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Opinion: Legislature should not cut budget for state colleges

Posted on May 29, 2014 |
By Laura King



Editor’s note: This letter was written as an open letter to Gov. Shumlin and Vermont state legislators.

Recently, I learned Johnson State College’s budget will be cut by nearly $500,000. My child is a junior at Johnson, so I immediately wondered, “How will this impact my child’s education? How will this impact students and families considering Johnson?”

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Opinion: Gubernatorial candidate takes stand on gas pipeline

Posted on May 29, 2014 |
By Emily Peyton



While I was going about Middlebury today, I stopped into a sporting store where I met the shop owner. Once he realized I am running for governor he laid into me for some ”appalling” homemade signage that had over-wintered and was now “littering” the roadside. So I am writing in humility to apologize for the eyesore of that signage carrying my name on it, and for the fact that it was there in the off-season.

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Opinion: Middlebury College should oppose gas pipeline project

Posted on May 29, 2014 |
By Ralph Worrick



I arrived too late to get a seat in the hall at the greenwashing festival at Middlebury College last week, and decided my time was better spent at home working on my PSB testimony than watching the show on TV in the Grille.

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Opinion: Driver left van to block view of Middlebury parade

Posted on May 29, 2014 |
By Diana Cotter



One of the events I enjoy most about living in Middlebury is the Memorial Day parade. It is such a wonderful expression of small town USA with the school bands and other music groups, the various service groups and the firetrucks from all the surrounding towns.

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Opinion: Efficiency is just as important as promoting renewables

Posted on May 29, 2014 |
By Bob Donnis



I read with interest the front page article titled “Energy Secretary talks climate change” in the May 19 edition.

The article focused on global warming and reducing carbon emissions through renewable energy — solar, biomass, methane digesters. (There was no mention of wind turbines, for some reason.)

I agree that reducing carbon emissions into the atmosphere is very, very important.

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Opinion: Rutland Northeast should not hire Burlington candidate

Posted on May 23, 2014 |
By Bob Stetson



I don’t get it. You have a Burlington school leader who authors three budgets with built-in deficits, owes the IRS $500,000 in back employee withholding taxes and gets a golden parachute firing package of $225,000, and Rutland County makes her a finalist for a job in their system.

Is this for real? What the heck is going on?

Bob Stetson

Middlebury

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Opinion: Consider all the costs of a natural gas pipeline

Posted on May 23, 2014 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



“We don’t see that kind of money in Addison County. Or in Rutland County, … Even if you don’t believe it’s all true, it’s a big number.” So spoke Adam Lougee, the executive director of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission at their meeting on April 10, 2014. He thinks that phase II of the fracked natural gas pipeline will benefit our communities, economically.

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Opinion: Lawmakers acted on families' concerns about toxins

Posted on May 23, 2014 |
By Deborah Gaynor



Let us all thank Rep. Willem Jewett and Sen. Claire Ayer for their hard work and leadership resulting in the passage of the Toxic-Free Families Act (S.239) this session.

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Opinion: Some who oppose pipeline don't feel they're being heard

Posted on May 23, 2014 |
By Jane Palmer



I would like to reply to the letter in the May 19 Addison Independent by Jim Ortuno, the firefighter who felt disrespected at the public hearing for the pipeline in Shoreham.

I was there at the hearing and I didn’t witness any disrespect or harsh reactions. I did hear laughter (and yes, some dismissive snorts) when one speaker touted the stellar environmental record of International Paper.

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Opinion: Vermont's end of life law is an example to be proud of

Posted on May 23, 2014 |
By Marnie Wood



This week marks an important one-year anniversary of Vermont’s Act 39 — Patient Choice and Control at End of Life — becoming law. Citizens and legislators in our state worked for 10 years in an effort to ensure a right of choice for terminally ill patients.

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