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Community Forum: Politicians face single-payer test

Posted on August 21, 2014 |
By Paul Ralston



This week’s writer is Rep. Paul Ralston, a Democrat representing Middlebury in the Vermont House; he is not running for re-election. He is also chief executive officer of Vermont Coffee Co., a Middlebury business.

“Single payer” is the buzzword of Vermont’s 2014 election. A candidate’s pledge to support single payer is the litmus test for some. Big money — mostly from out-of-state unions — is flowing into Vermont to support candidates who pass the single-payer test.

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Community Forum: Eminent domain laws scrutinized

Posted on August 21, 2014 |
By Betty Nuovo



This week’s writer is Rep. Betty Nuovo, D-Middlebury.

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Guest editorial: Germany is ranked first, U.S. 193rd in trade imbalance

Posted on August 20, 2014 |
By Harold Meyerson



As long as U.S. intelligence agencies are hell-bent on spying on Germany, why can’t they turn up some truly useful secrets? For instance, how to have an economy that bolsters a nation’s power and fosters a vibrant middle class.

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Clippings: Robin Williams an enigma; aren't we all?

Posted on August 20, 2014 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Other than feelings of shock and sadness for his family, one of my first reactions to Robin Williams’ suicide was to wonder how well we really know anybody, never mind those who live in the public eye.

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Eric Davis: Food for thought for pot advocates

Posted on August 20, 2014 |
By Eric Davis



The California-based consulting firm RAND Corporation is preparing a report for Vermont state government on the pros and cons of legalizing marijuana. RAND itself does not take a position for or against legalization.

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Opinion: Sheldon earns vote of support

Posted on August 20, 2014 |
By Joanna Colwell



I am delighted to be able to vote for my neighbor Amy Sheldon in the upcoming Democratic primary. I have no doubt that Amy will be a wonderful representative who will work hard to implement single-payer health care in our state, which will save tax dollars and keep more Vermonters healthy.

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Opinion: Nuovo, Donahue good choices

Posted on August 20, 2014 |
By Victor Nuovo



Tuesday, Aug. 26, is primary day. Please vote. For the two legislative seats in Middlebury, I’m happy to recommend Betty Nuovo and Donna Donahue.

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Opinion: House hopeful gets high marks

Posted on August 20, 2014 |
By Joyce Sargent



I’m not one to write letters in support of people running for office, but in this case I’m happy to offer my support to Donna Donahue.

Since moving to Middlebury, Donna has worn many hats over the years and it seems each one sits easily. She has quickly become known around Middlebury for taking on jobs that are difficult. She has led causes for the improvement for the Middlebury area with even-handedness. She studies issues and problems looking for reasonable conclusions.

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Opinion: Brandon woes won't soon go

Posted on August 20, 2014 |
By Brian Fillioe



Wow, with all that Brandon has to worry about, such as almost $1 million in delinquent taxes, a budget going up for vote for try number five, some people are apparently obsessed with Richard Baker. Mr. Baker’s name was on the recently published list of delinquent taxpayers and is a former selectman and interim town manager.

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Editorial: It's more than the money

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By Christopher Flavelle



To judge by this summer’s banner policy proposals, the most important question for higher-education reform right now is giving students easier access to loans. But evidence from Canada suggests those changes won’t address the greater need: Getting more kids from poor families into college, the key to moving up in an increasingly unequal society.

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