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Opinion: Middlebury bridges should be replaced without delay

Posted on October 8, 2015 |
By Ian Ross



The day was Oct. 16, 2009, and I was headed in to Middlebury from Port Henry, N.Y., on one of my two days off from working in Middlebury to run some errands with my now oldest daughter. As I started to cross the Champlain Bridge in Crown Point a construction worker, whom I thought was involved with the work that had been happening through the summer, tried flagging me down but was too late.

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Victor Nuovo: What justice is not, and what it should be

Posted on October 8, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of essays or reflections about “The Republic,” a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.

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Opinion: Long-time donor receives assistance in time of need

Posted on October 5, 2015 |
By Monica L. Schaner



For years I paid it forward when I was able to work. I grabbed kids’ names off of Christmas trees and bought them everything on their list and then some, I paid for someone’s coffee, lunch, groceries, parts for their car, gas, put together Thanksgiving baskets, donated tons of dog and cat food to the shelters, giving people rides and the list goes on. Even with very little I have now, I’ve always tried to Pay It Forward somehow, but today I was surprised when a total stranger Paid It Forward to me.

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Opinion: Green energy, views can coexist

Posted on October 5, 2015 |
By Peter Rothschild



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Vermonters can feel proud that we are out in front on many environmental issues including climate change. But as the push for more renewable energy continues, choices among types of renewable energy have been made that may result in the unnecessary scarring of thousands of acres of our landscape.  Mercenary armies of solar developers, abetted by special interests, have flocked to Vermont to reap financial rewards from subsidies and Investment Tax Credits. 

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Peter Burrows: Beyond the pastoral

Posted on October 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



We all know the reaction that plays across the countenance of those who visit Vermont, who witness its beauty on a tour of the leaves and leave feeling grateful that places like this still exist. Like many residents that have lived outside the Green Mountains, I, too, came here because I was drawn to the pastoral and the bucolic, and craved a community-rich experience that gave real meaning to life. There is not a day that goes by that I don’t marvel at the land and the people and the seeming balance they make.

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Victor Nuovo: Ancient philosophers didn't fear death

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Socrates was not handsome. He was short, stocky, thick limbed, bow-legged, and large headed. He had a snub nose and protruding eyes, which served him well. His detractors called him a busybody, a buttonholer. He had the ability in extraordinary measure to engage people in conversation, fixing them in the intense glance of his bulging eyes, and to cause them to admit things about themselves that they did not care to acknowledge. And this is how he spent his time.

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Clippings by John McCright: Government savants know it all

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By John S. McCright



Doom and gloom, that’s all we hear about from the government. Hackers breaking into federal databases to steal mountains of information on common Americans, bureaucrats injudiciously spending tax money on poorly thought out projects, lawmakers arguing over the stupidest things while roads crumble, children missing much-needed medical care and so-called regulators letting Wall Street crooks drain our retirement accounts with impunity.

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Eric Davis: Progressives must weigh their votes carefully

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



Emma Mulvaney-Stanak, the chair of the Vermont Progressive Party, has said the Progressives will likely run a candidate for governor in 2016, after having sat out the gubernatorial campaigns in 2010, 2012 and 2014. Mulvaney-Stanak said that Progressive Party activists do not trust that a Democratic governor would be a strong advocate for their policy positions.

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Opinion: Insurance hikes give jolt to school budgets

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Laurie Childers



I received the following notice last week in my Addison Northwest Supervisory Union email account: “VEHI (a nonprofit org that provides health insurance benefits to school employees) files 7.9% Contribution Health Rate Renewal with Dept. of Financial Regulation” — 7.9 percent!

Act 46 enacted during the 2015 legislative session is requiring school districts to unify and cap their annual school budget increases to 2 percent or taxpayers will be penalized and have to collect $2 for every $1 over the cap. That is a hefty penalty.

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Gregory Dennis: On a summer's high peaks quest, Middleburry woman climbs 46 peaks

Posted on October 1, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



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Amy Sheldon wasn’t actually lost — she pretty much knew where she was in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks — but she felt lost. And alone.

In the dead center of the Adirondack wilderness and hiking by herself, she was headed up Cliff Mountain.

One source refers to Cliff as “the great Adirondack vertical swamp.” And as she started the climb on this cool, rainy day, Sheldon faced a trail with a lot of treacherously slippery rock.

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