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I’m writing to address the possible taxation of services and the change back to printed medical safety data sheets (MSDS). There has been a lot of worry and concern regarding these issues though out the Cosmetology and Barber community. I feel we already pay sales tax on all of the products we use on our clients. We charge sales tax on any products sold to clients. Salon owners pay federal and state income tax on those products sold that already had sales tax levied. Independent stylists’ actual income is service-based and is already taxed on the federal and state level. Salon owners with...
Dear Gov. Scott, Sen. Leahy, Sen, Sanders, Congressman Welch, Mayors, Friends, Colleagues: Members of our Asian American community are dying. In Atlanta, a white man walked into three spas and murdered eight people. The victims were ambitious business owners, dedicated and hard-working mothers, newlyweds, and best friends remembered for being shy and unfailingly loving. Their names are: Hyun Jung Grant Soon C. Park Suncha Kim Daoyou Feng Yong A. Yue Delaina Ashley Yaun Paul Andre Michels Xiaojie Tan Since the beginning of this global pandemic that has ravaged our nation and disproportionately...
Hunters and reasonable gun owners may be the only Americans capable of talking sense to Republican representatives in the U.S. House and Senate. That’s because political leeches like Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, believe he is crowing to his base with his shoot-from-the-hip snipe that any calls for gun reform in the wake of the tragic murder of 10 people in a Boulder supermarket is just “ridiculous theater” by Democrats, saying all the talk of gun restrictions will not stop senseless shootings. Cruz, of course, is dead wrong. Suggestions that gun restrictions won’t stop mass murders has been a...
A couple of weeks ago, my Grandmother died. I had to say goodbye to her on the screen of my tiny phone. She could not hear or see me, so the person in the room had to explain to her that I was on a little machine looking at her and trying to talk to her. It was frustrating for both of us. She wanted me to be physically there and didn’t understand why I wasn’t. I wanted to be there, but could not travel because I am immunosuppressed and we are in the midst of a global pandemic. It would have been too risky, but it killed me to not be there with her and for her. My grandmother was very...
Last week the Vermont Senate approved, and sent to the House, a bill that would establish vote-by-mail as a regular part of general elections in Vermont. If the House also approves the bill and Gov. Scott signs it, both of which are very likely, all active registered voters in Vermont will receive a ballot in the mail prior to every general election, beginning with the November 2022 election. Vermont would then become the sixth state — and the only one in the East — to mail ballots to all voters prior to every general election. The other states where this is done are Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon...
Addison County will receive just over $4 million in Covid-19 relief money due to the recent passage of President Biden’s $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP). It’s a small part of the $2.7 billion the state receives from the same source. The catch is the money must be used for pandemic-related expenses. According to the Vermont League of Cities and Towns, Vergennes, for example, will get $255,470 from the funds, while Middlebury gets $868,383, Bristol gets 379,991, and smaller towns like Goshen ($16,121) and Leicester ($107,410) and Bridport ($116,509). There’s another “pool” of money...
18th in a series John Locke (1632–1704) was not an American, nor did he ever set foot on the American continent — although for a short time he owned property here and perhaps slaves. Yet there is wide agreement among historians that he was America’s philosopher, at least in the minds of the founders of this nation and framers of its Constitution. Therefore, he deserves a place in a series devoted to the life of the mind in America. The meaning of the ideas of liberty, equality, power, civil society, the rule of law, and common sense that occupied the minds of the founders and framers, were...

NATIONAL GUARDSWOMAN MARIANNE Powell prepared doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine in the MUHS gym at a recent special clinic for Vermont educators. The Guard brought enough vaccine to inoculate 400 educators. Independent photo/Megan James
I was pleased to see the Vermont National Guard stepping up to provide COVID-19 vaccine to teachers in a photo spread in the March 18 Addison Independent, however I was shocked to see Guard members preparing vaccine without wearing gloves. There were several photos portraying members of the Guard actually; none were wearing gloves. Correct me if I am wrong, but it is my understanding that nursing protocols require the wearing of gloves at all times when working with vaccine. This oversight is not what we need, when some people already have reservations about the safety of getting the vaccine...
The Bristol Democratic Committee supports current legislation to modernize our Bottle Bill (H.175). This bill would expand the types of beverage containers that can be accepted for redemption. It would include water bottles, wine bottles and containers for all noncarbonated and carbonated drinks except dairy and dairy alternatives. The bill would also increase the deposit on these beverage containers from 5 cents to 10 cents. Moving more of the beverage containers from the blue bin/curbside system to the redemption system is the way of the future because of the following: 1. It increases...
I am thrilled that my Feb. 4 ‘Ways of Seeing’ column has generated so much thoughtful discussion. I want to thank those who have responded here or reached out to me personally. I am grateful to those who have shared their deep knowledge of Darwin’s work and legacy. I would like to clear up one misconception that I think might have been generated by the Addison Independent’s choice of a headline for my piece: my musings are much more about the way ideas about science and objective truth get fixed in our cultural psyche rather than intended as a critique of Darwin specifically. I’m not deeply...

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