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09/26/2019
I’m asking everyone to contact their area reps, senators, congressmen and women and anyone else who will listen. Below is page 50 from the D.M.V. manual, which tells anyone who drives an older car like me that you can’t get your car inspected again. At least let the inspector have a say if the car is safe or not, and if not, give the person a chance to get it done better. William Chaffee East Middlebury Frame components   Reject Vehicle if:   1. Any area of the frame or cross members connecting the left side of the frame to the right side of the frame, cross members connecting to the inner...
09/26/2019
Thank you for the informative article about Bristol’s Four Hills Farm and its admirable modernization initiatives (“Thoroughly Modern Dairy Farm Takes Shape in Bristol,” Sept. 2). While the efforts of large farm owners to lessen their environmental impacts should be enthusiastically applauded, an important subtext here remains overlooked: Welcome though they are, such attempts at damage control are a clear sign that we’re finally running up against the intractable agricultural conundrum of our age — how can fundamentally unsustainable mega-“farms” ever be made sustainable? The short answer is...
09/26/2019
A Letter to the People of Addison County: As members of a faith community, we are appalled by news of recent harassment and terrorizing of our farmworker neighbors in Bridport, Addison County. We are saddened to learn that there are fellow Vermonters who would deliberately attack farmworkers’ homes, shout at them and shoot guns to frighten them. Why would anyone want to terrorize farmworkers who are working hard in the dairy industry and trying to raise their families? It may be difficult to imagine how much terror these actions cause in the hearts of the farmworkers and their families trying...
09/26/2019
The Middlebury Mamas want to thank everyone in the community — friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers both near and far — who helped support us in our 200-mile “Reach the Beach” Ultra Ragnar Relay race last weekend. We also want to extend our gratitude to John Flowers and the editors of the Addison Independent for featuring our story in the Sept. 5 issue. We are so proud to report that your generosity not only motivated us to reach the beach nearly two hours faster than the last time we raced this course, but helped us surpass our original fundraising goal of $3,000 to raise a total of $5,...
09/26/2019
I am a student of leadership and of human behavior. This past week I was amazed at the example of astonishing leadership behavior and human behavior in the wake of a serious incident. Last Monday there was a very serious farming accident at one of the Shoreham dairy farms. I was one of the first to arrive after immediate family and first responders. I have not witnessed a more amazingly positive response to such a negative situation. The dairy owner, Jeep Madison, the victim of the accident, is recovering at UVM Medical Center in Burlington. He is expected to make a full recovery. In the wake...
09/26/2019
The process of Act 46 consolidation in the Addison Central School District has, in my view, lacked the necessary transparency and level of enfranchisement that one would expect in a democratic society. First, the 2016 Town Meeting Day school district consolidation vote held in each of the district towns was hardly a free and fair election. The small outlying towns were informed that if they voted against consolidation, they would lose their small schools state grant and probably all state funding going forward. Whereas, if they voted for consolidation, the state money (our own tax money)...
09/24/2019
Our first clue that the appliances were turning against us was when the oven refused to heat up. It happened at the worst possible moment, of course: A night when I was supposed to be going out for a belated birthday dessert with friends, and my husband would be getting home late after picking up our eldest daughter from a class and our youngest from a playdate. Feeling like I had it all together, I’d tossed some food into the oven to cook while I walked the dog and did the poultry chores. Twenty minutes later – just minutes before the other hungry half of our family would arrive expecting...

EMMA POPE MCCRIGHT holds a sign at the climate strike demonstration in Boston.
09/23/2019
When I woke up on Friday, Sept. 20, I thought about the day, my husband and my two daughters, as I always do. I let the dog out, had some coffee, got ready for work. In the back of my mind I knew that this was the day of the Youth Climate Strike. Both my daughters were going to participate. Maybe I would wander over to College Park in Middlebury and check out the protest there, if work wasn’t too crazy.  It wasn’t that immediate to me.  My older daughter texted me from college when she boarded a bus to head to Boston for the march there. My younger daughter, a junior at MUHS, got ready to...
09/23/2019
This column is presented by the Living with Dying Partnership – an alliance between End of Life Services (formerly Hospice Volunteer Services and ARCH), Addison County Home Health & Hospice and UVM Health Network Porter Medical Center. The mission of this partnership is to create a framework for end-of-life care organizations to collaborate on our common goal of providing education about dying, death and options for care. For more information on this partnership, please call End of Life Services at 388-4111. In the “Ways of Seeing” column that ran under the headline “Ask your loved ones...
09/23/2019
We teach our children to be creative problem solvers, to think innovatively — skills that they will need in spades to deal with an ever-changing and uncertain world. Let’s model this same thinking now when it matters most for our children, our communities and our schools. Let’s find a path forward for the Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) that’s fiscally sustainable — yes — and also, dare I say, inspired! The doom and gloom of per-pupil spending thresholds, penalties, and declining enrollment loomed large over the community at the Sept. 9 ANWSD school board meeting. While I appreciate...

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