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Editorial: Criticism — a reflection on us

Posted on January 12, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The commentary in the aftermath of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s third inaugural speech this past Thursday is at once fascinating, nonsensical and maddening — but also enlightening as a mirror of our political culture.

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Top stories of 2014: #7 — New faces, angry voters mark Election 2014

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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The General Election of 2014 saw one local veteran lawmaker go down to defeat, and Addison County voters also added to some tense moments for incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin as the ballots were counted on Nov. 4.

Bristol Republican Fred Baser had failed in 2010 to break through in his bid for one of the two seats representing Addison-4, the House district that includes the towns of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro. But he made up for it in a big way this past November, finishing as the top vote-getter in a four-way race for the pair of seats.

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Opinion: Milne deserves to be elected

Posted on December 30, 2014 |
By Edward Payne



Dear Legislators,

Consider the possibility that Mr. Shumlin should have had some knowledge prior to his announcement that the single-payer program would be too expensive. After all, he was two years in arrears in reporting to you, the Vermont legislator.

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Opinion: Gov. Shumlin has done much for Vermont

Posted on December 19, 2014 |
By Willian Northrop



Now that the 2014 election cycle has come and gone, I’d like to cut through some of the political noise and take a moment to applaud and thank our governor, Peter Shumlin, for the great work he has done for Vermont as our governor. Recently, there has been a lot of attention given to issues that are going to be taken up in the Legislature, and some opinions expressed in local media that have cast negativity and doubt on Gov. Shumlin.

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Guest editorial: 45-cent gas tax? That's nuts

Posted on November 24, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



If several Vermont environmental groups and key policy makers have their way, the Legislature will impose a tax on gasoline and heating fuels, raising the price of a gallon of gas an estimated 45 cents. This will be Vermont’s way to help cut greenhouse gas emissions.

They are delusional.

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Opinion: Sharpe grateful to local voters

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Dave Sharpe



Thank you to everyone who worked on my successful campaign to return to the Vermont House. I am humbled by the support I have received from the voters and regard it as an important job to represent them in the Legislature.

I recognize that it will be a very difficult session with restricted revenues and that the wages of Vermonters have not kept up with inflation over the last few decades. I am looking forward to serving Vermonters in my district and throughout the state.

Rep. Dave Sharpe

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Opinion: Secret ballots a very bad idea

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Bryan Young



I appreciated the recent opinion letter from my Democratic counterpart, Bob Zeliff, regarding the outcome of the Milne/Shumlin race and the necessity of a legislative vote to determine the next governor.

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Mullin tops the field in 2014 campaign funding

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By John Flowers



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MIDDLEBURY — Some of the candidates in the county’s four contested House districts raised in excess of $9,000 in an effort to get elected this past Nov. 4, according to campaign finance records available online through the Vermont Secretary of State.

Those records, covering campaign expenditures through Nov. 1, show the latest fund-raising totals for the candidates — including the size and origin of the contributions in excess of $100, as well as how many donations they received of less than $100.

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Opinion: Fisher's contributions at Statehouse appreciated

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By Kelly Cummings



Dear Rep. Fisher,

I write to you with much sadness but also much gratitude and hope.

I would like to thank you for your incredible, good and solid work on health care.

I admire your tenacity just as much as your compassion. And I so appreciate your service.

I hope you know that what you have helped set in motion has not been in vain.

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Opinion: Baser thankful for election help

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By Fred Baser



The evening before Election Day, I told my wife, Marian, that no matter what the outcome I had won. This feeling came from the support I have received from so many people in the four towns of Addison-4.

When you run for office, especially in a hotly contested race, you have to put yourself out there, and at times, you are a bit vulnerable. Having people write letters of support, donate their hard-earned cash and assist in your door-to-door efforts is huge and humbling.

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