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Editorial: Making the best of a bad rap

Posted on April 1, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



Hey, Mt. Abe, buck up. Take the good with the not-so-good and make the best of up to $600,000 the federal government is offering in school improvement grants. That’s not a lot of money spread over three years, considering the union school budget is $13.2 million, but what’s not to like about the opportunity to assess the school’s strengths and weaknesses and devise a “transformation model” that figures out ways to improve the weakest links?

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Editorial: Name that bridge project!

Posted on April 1, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



As long as Middlebury travelers are going to have to put up with traffic jams, delays, detours and other interruptions in daily travels because of the Cross Street Bridge construction and changes in surrounding roads for the next six months, let’s at least have some fun with it.

How so?

First, let’s give this project a snazzy name.

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Of false prophets and fools in the health care debate

Posted on March 25, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



Count Jon Golnik, a candidate for Congress in Massachusetts, among those Americans who think government can do no right. At a recent Tea Party event in Lowell, Mass., he received an enthusiastic round of applause when he proclaimed: “I don’t know anything government’s ever gotten involved in and made it cheaper and made it better.”

His comment was in reference to the recently passed health care bill, and his object was to bash U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass., for her support of the bill — hopefully helping to unseat her in the fall elections.

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Editorial: Looking anew at school reform

Posted on March 18, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



In the wake of the economic downturn, educational systems in the 50 states have been facing dramatic cuts or reform, or both. In Kansas City last week, the school board there narrowly approved a measure (5-4) to close nearly half of that district’s schools in an effort to consolidate and reduce a projected $50 million shortfall. The approved plan calls for closing 29 of the district’s 61 schools. About 700 of the district’s 3,000 jobs, including 285 teachers, are expected to be cut.

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Professor plugs Plato for the 21st Century

Posted on March 11, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



MIDDLEBURY — For the past several months, Victor Nuovo, a Middlebury selectman and the Charles A. Dana Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at Middlebury College, has been drafting essays on Plato’s last and longest dialogue called “Laws.” He began the exercise, he said, at the urging of his wife, Rep. Betty Nuovo, D-Middlebury, who challenged him to take Plato’s work on the rule of law in a civil society and make it accessible to the layperson — not as an academic paper to other scholars.

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Editorial: Getting to know Plato

Posted on March 11, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



I admit the last time I read Plato’s works had to be in the early 1970s as a college student. And, like most of you, I hadn’t thought much about it since; at least not in a direct way.

My loss.

So it was with interest that I met Victor Nuovo, professor emeritus of philosophy at Middlebury College, a few months ago to talk about a series of essays he was writing on Plato’s last work called “Laws.” As the front-page story in today’s issue reports, after a few conversations, we decided to run them in the Addison Independent.

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Editorial: 'We the problem,' not Congress

Posted on March 8, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



In a recent piece in Newsweek, a headline over a photo of a sea of American people proclaims in large type: “We The Problem: Washington is working just fine. It’s us that’s broken.” On a national scale, the piece hits the mark; and, oddly enough, it directly contradicts the experience we have just witnessed at town meetings all across Vermont.

The piece in Newsweek  by Evan Thomas is summed up in his second paragraph:

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Editorial: A model for the state?

Posted on March 4, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



Of the town meeting votes in Addison County this year, the most dramatic was the overwhelming decision among five Addison Northwest Supervisory Union towns to unify their schools under one overarching school governance board. The vote, which was the third in the past few years, passed with 63 percent in favor and 37 percent opposed.

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Editorial: Bristol: A time for collaboration?

Posted on March 4, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



Planning commission members in Bristol drew a line in the sand with their revised town plan, and voters boldly stepped over it.

By rejecting the town plan and the gravel extraction zoning ordinance by almost a 2-1 margin, town residents finally got their say on an issue that has dominated discussion for the past four years. The vote totals tell the story: Bristol residents voted 598-364 against the proposed town plan, and 627-349 against the gravel extraction zoning ordinance. That is overwhelming.

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Skihaus returns under new owners

Posted on March 1, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



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MIDDLEBURY — Skihaus is back.

Long-time employees of the Alpine Shop, Barb Nelson and Anna Boisvert, closed on the purchase of the prominent Main Street business last Friday morning and by mid-afternoon sold their first items under their new name: Skihaus of Vermont.

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