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Community Forum: College and community partners should emphasize shared values, shared goals

Posted on August 31, 2015 |
By Laurie Patton



Editor's note: Laurie L. Patton took office on July 1 as the 17th president of Middlebury College. She will contribute to these pages from time to time.

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Opinion: Where have all the young ones gone?

Posted on August 31, 2015 |
By William J. Mathis



In our national dialogue, education reform has been reduced to recitations about “international economic competitiveness” poorly garnished with a myopic sprinkling of test scores. But two recent Vermont reports suggest we embrace a broader and more interactive view of society and education. One is the Vermont Roots Migration Project released last December comparing young people who stayed in the state with those who left. The second is the Department of Labor’s workforce projections.

The key findings of the Vermont Roots report:

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Opinion: Vermont Gas credibility on pipeine effectiveness questioned

Posted on August 31, 2015 |
By Ivor Hughes



I am writing in reference to former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas’ guest editorial July 27. In his editorial, Mr. Douglas laid out all the benefits that the VGS gas transmission pipeline will bring to the towns of Middlebury and Vergennes. Unfortunately, like many other proponents, he skips over the other important part of the equation, which is where is the money coming from to pay for it.

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Clippings: Fighting the heat of a boat-load of fun

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Faith Gong



“It only gets really hot in Vermont for about one week every summer.”

That’s what we tell ourselves here in order to make ourselves feel better about Vermont’s widespread lack of central air conditioning.

It’s not true, of course: This summer, like every other summer since our family moved to Vermont, we experienced at least three distinct bouts of uncomfortably hot and humid temperatures. But, you see, it’s not worth investing in central air because it’s only really hot for about one week every summer.

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Jessie Raymond: I can't 'recall' a more relaxing time

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



A few months ago, I got a recall notice on my car.

I handled it promptly, by throwing it in the back of a desk drawer.

Ignoring it seemed like the wisest course of action. After all, the parts in question — the rear pneumococcal joint defibrillator flanges, I believe — hadn’t technically gone bad; they had merely shown the potential to go bad.Also, I’d have to have the parts replaced at the Toyota dealership way down in Rutland, rather than at my local mechanic’s.

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Opinion: Field Days exhibit as un'bear'able

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Jo LaFontaine



I love the Addison County Fair. It seems to me to be the perfect combination of all things that make a good agricultural and entertainment fair. That is how I have always felt until now. I can’t imagine who came up with the idea of having caged bears at the fair. It goes against everything a Vermont fair should be.

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Opinion: Wish us luck as the curtain rises on film festival

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Jay Craven



As we prepare to open our Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival tonight, we’re filled with a sense of anticipation — and gratitude for the many local businesses, restaurants, media outlets, town leaders and venue managers who have fully responded to our call, breathing life into this weekend’s celebration of community and culture. More than 150 people have purchased our $75 weekend film passes. Single tickets will be on sale at each show — although tonight’s premiere is sold out. Check out our full list of films and special events at middfilmfest.org.

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Opinion: ANwSU to study consolidation

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By JoAn Canning



To the residents of the Waltham, Panton, Addison, Vergennes and Ferrisburgh:

Due to the recent passage of Act 46, which was enacted last spring by the Legislature, supervisory unions such as Addison Northwest are being required to create a proposal for forming a supervisory district that unifies all member schools into one governance structure.

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Opinion: Detouring trains a bad proposal

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Craig Newton



I am writing in response to a recent editorial by Angelo Lynn, editor of the Addison Independent, and to other articles concerning the controversial work proposed for the two railroad overpasses in Middlebury.

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Opinion: Former selectman clarifies his opinion on bypass

Posted on August 27, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



I would like to clarify the intent of my recent letter to the Addison Independent (Thursday, Aug. 20). In the same issue, the editorial cites my letter in a way that might lead someone to infer that it was written in support of an easterly bypass. That is not the case.

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