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Letter to the editor: Development not described fairly

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By Elizabeth Napier



I am writing to correct a misleading statement on the part of Matt Bonner, who, with Churchill Franklin, is proposing the 14-lot subdivision on the beautiful old Bingham property on North Bingham Street in West Cornwall.

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Letter to the editor: MUMS student expresses fear

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By Ainsleigh Johnson



Editor’s note: The writer is an eighth-grader at Middlebury Union Middle School, and she produced this reflection in response to the incident last month when a MUMS student was alleged to have been planning a school shooting.

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Fear creeps in. As I’m sitting at my desk, it spreads. The fear that I never thought I would know.

And the adults pretend nothing has happened; we are told nothing. But still, the fear infects us.

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Letter to the editor: Time to void past pot convictions

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By Dave Silberman



It used to be thought that once a person convicted of a crime had served their sentence, paid their fines, and made restitution, they were considered to have “repaid their debt to society,” and everyone could move on, the appropriate lesson learned, the score settled. Not anymore.

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Guest editorial: Backing the right to know

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Caledonia Record



Burlington Police Chief Brandon Del Pozo refuses to identify a driver who hit and killed a pedestrian in the North End earlier this month.

The Chief says the driver won’t be charged with a crime; was traumatized by the accident; is as much of a victim as the dead pedestrian; and (as such) is deserving of sensitivity.

“… We decided to withhold his name both as a matter of compassion and under the provisions in Vermont law that require taking steps to protect the identity of victims and witnesses,” Del Pozo wrote on Facebook.

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Opinion: Path to prosperity created by thoughtful investment

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Christopher Bray



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Once upon on time, I sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. I learned important lessons about setting goals and navigating to a far off destination that — while very real — was not yet in sight.

I learned to pick out a star and steer by it. The star was not the destination, but it pointed the way.

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Letter to the editor: Fracked gas includes propane as well as methane

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Margie Latham



The editorial in the Dec. 31 edition of the Independent, “Bristol’s rocky road with VG,” makes an important point about “the growing recognition of the environmental harm caused by the fracking process to extract natural gas and its diminished value as a fuel with a lower carbon footprint.”

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Guest editorial: Mitt Romney: Trump hasn't risen to the task

Posted on January 3, 2019 |
By Mitt Romney



Editor’s note: On Thursday, Mitt Romney, a Republican from Utah and the party’s 2012 nominee for president, will be sworn into the U.S. Senate. He wrote this opinion piece for the Washington Post on Jan. 1, 2019.

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Opinion: Conservatives' goal should shift after Trump

Posted on January 3, 2019 |
By John Burka



With the closing of “The Weekly Standard,” an influential publication that many considered a respectable, center-right, alternative to more pro-Trump outlets such as Breitbart and Fox News, and the continued ostracization of “Never-Trump conservatives” from the Republican Party, many wonder who, if anyone, will carry the torch of prudential conservatism while President Donald Trump occupies the White House.

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Ways of Seeing by Ruth Farmer: Still no good substitute for reading

Posted on January 3, 2019 |
By Ruth Farmer



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Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the act of reading. More specifically, I’ve been thinking about the act of reading the printed book. I became an avid reader at a young age. I read just about anything, including science fiction, comic books, and my mother’s romances and mysteries.

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Jessie Raymond: Stodgy clangers & welcome civility

Posted on January 3, 2019 |
By Jessie Raymond



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While browsing through Netflix over the holidays, I discovered “The Great British Baking Show.”

I’m in love.

Beaten down by the increasingly distressing onslaught of daily news, I have found this show to be the perfect escape. It’s got everything: a gentle pastoral setting, British accents, yummy-looking sweets, witty repartee and a competition so civilized that the contestants sometimes help one another. Really.

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