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Editorial: Third vote on Mount Abe bond needs more inclusive process

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



In Bristol, citizen David Brynn has suggested a more appropriate time line and community engagement model to consider future renovation costs for the Mount Abraham Union High School facility than what the Mount Abe school board initially set out to pursue.

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Editorial: Asian tour, climate denial, Roy Moore, tax cuts for wealthy define Trump’s vision of America

Posted on November 16, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



A year into his presidency, Trump made his first tour to Asian countries to test his macho and try to win leaders over with his old-boy charisma. He underwhelmed — was played for a fool in China and seen acting weakly subservient to Chinese President Xi Jinping, elevated the ruthless dictatorship of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, bailed on a meeting with the South Korean president at the DMZ and kowtowed to Russian president Vladimir Putin so obsequiously that cartoonists had a field day portraying Trump as Putin’s lap dog.

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Editorial: Mount Abe vote a mixed message, cautionary tale

Posted on November 13, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



On Thursday, Nov. 2, not Tuesday, Nov. 7 as I erroneously wrote in a prior editorial, Mount Abraham voters rejected a $36.6 million bond to extensively renovate the high school by a 93-vote margin, 1,261 to 1,168. The question now, according to school officials and members of the renovation committee, is not “what next” — but when should the next vote be and for how much.

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Guest editorial: Early childhood development, our health and our economy

Posted on November 9, 2017 |
By Con Hogan



Vermont is facing some very daunting challenges in the economic development world.

We are beginning to understand the implications of our state’s population not growing. Projections are telling us that the southwest part of Vermont will actually lose population over the next 20 years. Chittenden County will only be growing at about 2 percent over the foreseeable future.

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Editorial: Of Facebook, Twitter and FPF?

Posted on November 6, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Caveat emptor. It’s Latin for “Let the buyer beware.” For most of modern history the term has been applied to real property (for example, the snake ointment sold by Dr. Marvel at the carnival), but today the most apt usage may be with the dissemination of information.

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Editorial: Why a 'No' vote on pipeline easement hurts Middlebury

Posted on November 3, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Next Tuesday, Nov. 7, Middlebury residents will hold a special vote on a single article: Whether to approve the current easement arrangement, as proposed by the Middlebury selectboard, with Vermont Gas Systems across three small parking lots within the downtown. (See our most recent story by clicking here.)

We urge residents to vote “yes.”

Here’s why:

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Editorial: Crucial vote for Mount Abe impacts future of its five towns

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



For much of the past decade, residents of the five towns that comprise the Mount Abraham Union High School district have discussed various ways to solve the facility’s shortcomings. There have been piecemeal patches, which have included pricey fixes, yet the overall deterioration of the high school building today is beyond dispute. Action needs to be taken.

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Editorial: Vt. Gas easements and the law of unintended consequences

Posted on October 30, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In public policy, what seems simple is not always so.

Such is the case with the proposed article facing Middlebury voters via Australian ballot on Nov. 7, which asks if voters “shall approve the current Deed of Easement agreements as approved by the Select board at their meeting on June 27 2017, and convey three land easements (one behind the town office and Ilsley library, one near Mister Ups Restaurant, and one on Mill Street) to Vermont Gas Systems?”

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Guest Editorial: Senator Flake's speech seeks to rouse nation's 'better angels'

Posted on October 26, 2017 |
By Sen. Jeff Flake



Editor’s note: Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, announced on Tuesday that he would not seek re-election in 2018. He delivered a statement from the Senate floor, along with an indictment of the nation’s political direction under President Trump. It is an excellent speech and we encourage our readers to read its entirety. We reprint parts of it below. For the full speech, see www.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/us/politics/jeff-flake-transcript-senate-speech.html.

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‘Morning Joe’ shames Trump and the fans who support him

Posted on October 22, 2017 |
By Joe Scarborough



Editor’s note: There was a time in the not so distant past when this paper rejected the daily nativist barbs and the lies and deliberate misinformation spread by Joe Scarborough in this conservative television show, “Morning Joe.” He was, at one point, a champion of Donald Trump and his campaign, and helped him gain popular footing among those disaffected Americans attracted to style over substance.

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