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Opinion: Lead petitioner describes concerns with current plan

Posted on May 7, 2014 |
By Skip Brush



I respectfully urge all registered Middlebury voters to vote on Article 1 on Tuesday, May 13. Even if you voted yes on March 4 for Article 6 related to the municipal offices/gymnasium proposal, I urge you to consider voting NO on May 13.

I offer the following reasoning on three issues for you to consider. The location of the municipal building next to the library, the gymnasium on Creek Road near the old American Legion, and the financial concerns.

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Opinion: Early childhood education should be state priority

Posted on May 5, 2014 |
By Ashley Bessette



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Opinion: A 'no' vote would allow town to consider new options

Posted on May 5, 2014 |
By Michael Olinick



Middlebury residents assumed that our selectboard was developing a proposal, consistent with the town plan, for the renovation/reconstruction of the municipal building and gymnasium on their current sites.

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Opinion: Voter thankful for second shot at Middlebury project

Posted on May 5, 2014 |
By Carol Eckels



I wanted to take this opportunity to say “kudos” to Skip Brush for giving the taxpayers of Middlebury the opportunity to look at alternatives to the current town hall and gym project. We can take advantage of this opportunity by voting “NO” on the reconsidered article on May 13 or earlier by absentee ballot.

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Opinion: Proposal doesn't follow town plan

Posted on May 5, 2014 |
By Victoria DeWind



Middlebury Town Plan, Page 129: GOALS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

“Community Facilities and Services in Middlebury will:

Be maintained and improved in a manner that is both cost effective and serves the needs of the community;

We will achieve this by:

Maintaining and redeveloping community facilities and town-owned lands as necessary.

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Clippings: Cable lock no match for boltcutters

Posted on May 1, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



It was the kind of situation no one imagines themselves in, conjuring feelings of betrayal and outrage that the very thing designed to protect my valuables was now keeping me from them.

My bike lock wouldn’t open.

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Eric Davis: Court cases beg Obama's attention

Posted on May 1, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



During President Obama’s first term, the Justice Department defended the Defense of Marriage Act in federal court proceedings brought by same-sex couples seeking to have their relationships treated equally by federal agencies.

In her new book, “Forcing the Spring,” Jo Becker, a reporter for The New York Times, recounts how Obama changed his position on marriage equality and directed officials in the Justice Department to drop their defense of DOMA.

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Opinion: Child advocacy effort started

Posted on May 1, 2014 |
By Amethyst Peaslee



I'm writing in support of Let’s Grow Kids, the new public awarenesscampaign that launched on April 25 with a goal of raising awareness about theimportance of the earliest years in the lives of our children.

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Opinion: Increase in bottle deposit would discourage littering

Posted on May 1, 2014 |
By Alice C. Grau



Editor’s note: The writer sent this letter to Rep. Harvey Smith and Sen. Chris Bray.

While working to pick up the trash along the roads and in the DAR State Park near my home in Bridport this week, it occurred to me that an increase in the deposit on beverage bottles and cans would do more to take care of this problem than any public service announcement.

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Opinion: Revote offers new opportunity

Posted on May 1, 2014 |
By Dorie Bechtel



We, the people of Middlebury, now have the great opportunity to engage in a right of democracy; that is, to honor the referendum passed to give voters another chance to review options on the design and location of new town offices. Imagine the creative idea of Mr. Brush to locate the town office and a senior center on Route 7 in the two buildings once owned by Lightning Photo. There would be plenty of parking. And there is the option to expand for other facilities should the need come up.

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