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July 20th, 2017

Letters to the Editor: Scott correct in budget priorities

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Bryan Jones



In a recent legislative review, I found some of Representative Conlon’s wording disappointing. He says in the article the he is “not normally one to play politics.” However, his language leaves me questioning that. Using words like “hostage,” accusing Republicans of “putting Vermont’s bond rating in jeopardy” and stating that “The governor vetoed the budget because he did not get his way on public school employee health care negotiations during the session,” are not productive and clearly politically motivated.

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Let the porch swing with LC Jazz at Lincoln Peak Vinyard

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



LC Jazz, a 17-piece “big band,” is back for their fourth show-stopping evening at Lincoln Peak Vineyard on Friday, July 21, 6-8 p.m. The ensemble has been playing jazz standards from the big band era — Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Sammy Nestico, and other swing jazz greats — for 20 years. The band is a Vergennes-based non-profit organization and sponsors music scholarships at our three area high schools: MUHS, MAUHS and VUHS. Don’t forget your dancing shoes!

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Legislative Review, Rep. David Sharpe: Early education upgrades pitched

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Rep. Dave Sharpe



Recent efforts to extend the opportunity for early education to all Vermont children culminated in Act 166. The law is a good start, however there were several problems with the initial legislation that need improvement.

What are the problems that the House Education Committee is trying to solve?

First, increasing the amount of money available to support the development and education of children age 3, 4 or 5 who are not enrolled in elementary school.

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Vergennes Police Log: City police look into alleged child abuse

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



VERGENNES — Vergennes police capped a busy week on Sunday by issuing citations for driving under the influence of alcohol and for theft. They also that day began two investigations, one involving a man who allegedly physically abused children and another involving a sex offender.

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Gregory Dennis, Between the Lines: When the opioid crisis hits closer to home

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



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It’s one thing to hear about the crisis in drug use and the damage it’s doing to individuals and families in Vermont.

It’s quite another thing to realize that the state of Vermont thinks you personally might be a drug addict.

Here’s how that happened to me.

I occasionally take hydrocodone (also known as Vicodin) for back pain. I mean very occasionally. A prescription of 10 pills can last me a year.

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Ways of Seeing, Melissa O'Brien: Chapel belongs in Facebook village

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Melissa O'Brien



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Recently I read an article about Facebook’s plans to build a village. Apparently it will include a hotel, over a thousand apartments, a grocery store, the usual things one might find in a small town. The idea is to solve some of the housing and transportation problems in the Silicon Valley area.

My first thought when I read the piece was “I sure wish they would include a chapel in their design.”

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Victor Nuovo: Lingering problems with Hobbes

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 16th essay by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought, focusing on the great political thinkers.

By Victor Nuovo

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Editorial: Shotgun commentary — Fixing health care, mulling economic growth and a showdown over gunfire

Posted on July 20, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Note: I took a break and came back to lots going on in the area and, in national politics. Here’s a shotgun commentary on a few of those issues:

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