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As the town of Addison prepares to vote July 13 on whether to withdraw from the Addison Northwest School District, residents in the district’s other towns should view the proceedings with empathy — as if they were living in Addison and it was their school that had been closed by district officials against the town’s strong opposition. In November 2019, Addison residents joined Ferrisburgh residents in defeating an ANWSD plan that would have closed both elementary schools. Addison residents rejected the plan, 373-123. Since then, district officials closed the school and converted the ACS...
This is an open letter to all our Addison County state legislators.  A particularly disturbing trend has been noticed here in Vermont for the last year or so. It is exemplified by a situation that a couple of friends are encountering but this is far from the only instance. Our friends, a young couple who lived in the western U.S. for the last several years, sold their home out west and returned to Vermont with the intention of buying a home here and settling back into the place of their birth and family. So far they have made at least two bids on homes for sale, the latest one bidding $50,000...
I understand that the Addy Indy has a (rightful) interest in printing letters from across the political spectrum in order to promote “responsible debate,” but I am genuinely unclear about what is “responsible” in the letter by Mr. Jackson on CRT (Critical Race Theory) that ran in the June 10 edition. The problem with Mr. Jackson’s letter is that it is wholly incorrect about literally everything he claims about CRT, starting with the first sentence, and continuing for every sentence thereafter. CRT is not known as “Courageous Conversation.” It is not “instructed by teachers.” Unless primary...
I recently received a condolence card from a dear old friend in New Jersey (my husband Chuck Strum and I moved from Ridgewood. N.J., to Weybridge five years ago). In the card my friend wrote “my biggest wish is that we all lived nearby on the same street, in the same town as the old days so we could simply be there for each other.” While my friend was imagining a place from the distant past (she and I never lived in New Jersey even in the same town), I realized that I live in such a place right now. Throughout the 15 months of Chuck’s devastating illness, we were surrounded (even during a...
This letter is in response to the overview of the multiple proposals recommending the closure of Mt. Abraham Union High School. It is striking to me that all these proposals prioritize keeping the existing elementary schools, at the expense of the local high school. I am shocked that the idea of community connection these groups value so highly appears to end once their kids complete eighth grade. I wonder if the proposers have considered all the connections that have existed for years at Mt. Abraham Union High School? Are they aware of the shared activities, the camaraderie, and the...
In response to the June 10 letter “Race theory in schools panned”: There is importance in listening to different arguments. When it comes to the topic of racism, however, the facts speak for themselves. Have you looked at the news and seen who is being disproportionately killed and discriminated against in this country? There is no room to challenge anti-racism or Critical Race Theory. Something or someone is either racist or not. As white people are not victims of racism but rather the historic perpetrators of racism, white people must listen to Black voices on what is and is not racist. A...
Thank you to all of the Middlebury Rotary flag patrons. We now display over 400 American flags around town on Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day while raising almost $20,000 to distribute to local nonprofits. Wonderful way to celebrate patriotism combined with charitable donations! Tim Hollander Middlebury Rotary
We are disheartened by the June 10 article in the Addison Independent describing the proposals about the future of Mount Abraham Unified School District (“Consolidation plans would close Mt. Abe”), and not only because we are educators at Mt. Abraham, but also because many of us are community members ourselves with children, currently and formerly, in the district’s schools at all levels. As parents and community members, we can identify with the desire to keep our elementary schools open. We know these community-based schools provide nurturing environments where our children can learn and...
For the past two years, our family has celebrated homeschool graduations. Both years we’ve had daughters who were moving up to middle school — but mostly we just wanted an excuse for a party. My daughters create a yearbook and video of the year’s highlights, we lay out a display of their school projects, we invite grandparents (virtually and in-person), and we serve refreshments. At our daughters’ request, my husband has delivered the commencement speech at both events. I get it: They have to listen to me, their primary teacher, for hours every day. Plus, my husband has the spiffy robe/hood/...
As Gov. Scott considers rescinding the State Emergency Order he put in place March 13, 2020 to take charge of the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s good reason to keep the order in place while also rescinding parts of the order so that life can return to pre-pandemic normal. The suggestion comes from Hunger Free Vermont and 130 other Vermont businesses and nonprofits that support continued food aid, and other forms of support that many Vermonters still need. Here’s their case in a widely disseminated letter sent to Gov. Scott: “We are reaching out to request that you delay fully lifting the State...

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