Dave for a number of years and can attest to his courage in voicing the truth. You will hardly find another who tirelessly dedicates his time to the...
10/29/2020
It is election season. Many folks have already voted. This letter is written to those who have not yet voted and may be undecided about who to vote for, or who are considering voting for President Trump. There are a number of things that are facts about the current president. •  He is not a truth teller. He lies and misinforms on a daily basis. (ex. Empty promises for a new health care plan… plus many more.) •  He has a low regard for expertise and experience in any area, and also a disregard for science. (Ignoring epidemiologists in dealing with the pandemic. Threw out the pandemic plan that...
10/29/2020
This has been a difficult year for most Vermonters, but none have struggled more than people facing homelessness and food insecurity. More than 200 people in Addison County found themselves in shelters and motel rooms at the height of the pandemic. Even more lined up at food banks. And hundreds of their neighbors responded with acts of kindness and generosity. One of the people who responded wholeheartedly in his personal and professional capacities was businessman and Representative Matt Birong of Vergennes. As a restaurateur and board member of the Vergennes Boys and Girls Club, Matt is...
10/29/2020
Have you ever read a book that taught you so much and moved you so much that you wanted to wave it around and get everybody you know to read it? This happened to me when I read the book “Chasing the Scream,” by Johann Hari. This book documents the origins and outcomes of the United States War on Drugs, and while it is a nonfiction book, it reads like a thriller. Dave Silberman, who is running for the position of High Bailiff, has read “Chasing the Scream,” and many other books about the racism and injustice of U.S. drug laws. Dave cares so much about this issue that he has been advocating for...
10/29/2020
This is an open letter to our elected and candidate state representatives and senators in Addison County regarding an ongoing initiative called “Sign the Pledge: Count Every Vote Vermont.”  The President of the United States has hinted that he may not accept the outcome of our November 3rd election. We wish to engage our elected officials and candidates for office in stating publicly that they believe that his acceptance of the outcome is vital to our democracy. We have absolute confidence that the Vermont Secretary of State, Vermont Town and City Clerks, and Boards of Civil Authority...
10/29/2020
With less than a week until the election, it is more important than ever that Vermonters reflect on their core values as they choose the candidate who will represent them during the next term. The outcome of the election will be an indication of our vision for the future. As teens, we are unable to vote, however we believe strongly that this year it is more important than ever that Vermonters vote for candidates who will be strong and effective leaders in an increasingly divided world. Because of this, we encourage voters to support Mari Cordes on Nov. 3. Since 2018, Mari has represented...
10/29/2020
Molly Gray is exactly the right person that Vermont needs now to be our next Lieutenant Governor — intelligent, grounded in the Vermont experience, but with a level of international exposure that has prepared her to tackle the job. Molly will bring an energy to the job that will highlight the things that need to be done to put Vermont’s business in a great position to succeed. Her experience in the challenging fields of human rights law and humanitarian aid in difficult circumstances for the International Committee of the Red Cross gives her an edge in figuring out how to overcome roadblocks...
10/29/2020
High Bailiff is a small but important position — its primary role is to ensure that our county’s elected sheriff never becomes viewed as above the law. Because a sheriff can’t be expected to arrest himself or herself, High Bailiff exists to deliver a warrant to the sheriff or arrest the sheriff if appropriate and necessary. This is a key oversight, and I’m glad that it’s part of Vermont law. For too long, Addison County has had an unofficial tradition of placing sheriff’s deputies into the office and treating High Bailiff as if it were a “Sheriff in Waiting” for a presumed future sheriff. But...
10/29/2020
This letter is meant to scare you. We all should be scared. There are very credible authorities all across the country, of both political parties, who are deeply concerned that our democracy and the stability of our country are going to be tested in this election in ways that we have not experienced in our lifetimes. The potential is very high that President Trump will contest the election results by any means at his disposal if he should lose, throwing our nation into serious, potentially violent, chaos — essentially retaining power in a coup.  I don’t say this lightly.  Trump has threatened...
10/29/2020
We appreciated the convenience, safety, and security of voting early this election. We received our ballots automatically from the Secretary of State because we were already registered voters and we promptly filled them out and hand-delivered them to the secure ballot box outside Holley Hall in Bristol. We checked the My Voter Page website MVP.Vermont.gov and know our ballots were received and are ready to be counted. In the Addison-4 Vermont House of Representatives race we voted for incumbent Mari Cordes. Here’s why: Her work over the past two years representing Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton...

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Addison County Independent

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Middlebury, VT 05753

Phone: 802.388.4944
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