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Letter to the editor: Bridges proposal warrants review

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By Donna Donahue



The first grant agreement between the Town of Middlebury and VTrans on the Middlebury Rail Project WCRS-23 gave an illusion of mutual control over the project that was simply that — an illusion. Worse, it placed great financial liability on the Town. When the local project management team asked that the agreement be renegotiated, we did so to mitigate financial liability, not to create a document that repudiates the Town’s responsibilities vis-a-vis this project.

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To Governor-Elect Scott: Make Lake Champlain great again

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By James Ehlers



This week’s writer is James Ehlers, a public policy expert with 18 years of experience in health, water and fisheries issues, and executive director ofLake Champlain International.

Governor-Elect Scott: Making Champlain Great Again

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Community Forum: Time to rally against hate, intolerance

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By Jack Mayer



This week’s writer is Jack Mayer, a Middlebury resident, pediatrician and author.

Our community, and indeed, our nation, has been shocked out of complacency recently by hate crimes and expressions of extreme racism, anti-Semitism, white supremacy, misogyny and anti-immigrant sentiments. We are all called upon to be “Upstanders” and not bystanders.

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Ways of Seeing: A Christmas present

Posted on December 22, 2016 |
By Sas Carey



Last year the Holiday Craft Series at Middlebury’s Ilsley Library offered a session on making balsam pillows. The newsletter described the program, “Expert seamstress Susan Highley will guide us in creating these simple sewn gifts.” I don’t know why, but I am drawn to the workshop.

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Letter to the editor: State should confiscate vehicles of drunk drivers

Posted on December 19, 2016 |
By Patrick Stine



Kelly Boe’s death and the history of the man who killed him reveal that Vermont does not take DRUNK DRIVING seriously. That the statutes regarding penalties for such behavior could include the phrase “fifth or subsequent time” defies reason. The increasing penalties for repeated offenses attempt to affect the behavior of people who are a demonstrated menace to all who walk, bike or drive on Vermont roads. Some are sick.

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Between the lines: Christmas music, from Dylan to Death Row

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Greg Dennis



No holiday has inspired more music — and groans about its omnipresence — than Christmas.

It used to be the holiday music started in stores the day after Thanksgiving. This year I heard holiday harmonies on the day after Halloween. Talk about feeling haunted…

But in spite of the insipid nature of most Christmas music, every year we believers and nonbelievers at some point fall prey to its charms. Even the Scrooges among us put on a few tunes come Christmas Eve.

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Politically thinking: Congress, courts must balance president

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



In 1787 and 1788, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison wrote a series of essays known as The Federalist Papers, urging ratification of the new Constitution of the United States.

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Letter to the editor: Museum plan unfairly rejected

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Gerry Tetrault



I was sorely disappointed when I read in your paper how the Bristol selectboard rejected the offer of the gentleman who wanted to buy the old fire station and make it into an antique woodworking machinery museum. Whatever happened to “a bird in the hand...?”

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Letter to the editor: College students help city kids

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Lisa Sausville



It was a pleasure to read Karl Lindholm’s article on Middlebury College student Matt St. Amour. The article however did not mention another way that Matt gives back to the community. For the past two years Matt and teammate Liam Naughton have been coaching a youth basketball team in Vergennes. As a ProCity AAU Basketball board member and team manager I have been impressed with Matt and Liam’s commitment to our area youth.

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Community forum: Shumlin helps write his legacy

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Gov. Peter Shumlin



This week’s writer is Gov. Peter Shumlin.

One of the key responsibilities of governing is crafting a budget that reflects Vermonters’ priorities and lives within our means as a state. As we transition this important responsibility to the incoming Administration, it’s worth reviewing the last six years of financial management.

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