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09/17/2020
Calvin and Hobbes are well known names, although mostly because of the celebrated comic strip figures who bear them, and not because of the historical personages whose names they bear. In history, Calvin and Hobbes are two of the most dour and forbidding thinkers of early modern European history. John Calvin (1509–64) was a major theologian and church leader of the Protestant Reformation; Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) was the founder of modern political philosophy, and of modern political realism, if not radicalism. I confess a fondness for both of them, not because I agree with them, but because...
09/17/2020
For the pending City Council election in Vergennes, I have cast my vote for the candidates I believe have a vision for the future of our Little City: Ian Huizenga, Dickie Austin, Jill Murray-Killon, and David Small. Our City and our region will need to adapt and be flexible in a post-COVID world. We need candidates with energy that can position Vergennes to seize new opportunities.  Please vote. Mike Winslow Vergennes
09/17/2020
If you are looking for ways to participate in the democratic process before Election Day, consider joining nearly 200 of your friends and neighbors who are writing postcards, making calls, sending texts, and organizing to support the Biden-Harris ticket and to flip the Senate. Getting active empowers voters across the country to register, to vote, and to make a positive change in their communities and in our country. To join this effort, please visit our website: 3flippingthings.org. Don’t wake up on November 4th wishing you had done more! 3 Flipping Things Team: Lorraine Tobias Michael Roy...
09/17/2020
Elections are about making a choice, and the choice usually comes down to change versus status quo. As the first city in Vermont, Vergennes has experienced its share of change. Over the years, some community leaders have embraced change by making thoughtful and difficult decisions, while others avoided change by imagining that everything was exactly as it should be. Choices made over the next year will impact Vergennes for the next 20 years. We can either embrace the decisions that are upon us or we can ignore the problems until outside forces make those decisions for us. Our antiquated...
09/17/2020
Dear Middlebury Community, I write today to let you know that we will move to Phase 2 of our campus reopening this Thursday, Sept. 17, due to our encouraging COVID-19 testing results to date. At the moment, Middlebury College has zero positive cases, zero students in quarantine, and zero in isolation. Since mid-August, we have seen a high degree of compliance with our rules and protocols. In a few cases, we have imposed sanctions that included sending students home. Overall, our students are eager to stay on the positive path to complete an in-person semester. Your support and collaboration...
09/17/2020
I read with interest the biographies of the Republican candidates for Vermont Senate from Addison County, Jon Christiano and Peter Briggs. I have one point that I believe is worth discussing and that is the wearing of masks during our current epidemic. It should be noted that I wear a mask, not only to protect me, but also to protect you. This has been verified by several scientific studies. So when you do not wear a mask, it has almost no significant impact on you, but increases the danger to me.  I have been told by a non-mask wearing person that it was fine; they were not sick. How do they...
09/10/2020
As national news of school-related outbreaks grab the occasional headlines, it’s normal to worry that our own towns in Addison County might be next; that we’re foolish to try to beat a virus that is spreading in unknown ways; and that the best strategy is to hunker down until vaccines are plentiful and the coast is clear. That’s one legitimate train of thought.  It has, however, two significant shortcomings. First, it doesn’t account for the business community needing substantially more government aid to stay afloat if consumer activity is substantially restricted. More importantly, it fails...
09/10/2020
This week’s writers are Julie Basol of the Vergennes Partnership, Ian Albinson of Bristol Core, and Karen Duguay of Better Middlebury Partnership. Addison County residents,  The following letter was sent on Sept. 2 to the Vermont Senate Committee on Economic Development, Housing and General Affairs, as well as to the House Committee on Commerce and Economic Development.  Collectively, the 23 designated downtowns in Vermont (including Better Middlebury Partnership, Bristol Core and Vergennes Partnership) are advocating for the support of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development’s “...
09/10/2020
A year ago the Independent published a guest editorial by Bill Schubart that included the startling fact that there is a “$437 million budget for the military’s 130 marching bands.” Setting aside the question of why each band needs to cost over $3 million, this fact got me interested in taking a close look at federal budget priorities compared to my priorities.  Now, with the immense government spending to help people weather the coronavirus season, I feel like our government can pretty much do whatever it wants to do to support our people. So what does it want to do?  As a Quaker (we are...
09/10/2020
The Vermont Secretary of State’s Office will begin mailing General Election ballots to voters at the end of next week. All active registered voters in Vermont will receive a ballot by mail between Sept. 21 and Oct. 1.  Active registered voters are those who have not been issued a challenge by their local Board of Civil Authority, usually for failing to vote in multiple elections in succession and then not responding to inquiries from the BCA. The Secretary of State’s Office urges everyone to make a voting plan for this fall. Although voters have a choice whether to vote by mail or in person,...

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