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Editorial: About as good as it gets

Posted on December 5, 2013 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



What’s apparent in the quandary over where to locate a new recreational facility in Middlebury is that neither site is perfect, nor would any site likely be.

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Editorial: State eyes tough sledding to balance 2015 budget

Posted on December 2, 2013 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



While we’ve discussing all things local in this column in recent weeks, there have been several substantial developments outside our immediate sphere that warrant inspection: the recommendation to increase the state education property tax base rate by 5 cents and Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith’s call to make ends meet this session by cutting spending and not increasing taxes.

The first two are intertwined and will have a substantial local impact in fiscal year 2015.

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Editorial: Relax.Enjoy. Think flannel and shop the neighborhood

Posted on November 26, 2013 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In a gesture to small businesses owners and the shop local movement, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has been declared Small Business Saturday. It should be Friday and Sunday as well.

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Editorial: A willful blindness?

Posted on November 25, 2013 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Last week, about 200 people came out on a rainy Thursday night to watch Bess O’Brien’s documentary film “The Hungry Heart.” It is a moving and emotionally powerful 93-minute film on prescription drug and opiate addiction.

While the main meeting room in the Unitarian Universalist Society church in Middlebury was packed, it also means about 8,500 people in the Middlebury community were not there. That is expected, of course. No event draws all people.

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Guest editorial: Time to hit the pause button

Posted on November 21, 2013 |
By William Roper



Clearly, a divide deepens in Middlebury around the proposal to move the town offices and gym, but there’s a way back to the civility and trust and cooperation we pride ourselves on in this community. We have both an opportunity and a responsibility to plan carefully and boldly for our community’s future, so let’s step back for a moment and take a look at what we can accomplish and how.

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Guest editorial: What is Common Core and why did Vt. adopt it?

Posted on November 18, 2013 |
By Armando Vilaseca



This week’s writer is Vermont Secretary of Education Armando Vilaseca. He lives in Westford.

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Editorial: Saving the GOP's sinking ship

Posted on November 14, 2013 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



When the Republican Party elected David Sunderland as its new party leader last Saturday in what was described as a contentious meeting, it was also, as Sunderland said, a deliberate change in direction.

“I think today what we can take away from this is that the Vermont Republican Party has voted for change — a change in direction, a change in tone, and we plan on going forward.”

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Guest editorial: Vermonters are getting their money's worth from education

Posted on November 11, 2013 |
By Paul Cillo



This piece originally appeared in the Vermont School Boards Association’s October 2013 newsletter.

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Guest editorial: White House amateur hour

Posted on November 7, 2013 |
By Haviland Smith



It’s hard to believe that anyone save the most rabid Republicans could have watched the goings on in the White House over the past few weeks and not be horribly disappointed in what has been revealed.

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Editorial: 725,000 reasons to give

Posted on November 4, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



“Together we can make a difference.” That’s one phrase many area residents associate with the United Way of Addison County.

“The Way Addison County cares” is another.

Both are apt reminders of the way the United Way works: It relies on a large group of volunteers to reach out and help people in need. It works with more than two-dozen agencies in Addison County to be sure the human and social needs of people in the county don’t go unmet.

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