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Opinion: Gun rights have long history

Posted on February 25, 2015 |
By John Burton



In the interest of civil discourse, amenable conversation and cordial debate may I present Patrick Henry on the issue of liberty:

“Guard with jealous attention the public liberty. Suspect everyone who approaches that jewel. Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force. Whenever you give up that force, you are ruined. … The great object is that every man be armed. Everyone who is able might have a gun.”

— Patrick Henry, in a speech to the Virginia Ratifying Convention, June 5, 1778.

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Opinion: Ruminating on driving, snowfall

Posted on February 25, 2015 |
By Mary Burchard



Just thinking — if Vermonters are so helpful and caring of their neighbors why do so many still drive too fast for conditions and/or tailgate?

And wouldn’t it be great if all the snow that people can’t find room for here in the Northeast could be loaded into waterproof vehicles and trucked to the areas of the Southwest that are suffering record drought?

Mary Burchard

Salisbury

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Opinion: Bailey deserves votes in Brandon

Posted on February 25, 2015 |
By Chris Bird



This is both a personal and professional endorsement for Doug Bailey to be elected to the Brandon selectboard. Having dealt with Doug since the early 1980s at First Vermont Bank and been a friend of his for almost that long, I know very well the person who will represent us.

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Opinion: Cornell asks voters for support

Posted on February 25, 2015 |
By Nancy Cornell



Dear Starksboro Community Members,

I am writing to ask you to consider supporting my candidacy for the Robinson Elementary School board. I am running for a seat on the Robinson board because I care deeply about the school and the children it serves, and because I believe I have something to contribute. 

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Opinion: Smiley earns support in New Haven selectboard run

Posted on February 25, 2015 |
By Susan Smiley



Susan Smiley, a long time resident of New Haven, is running the New Haven selectboard. This is a post to which Susan will bring an abundance of talent and experience. Susan and her husband farmed and gardened on the River Road for many years. Her knowledge of the town and its history is extensive. She is thoughtful and sensitive to the issues that concern residents; she is committed to finding solutions that will benefit New Haven now and into the future.

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Opinion: New Haven land mustn't be rezoned

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By Jono Chapin et al.



Article 13 on the New Haven Town Meeting Warning asks the voters whether they want the 20-acre parcel on the southeast corner of the intersection of Route 7, which bisects River Road and Belden Falls Road, to be changed from its present zoning of agricultural/rural residential to highway commercial.

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Opinion: Population growth threatens human race

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By David Van Vleck



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Opinion: Australian ballots short-circuit a Vermont tradition

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By Michael and Judy Olinick



The adoption process for the ID-4 (Mary Hogan School) budget is an excellent example of a non-problem which does not need to be fixed.

The Mary Hogan board presents the budget in detail at its annual meeting on the second Wednesday of April and the attending citizens adopt itby voice vote after as much discussion and amendment as necessary. All Middlebury voters may participate and a paper ballot may replace the voice vote if a few attendees request it.

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Opinion: Compressed gas a good alternative

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By Norton Latourelle



Let’s not feel bad because we’re not going to have a pipeline to Ticonderoga and maybe won’t have one to Middlebury or Rutland either. International Paper did the right thing and I would hope Vermont officials will make a wise choice and perform as good stewards of our environment and economy as well.

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Opinion: Supporters of gun control bill find it tough to testify

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By Anna Rose Benson



A lot of the people at the hearing on Senate Bill 31 last Tuesday at the Statehouse seemed too happy from the start — and yes, I’m talking mostly about the “Orange People.”

Too happy, I thought, because this hearing was about the risks Vermonters can face from dangerous people with guns, whatever color they choose to wear.

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