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Opinion: State's love of nature reflected at ANR

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Deb Markowitz



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Opinion: New rules best for superdelegates

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



The Democratic Party added superdelegates to its national conventions beginning in 1984. Superdelegates are elected and party officials who are part of state delegations to the conventions but are not pledged to a particular presidential candidate.

Superdelegates were intended to provide a dose of political realism to counteract what some Democratic leaders saw as the tendency of delegates elected by the party grassroots to support unsuccessful presidential candidates and presidents, such as George McGovern and Jimmy Carter.

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Opinion: Firefighters did excellent work

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Bonnie Burpee



Many thanks to the Bristol Fire Department, as well as the New Haven, Monkton and Lincoln fire departments for responding to our recent barn fire. We deeply appreciate the efforts of everyone involved.

Chris and Bonnie Burpee

Bristol

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Editorial: Focus on jobs when defining 'independent contractor' status

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As the Vermont Legislature moves toward adjournment, several bills won’t make the deadline and will die half-baked in their development. One such bill, H.867. dealt with how to define an independent contractor. It was controversial because it was characterized as pitting pro-labor forces against pro-business forces, and that pits liberals against conservatives right from the get-go.

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Opinion: Hawking sparks deep thoughts

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Peter Szymkowicz



Editor’s note: The writer addressed this to Dr. Stephen Hawking and cc’d the Independent.

Dear Dr. Hawking,

Thank you for your inspirational, indomitable willpower. I believe it demonstrates the true purpose of humanity is to honor the universe with a sense of wonder. Realization is the Breath of Existence. It helps us accumulate Time, understanding that WE are part of the dark matter that inflates the universe, and can enjoy the potential you have mastered.

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Opinion: Funds to prevent suicide sought

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Richard Paul



Over the past 10 years, Vermont’s suicide death rates have averaged 30 percent higher than the U.S. rates. It is the second leading cause of death of all Vermonters age 14-35 and the third leading cause for ages 35-44 and in the top 10 for all Vermonters.

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Opinion: Memories ride on scent

Posted on April 28, 2016 |
By Johanna Nichols



Though many might consider violets a noxious weed that is as hard to eradicate from their lawns as dandelions, I am among those who love their various shades of purple as well as white flowers and heart-shaped leaves that pop up bravely and hopefully in early spring.

Their roots are not delicate, one friend reminds me, as they curl around the roots and overtake other plants in the garden. They’re bullies. I even love that about them — they remind us that they were there before woods became lawns.

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Editorial: Open primaries: GOP sees threat; Dems eye ‘bigger tent’

Posted on April 25, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the aftermath of the New York Republican primary, Democrats and Republicans are looking for future reforms in very different ways. For establishment Republicans, the party is trying to reduce the opportunity for non-party voters to participate, while among Democrats a growing number are considering the prospect of opening their primaries to independents.

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Opinion: Vermont hospitals can learn much from other states

Posted on April 25, 2016 |
By Anders Holm



Recent changes at Porter Medical Center have resulted in a circling of the wagons and a regrouping. Rather than looking inside the ring, Porter and Middlebury may be better served by looking a bit outside.

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