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10/29/2020
Growing up an American taking middle school civics, I was taught early that “no one is above the law.” That hasn’t been obvious to anyone watching either the news coming out of the nation’s capital or paying attention to DUI charges in the City of Rutland here in Vermont. It seems that some people are above the law, or at least not prosecuted with the same zeal that you or I would be, not being a person in power or a police officer. We’re lucky in Addison County, Sheriff Newton is an upfront, honest law officer. He runs a department that seems to try very hard to get it right. Still, High...
10/29/2020
I am writing to endorse Dave Silberman for High Bailiff. The role of High Bailiff is to provide oversight to the sheriff’s department, to ensure that office is not above the law. Such civilian oversight over law enforcement is so important for preventing any possible misconduct and abuse. If the High Bailiff is also a member of the law enforcement community, independent oversight is impossible. Dave is running to put the sheriff’s office under this kind of objective, independent, civilian oversight.  I’ve known Dave for several years, and have been impressed by his intelligence, his...
10/29/2020
When we see something in someone that we cannot stand; that we hate or revolt from; that is so offensive; lies, corruption, vanity, insincerity, mental instability, greed, sour attitude, etc.; it is only because we each can have some of these bad qualities deep in ourselves, and to see someone display those qualities outwardly, “no holds barred,” makes you and me cringe because it reminds us that those horrible desires are ways that we try to repress in ourselves.  Let this man — and we all know who I speak of — remind us of our shortcomings and what we need to address in ourselves— what we...
10/29/2020
One year ago I was optimistic about school consolidation — imagine the improved benefits of larger better staffed schools! More specialist help for kids who need it! More art, music, and math for all students! I eagerly read the Addy Indy article this summer, but was surprised when it announced a plan to close four of seven ACSD elementary schools citing a 350 page architectural report that lacks a single word about education. Admittedly late to the conversation, I began to tune in, digging up information as best I could. In the last couple of months I have learned that the “Facilities Master...
10/26/2020
Because the President of the United States has questioned the integrity of our electoral system and hinted that he may not accept the outcome of our Nov. 3 election, the Middlebury Friends Meeting wishes to state publicly that we believe in that system, which 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 throughout Vermont will carry out their duties in a trustworthy manner. Indeed, Vermont can be seen as an example to the rest of the nation of how a democracy should function. We...
10/22/2020
As Vermonters consider which candidates will move Vermont forward over the next decade, the most crucial issues revolve around the state’s demographic challenges. We need leaders to not only stem the flow of young Vermonters leaving the state, but who know how to use Vermont’s inherent assets to attract a new cohort of young entrepreneurs, families and remote worker In the race for lieutenant governor, Democrat Molly Gray has the positive energy, passion, direct answers, and the work ethic to tackle the issues head-on.  Key to retaining and attracting new residents is extending and...
10/22/2020
These last few months of responding to the coronavirus have shown how resilient Vermonters are and how able to react quickly in an emergency. We have come together across parties and sectors to take care of one another. We have assured that people have food and places they can turn to for help. We have responded well to a crisis and continue to work on supporting those who are living on the margins. Our awareness of terrible inequities has grown and our ability to think of new solutions to old problems is growing stronger. We are learning to listen to one another across cultural and...
10/22/2020
Many reputable national polls conducted over the past two weeks show former Vice President Joe Biden with a lead of about 10 percent over President Donald Trump. A gap of this magnitude is larger than the margin of polling error, so a popular vote victory for the Biden-Harris ticket is highly likely. However, as we learned in 2000 and 2016, the electoral vote, not the popular vote, will determine who is inaugurated president on Jan. 20. In 2016, Trump won states with 306 electoral votes, 36 more than the 270 needed for election. When projecting this year’s electoral vote, it is useful to...
10/22/2020
I’ve known Jubilee McGill for several years, well before she recently entered formal politics. Like many Vermonters her life has not been easy, but she has a big heart and that has made all the difference. She knows what it is to be a single mom with difficulties in having housing and all the other associated problems. She persisted and pulled herself up and found success. She has long been very active in helping other Vermonters make their lives better, in her work and in her activism. Now she wants to take the next step and help make Vermont better for all of us, but especially the...
10/22/2020
What’s going on and why is it taking so long to get what you need? It’s because of the pandemic. Many new challenges have occurred, and each one adds demands on our work as town officials. I am writing to explain my situation as your elected town clerk, but I assure you that other town officials are experiencing similar struggles. In March, schools and businesses were shut down and a core group of “essential” Lincoln officials continued to work during that time to keep the town running. Since then everyone is back on the job, but some continue to work from home. When the Governor released...

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Addison County Independent

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Middlebury, VT 05753

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