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Opinion: Vermont Gas official is not sharing enough information

Posted on January 23, 2015 |
By Norton Latourelle



The Jan. 15 issue of the Addison Indy headlined a story “New CEO of Vt. Gas vows company will be more transparent.” On that same day I had the opportunity to directly ask the new CEO, Don Rendall, a question on the Mark Johnson Show on WDEV radio. (Thank you, Mark.)

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Opinion: Cornwall clarifies posiiton on pipeline negotiations

Posted on January 23, 2015 |
By Ben Wood



The Cornwall selectboard would like to clarify its position regarding Vermont Gas Systems’ Phase II project.

We, the selectboard, said from the outset that we would work to oppose the pipeline AND we would attempt to work with VGS so that IF, despite our opposition, the Public Service Board (PSB) were to allow the project, we could negotiate the best outcome for Cornwall as a whole. That hasn’t changed.

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Opinion: State has poor track record on water pollution issues

Posted on January 23, 2015 |
By Steven Reynolds



Gov. Shumlin’s efforts to reduce agricultural pollution into Vermont waterways deserve support. The present system of agricultural regulation imposes limited restrictions on manure runoff that, even when implemented, are ineffective in preventing pollution. And, the rules are not strictly enforced. Those are the conclusions I reached in spring of 2011 when trying to stop pollution of the lower Middlebury River.

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Clippings: Making sense of time as clock ticks

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Karl Lindholm



I tend to stay up too late at night.

I watch sports on TV — the Red Sox every night in the summer, and then maybe when the game’s over an old “Law and Order” episode, with the computer on my lap. I check Facebook and send an e-mail or two to old pals, maybe even start an old movie and fall asleep on the coach for a few hours, before I go to bed, “climb the old wooden hill,” as my dad used to say. Fatigued as I am, I nonetheless am careful to take the pills that I’m told are keeping me alive, who knows.

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Eric Davis: Ruling looms on same-sex unions

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Eric L. Davis



The U.S. Supreme Court announced last week that it will hear cases on same-sex marriage later this year. The cases come from four states — Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee — where state statutory or constitutional prohibitions on same-sex marriage were ruled unconstitutional by lower federal court judges but were then reinstated by a federal appeals court on a 2-to-1 vote.

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Greg Dennis: Toking, taxes and the new Vermont green

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Greg Dennis



Reports commissioned by a state legislature are famous fodder for recycling bins.

But a recent report prepared for the Vermont Legislature promises to be widely read and debated. That’s because it’s about a topic with lots of buzz in every sense of the word: Should Vermont legalize marijuana?

We’ve already decriminalized possession of less than an ounce. Now Vermont is seriously debating whether to join four states and the District of Columbia by fully legalizing the wily weed.

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Legislative Report by Rep. Betty Nuovo: Busy session gets under way

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Rep. Betty Nuovo D-Middlebury



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This is a brief report of the beginning of the Legislative session and I thought you might like to get information on how the Legislature starts and what we do in committees.

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Legislative Report by Rep. Alyson Eastman: New lawmaker learning the ropes

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Rep. Alyson Eastman I-Orwell



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Editorial: President's speech frames the political debate for 2016

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



The brilliance of President Obama’s state of the union speech Tuesday night was that it set the political stage for the presidential election two years from now in terms favorable to Democrats.

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Opinion: Protestors did the right thing

Posted on January 21, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



I am writing to respectfully disagree with Rep. Warren Van Wyck’s assessment of the protests in the Statehouse on Jan. 8.

So, here we are in a nation that had its beginnings with the likes of Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty, and in a state that had its foundations laid by the outlaw Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys, and some of us are insulted and concerned that the Statehouse might witness further scenes of “ill-behaved protesters?”

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