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Opinion: School consolidation would dimish local control

Posted on April 24, 2014 |
By Hannah Sessions



Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Rep. Willem Jewett and state Sens. Claire Ayer and Chris Bray.

I am writing about Bill H.883. I have been on the school board in my town for eight years and have a lot of reservations about this bill.

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Opinion: Middlebury Town Office vote is democratic

Posted on April 24, 2014 |
By Nancy Malcolm



A lot of people have asked me why we are voting again on Article 6 (now Article 1) as we have already passed it. It is legal to revote on something (just one time) if 5 percent of the voters sign a petition that is presented within 30 days of the original vote. In this case 230 legal voters needed to sign such a petition. This is democracy and while it isn’t perfect or easy, it is the best system out there.

For clarification, Article 1 (previous Article 6) reads:

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Opinion: Pipeline to N.Y. a terrible idea

Posted on April 24, 2014 |
By Sarah and Dayton Wakefield



After reading the April 14 Addison Independent article titled “Phase II pipeline clears ACRPC hurdle,” we send our thanks to those of you on the commission who voted against this and its negative impact on so many Addison County residents.

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Opinion: Creating fewer, large school districts is a good idea

Posted on April 20, 2014 |
By David Wolk et al.



Before the turn of the 20thcentury, there were more than 2,500 school districts in Vermont. Back then, as it is today, debate was passionate. How should schooling be organized to meet our shared goals? In 1892, our Legislature took courageous action by abolishing those micro-districts and transforming our school system to one with fewer than 300 districts, about the same number as today.

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Opinion: Pig disease raises animal ID question

Posted on April 20, 2014 |
By Joe Klopfenstein DVM



The past few weeks have brought sobering animal health news to the Vermont livestock community. A relatively new disease, Porcine Endemic Diarrhea (PED), has been found for the first time in the Green Mountain State. This is one of the few reported cases outside traditional pork producing states, and the disease seemingly skipped over larger states such as New York.

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Eric Davis: Bill seeks income tax to fund schools

Posted on April 17, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



The House Education Committee’s bill to eliminate approximately 80 percent of Vermont’s school districts by consolidating their number from 273 to about 50 has been the subject of considerable debate in recent weeks in the Statehouse, in the education community, and in the press.

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Clippings: Winter's reverie; a Vermont state of mind

Posted on April 17, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



What is it about this snowy Wednesday morning that made me think of the 1950s musical “Oklahoma!” with its irrepressible theme song: “Oh, what a beautiful mornin’, oh what a beautiful day!”

Must be something about a fresh snowfall that makes the world a brighter place, or, if we just count our blessings and look around us, we realize how beautiful a place this is.

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Opinion: Phase II project brings benefits

Posted on April 16, 2014 |
By Gary Cooke



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Opinion: Voting against town office plan would back community

Posted on April 16, 2014 |
By Andrea Murray



In light of the May 13 re-vote of Article 6, now Article 1, I encourage Middlebury residents to vote “no.”

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Greg Dennis: Lasting, local steps toward divestment

Posted on April 16, 2014 |
By Gregory Dennis



It’s one thing to launch a national political movement. It’s another and much larger challenge to see it gain momentum.

Remember Beyond War? Remember the Million Man March? Me neither.

So the growing success of the national movement for fossil fuel divestment is all the more impressive. Launched just a couple years ago by 350.org (which itself originated on the Middlebury College campus), the divestment campaign has proven it has staying power.

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