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Letter to the Editor: Creative solutions needed for rail bridge disruption

Posted on May 22, 2017 |
By Elizabeth Karnes Keefe



The railroad bridge project in downtown Middlebury is going to happen. There is no way around it and we must accept (serious) short-term inconveniences and impact for long-term good and, of paramount importance, safety.

How about the complaining stops and the creativity kicks in? At risk of sounding naïve in a complex situation, let’s at least think about, for example:

•  Temporary parking areas on each side of town, with continuous shuttle service through town and across the College campus.

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Letter to the Editor: Birds, engineers asking questions

Posted on May 22, 2017 |
By Peter Grant



A hummingbird, with bright ruby throat, just tapped on the kitchen window. It seemed to say “Hi, we are back so get out the feeders. And remember it is one part sugar and four parts hot water to mix then cool it before putting it in feeders.” Some might say that there are a lot of flowers on trees and plants so feeding hummingbirds is not needed. But, what are we to do when they tell us that they would like to be fed?

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Eric L. Davis: Health care premiums on the rise

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, the state’s dominant health insurer, last week filed with regulators a request for an average 12.7 percent increase in premiums for 2018 for the individual and small business markets.

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Gregory Dennis: Wind energy unites enviros and farmers

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



Environmentalists and advocates for property rights are used to being at odds. Enviros put a priority on preventing damage to the ecosystems that support us. Property rights people are accustomed to reminding us that there should be limits to what the government can force owners to do.

But as Vermont moves haltingly toward cleaner energy, Greens and some property rights advocates, especially farmers, now find themselves on the same side.

These days they’re making common cause around an unlikely topic: wind energy.

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Ways of Seeing: Kate Gridley, Confronting death a healthy move

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Kate Gridley



My mother-in-law, Lorraine, taught me how to die when I was just entering my forties.

Before that, it was dark and scary.

When my mother’s mother died, she was far away in Wisconsin, and even though I caught my mother crying for the first time one afternoon when she picked me up at school (I was ten), she went off to the funeral alone. In those days, one did not speak of death, especially in front of children. Adults didn’t cry, either, and when they did, it was scary.

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Letters to the Editor: State getting real on cannabis laws

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Dave Silberman



The very same week that the Trump Administration vowed to re-impose the mandatory minimum sentences that were the hallmark of our disastrous “War on Drugs” (in actuality, a war on people of color), the Vermont Legislature listened to the will of Vermonters, and passed Senate Bill 22, which would end state-level penalties for possession of one ounce of cannabis (aka marijuana) or growing two plants for personal use.

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Letters to the Editor: Wind power can benefit farmers

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Marie Audet



Since our parents started farming in Bridport in 1958, our family has maintained a strong commitment toward sustainability; doing more with less, implementing practices that reduce energy use, and waste while improving our animals’ health and comfort and protecting our environment. We were so delighted with the results of our “Cow Power” project that in May of 2013 we collaborated with Green Mountain Power to install a wind turbine designed and manufactured in Barre, Vt., by Northern Power Systems.

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Victor Nuovo: Friendship — the tie that binds

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Aristotle suggests that love or a feeling of mutual affection between citizens may be a more effective means of unifying a city than justice, indeed that the latter may depend upon the former. It is an alluring thought and deserves to be explored.

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Community forum: Teacher health care negotiations is not as simple as governor portrays it

Posted on May 15, 2017 |
By Sen. Claire Ayer



As you know, Gov. Scott, along with the Vermont School Boards Association and the Vermont Superintendents Association, has proposed that the state save up to $26 million by taking over teacher healthcare benefits. The governor has stated that he will veto a budget without these savings incorporated.

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Letters to the Editor: Unfair to blame teachers for rising health care costs

Posted on May 15, 2017 |
By Millard M. Cox



Here we go again — Vermont public school teachers and their union are being made the scapegoat, blamed for high taxes and the high cost of health care in the state. Can anyone seriously believe that bullying the teachers can save the state $26 million? What are the real causes of the rising costs of health care?

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