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Editorial: Middlebury rail project — The next prudent step is to stop and reconsider

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



A citizen’s campaign calling for a review of Vermont Agency of Transportation’s proposed $52 million, three-year Middlebury rail project has a straight-forward objection: stop and reassess before pulling the trigger on a project that opponents say is two or three times as expensive as the alternative, and will cause substantial harm to downtown businesses.

It’s a clarion call that has been made before, and which was rejected by the powers that be at the AOT.

What’s different today?

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Editorial: Sen. Bray gets to the point on funding lake cleanup

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



Sen. Chris Bray’s idea to create a per-parcel fee to help pay for the cleanup of Lake Champlain and its related waterways addresses the elephant in the room that others have failed to do: find a way to raise the long-term money needed to accomplish the task.

An advisory council formed to make funding recommendations outlined vague suggestions of what to consider in a funding mechanism, but had dodged the nut of the issue.

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Editorial: Dems not the same as GOP!

Posted on December 4, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



In the run-up to the 2016 presidential election, a popular lament among voters was that both political parties were equally bad, and that Democrats were not that much different from Republicans. Many voters cast a pox on both parties and Republicans, in particular, rejected 16 other candidates in their primary to pick one of the least experienced, least credible, least informed and most caustic candidates in the nation’s history.

Two years later, much has changed, including a dramatically clearer distinction between the two major political parties.

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Editorial: Chili Fest is out, what's next?

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



In a letter elsewhere on this page, Cornwall resident Bill Bierderman laments the cancellation of the Chili Festival, usually held in March in Middlebury’s downtown. Folks from all over have gathered for a mid-winter chance to congregate, chat and interact in what has been a truly fun event.

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Guest Editorial, Patrick Leahy: Understanding the 'toll of our own actions'

Posted on November 27, 2017 |
By Sen. Patrick Leahy



In “The Uncounted,” their article in The New York Times Magazine last week, Azmat Khan and Anand Gopal laid bare a tragic reality of American military operations against the Islamic State: the untold harm inflicted on civilians.

That the Islamic State is guilty of horrific atrocities is common knowledge. But most Americans seem unaware of the human toll of our own actions, the consequences this has for our national security and our reputation, and that too often the civilian casualties we cause are the result of avoidable mistakes. This must change.

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Editorial: Middlebury's DID is a solid tax strategy to build upon

Posted on November 21, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In an interesting discussion of the future of Middlebury’s Downtown Improvement District, members of the DID commission, the selectboard and area businesses were right last Tuesday night at the selectboard meeting to question a continuation of the status quo. As it has been for the past 21 years, additional taxes have been assessed on the 119 affected downtown commercial properties to make improvements to the downtown.

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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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