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In a news flash this Monday, April 1, Vermont Secretary of Transportation Joe Flynn announced that the transportation board had studied numerous projects around the state and decided it was “absolutely critical” to reverse course and adopt an overall policy to "first, do no harm.” “We have particularly studied our AOT projects through the centers of downtowns and determined that multi-year projects have been causing ‘undue harm’ on the business communities that too often have caused retailers and others to have to move or go out of business. In the future we plan to adopt the medical creed of...
Occasionally, a court decision is rendered that materially impacts intellectual property law and should be publicized as nonlawyers need to be aware of its import. Fourth Estate Pub. Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com, LLC, 17-571, handed down on March 4 by the United States Supreme Court, is such a decision. In Fourth Estate, the Supreme Court holds that a copyright lawsuit cannot be filed until the copyright registration to the work is approved by the Copyright Office. The Supreme Court abrogate the decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Cosmetic Ideas, Inc. v...
Last year the Addison Independent published an article about the Cornwall Church and the community looking into their future. Much has happened in the ensuing year. Not big and noticeable events, more like the exploration or contemplation within. Now is time to update that article. It has been a surprising and exciting year for our congregation. We spent much time during the past year or two discussing what we want as a congregation and the future of our church. We had a part-time minister who had been our pastor for several years to lead us through these discussions. The time came for Mary...
At the Legislative Breakfast in Middlebury on March 18 in Middlebury, I had the opportunity to ask Gov. Scott how he was going to address the healthcare access crisis underway in Vermont. This question arose after I listened to the governor respond to a question the previous Friday evening on the “Vermont This Week Special” question-and-answer edition. In response to a question from Allen Quittner asking why he wasn’t pushing for Universal Primary Health Care, the governor responded that “We are doing a pretty good job in Vermont; 97 percent of Vermonters are covered by some sort of...
“This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine.” You too can sing along with Fannie Lou Hamer and feel her vibrancy and power. I choose to honor Fannie Lou Hamer in recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8 and Black History Month and Women’s History Month. Here is part of her story. Herstory is another form of history. Fannie Lou Hamer lived from 1917 to 1977 in Mississippi. She was the youngest of 20 children. Her mother was paid money by the plantation owner for producing one more future field hand. Fannie Lou and her family worked as sharecroppers. Fannie Lou married Perry “...
Quarry Hill School would like to acknowledge the sponsors who helped make our annual ski race, The Iguana Cup Challenge. The March 17 event at the Middlebury College Snow Bowl was a huge fundraising success this year. Thank you for your generous support: Addison County Dairy Consulting, American Flatbread Middlebury Hearth, Basin Reclaimed, Bee’s Wrap, Daly Dental Practice, Danforth Pewter, Green Peppers, Laberge Insurance, Little Pressroom and Middlebury College Snow Bowl. And also Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, Middlebury Ski Club, Monument Farms, Multi Builders, Murphy Landscape Design...
Burlington Police Chief Brandon Del Pozo refuses to identify a driver who hit and killed a pedestrian in the North End earlier this month. The Chief says the driver won’t be charged with a crime; was traumatized by the accident; is as much of a victim as the dead pedestrian; and (as such) is deserving of sensitivity. “… We decided to withhold his name both as a matter of compassion and under the provisions in Vermont law that require taking steps to protect the identity of victims and witnesses,” Del Pozo wrote on Facebook. His post generated a small cheering section of people who “liked” the...
Once upon on time, I sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. I learned important lessons about setting goals and navigating to a far off destination that — while very real — was not yet in sight. I learned to pick out a star and steer by it. The star was not the destination, but it pointed the way. As a state senator, the star I steer by these days is a vision of prosperity for Vermont. The destination itself we will define through work together in the years ahead to create a state that offers all of us the support and help needed to reach our best future in terms of health, family, community and...
The editorial in the Dec. 31 edition of the Independent, “Bristol’s rocky road with VG,” makes an important point about “the growing recognition of the environmental harm caused by the fracking process to extract natural gas and its diminished value as a fuel with a lower carbon footprint.” For purposes of future conversations about natural gas pipelines in the state of Vermont, it should be noted that the propane (a natural gas liquid) produced and marketed in the U.S. comes from the same fracked wells as methane (natural gas). Margie Latham Middlebury
Call me a contrarian. Or even a Pollyanna. But when everyone around me is filled with gloom and despair, seeing dire portents in every political headline, I try to find trends that encourage me. And I’m finding them. It could be that my hopes outrun the realities. But I’m guardedly optimistic that’s not the case. If there’s a single theme that ties them together, it seems to me that many people are beginning to view government with greater realism as to what it can do about improving the quality of life of our people. Don’t get me wrong — there are still plenty of Americans who believe that...

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