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December 7th

Legislative Report by Rep. Fred Baser: Finances hang over legislative goals

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



What are some of the major agenda items for the coming Legislative session? The list includes: funding the Clean Water Act, continuing to focus on mental health and opioid abuse, advancing paid family leave, the $15 minimum wage, carbon tax, independent contractor clarity, and affordable/workforce housing.

As we consider all these matters and more, the financial realities and uncertainties surrounding the state’s finances will be hanging over our heads.

There are three major financial situations on the horizon for 2018.

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Pond Lane building owner names Vermont Gas, contractor in lawsuit

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — Vermont Gas officials said they anticipate quick resolution to a recent lawsuit filed by an insurance company seeking reimbursement for a claim it paid for cleaning up a building at 38 Pond Lane, Middlebury, after an on-site water/sewer line ruptured while a contractor was installing a natural gas line at the property on Oct. 22, 2014.

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Letter to the Editor: Hand-written Christmas cards bring lasting cheer

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Miriam Hardy



Every year even before Halloween my mail box on my front porch begins to be stuffed with ads for things I don’t need or want. There are catalogues for things I’ve never needed and companies I’ve never heard of. After sorting out the few bills I receive, the rest goes into the recycling bin. The poor postal courier’s bag gets heavier and heavier.

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Letter to the Editor: Alternative rail plan sparks action

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Bruce Hiland



Last week’s letter about the VTrans’ rail project triggered requests for more specifics about anticipated disruption and damage. Many readers asked: “What can I do?” Several noted that if VTrans’ plan is followed it will disrupt everyone who works in, lives in, shops in, drives through or otherwise uses Middlebury. This is NOT just a “downtown problem”.

First, some facts…. 

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Letter to the Editor: New vision for Mount Abe facility hailed for creative ideas

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By David Brynn



The Addison Independent’s recap of the Nov. 27 meeting of the Mount Abraham Middle/High School’s Renovation Committee meeting was superb. As the author noted, the session was a lively and yet respectful discussion full of energy and tension. The Addy Indy article captured all of this very well. Special thanks to all who made the meeting so!

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Letter to the Editor: Pondering why my sunny disposition is now gloomy

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Bill Brown



I’m not a person prone to depression. But over the last several months my mood has changed. A cloud has drifted over my usually sunny (or at least partly sunny) outlook. To figure out what was going on with me (I’m a retired psychologist) I did an internal check that included the following:

Is my wife happy? Yes as best as I can figure out.

Finances OK? Not bad — could always be better.

Health issues? Yeah. Aches here and there. The norm for 74.

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Between the Lines, Gregory Dennis: Serving a dog's breakfast in D.C.

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Gregory Dennis



When Gina McCarthy was a little girl and would get unnecessarily wound up about something, her mother would tell her, “Never waste a good worry on something you can’t control.”

At a time when the Trumpsters have hijacked efforts to combat climate change, McCarthy offered that coping strategy to a large crowd of Vermont community leaders. She was the keynoter at Saturday’s 10th annual conference of the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Conference Network (VECAN).

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Ways of Seeing, Rebecca Kneale Gould: Many traditions light up the winter's darkness

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By By Rebecca Kneale Gould



The sun is going to set at 4:15 tonight — or, more precisely, this afternoon. However you parse it, that’s way too early for me. But while it is tempting to resist this basic fact of December life, I’m not sure how much sense that actually makes. Let’s see, me versus the tilt of the earth’s axis ... Who should cry “Uncle” first?

Now that we have this question of planetary power dynamics out of the way, how might we move on from here? How do we manage these oh, so short days and these ever-lengthening nights?

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