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02/27/2020
Editor’s note: This is the 48th in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition. The Gettysburg Address opens with a reference to the founding of a nation: “Four score and seven years ago, our fathers brought forth upon this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” I concluded the previous essay with this question, what sort of nation did Lincoln envisage when he spoke these words? Did he have in mind one that was racially inclusive, or one that was for whites only? Here is my answer. To...
02/27/2020
Having grown up as a child of the 1970s, one of my favorite movies was Gene Wilder’s “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” I was captivated by the wonder, fantasy and downright creepiness of the film. My mother would indulge my sister and me with a periodic couch showing, with a choice of candy in hand. I would usually settle in with a full-sized Tootsie Roll or box of Milk Duds, and the necessary chewing would prolong the sweetened delight. Of all the characters, I was most intrigued by Veruca Salt and her unabashed bratiness. Even 40 years later, my memory is etched with the image of...
02/27/2020
On the cusp of the vote for the Addison Central School District Board, two challengers have announced that they are running against incumbents Victoria Jette, Mary Gill and Jennifer Nuceder. The challengers’ ads claim a platform of “transparency,” but their ads were run with no information on who funded them. These ads make thinly veiled — and unfounded — accusations that the current ACSD school board is unjust, unethical and non-transparent. The fact is that the current board has spent — literally — years on the ACSD School Board carefully studying the issues that the district faces (unlike...
02/27/2020
Are you concerned about the future of our school system? Are you counting on the school board to tackle the difficult decisions and challenges presented to us with the best interests of students and the community in mind? As a native Vermonter, and longtime resident of Addison County, I have had personal experience with the school system, first as a student and now as a parent. I attended Middlebury Union High School and graduated with the class of 2005 after being homeschooled through primary school. My four sons, ages 6, 9, 12 and 15, are currently enrolled in an array of schools in the...
02/27/2020
Hi, my name is Christin Gardner and I am running for a Middlebury seat on the Addison Central School District Board. My husband and I have two sons — one attends Mary Hogan and the youngest goes to Aurora Preschool. I believe my unique experience living and raising my family in two different towns, Shoreham and Middlebury, will help me bridge communities and connect the values between our different towns. I used to run the Shoreham After School Program, and I currently work as an early education teacher, so I understand how important our kids’ experience in the school system is. Our kids are...
02/27/2020
I would like you to consider voting for the incumbents for the ACSD Board: Jen Nuceder (Salisbury), Victoria Jette (Middlebury) and Mary Gill (Middlebury). All three have worked tirelessly with the goal of providing the best education for all of our ACSD students from all of our seven towns. Their knowledge and dedication is critical at this juncture. As a former educator in the ACSD for more than 40 years, I know just how important this vote is. I am writing to encourage everyone to vote with an understanding that finding solutions to the challenges we face will happen when we support...
02/27/2020
I read out the following letter during the public comment period at the ACSD School Board meeting on Feb. 10 in Cornwall. My wife and I, and our three year old son moved to Ripton about a year and a half ago. We were fortunate enough to be able to build a small house and in the process transform our construction costs into revenue for carpenters, well drillers, and a few other trades people. This is the type of story that Vermont and this district needs more of, not because of who I am or who my family is, but because of the small economic engine we represent. Standing on our property the...
02/27/2020
Not quite 20 years ago my daughter, a newly minted teacher, accepted a teaching job in Vermont, and she and her boyfriend, a retail manager, also newly minted, looked for housing. Low pay and high housing and utility costs made the task hard, but they found a place and began their Vermont dream — only because they had two salaries and were willing to delay having children. I thought of them and their challenges as I read a recent letter to the editor entitled Governor’s Vetoes Preserved the State’s Affordability. In the letter the writer asserts that Governor Scott’s vetoes of the minimum...
02/27/2020
Over the last several years, Middlebury town officials and the selectboard have identified, scoped and developed plans for three much-needed infrastructure projects, which are presented as bond votes for this year’s town meeting: •  Article 8: Court Square/Court Street Water Main Improvements; •  Article 9: East Middlebury Flood Resiliency Project; and •  Article 10: Rehabilitation of the former Wastewater Treatment Facility on Lucius Shaw Lane. To minimize the cost for taxpayers and, in the case of the water mains improvement project, water utility customers, the selectboard has structured...
02/27/2020
I am writing to wholeheartedly support Victoria Jette for re-election to the school board. Victoria is a thoughtful, open-minded, collaborative person. She has dedicated countless hours to the Board and has three children in the three schools. She understands the implications of rising costs and decreasing enrollments and is committed to listening and finding solutions, even when that is extremely difficult. As a member of the Finance Committee, she is careful with our tax dollars and wants our money put to the best, most efficient use. She also knows that our schools are the heart of our...

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