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Clippings: Of holidays and family business

Posted on December 27, 2012 |
By Lisa Gosselin Lynn



Hush Dad, it’s Christmas… Let’s not talk business,” I whispered. It was Tuesday afternoon and wrapping paper was flying as 16 members of our extended clan tore through a pile of presents that seemed to take up most of our 850-square-foot cabin high in the Green Mountains.

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Between the Lines: Books: My picks and pans of 2012

Posted on December 27, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



There are few things as boring as a dinner party where the dominant subject of discussion is what movies we’ve all seen. We’re all just casual moviegoers offering up pablum about how great Meryl Streep is and wasn’t the scenery pretty.

But a dinner gathering where the discussion turns to books? That’s my kind of party.

A conversation like that forces us to actually use our brains. To offer an informed view of why the novel we just finished was so remarkable, or what was lacking in the memoir that preceded it.

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Community Forum: There are limits to the Middle East's potential

Posted on December 24, 2012 |
By Haviland Smith



 

This week’s writer is Haviland Smith, a retired CIA station chief who served in Prague, Berlin, Beirut and Tehran and as chief of the counterterrorism staff. He lives in Williston.

Middle East: Cauldron of conflict

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Honor farmers and all who just get the work done

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By Joe Klopfenstein DVM



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Editorial: Avoiding that lump of coal

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



As President Barack Obama and House Majority Leader John Boehner debate ways to avoid falling off the so-called fiscal cliff, for a while there it was local and national nonprofits that might have gotten a lump of coal in their Christmas stockings — and they’re not in the clear until the ink is dry on this year’s budget deal.

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Editorial: Newtown, NRA and hunters

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



 The second tragedy of the Newtown, Conn., shootings would be if the nation moves on from this heartbreaking event without coming up with concrete solutions to stem the access of military-style assault weapons. The passage of time has a way of lessening the sting of yesterday’s pain, but also blunts today’s demand for change.

The president and Congress must keep the memory of Newtown’s tragedy fresh in our hearts and minds for the next several months until more sensible legislation is passed and signed into law.

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Clippings: Look homeward for the holiday spirit

I try to start my Christmas shopping each year at the Peasant Market, which is the big flea market in July at St. Stephen’s on the green in Middlebury. There is always a lot of great stuff there — more stuff than I can reasonably justify buying at one time for the modest needs of me and my family. So a couple years ago I struck on the idea that I could pick up a few extra things beyond what would satisfy our immediate needs and desires and squirrel them away as Christmas gifts, or at least stocking stuffers.

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Around the Bend: Miracles can happen on a budget

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



There’s a little something making me happy these days. I call it the TSM. And I’m not talking about the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. In my world, TSM is short for Thrift Shop Miracle. I experienced one just a couple of weeks ago.

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Community Forum: "Working Lands" need attention

Posted on December 20, 2012 |
By Will Stevens



Editor's note: Will Stevens is an organic market gardener and Independent state representative from Shoreham.

Last month, Gov. Shumlin announced his priorities for the upcoming legislative session. As notable as what we heard was something we didn’t hear: discussion about economic development and Vermont’s working landscape.

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