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11/07/2019
The recent article in the Addison Independent “Middlebury police struggle with homelessness surge” (Oct. 17) made me so grateful for the good will and open hearts of people like our chief of police, Tom Hanley, and Charter House director, Doug Sinclair. We are fortunate to have such caring people and organizations in Middlebury — and there are many, including the Middlebury Area Clergy Association and the members of religious congregations, who very much want to do what is right to support people in severe poverty and those experiencing homelessness. Let me ask this question though: Would we...
11/07/2019
John Flowers recently reported on a 5MW solar farm and 2MW battery storage facility proposed by Middlebury College, Encore Renewable Energy and Green Mountain Power to be located on one of Middlebury’s most beloved recreational roads, South Street Extension. This solar farm would sit on a roughly 37-acre portion of a 518-acre parcel, a greenfield, owned by the college. The solar arrays will be visible on three sides. It will include approximately 22,000 solar panels. This siting has many neighbors and community members heartbroken. This dirt road does not have a lot of car traffic and as a...
11/07/2019
One of the few things that current-day conservatives and progressives might agree on is that our nation’s constitution is broken. Instead of being able to point to constitutional mandates, we scramble over the shards of a deeply divided political discourse and attempt to find our way on important issues like abortion, the place of the electoral college, rights for women, the intention of the second amendment, gerrymandering, climate issues, taxation, budget deficits, and much more by resorting to executive actions, patchwork legislation, and judicial review. And all the while, the...
11/07/2019
We fervently hope Dan Monger (letter Oct. 24) is wrong in his assertion that the impeachment process will help re-elect Donald Trump. Very likely the House of Representatives will adopt articles of impeachment against Trump and the Senate will refuse to remove him from office. Everything will then depend on whether the electorate will take the president’s offenses seriously enough to vote him out, no matter who becomes the Democratic nominee Unfortunately, it is not clear that a majority of voters recognize this President as the monstrosity and menace he is. As we hear and read in the media,...
11/05/2019
While there were many things that attracted us to our current house, the house itself was not one of them. Our house was built in three distinct installments, and it shows. The interior layout is a rambling railroad of rooms. The exterior, when we purchased the house, was covered on three sides with grey vinyl siding and red trim, and on the back side with unfinished wood. Neither vinyl nor wood siding was installed correctly, so water was getting underneath and causing rot. We bought it anyway, because my husband tends to make decisions based on his vision of what can be, as opposed to what’...
11/04/2019
The recent passing of Paul Bruhn, a champion of preservation and community development for more than 40 years, is a blow to the heritage conservation movement. Much like the vacant lots and storefronts in the historic town centers that Paul spent his life defending, his loss has left many of us feeling like something is missing. Since 1980, Paul’s Preservation Trust of Vermont has served as the stalwart organization supporting communities in maintaining Vermont’s small-town aesthetic and in fighting off the type of development that threatens to change the very nature of our state.  In spite...
11/04/2019
We, the elected members of the Addison Northwest School District board, are parents, community members, and dedicated public servants. We are tasked with ensuring a rich and robust education for all district students in a way that is affordable to our communities and abides by local, state, and federal requirements. At times we are presented with challenging situations and we are grateful when the Addison Independent helps advance the difficult discussions. For years, we have discussed declining enrollment and rising costs during our public meetings. Some of these conversations have been...
11/04/2019
Migrant workers in Addison County: Well, congratulations to ICE for arresting a hard-working undocumented Hispanic getting groceries on a break from a job local people won’t do! Putting it to our local farmers again! I think the real hero is Middlebury Police Chief Tom Hanley, who said years ago he would not bother hard-working undocumented workers and has kept his word. Thank you Chief Hanley for caring about our farmers! Sheri Bessette Smith Vergennes 
11/04/2019
“If it isn’t good morality, it isn’t good politically,” so said a wise professor from the English school at which I lived a half a century ago. He said this 30 years removed from Munich’s sad surrender to a cardboard strutting bully who demanded Britain and France give up alliance to the well-armed Czechs. We know, of course, how that worked out. Yet we’ve learned naught, and 80 years removed from distant Munich’s shame, we, as a nation, turned our back on friends who fought and died for us. And once again the vacuum left behind a sad, immoral act is filled by players who mean ill, which...
11/04/2019
As a resident of the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) for 25 years, I have realized the depth of commitment and caring our community has for the success of our schools, our teachers and our students. As a parent of children who attended school here, I have been witness to the ways this community has supported our kids over the years and how teachers, community members and others continue to support them still. Our schools have always put our kids at the center of their education — providing opportunities and creative options for ALL students, understanding that with education,...

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