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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...
09/12/2019
I read with some relief when the state police claimed that the recent harassment at and vandalism to Mexican farmworkers’ homes in Bridport was the result of a feud over access to a fishing spot, and not directed at these folks for who they are. That relief vanished after talking with the main victim of this harassment, whose home was visited two nights by a group of men yelling, firing shots or setting off fireworks and hitting the house, including his air conditioner that was in an unlocked window. He is a Mexican immigrant and so is his wife. They have young kids. He is a dedicated husband...
09/12/2019
I’ve read a couple of letters lately that suggest we don’t need milk. I almost cried! I was born and raised on farms in Rutland County. During WWII, while my three older brothers served in the Marines in the South Pacific, my sister and I were the farm hands. We were in our early teens. I loved it. I especially liked getting the cows before milking. I can still belt out “Come Boss.” And I still love cows. I drink a lot of milk — whole milk. I’ve read that doctors state our bodies need what is removed from whole milk for skim milk. I’m healthy and have good bones. I’ve fallen several times in...
09/12/2019
Thank you to Jeremy and Jordan from Northlands Job Corps. Jeremy and Jordan brought their students from the Job Corps to Orwell and worked for two days cutting trees and brush at the Orwell Village Cemetery. Trees were cut, brush was cut and chipped and everything was hauled away. Great job done. Looks Great. Town Clerk Betty Walker on behalf of the Orwell selectboard
09/10/2019
Our family went back to school the day after Labor Day. The Addison County schools began the week before Labor Day, but since we homeschool I figured: Why be crazy? (My daughters take a great deal of joy in their delayed start; every year they fantasize about appearing on the Mary Hogan School sidewalk on the first day of school in their pajamas, munching doughnuts and waving to their friends as they get off the bus. What prevents them from putting this plan into action is that they’re not even close to awake at that time.) One of my favorite things about homeschooling is that I feel like I’m...
09/09/2019
Leadership … “a leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” — John C. Maxwell. On Monday, Sept. 9, we will have the opportunity to review the current thinking as to the proposed future of the Addison Northwest School District elementary schools system. An open meeting will be available to have a community discussion on the elementary school consideration. On Front Porch Forum, I have provided some insight as to the (1) challenges/problems in maintaining three separate structurally aging elementary schools with declining enrollment. I have also lent my thinking to (2)...
09/09/2019
Dear Addison County Independent readers and Members of the Addison Northwest School District Board, Recently at the start of the school year, we learned of the plan to suddenly close Ferrisburgh Central School and Addison Central School at the end of this academic year. Many of the underlying assumptions for this recommendation by the ANWSD board are based on projecting the penalties incurred by the state for exceeding per pupil spending. The recent school board budget, which included paid stipends for some board members and facility upgrades, passed by seven votes. Understandably the board...

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