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Opinon: Voters rejected Peter Shumlin

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Gary Murdock



Oh, Mr. Lynn, once again your editorial has left me gasping for air and clawing at my desk. Well, maybe my affection for tobacco is partly to blame for the gasping, but clawing at the desk is all you! Your Dec. 31 editorial espousing the greatness of Peter Shumlin is so full of false statements and contradictions to your own writings that I barely know where to start.

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Opinion: God and the PSB control sunshine?

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Leonard Gibbs



Your news report, “Solar project denied,” of Jan. 5, 2015, clears up some of my confusion. I had previously thought that God owned our solar power source. Thanks to the PSB for straightening us out on this. We now know that both God and the PSB share control of the sunshine.

Leonard Gibbs

Panton

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Opinion: Local input key in solar siting

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Paul Stone



Happy New Year to all and hope the holiday season has been merry and you all gave and received meaningful and useful presents. Of the presents I received one came as a letter to editor of the Addison Independent, Dec. 25. The writer, associated with VPIRG, admonished me for confusing Act 248, a mental health law passed in 2011, with Section 248 of Title 30 and the Public Service Board, and for thinking solar panels are ugly. So lesson learned. I apologize for any misgivings anyone suffered.

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Opinion: Corporate interests are winning the health care battle

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



I have some questions about Gov. Shumlin’s recent cessation of universal single-payer tax-supported health care for Vermont.

Was there a coalition of conservative Democratic and Republican legislators who threatened to vote for the Republican candidate for governor if Shumlin carried out his plan to implement Act 48?

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Opinion: The long fight for a single-payer system is not dead

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



Gov. Shumlin’s decision to suspend moving forward on the financing package for single payer in the coming legislative session does not mean that the dream of health care as a public good in Vermont is dead. At his press conference announcing his decision to not pursue single-payer financing in 2015, the governor stated that “now is not the right time.” But he also made clear that Vermonters must not abandon the goal of universal publicly financed health care stated in Act 48.

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Opinion: Who is the real beneficialy of solar array expansion?

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Randy Jones



Let’s start by saying I was born and raised in Vermont. I have lived in Orwell 18 years, building my home in a beautiful meadow. Over the years I’ve opened the hedgerow between Vera Blakeley’s meadow and mine. My family and I have enjoyed watching that field be used to harvest everything from hay, corn, pumpkins, now solar, “yea.”

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Opinion: Solar issues deserve thoughtful, responsible debate

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Alex D. Tokewell



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Community Forum: Green Mountain Power now a B Corp

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Mary Powell



This week’s writer is Mary Powell, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power.

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Clippings: The season for learning lessons

Posted on December 31, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



As far back as my memory reaches, my family has created ambitious cards. Usually, there’s some sort of pun, an elaborately staged photo or nonsensical farce. And that’s just on the outside.

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Ways of Seeing: This yoga tree holds ancient symbols to live by

Posted on December 31, 2014 |
By Joanna Colwell



I didn’t have enough going on over Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s, so I decided to paint a 16-foot-long mural on one of the walls in the yoga studio. Really, I would have preferred to do this at any other time, but this is just how things worked out. Actually, I wasn’t planning on painting the mural myself at all. I pictured myself more in the role of a benevolent overlord, saying encouraging things, like “Wow, it’s really coming along beautifully!” Or, “Maybe a little more green down at this end?”

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