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Editorial: What's to be gained in upgrading wetland's status

Posted on June 24, 2019 |
By Angelo Lynn



The petition to reclassify the 15,500-acre Otter Creek Wetland Complex from a Class II status to Class I poses some interesting questions as to what is to be gained, but at the very least the months of discussion that is likely to ensue will teach Addison County residents about the invaluable functions and “irreplaceable values” of what is the state’s largest wetland.

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Letter to the editor: Creek Road best managed as recreation path

Posted on June 24, 2019 |
By Erik Remsen



In the coming weeks, Middlebury will host a public hearing on the future of Creek Road. The road has sustained repeated damage in recent years as a result of flooding, erosion, and subsidence. A portion of the road is currently closed to vehicles. As the selectboard ponders the future of the road, I encourage them to make an investment that could improve both the health and appeal of our town.

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Guest editorial: Here's how to create a viable economic development strategy

Posted on June 19, 2019 |
By Bill Schubart



Vermont’s economic development strategy needs coordination — and perhaps centralization

Vermont has no long-term, well-articulated economic development strategy, nor the funding capacity to execute one.

It’s not that we don’t spend money on economic development. There are many earnest people working hard to generate economic activity in Vermont, although we often confuse economic and community development; a Greensboro Pride Parade or town green replanting is not “economic development.”

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Ways of Seeing: Sex education is an evolving curriculum

Posted on June 19, 2019 |
By Joanna Colwell



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Jessie Raymond: One rooster can spoil the flock

Posted on June 19, 2019 |
By Jessie Raymond



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I got a new batch of day-old chicks in early May, and I’ve been watching them carefully — like a hawk, you might say, although I try to avoid such imagery around chickens — for signs of roosterishness.

When you order chicks for a flock of laying hens, you are told you have a one in 10 chance of ending up with a rooster. 

I’d say the real odds are considerably higher.

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Clippings: Pint-sized pup is a fun challenge

Posted on June 19, 2019 |
By John Flowers



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Question: What’s cuter than cute, is as big as a size-12 shoe, is covered with fur and commands constant attention?

Answer: A miniature golden doodle puppy named “Roxie,” who for the past two weeks has put bags under our eyes big enough to pack for a vacation.

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Victor Nuovo: Washington a towering figure

Posted on June 19, 2019 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 23rd in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition.

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Poet's Corner: The slanted fields of Ripton

Posted on June 19, 2019 |
By Susan Jefts



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Taking Down Barns

 

We took down the barn at Homer Nobel’s farm.

It was a large post ’n beam, falling in

with stuff from another life strewn like garbage.

 

Mack’s old pick-up pulled out the center beam,

cracking the hand-made pegs, tumbling swallows’

nests. In the settling dust we worked,

snaking out rough-sawed beams like trees from a forest.

 

There were horse harnesses of rotted leather

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Letter to the editor: Trent's photos are sorely missed

Posted on June 19, 2019 |
By Patty Smith



Dear Trent,

It is at times like these that people — you — need to know in no uncertain terms what you mean to this whole community. Your masterful, artful, magnificent capture of the glorious moments of  our lives — the most fleeting, the most cherished — has filled us all with joy incomparable.

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Letter to the editor: Middlebury town hall site a bad choice

Posted on June 19, 2019 |
By Karlene Callahan



I am not sure who to address this to — selectmen, town planners or Middlebury College — whoever it was who thought squeezing the Town Hall next to the Library, surely didn’t think it through. Every time I’d like to go to the library, I find myself riding around in circles. If you find a space on the upper level, it’s almost like winning the lottery and we all know how often  that happens. So, you head to the lower level only to find there is not one single space there either.

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