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Please vote “Yes on 3” to enable Middlebury to develop regulations to permit a retail marijuana shop to do business here. Such a shop will bring many good citizens to Middlebury and thereby benefit our downtown. Not having a marijuana shop here will just motivate residents of Addison County to shop elsewhere. It will not increase the usage of marijuana, which, by the way, produces far less anti-social behavior than liquor does.   John S. Freidin Middlebury
I live in Middlebury and feel a lot of sympathy with both Ripton and Weybridge as they face the likely closure of their elementary schools if they remain within the Addison Central School District. I’m interested that the two towns have voted differently on the question of leaving the supervisory union, and am curious as to why this happened. As I ponder my own vote on the question, one thing that concerns me is the impact of withdrawal on the property tax burden of low- and moderate-income residents in Ripton. Our state has a system of income-based school property taxes, but I believe that a...
I have been asked what my stance is on the proposed cannabis sales in Middlebury. Here is my public opinion. We as law enforcement wasted everyone’s time in Montpelier trying to fight it from happening, it was going to happen whether anyone wanted it to or not. What we should have done was lobby for the same types of rules that govern the sale and use of alcohol for cannabis. Cannabis has been around longer than most of us have been alive, I do not feel cannabis itself is a gateway drug. It should be well regulated in how it is grown; when you start adding stuff and altering it is where it...
I am a teacher at Middlebury Union Middle School (MUMS), where I have been teaching math since 1997. I am writing on behalf of the teachers of the Addison County School District (ACSD). My intention is to raise awareness on an issue that is causing great distress for teachers in my district and across the state: the shocking and promise-breaking attack on the teachers’ retirement system by Vermont State leadership. I would like to begin by thanking the community for their support not only during the challenges of this past year, but also throughout my time in the district. That support may be...
I support Cornwall resident Chris Kramer for the At-Large School Board seat in the upcoming Addison County School District election on Town Meeting Day March 2. His name will be on the ballot in every town and citizens in all member towns can vote for him. I would like to see some new faces on the school board, and Chris would provide that. Chris reached out to me about his candidacy and we had a long talk about his experience and priorities.  What struck me is his openness to hearing all sides of the issues. He has been very involved in school district meetings since moving to Cornwall with...
As a veteran teacher with a decent awareness of what is going on regarding the State of Vermont’s push to shift the burden of retirement system fixes onto educators, it has been interesting to see media coverage of recent proposed changes to Vermont teacher pensions. I have seen that the journalist generally starts by setting the context, which makes sense from a writing standpoint, but from a factual standpoint they often do so using a false narrative, based solely on information they have received from the state: “The pension is in crisis, and the only way to save it is to make teachers pay...
I was fortunate enough to meet Esther Thomas shortly after she moved to Middlebury, and I am thrilled that she is running for a seat on the Middlebury selectboard. Esther has shown herself to be one of those people who looks for ways to be of service by building community wherever she goes. She is a bright light, an excellent communicator, and a warm-hearted leader. I met Esther when she started attending our church, where she immediately joined our worship team and showed herself to be a powerful public speaker. Esther is dedicated to listening to Middlebury residents, and if elected to the...
I am writing in support of Esther Thomas for the one-year post on the Middlebury selectboard vacated by Victor Nuovo. Esther is a Residence Director at Middlebury College, part of the Student Life Staff. She moved to Middlebury to take this position two years ago and immediately fell in love with Vermont, and Middlebury in particular, recognizing it as a wonderful community in which to raise her two children. With an undergraduate degree in history and communication, and a master’s in communication and public relations, Esther’s job requires her to manage a staff of 18 students. She is...
I am writing today because I oppose the recent recommendations State Treasurer Beth Pearce has made to alter the Teachers’ Retirement System. I am a sixth-generation Vermonter and a first-generation college graduate. Currently, I am in my 18th year as a teacher at Mary Hogan School. I am passionate about teaching, but one of the primary reasons I chose to enter this field is because it offered a pension. A pension provided the security of retirement, possibly giving me a stable future, unlike the later years experienced by some of my family members and friends who worked beyond their 60s and...
I am writing this letter to the ACSD community to endorse Peter Conlon’s re-election to the ACSD School Board. By sharing some of the reasons for this endorsement, I hope you will feel the same way.  In my years working with Peter on the board I have noticed three primary qualities that stand out as characteristics that make him the best candidate for Cornwall and the entire ACSD community. His intelligence, dedication, and patience are among the many qualities that should recommend his re-election to the school board. Peter is able to understand the complex issues involved in education...

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