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03/05/2020
The negative language that has been added to S.321 threatens both the hunting community and the integrity of the Fish and Wildlife Department. Senator Chris Bray stated on the record that he doesn’t believe these are attacks on hunting. If this concerns you, seek him out and speak to him about it. The Fish and Wildlife Department spends the majority of its sportsman-generated dollars on non-game programs, yet this bill creates a study committee that is made up of legislators. We could end up with some Fish and Wildlife Board members whom neither have a hunting, fishing or trapping license,...
03/03/2020
I’m running for the first time for First Constable in my town of Cornwall   Vermont. Sue Johnson, our Town Clerk, tells me the duties are non-existent,   if not minimal. In fact, she says, the Select Board doesn’t allow the constable   to do anything. No badge-wearing. No pulling over a speeding driver. Arresting a dog   for not wearing his tag. Not investigating the rumor the Town Poet might have   stolen a line from his neighbor. As Frost said, when a reporter asked him where he found his free   spoken lines. To which he retorted, from a Dragon in Ripton Vermont, where he lived in the...
03/02/2020
No surprise that former Vice-President Joe Biden got his expected bounce out of the South Carolina primary, but Sen. Bernie Sanders placed a strong second and is well-poised to win major contests on Super Tuesday. Criticize the primary process all you want, but the political reality is that Sanders is likely to have such a substantial lead after this coming Tuesday that he’ll be hard to catch. That’s particulary true because the moderate vote continues to be split between Biden, Mike Bloomberg, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Peter Buttigieg. Sanders’s early advantage is sparking near panic among...
03/02/2020
If you look carefully and objectively at the world today, you may be able to perceive that we are approaching a crossroad: Do we want to continue our own fragile democracy as well as supporting other democratic movements abroad, or are we in the process of giving up on that and seeing the world sink into nationalism and populism?  Much is made of the post-World War II period and the Cold War, when the two main competing ideologies were democracy and communism. Some saw it as horribly dangerous, particularly as they watched the hostile, nuclear-armed competitors trying to manipulate...
03/02/2020
My name is Rob Backlund and I am running for Lincoln’s open seat on the Mount Abraham Unified School District (MAUSD) board. I am the son of retired public school educators and my daughter, Suvi, will be a member of the Mount Abraham Unified High School Class of 2037. I was raised to value, appreciate and cherish education. Any efforts, time and money that I put forth to support our children, our teachers, our schools, our communities, our collective education, isn’t energy and capital spent, it is time and money invested. I aspire to represent Lincoln on the school board so that I can role...
03/02/2020
I am writing to encourage residents of the Addison Central School District (ACSD) to vote on March 3, and I heartily support Jen Nuceder, Victoria Jette and Mary Gill for reelection at this time. They have the experience and the knowledge from years of investment in the details of running our diverse school community, and we need people with that broad background to tackle the tough decisions ahead. As a retired teacher in this district I appreciate the work our educators do, and I also acknowledge that their job is not easy. My three children received a very good education, and although that...
03/02/2020
Addison County is known for our nature adventures and outdoor enthusiasts. I love the beauty, but admit, I’ve never been mistaken for being particularly outdoorsy. For this reason, my recent devotion and deepening appreciation for Middlebury Area Land Trust (MALT) surprised even me. In truth, I have my eight-year old son and MALT’s incredible staff to thank for this recent conversion. We have lived within walking distance to the Trail Around Middlebury (TAM) for over 15 years and it has always been a welcome, but sporadic, respite. However, under Jamie Montague’s leadership, I have witnessed...
03/02/2020
I started watching and listening to the Democratic candidates early in 2019, and haven’t stopped. This election is critical, and the Democrats need to get it right. Many of the candidates offer strengths, but Elizabeth Warren has emerged as a true leader. She has the qualifications, the personality, and the courage to tackle corruption, corporate greed and the injustices facing many Americans and institutions. Additionally, she is empathetic and can connect with people (voters and lawmakers from all sides); exhibits the energy of a 50-year-old; and possesses an uncanny intellect and a great...
03/02/2020
Richard Isenberg’s “Letter to the Editor” on Feb. 20 “All of us are socialists” was well written and accurate. As he wrote, “Socialism is only a word, and not as threatening as ignorance, intolerance or greed.” I would like to add one more thought. “When everyone does well, everyone does well.” Also, When Charles Murray returns to Middlebury College in March to once again speak his blather, don’t show up. Let him speak to an audience of only those who invited him back again. Pat Ullom Orwell  
02/27/2020
By all measures, Vermonters should turn out in record numbers this Town Meeting Day, March 3. That’s because declining student enrollment throughout much of the state has forced schools to curb spending while taxes are up; it’s because routine costs on grand lists that aren’t growing fast enough mean higher taxes for many; and it’s also because towns are facing school consolidation choices that pose significant changes in the meaning of community. These aren’t issues that are necessarily dire and foreboding, but rather ones that are of utmost importance to each town’s future. There are also...

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