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Opinion: Honest act was heartwarming

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Barbara Cheney



On Saturday, Nov. 14, I was shopping at Hannaford’s in Middlebury in preparation for family coming to town. I was preparing to have open heart surgery on Nov. 19.

After making my purchase, I was in the parking lot when a gentleman came running up to me. At first I was startled. You can imagine my surprise when he said, “Ma’am, you dropped this.” He handed over a $50 bill, which I had dropped in the store.

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Opinion: Sick leave bill merits support

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By Carol Hulett



 I am a strong supporter of the paid sick leave bill. I urge my senators to please pass the Healthy Workplaces bill, H.187, to make paid sick days a reality for nearly all Vermonters.

I’m from Chittenden County and just moved to Bristol. I worked at the Walmart in Williston for 14-and-a-half years. Pay was $5.75 at first, then they raised it a bit when we complained. I only earned two paid sick days a year. However, you would only get paid for the first sick day after you used the second one, so you were always a bit behind.

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Opinion: ANwSU seeks input on Act 46

Posted on December 3, 2015 |
By JoAn Canning



Act 46 was signed into law in June in response to challenges of educational inequity and rising cost per student. A driving force behind the concerns has been the widespread decline in student enrollment in many of our schools. The state goals of Act 46 are to:

• Provide substantial equity in the quality and variety of educational opportunities.

• Lead students to achieve or exceed the state’s Education Quality Standards.

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Opinion: State's mountains at risk again

Posted on November 30, 2015 |
By Bruce Post



It seems as if a dream: a time when noble women and men stood up for the Green Mountains and Vermont was a place of resistance to an advancing phalanx of profiteers and promoters with hungry appetites for our hills. It was a time, as interstate highways uncoiled like snakes across the land and threatening changes were at hand, when Walter Hard  Jr., Vermont Life’s editor, challenged the booster mentality and pointedly asked, “Shall her mountains die?”

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Opinion: Let's not send so many people to jail

Posted on November 30, 2015 |
By Gov. Peter Shumlin



For most of the last two decades, Vermont’s prison inmate population has been rising. Between 1997 and 2008, it grew by 86 percent. Projections made in 2007 said that Vermont’s inmate population would grow to 2,619 by November 2015. After years of work to reform Vermont’s criminal justice system that trend has been reversed, and today Vermont has 1,734 inmates, 885 less than projected.

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Opinion: Farmers pleased to share land with other groups

Posted on November 30, 2015 |
By Amanda St. Pierre



Vermont’s farms shape our land and our way of life. Without the open expanses of land that farmers care for, many of the recreational activities we enjoy, like snowmobiling, hunting and cross-country skiing, wouldn’t be possible. In the recent poll Dairy in Vermont: Vermonters’ Views, 66 percent of Vermonters said they use farmland for recreation and 91 percent said that dairy farming is important to Vermont’s quality of life.

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Clippings by Karl Lindholm: Doctor Baseball sings a bedtime song

Posted on November 25, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



Boring. Same thing, year after year.

For nearly 10 years, I have offered the same item for the service auction at our church:

Go to a Lake Monsters Game in Burlington with Doctor Baseball”: four people, everything included — a ride to and from the game, tickets, program, hot dog/beer, pretentious inside-baseball conversation.

The minimum bid is $100. The actual value: “Priceless.”

That’s me, “Doctor Baseball.”

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Eric Davis: Phil Scott's vulnerability: 'Where's the beef'

Posted on November 25, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



With the election for Vermont’s next governor less than a year away, I now believe that both the Democratic and the Republican gubernatorial primaries in August will be competitive. I had always thought that the Democratic primary would be a close election. However, I now see the Republican primary between Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and Bruce Lisman to be a competitive race as well.

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Opinion: Are solar farms really paying off?

Posted on November 25, 2015 |
By Anders Holm



In his Nov. 19 editorial, Mr. Lynn describes very well the environmentalists paradox and the challenge facing Vermont. There has to be a thoughtful balance between utilization and preservation of the environment. Having not been in Vermont for many months, my first trip down Route 7 was nothing short of shocking. Solar farms were popping up like dandelions in the spring.

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