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September 21st, 2015

Opinion: 'Modest proposal' made for towns to host refugees

Posted on September 21, 2015 |
By John Burton



In response to Jon Isham’s generous offer to welcome Syrian refugees to Vermont, might I make a modest proposal.

1. Amend the Cornwall zoning regulations to accommodate more intense higher density land use development.

2. Remove the conservation easements on protected farmland.

3. Raise taxes to improve infrastructure (schools, places of religious worship, public transportation …).

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Opinion: Adding years to dollars might help

Posted on September 21, 2015 |
By Patricia Gray



 Billions of dollars and billionaires are a hot topic in political speeches, but most of us ordinary folk cannot even comprehend the magnitude behind those numbers.

Here is an easy way to grasp a million or a billion. A person earning $50,000 a year would need to work 20 years to earn a million dollars, or 20,000 years to earn a billion dollars.

A certain Vermonter who is now running for president might consider adding some helpful statistics to his powerful speeches.

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September 20th

City veterinarian bids farewell after three decades on the farm

Posted on September 21, 2015 |
By Joe Klopfenstein DVM



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This month’s column is a difficult one for me. As you may have read in the Independent, I am leaving practice in Vermont to teach at Oregon State. Although it’s an opportunity to use the wisdom I’ve accumulated in a, shall we say, less physically demanding way and for my wife and me to be closer to our two adult sons, I won’t deny I’m very sad to be leaving the people and places I’ve grown to love so much.

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Benefit sing-along concert set Oct. 11

Posted on September 21, 2015 |
By Dr. Jack Mayer



MIDDLEBURY — Annie Patterson and Peter Blood will lead a sing-along concert in Middlebury on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., at the Middlebury United Methodist  Church.

The history of social justice movements — civil rights, anti-war, the environment, labor, women’s movements, and more — is bound to the songs of the people participating. Some have become the soundtrack of a generation.  

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Local artists contributed to Quarry Hill School auction

Posted on September 21, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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Formalarie joins Mobius board of directors

Posted on September 21, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



FERRISBURGH — A Ferrisburgh man who holds a key post at Cabot has joined the board of directors of Mobius, Vermont’s Mentoring Partnership.

Nate Formalarie is currently the Brand Communications Manager for Cabot Creamery Cooperative/Agri-mark, and brings more than a decade of marketing, public relations, and journalism experience to this new leadership position.

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Opinion: Nation seen to be sinking into moral relativism 'under clod'

Posted on September 21, 2015 |
By Rustan Swenson



The New Age of Faith, one nation under clod. (Clod: a lump or mass of earth or clay from whence we all evolved.)

After almost two-and-a-half centuries since the Declaration of Independence, it is high time to set the document and the record straight.

Our so-called Founding Fathers established the Declaration on their misperceived concepts of a firm, absolute base and ground of principles, which time and science has since laid to waste.

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Brandon man jailed for child pornography

Posted on September 21, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



RUTLAND — Scott Stinson of Brandon pleaded guilty on Sept. 15 in Rutland County Superior Court, criminal division, to three counts of promoting a recording of sexual conduct by a child, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office reported late last week.

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