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Clippings: Best effort can at times fall short

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By John Flowers



We work hard at this twice-weekly to keep our readers informed about goings-on in Addison County. That means talking to people face-to-face or by phone, or hearing from them at meetings.

But there are times we can’t get to a meeting, so we have to follow up by phone with the people who are affected and the sources we have cultivated over the years.

It’s a formula that usually works. Sometimes it doesn’t.

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Around the Bend: Growing cranky in the garden

Posted on June 14, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



Every spring, in anticipation of my vegetable garden, I forget an important point: Gardening is neither easy nor particularly enjoyable.

Don’t believe those dreamers who insist that growing vegetables is a spiritually transforming experience. Sure, we all have those brief moments of awe when a bean seedling first breaks through the concrete crust of Addison County clay. And who doesn’t swoon over the taste of a juicy, just-picked tomato, still warm from the afternoon sun?

Whatever. Most of the time, gardening is the pits.

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Clippings: Darn that government. Or not...

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



A few years back at an Addison forum devoted to whether the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union should unite under one-board governance, a resident asked rhetorically whether bigger government ever made things better.

Never mind school unification: Given more recent history, that question now looks a little ironic.

After all, the town of Addison and local residents and businesses just happily spent money to celebrate the opening of the new $70 million bridge across Lake Champlain.

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Politically Thinking: Vermont needs young, skilled residents

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



The aging of Vermont’s population is a well-known finding from the 2010 U.S. Census. Vermont has the second-oldest population of any state, behind only Maine. If current trends continue, Vermont could well be the oldest state in the nation by 2020.

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Between the Lines: In springtime love's labors lost

Posted on June 7, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



It was one of the hardest phone calls I’d ever had to make.

We’d been seeing each other since last fall. Now it had finally become clear that things just weren’t going to work out.

Even when you know you’ve got to end it, though, it’s always hard to tell the other party.

Our relationship had seemed so right at first.

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Clippings: One era ends, yet another begins

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



At a wedding over the Memorial Day weekend, a couple of those later-in-the-evening-toasts referenced “the end of an era” as this friend in his mid-30s had met the princess of his heart and was leaving the single life behind.

An adventurer, cyclist, outrageous skier, runner, climber of 18,000-foot peaks, Dan is also a graduate of law school with a focus on public policy and, perhaps most germane to this reference, he knows how to have a good time.

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Around the Bend: Insects can give you a nervous tick

Posted on May 31, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



The mild winter seemed too good to be true. And it was. The downright tolerable temperatures allowed an unprecedented number of ticks to survive and, according to the news, they’re out in force this year.

If you’re the kind of person — like me — who lives in a constant state of unease, believing that bugs exist primarily to crawl on you, summer is already a nerve-wracking time of itchy paranoia. Now there’s a bumper crop of critters that want to bury themselves in your skin, suck your blood and spread disease.

Kill me now.

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Clippings: Big city gets creemee-d by county

Posted on May 24, 2012 |
By Trent Campbell



Remember that old song about New York City from “On the Town,” the 1944 musical? “The Bronx is up, but the Battery’s down/The people ride in a hole in the groun’/New York, New York, it’s a helluva town!”

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Politically Thinking: Treasurer's race offers intrigue

Posted on May 24, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



The election for Vermont treasurer could be one of the most interesting and competitive races in November.

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Between the Lines: Curmudgeonly commencement advice

Posted on May 24, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



Once again this year, I have been asked to be a last-minute fill-in as the Middlebury College commencement speaker.

Those of you who were at last year’s commencement will find this especially puzzling. You may recall that my speech ended with a public disavowal by the college president, an escort off the premises by campus security officers, and the filing of multiple charges against me.

But my attorney assures me that most of the charges have been settled. And (more good news), the visits to my parole officer have been reduced from daily down to weekly.

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