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Clippings: Ambition can be for greater good

Posted on December 29, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



2011 probably won’t go down as a banner year here or worldwide.

Water provided many memories, and not many of them pleasant. One of 2011’s first images that seared itself on my consciousness came from msnbc.com. I logged on one morning and was stunned to see for the first time a picture of Japan’s east coast after the devastating tsunami.

A later image that lingers is the video of Bartonsville’s covered bridge collapsing into Irene’s surging waters.

In between fell spring’s seemingly unceasing rain.

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Around the bend: Capping a delightfully dull year

Posted on December 29, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



Being lazy, I thought I’d wrap up 2011 by copying the Addison Independent and making a chronology of all the noteworthy events in my year.

But I got stuck early on, when I realized that in January I only had two items to report: I finally replaced the burned-out light bulb in the fridge and I broke the handle on my windshield scraper.

For me, 2011 was not a year of living dangerously.

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Guest editorial: Will England's move to nationalism erode EU's decades-old unity?

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By Haviland Smith



Last Friday, at the European Summit meeting in Brussels, British Conservative Party Prime Minister David Cameron refused to unconditionally guarantee a Eurozone “Stability Union” designed to mitigate the ongoing economic crisis in Europe, saying that British opposition was the right decision for England and has helped protect her economic interests.

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Clippings: Split holidays can bind family bonds

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



This column is not for everyone. It’s about Christmas and the holidays, but also about divorce, raising a split family and making it all work during this special time of the year — and beyond.

As optimists, it’s human nature to downplay the struggles and seize the high points in life. The squeals of laughter and excitement of small children on Christmas mornings are surely memories to cherish. The shuttling of kids from one house to the other on Christmas day, not so much.

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Around the Bend: Keeping Christmas real simple

Posted on December 15, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



It’s Dec. 15. For those of us who celebrate Christmas, that gives us 10 days to get ready. Nine, really, because the 15th is almost over. Eight, if you count Christmas Eve as part of the holiday. It’s almost here.

I don’t know about you, but I’m good to go.

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Editorial: An obvious bow to politics

Posted on December 12, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Two recent proposals by Gov. Peter Shumlin conflict in surprising ways, and neither serve the state’s best interest.

Let me explain.

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Between the Lines: My music is a shelf full of memories

Posted on December 8, 2011 |
By Greg Dennis



Two months after my most recent move — and sick of fishing CDs out of packing boxes — I had to face the inevitable: It was time to haul my music collection out of the boxes and organize it onto the shelves.

With several hundred CDs to sort through, the first choice for a music nerd is whether to group everything together alphabetically or to separate the music by genres.

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