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Opinion: Red tape rules at the local DMV

Posted on March 12, 2014 |
By Leon H. Smith



I am a lifelong resident of the state of Vermont currently residing in the town of Middlebury. Recently, I received a license renewal notification from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), including information regarding the Real ID Act. Acting on the information provided and the need to renew my license, I went to the mobile DMV office at the courthouse in Middlebury on Feb. 19 in the afternoon. What ensued is an example of how far this great state and the USA as a whole, have strayed from sanity.

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Opinion: School spending must be curbed

Posted on March 12, 2014 |
By Ivan St. George



It never fails, year after year we hear rumblings from our elected representatives that lament the property tax burden we all face yet, year after year the rumblings sound more like lip service than genuine active concern that results in action.

The boards correctly blame the legislators and vice versa and that is where the problem lies.

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Opinion: VUES Read-a-Thon helps children embrace literacy

Posted on March 12, 2014 |
By Alexandria McGuire



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Opinion: Nordic skiing has been at its best

Posted on March 12, 2014 |
By Bill McKibben



Many thanks for Matt Dickerson’s most recent column on Nordic skiing. It was a good reminder, as the close of winter draws into at least hazy view, of just how hard the crew at Rikert worked all year.

Skiing began in mid-November, but for most of the first half of the season it was an almost impossible job to keep the trails covered, with every small drop of snow followed by a driving rainstorm. Still, Mike Hussey and his crew worked long hours to make sure there was always something to ski on.

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Opinion: Asermily thankful for voter support

Posted on March 12, 2014 |
By Laura Asermily



Thank you to voters for electing me to serve on the Middlebury selectboard. I seek to collaborate with and listen to all residents, fellow selectboard members, town officials and stakeholders to reach solutions that work for the good of the town and its taxpayers. I will support an open participatory process that allows you to be informed and to share your ideas or questions. This is my top priority. I look forward to listening to you in as many ways as possible.

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Opinion: Greed, government corruption sustain poverty

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By Morris Earle Jr.



The failure of foreign aid and the damage caused by corrupt governments are highlighted in Paul Theroux’s latest book on Africa, “The Last Train to Zona Verde.”

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Opinion: Bible not a good reference for abortion

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By Patricia Stevenson



In response to Ms. Jennie Anne Foster’s essay on abortion recently, I would like to point out some ironies in her philosophy. Her view is quite cut and dried. She picks Bible passages to support her view of abortion as murder, but the Bible is full of contradictions.

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Opinion: Distracted driving costs lives

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By Emily Joselson



This is in response to a letter from a reader who disagreed with proposed legislation, H.62, now pending in the Vermont House, titled: An Act Relating to Prohibiting the Handheld Use of a Portable Electronic Device While Driving. This reader claimed she was an experienced driver, and could easily talk on a cell phone while driving.

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Opinion: Newspaper should consider revising its editorial policy

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By George Klohck



Because of the closeness of the vote for the town/college plan for new town hall and recreation facilities, I believe it can be reasonably argued that Angelo Lynn’s editorials in the Addison Independent made the difference in the result of citizens’ choice on article 6. In recent editorials Mr. Lynn has been a dependable cheerleader for one side among the voices speaking about the future of our town.

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Clippings by Evan Johnson: Energy companies just don't get it

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



Here’s a story for you:

Early in the morning on Feb. 11, either by human error or technical malfunction, a spark at a natural gas well in southwestern Pennsylvania caused a massive explosion. One man living in the area described the sound of the explosion as loud as a jet engine five feet overhead. One worker was injured; state police discovered the remains of another missing man a week later. The well was capped on Feb. 23.  

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