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Politically Thinking: Obama visit sends wrong message

Posted on February 16, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



The White House and the Obama re-election campaign should reconsider their plans for the president’s trip to Vermont at the end of March. Obama will be taking a quick trip to Burlington and to Portland, Maine, on March 30 solely for the purpose of fundraising. All the events in Burlington will be at the Sheraton.

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Between the Lines: Republicans on the political extreme

Posted on February 16, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



As a rookie reporter in 1974, one of the first stories I covered was the Eastern Wilderness Act. To get some details on the new law, I called the office of Vermont Republican Sen. George Aiken.

I was expecting to get a junior aide on the phone. Instead, the receptionist asked, “Would you like to speak to the senator? He’s right here.”

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Clippings: Solar panels spark hot interest

Posted on February 9, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



 

OK, OK. We’d had numerous people stop and ask various members of the Addison Independentstaff about the new décor on our southern-facing roof.

We put up two banks of solar panels on our roof late this fall, and they’ve generated a lot more interest than I might have expected. So, here’s the story:

We’d had a slow leak in our roof this past fall, ruining a ceiling tile or two, and causing us to push the photocopier off to the side for a couple days. Nothing major, but something to fix.

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Around the bend: Weather allows time for a deal

Posted on February 9, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



 

Since moving into our old farmhouse five years ago, Mark and I knew we’d eventually like to make some improvements. With a combination of indecision, insufficient funds and outright hostile disagreement, however, we’ve never gotten around to any renovations. But this winter’s oddly pleasant weather has given us the opportunity.

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Between the Lines: Tips to cure the winter blues

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



Tips to cure the winter blues

Three months into Permanent November (A.K.A., Global Warming, Vermont Style), this year it’s even harder than usual to know how to have fun getting through the rest of the winter.

Usually we can rely upon typical winter activities — skiing, snowboarding, sledding or even just a nice walk in a snow-covered park — to get us through February and March.

But with little-to-no snow this winter, all bets are off.

One solution? I’ve been making do with a lot of outdoor ice skating.

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Politically Thinking: Education is best in war on obesity

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



Childhood obesity is a growing public health problem in the United States. More than one-third of all children and adolescents in America are estimated to be overweight or obese, and thus at greater risk for developing heart disease and diabetes later in their lives. Childhood obesity rates in Vermont, at about 25 percent, are somewhat lower than in the nation as a whole.

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Clippings: The return to America's pastime

Posted on February 2, 2012 |
By Kyle Finck



Longtime Independent readers may have noticed a new byline thrown in with the usual suspects these past few weeks. Along with being the lucky winter intern for the voice of Addison County, I am the sophomore right fielder on the Middlebury Panthers baseball team. Mother Nature’s lackadaisical winter has gotten me thinking about baseball early this year and led me to ponder how we can improve on last year’s abysmal attendance.

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Around the Bend: Theft was strangely reassuring

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



It’s not easy being scatterbrained.

My mind is constantly running in different directions, and I forget things. Just keeping track of my car keys occupies a good portion of my brain each day, and the portion that’s left can’t handle the remaining workload. I forget not only what things I need to do, but also whether I have — or have not — already done them. You can’t imagine the trouble this gets me into.

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Clippings: Romney not just one of the guys

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By John McCright



Knowing that presidential candidate Mitt Romney would release his income tax returns this week, I was prepared to write a column pointing out that the Massachusetts Republican was not one of us. We all knew he was rich, but how rich?

Then I saw the numbers and it gave me pause. Sure, “Willard” (as it says on his 1040 tax return) Romney is a millionaire several times over. But the numbers I’m talking about are the ones provided by other candidates.

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College role in town fund is vital

Posted on January 26, 2012 |
By Tom Corbin



Tom Corbin has, over the past three decades, taken leadership roles in the Middlebury Development Corp., the Downtown Middlebury Business Bureau, the Addison County Chamber of Commerce and the Addison County Economic Development Corp. He works at Middlebury College and lives in Charlotte.

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