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Opinion: Editorial ignored some key facts

Posted on November 11, 2013 |
By Michael Olinick



Angelo Lynn’s invective of Oct. 24 (“Middlebury’s Tea Party? Rarely has this town seen an issue hijacked by a small minority”) ignores a number of important facts:

1.      Not everyone who signed the conflict-of-interest complaint opposes the town hall/gym land swap deal. They are concerned about the legitimacy of the process.

2.      Not all of the most vocal critics of the project signed the complaint.

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Jessie Raymon: Christmas creeping our way

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



I noticed something yesterday: Christmas is only seven weeks away.

I haven’t even put my garden hose away yet, so you might expect my reaction to be one of surprise and dismay.

Not this year.

Instead, I shocked myself by thinking, “Well, then, it’s about time I started planning for the holidays.”

This is new and different. And a little disturbing.

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Gregory Dennis: The union drive by Porter nurses

Posted on October 31, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



Running a healthcare system such as Porter Medical Center is no easy job these days.

In addition to managing a budget of $69.8 million amid the continuing pressure to keep costs down, there is the looming prospect of cuts in Medicare payments and the uncertainties of a fluctuating patient population.

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Clippings by Evan Johnson: The problem with 'values' politics

Posted on October 31, 2013 |
By Evan Johnson



As a writer and a journalist for a few different publications, I find myself putting in miles on my assignments all over Vermont. On these drives, I listen to the radio, tuning the full range of the dial. I don’t listen for content, so much as the ambient sound of a human voice; be it ESPN sports banter or NPR. I was somewhere near St. Johnsbury recently when I heard a broadcast of the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C.

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Op-ed: Shameful tactics used to thwart town office plan

Posted on October 28, 2013 |
By Marilyn Needham



When I first read about the plans for the new town office building and gymnasium, I thought, “How exciting!” I never thought there would be any opposition to such wonderful additions to the town and to the elimination of that outdated eyesore. That is why I have found the negativity to this project to be mind-boggling.

And now, to make matters worse, it has turned into a vicious attack against Selectman Victor Nuovo. To insinuate that he is somehow in collusion with the college is an insult.

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Despite the noise, government has a role

Posted on October 23, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



It was back in 1981 when the modern right-wing assault on the role of government in our society began. Then, newly elected President Ronald Reagan said this during his inaugural speech:

“In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

The attack continued through the Clinton years with a congressionally inspired government shutdown.

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Community forum: The making of a fiscal shipwreck in Vermont

Posted on October 23, 2013 |
By Tom Pelham



This week’s writer is Tom Pelham, who was finance commissioner for Gov. Howard Dean, tax commissioner for Gov. Jim Douglas and elected to the Vermont House as an Independent, serving on the House Appropriations Committee. He is also a co-founder of Campaign for Vermont .

By Tom Pelham

INTRODUCTION

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Opinion: Town should adhere to conflict of interest policy

Posted on October 21, 2013 |
By Barbara Shapiro



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Opinion: Bullying should be taken seriously

Posted on October 21, 2013 |
By Kenneth Levine



In response to the tragic death of Ms. Scott, Mr. Lynn may recall writing an editorial regarding my walk from Otter Valley Union High School in Brandon to Montpelier some 16 years ago, seeking support against bullying in that school. My son was tormented, threatened, terrorized and afraid for his life. He, too, sought help from teachers and other school authorities.

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