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Community Forum: War on drugs is not a simple fight

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Officer Christopher Mason of the Middlebury Police Department



This week’s writer is Christopher L. Mason, school resource officer for Middlebury.

War on Drugs?

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Jessie Raymond: Gardener outwits gluttonous goats

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Ever since our two goats, Lucy and Jasper, decided that life inside a fence was just not for them, our yard has served as their all-you-can-eat buffet.

I’ve tried to pretend it’s no big deal. Every spring I tell myself maybe this year the goats will leave my flowerbeds alone. And every spring they eat everything — except the weeds, of course; goats have standards.

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Clippings: It's a horse race, and it's ours to win

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Angelo Lynn



It’s Middlebury, Vt., vs. Bar Harbor, Maine, and it’s neck and neck.

The race is all about the sense of place and the stakes, as is usually the case in competition, is about … well, let’s just put it out there — it’s about pride and ego, and a bit of self-serving capitalism. OK, so we’re not out to save the world today. We’re not even appealing to our better selves. Rather, we’d just like to win.

Still, the satisfaction would be sweet and the stakes, while small, are suddenly worthwhile.

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Editorial: BLSG misses mark, but is there a silver lining for insect control district?

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Without a doubt, life forces have conspired against the Brandon-Leicester-Salisbury-Goshen Insect Control District’s efforts to control the first hatch of mosquitos this spring. The weather created a perform storm for breeding; the Lemon Fair district’s plane was no longer in use to drop larvacide in the region’s expansive swamps; and a change in spraying practices was mandated by the state.

Consequently, it’s bad out there; as bad as it’s been for a decade — maybe longer.

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Middlebury has a parking shortage

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Betty Thurber



We have a jewel in the heart of downtown Middlebury, a parcel of land behind the library, which we can do whatever we wish with. It could be a river walk, condos, restaurants, playground, park, a beautiful entrance to Middlebury seen from the bridge. It could be a magnet, a focus, to bring people to the shops, museum, restaurants, library of our Main Street. New enterprises in this parcel would add to our grand list.

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Middlebury College must rise to new challenge

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Vignesh Ramachandran



This week’s writer is Vignesh Ramachandran, a resident of Fremont, Calif., and a first year at Middlebury College. Ramachandran is a core organizer with Divest Middlebury and a member of the communications team of the Fossil Fuel Divestment Student Network.

Whose Side Are You On?

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Rep. Fred Baser: First year in Legislature spawns hope

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



The 2015 legislative session has ended. At times it felt like a rodeo, full of surprises. I serve on the Commerce and Economic Development Committee. We passed six bills out of our committee that became law. All these bills either benefit consumers or advance our state economy. My committee efforts were among the most satisfying times of the session.

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Students weren’t coached on content of their letters

Posted on May 21, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



We’d like to start off by thanking Mr. O’Neil for his response (Addison Independent, May 4) to our students, who had submitted letters to the editor about racial profiling. In doing so, he showed our students that, although they are adolescents, they can initiate important conversations about issues that are facing their world, that their voices do matter and that their voices will be heard if they speak out for what they believe in.

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Editorial: Legislature wraps up with impressive scorecard

Posted on May 18, 2015 |
By Angelo Lynn



It wasn’t pretty, but at the end of the day, this Legislature and the Shumlin administration passed a couple major pieces of legislation, and overcame several significant budget hurdles in crafting a reasonable budget in tough times.

The major legislation focused on cleaning up the state’s waterways (particularly Lake Champlain) and passing a major reform of school governance and cost containment. Both pieces of legislation were introduced early in the session, were thoroughly discussed and rehashed over and over, before being passed by large majorities.

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