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Opinion: Paradox of wealth prompts response

Posted on April 9, 2014 |
By Louise Vojtisek



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Opinion: Single-board option moves system into modern era

Posted on April 9, 2014 |
By Jerome Shedd



Editor’s note: The writer is a member of the UD-3 school board and a retired public school elementary teacher.

Though I am a school board member, the views expressed here are my own.

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Opinion: 'Hick in the 'Hood' thanks community for 'gem of a film'

Posted on April 9, 2014 |
By Mike Sommers



I want to thank Mark Mooney Jr. and so, so many others for making the inspiring documentary film “The Green Mountain Upset” and bringing it to Middlebury.

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Opinion: River Watch lauded for promoting clean waters and healthy forests

Posted on April 9, 2014 |
By David Brynn



The Addison County River Watch Collaborative (ACRWC) is a thrilling example of local people learning about, systematically monitoring, and conserving a commonly-held local resource — flowing water.

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Opinion: Crocker will leave big hole in Addison County bicycling community

Posted on April 9, 2014 |
By John Freidin



Justin Crocker was a fine man — kind, generous, and thoughtful. For years he provided superb knowledge and advice to people who enjoyed bicycling, regardless of their ages, budgets, or skills. No challenge was too great, no repair too small for him. And Justin always tried to save his customers money.

He leaves an enormous hole in the Addison County bicycling community.

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Opinion: Pipeline makes moot state efforts to clean up lake

Posted on April 7, 2014 |
By Maureen Gour



I was struck by a headline in the April 2 Burlington Free Press: “Conservation department updates plan to clean up Lake Champlain.” Here we are, the state of Vermont, trying to clean up the lake, yet Vermont Gas Systems (owned by a Canadian corporation, Gaz Métro) wants to lay a natural gas pipeline under the lake to feed the profits of International Paper, who owns a mill in New York state.

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Opinion: States should cooperate on pipeline

Posted on April 7, 2014 |
By Garry Douglas



The North Country Chamber of Commerce is the largest business and economic development organization in northern New York and the Lake Champlain region, representing more than 4,200 predominantly small employers across Essex, Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton and northern Warren counties. We are strategically committed to the sustainable economic future of our shared, bi-state Champlain Valley region, working actively over the last 20 years across the lake on such endeavors as the Lake Champlain Basin Plan.

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Community Forum: Why I voted against school consolidation

Posted on April 7, 2014 |
By William J. Mathis



This week’s writer is Goshen resident William J. Mathis, a former Rutland Northeast superintendent and the managing director of the National Education Policy Center, which has researched school consolidations nationally.

When the press release named me as the only state board of education member who voted against the Legislature’s consolidation plan, the perfectly predictable result was a stampede of reporters asking me, “Why?” Here’s my answer:

The bill is ghost dancing.

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Opinion: Ticonderoga official backs natural gas pipeline plan

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By William Grinnell



Editor’s note: The Ticonderoga, N.Y., official wrote this letter to Adam Lougee of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission and copied the Independent. Also, the Ticonderoga Town Council on Monday approved a resolution with similar wording as this letter that supports the natural gas pipeline to International Paper and encourages the regional planning commission to do the same.

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Opinion: Shoreland bill fails to deliver

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By David Bronson



These comments on some of the issues regarding the H.526 Lake Shoreland Protection Standards Bill as passed by the Vermont Senate are based on my understanding of what appears would or could be the case given what it says. The bill is proposed to go into effect July 1, 2014.

The bill lacks an exemption stating existing habitable structures and other impervious surfaces can be maintained.

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