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Many eyes and ears and minds and hearts were set on Minneapolis, Monday, March 8. Jury selection should have started for the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin. He is being charged with second-degree murder and manslaughter of George Floyd. (An aside: I recently listened to Dalia Landau’s TED talk about meeting Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian man who once lived in the house that her parents bought from the state of Israel. Dalai grew up, since infancy, in the same house in which Bashir spent part of his childhood. Bashir’s family was not “allowed” to stay. Dalia explains...
Recently both ANWSD and MAUSD school boards voted to adopt a motion to create a Merger Study Committee inviting each other and any other interested school districts.  During this process, I have advocated many times to have ACSD included in this study committee. All our students and taxpayers deserve to have a wide range of options considered. All three districts are struggling to maintain programming and whether to keep grade schools open. All of Addison County studying how to best use our collective resources may keep more of our grade schools functioning in our small towns, and give our...
Good news comes in many forms at the local level and this week is no exception. Leading the list in Addison County is the distribution of $280,000 in aid to area restaurants, and the donation of an especially scenic 130-acre parcel in Lincoln by Cornwall resident and philanthropist Will Jackson via the Middlebury Area Land Trust — both are stories profiled on the front page of today’s paper. But there are two other good news stories — one local, one national — that deserve your attention. ********** PMC ADOPTS TEAM-BASED LEADERSHIP MODEL It wouldn’t surprise me if readers skipped over the...
I never knew that when the sap starts rising in the maple trees, the hens would start laying again in full force. We had a light on for our hens this winter, tepidly lengthening their day, but only the brown eggs kept coming; the green eggs disappeared back in December. But right at the end of February, when a stronger sun striped the woods and the snow started looking tired, a cacophony of loud clucks, signaling the arrival of more eggs, emanated from the coop, commencing a seasonal song cycle. This is a silver lining: My pandemic hens, ordered from Agway a year ago as chicks, are teaching...
Appeals from the federal district courts in Vermont are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, based in New York City, which hears all federal appeals from Connecticut, New York and Vermont. Since the time Vermont native Calvin Coolidge was in the White House, one of the judgeships on the Second Circuit has traditionally been reserved for someone from Vermont. Only five judges have held the “Vermont seat” on the Second Circuit since it was established in 1928: Harrie Chase, Sterry Waterman, James Oakes, Fred Parker and Peter Hall, serving an average of over 18...
16th in a series The United States of America is not a Democracy, it is a Democratic Republic, or simply, “a Republic.” On this point, all the founders of this nation were agreed: Washington, Adams, Hamilton, Jefferson, Madison, notwithstanding their partisan differences. They were united in the single purpose to fashion the United States of America as a republic in perpetuity. And their efforts have been successful so far, more or less. I hasten to add, that this designation includes the names of the two major parties in American politics, but it is of no pertinence; what is pertinent is the...
Certain Republican lawmakers have said that they object to parts of the Biden COVID relief plan on the grounds of irrelevance. They say that money allocated to the National Endowment for the Arts and Humanities is part of “Democratic wish list,” and has nothing to do with COVID relief. Perhaps they are not aware of the vast numbers of people who depend on the arts for employment — not just the artists themselves — and who have been put out of work by the closure of theaters and museums. There are electricians, carpenters, ushers, sound engineers, stagehands, security guards and custodial...
The indefinite raising of the Black Lives Matter flag represents a student, staff, and community-supported initiative at Mt. Abe. This flag is intended to acknowledge, interrogate, and begin to work towards dismantling white supremacy, which is foundational to our profession as teachers, our school, our communities, our institutions, and our nation. The BLM flag represents holding our institutions accountable to this work both in and outside of our school building. It represents a long-term aspiration to the 13 Guiding Principles of the BLM movement, which stand for radical social, cultural,...
The deficit in the state’s pension fund is worrisome and demands redress, but State Treasurer Beth Pearce’s solution is unfair. In brief, the state of Vermont is facing a crisis in its pension system. For over a decade, Vermont has allowed a gap to grow between what it paid in and what it promised teachers and state employees. This ever-growing gap was an issue prior to COVID, but now that the state is looking at its revenue drying up, it is using the pandemic to change the rules. One important issue is promised cost-of-living adjustments. We cannot back fill a decades-long and ever-growing...
In a recent issue of the Addison Independent, dated Feb. 11, 2021, you put forth an article titled “VGS faces penalties for pipeline violations.” When I saw the headlines for the article, I said to myself, “What else is new?” For the past six years, when Vermont Gas came into Addison County, Vt., there have been numerous and continuous problems with the company. The Addison Independent practically has a permanent column dedicated to VGS problems. First, there were numerous town hall meetings that opposed their coming in the county. Then there were numerous over-budget issues with the company...

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