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Editorial: Making resolutions work

Posted on December 30, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



If we consider human nature, making New Year’s resolutions a singular endeavor is akin to pulling your fortune out of a cookie: it might just happen, but the odds are against it.

But involve your friends and neighbors in the effort, and the success rate jumps dramatically.

Taking that as a cue, let’s set a few resolutions for the New Year as collective communities and mark our progress as the year evolves.

In Middlebury, let’s resolve to:

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Editorial: New bridge, new opportunities

Posted on December 30, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



After Monday morning’s demolition, the Champlain Bridge is history. It’s time for a few more hours of romanticized reflection, then a redoubling of efforts to build a new bridge in record time that will make the trip over the lake better in every way.

That, at least, should be the goal.

Just how could the new bridge serve the public better? Here are a few key ways, some of which have been previously suggested by readers, and are being tentatively considered by state officials:

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Editorial: Tough choices, calm voices

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



Tax Commissioner Rich Westman has been touring the state for the past couple of months warning that current school spending was not sustainable without significant tax increases. He followed those warnings by becoming the first tax commissioner to recommend raising the statewide property tax. The first warnings barely made headlines back in October; the proposed statewide tax increase got most people’s attention; and now that local stories are reporting local taxes could go up 6 percent and budgets are still having to be cut substantially, most everyone is paying attention.

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Editorial: It's 11 days 'til Christmas, so relax, smile and enjoy

Posted on December 14, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



As these 11 days before Christmas loom before us — family is getting together, there are meals to prepare and presents yet to buy — remember to relax and enjoy the rich traditions of this holiday season that make it so worthwhile.

The holiday focus in Middlebury — as in Brandon, Bristol and Vergennes — is about community festivals, contributing to several wonderful community causes through special events, listening to chorus groups ring in the season, and for many it is a season for worship and reflection.

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Editorial: Sanders omits half the story on Bernanke's nomination

Posted on December 10, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders efforts to block Ben Bernanke’s nomination for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve make a point, but in doing so he omits more than half of the story.

Sanders suggests that Bernanke should not be confirmed for a second term based on the premise that “the American people voted last year for a change in our national priorities to put the interests of ordinary people head of the greed of Wall Street and the wealthy few. What the American people did not bargain for was another four years for one of the key architects of the Bush economy.”

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Editorial: Greg's — a heartening transition

Posted on December 10, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



That Greg’s Meat Market will still be Greg’s even without Greg Wry walking the grocery aisles is testament to the strength of a good business and of the loyal following he created.

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Politics of $1 million in aid

Posted on December 7, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



Last week, area and state legislators sent a letter to Gov. James Douglas recommending that the state set aside up to $1 million of the $8.67 million federal economic stimulus money to help Addison County businesses affected by the closing of the Champlain Bridge. The initiative was spearheaded by Senate President Pro Tempore Peter Shumlin, D-Putney, and House Speaker Hap Smith, D-Morristown, and though it had the support of most Addison County legislators, the proposal was laden with political overtones.

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Editorial: Good speech; no good options

Posted on December 3, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



In listening to President Barack Obama outline his strategy for sending 30,000 more troops into Afghanistan on Tuesday night’s televised address, we found ourselves wanting to believe his rationale and his assessment, but what we recognized was that it was little more than a well-delivered political speech carefully calculated to cause the president the least amount of political damage.

That was a disappointment.

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Missing the mark in Vermont

Posted on November 30, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



In the hubbub over the recent crackdown on employers hiring illegal migrant workers, the one statement that seems to define the situation in Vermont is that the hiring of migrant workers is not about cheap labor, it’s about hiring dependable labor in a market where no others are willing to do the work.

If Congress, the administration and the federal bureaucracy could tailor federal laws around that single premise, perhaps a workable immigration law (or amendment) that applies to dairy farms could be written and passed.

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Clippings: 51 Main bridges town's generations

Posted on November 19, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



In business, it’s not always possible to achieve your mission the first year out of the block. But there’s evidence that 51 Main Street in Middlebury has come pretty close.

Roll back the clock with me to a scene there last April. It’s a cold, blustery Thursday night and one would have expected Middlebury’s Main Street to be quiet at the 8 o’clock hour.

This night, however, was different.

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