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Clippings: College books lead to Chapter 11

Posted on September 8, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



Believe it or not, we reporters are asked from time to time if we are ever going to write a book. I personally take such inquiries as compliments — unless of course they come from a friend or wisecracking family member who adds, “You might as well write a book, you’re already doing a great job with fiction right now.”

But if I were going to write a book with the prospect of making a buck or two, I’m not sure I would delve into the fiction genre.

The real money seems to be in college textbooks.

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Around the Bend: Too busy to worry about boredom

Posted on September 8, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



"I’m bored.”

So goes the refrain of schoolchildren everywhere as summer vacation drags on. Hearing it from my 12-year-old in recent weeks, I realized I hadn’t said those words in years. When did I stop being bored?

When I grew up, I guess.

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Editorial: Vermonters have risen to Irene's challenge

Posted on September 3, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, the silver lining can be found in the hundreds of stories of neighbors helping neighbors, communities pulling together and finding new strength in those connections, and of the generous offers of help from all corners of the state and region.

Check the disaster aid hotlines and you’ll find some amazing accounts. Here’s one set of exchanges found on Vtresponse.com concerning a Aug. 30 plea for medical aid, baby formula and other supplies:

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Clippings: Thinking around the world to Irene

Posted on September 1, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



As I nestled into my favorite chair on Sunday morning, watching a light drizzle coat Middlebury’s blacktop streets, I tried to envision the potentially daunting events that Irene and her windy temperament might serve up that day.

Although I never imagined what damage this storm would reap, I couldn’t help but gawk at the tornado of consumer culture launched by dramatic weather reports and mainstream media frenzy.

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Politically Thinking: Obama remains popular in Vermont

Posted on September 1, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Vermont’s 2012 presidential primary will be held in six months, on Town Meeting Day, March 6. Compared with 2008, next year’s Vermont presidential primary is likely to be a low-key affair. In 2008, the combination of open presidential nominating contests in both parties, and the presence of three candidates who were well-organized and had extensive support in Vermont — John McCain on the Republican side and Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side — resulted in a primary with high public attention and a record turnout.

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