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10/08/2020
Gov. Phil Scott has long run on a campaign pledge to “make Vermont affordable.” Scott Milne, a Republican running for lieutenant governor, is campaigning as Gov. Scott’s sidekick to get “Vermont back to work.” But has Gov. Scott been able to keep his pledge, and is Milne’s campaign mantra anything more than a feel-good campaign slogan? Seven Day’s Paul Heintz penned a worthy story in this week’s issue (posted online Oct. 7) that looks Gov. Scott’s record on making the state more affordable, and while he doesn’t encompass the lieutenant governor’s race, many of the same issues hold true there...
10/08/2020
When I mention that I saw a little farm stand with summer squash on the way to a socially-distanced visit with a friend in Lincoln, she tells me to stop at the farm stand next to the river on the way home through Bristol. I don’t remember any farm stand there, but sure enough, there it is.  An enthusiastic, smiling woman greets me as I find summer squash. She talks to a man inside a building. As I look around, there is abundance. I have never seen so many tomatoes. All the vine-y things like watermelon and the squash — Blue Hubbard, butternut, acorn and more — are in piles. While I am...
10/08/2020
This week’s writer is Victor Nuovo, professor emeritus of Philosophy at Middlebury College and a Middlebury selectboard member. “If a man die, shall he live again?” The question is asked by Job, sitting on an ash heap, his body covered with stinking sores, mourning the loss of all that he once owned except his life, which had become a misery (Job 14:14). I have been following Thomas Hobbes, imagining the United States as a mortal animal, subject to mortal diseases, and therefore death. Irreconcilable conflicts, factions, anarchy, random violence, and civil war are the mortal diseases that...
10/08/2020
Sen. Patrick Toomey, a Pennsylvania Republican, announced on Monday that he will not be a candidate for re-election when his term ends in 2022. He also stated that he will not be a candidate for governor of Pennsylvania in 2022. Toomey said one of the reasons he made the announcement more than two years in advance was to give other Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate and governor time to organize their campaigns. In recent election cycles, U.S. senators not running for re-election have typically announced their plans to retire, or to seek another office, between 18 and 24 months before...
10/08/2020
I applaud the Commodores boys’ soccer players (photo on Page 2A, Oct. 1 Addison Independent) on their gusto but, as has been pointed out ad nauseum, if you’re not covering your nose you might as well take the mask off.  John Pratt New Haven
10/08/2020
First, Joe Biden is a corrupt career politician (47 years) with no record of achievement, questionable behavior and finances and very possibly entering dementia. He is not mentally capable of being president of anything, much less the greatest nation in history. This is a contest between the establishment swamp — the “ruling elite” — and the rest of us. How many people reading this letter are career politicians, Capitol Hill staffers, Federal bureaucrats, lobbyists or “beltway bandits?” None, I’ll bet. Yet many will vote for Biden and the establishment he would shill for because Trump is “...
10/08/2020
Jubilee McGill is running for the Vermont House in New Haven, Weybridge and Bridport. I will be voting for Jubilee and I urge voters in our three towns to also vote for Jubilee in November. Jubilee will bring her energy to the work of the legislature, using her own uplifting story to inform legislative efforts to create more affordable housing, policies to stem the tide of climate change and highlight the national quest for racial justice. The spirit of cooperation she helped engender in the early days of the pandemic, helping residents of Addison County weather the challenges posed by the...
10/08/2020
I serve alongside Chris Bray in the Vermont State Senate, and it is my sincerest hope that he will be re-elected. Addison County voters would be hard pressed to find anyone to serve who will be more dedicated or more committed to finding positive outcomes for regular Vermonters. As the chair of the Senate Natural Resources Committee, Bray has been a champion of water quality, clean energy, and protecting Vermonters from toxic chemical exposure. He’s a watchdog for all of us on these extremely important issues. Bray puts in long hours to study every angle and to consider a range of...
10/08/2020
In this last week’s debate, I heard Gov. Scott brag about increasing “affordability” by reducing taxes by $70 million. Sounds great, but what does it really mean, who benefits? The veto cut $50 million that was earmarked to pay down the state employee pension funds deficit. So he avoided helping that problem, kicked it down the road for future taxpayers. He did veto the budgets and force modification of the property taxes. It is hard to follow all the tracks, but here is what I’ve found. After the veto, the state’s contribution to property taxes was changed by many hands/issues, presumably...
10/08/2020
I want to express my deep faith in Ron Holmes as candidate for High Bailiff. You may not see his name on too many T-shirts, bumper stickers, or pens around Addison County, but you will see his name everywhere it matters. You will see his name associated with the Porter Hospital Auxiliary, and the National Sheriff’s Association, as he is a member. You will see his name in the N.E. Police Chief Association and WomenSafe, as he is a proud supporter. Ron was born and raised in Addison County, he understands the people and the community. He is not about the hoopla associated with all the gadgets...

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