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Greg Dennis: Bold leadership on Vermont divestment

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Greg Dennis



What a difference a year makes.

In 2014, Gov. Peter Shumlin made national headlines with a bold State of the State address that highlighted opiate addiction.

Last year, by contrast, the governor had to find a back way out of the Statehouse after his annual address. His normal exit was blocked by dozens of angry protesters, who objected to his abandoning the dream of single-payer healthcare.

Fast forward to this year’s address — and once again Shumlin plays the role of bold leader.

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Opinion: Marijuana stats were misleading

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Dave Silberman



Despite widely reported, oft-repeated claims by opponents of marijuana legalization, there was not a 32 percent increase in marijuana-related traffic deaths in Colorado between 2013 and 2014. Quite the contrary, an honest presentation of the data reveals that there was actually a slight decrease in drugged driving in Colorado following legalization.

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Opinion: Recent studies show natural gas dirtier than coal

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Ross Conrad



The entire debate over the recently reapproved Vermont Gas pipeline has been filled with false claims that natural gas is cleaner than oil and coal. While this was once true, it failed to be so about a decade ago.

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Opinion: Vermont Gas Systems not worthy of PSB approval

Posted on January 11, 2016 |
By Ivor Hughes



During this festive holiday season I had the displeasure of attending a most distressing meeting. It was a condemnation/easement rights hearing on a neighbor’s property. What a holiday gift for them. This was occurring not because they were delinquent on their taxes or a seizure for some crime, but because they refused to give the right of passage through their property to Vermont Gas for a gas transmission pipeline.

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Community Forum: VTrans to work with town on railroad bridges

Posted on January 11, 2016 |
By Chris Cole



Replacing the aging bridges on Main Street and Merchants Row coupled with the reconstruction of the rail bed nestled in the vibrant and historic Middlebury village makes for a challenging public works endeavor. This project will cause temporary impacts to downtown; the selectboard and VTrans have been and continue to examine opportunities to design and construct this project in a manner that will complete the work with the least possible impact to residents and businesses.

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Opinion: Sick leave would help part-timers save

Posted on January 11, 2016 |
By Wendi Bedard



The Healthy Workplace Bill, H.187, will have a positive impact on the health ofour community. The bill will provide paid sick days for thousands of Vermont workers. As an individual who currently doesn’t earn any paid sick days, I am a strong supporter of the bill. I ask my senators to vote in favor of the bill in the upcoming legislative session.

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Community Forum: Porter Medical Center faces challenges

Posted on January 11, 2016 |
By Lynn Boggs



It is hard to believe that six months have gone by since I joined the leadership team and board of Porter Medical Center as the new president and CEO.

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Opinion: Ripton service wonderful for all

Posted on January 11, 2016 |
By Nola Kevra



I send my heartfelt gratitude to all those who gathered at the Ripton Church on Christmas eve for the Christmas Eve service.

Having all of you there made for a very wonderful evening of community joy and peace. Thank you.

As we all joined in closing the evening with “Let There Be Peace on Earth,” I was overcome with the realization that we can do it — if we work with one another. We can have that sacred idea — which we call Peace — become a reality.

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Clippings: Resolution for 2016: Say 'hell yes'

Posted on January 7, 2016 |
By Evan Johnson



At six in the morning on New Year’s Day, the vomit was everywhere — stretching from the living room, down the hall and into the dining room, soaked deep into the carpets. Exhausted and overwhelmed, my hands shook, my head reeled and my stomach curled into something small, sour and tightly wound.

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Eric Davis: Pot legalization has consequences

Posted on January 7, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



The Vermont Legislature is considering legalizing marijuana for personal recreational use. As part of this process, legislators should study data from Colorado about driving under the influence of marijuana and motor vehicle accidents.

In November 2012, Colorado voters approved a referendum that legalized marijuana for recreational purposes for anyone aged 21 and older. Colorado established licensed marijuana retail stores, regulated cultivation operations, and permitted the manufacture and sale of marijuana edibles such as chocolate bars.

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