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09/19/2019
Russ Reilly, who among other things was a long-time announcer at Middlebury College football games, died July 24. A memorial service will be held at Mead Chapel on the Middlebury campus this Saturday, Sept. 21, at 3 p.m. For many years, Gary Margolis sat next to Reilly in the football announcer’s booth, spotting and running the 25-second clock.   Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, you would say, please remove your caps and honor this great country of ours.   As Legion Post 27 presents our colors. The word great bouncing off the peaks of the Green Mountains, beginning   to turn orange again...
09/16/2019
In a recent conversation with Governor Scott, one of his principle economic concerns was the gap between job openings and applicants. With Vermont’s population either slightly shrinking or growing, depending on the most recent data, it’s fair to say our population growth is essentially stagnant. Of greater concern is that it’s ageing at a rapid rate. The average Vermonter is 43. Only Maine and New Hampshire are older. Nineteen percent of Vermonters are over 65 and when we hit 20 percent Vermont meets the World Bank’s definition of “super-aged.” In spite of the growth of automation, at this...

JOHN HANSELMAN, CEO of Vanguard Renewables, refers to a map showing the layout of a future anaerobic digester at Salisbury’s Goodrich Farm. It will convert manure and food scraps into renewable natural gas for Middlebury College and other clients. Those involved in the project held a groundbreaking ceremony at the farm in August. Independent file photo/Steve James
09/16/2019
I’ve read the article regarding the installation of the digesters that will soon begin construction on the Goodrich Farm in Salisbury. I also understand how this may be a solution to some problems, such as green algae in our lakes, etc. Recently a friend told me that when he and his buddy caught two fish in Otter Creek (Salisbury/Cornwall), both fish had blue mouths or lips, as he stated. Although I am not an expert on the subject, I thought they were lacking oxygen and wondered whether the spreading of liquid manure was responsible for this too. I speculated whether they were abiding by the...
09/16/2019
Recycling is in a crisis. China has stopped taking our mixed recyclables, which are often contaminated or contain trash that was put in the wrong bin. With the market shrinking, it’s hard to find a use for recycled items and many are ending up in landfills. We are pretty good recyclers here in Addison County — sometimes too good, putting things in the recycling bin that are not really recyclable. We are learning to be more careful. But there’s another whole side to the story: purchasing recycled products. That way we help create a market. On Monday, Aug. 5, I took a bike tour of the several...
09/12/2019
In this era of misinformation of national news, it’s no small comfort to have representation in the nation’s capital whom Vermonters can trust and believe. Along with Sens. Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders, Vermont has been well served by Rep. Peter Welch in the House. The Addison Independent will host Rep. Welch next Monday, Sept. 16, from 5 to 6:15 p.m. in a community forum that will feature opening comments by the Congressman, followed by 30-45 minutes of questions from the audience. The community forum will be held at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Church and is graciously co...
09/12/2019
As we continue our series on the Otter Creek and its role in commerce, farming and communities in Addison County — and the consequent impact to water quality in Lake Champlain — we focus this week on Act 64, the state’s clean water act, and the painstaking planning and meticulous details involved. Supporters and detractors alike have to agree that the effort to achieve a plan that can accurately measure progress in terms of the amount of phosphorus reduced in any given basin is a worthy outcome. This story explains that effort and the process basin planners will be pursuing in their effort to...
09/12/2019
On July 28, I was arrested in Williston, Vt., for blocking a road outside the ICE Data Center. This unassuming brick building is the home of a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week hotline, where United States citizens can report their undocumented neighbors. About 400 Vermont and New York residents work at this data center, and I barely have the words to express my rage at my tax dollars being used to detain, deport, and terrorize families. Some recent New York Times headlines about the concentration camps where immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers are being forcibly detained include “Hungry, Scared...
09/12/2019
The Civil Rights Act of 1964 makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate against any person because of that person’s sex. Does this federal anti-discrimination statute apply to LGBT employees? The Supreme Court will consider this question in three cases that will be argued on Oct. 8. Two of the cases involve gay men who claim they were fired from their jobs because of their sexual orientation. The third involves a transgender woman who claims she was fired after she declared she was transgender and began living openly as a woman. Federal appeals courts that considered these cases were...
09/12/2019
Editor’s note: This is the 34th in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition. Ralph Waldo Emerson’s earliest writings, on which the previous essay was based, portray a mind infused with a sunny confidence. In his later works his mood darkens; moments of doubt and uncertainty cloud his vision. This emergent mood is given somber and poignant expression in the essay “Experience.” Emerson does not say what caused this change of mood. He mentions the recent death of son Waldo from scarlet fever. He was only five, an innocent child, and Emerson dearly loved...
09/12/2019
Regarding Richard Tanhauser’s letter in the Sept. 5 edition of the Independent, I don’t think I have ever read a letter to the editor that is so positive and prompted me to express how much reading it has made me think differently. If we all embraced this definition of “leadership” and lived our lives trying to “live” up to that definition, how we would change the world. It doesn’t take popular, famous, powerful leaders to make a difference. I have always thought that those of us who live in Shoreham have learned to agree to disagree and then go to the pub and have a drink and behave like...

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