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Editorial: The Independent endorses candidates

Posted on October 30, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



When voters go to the polls next Tuesday, Nov. 4, the role they should assume is that of the boss making new hires. The voters’ job is to sort through the various applications, review their records and accomplishments, and hire the best candidates for their respective positions. This is not a popularity contest, but rather a nuts-and-bolts analysis of which candidate will best serve in the elected position.

With that in mind, we offer the following endorsements and comments on the upcoming election:

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Editorial: The crazy thing about Mt. Abe's $32.6 million bond is that it's not all crazy

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Tour the Mount Abraham Union High School and Middle School facility and you come away with one distinct impression: it’s a building in need of significant repair.

Consider the proposed $32.6 million bond to finance those repairs and you also have a visceral reaction: that’s a lot of money and, by the way, has the school board completely lost touch with area taxpayers?

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Editorial: If last week is any indication, Sanders will seek presidency

Posted on October 13, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In a recent press release, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, shows why he is likely to run for president in 2016.  This Tuesday, he blasted a proposal by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., to cut Social Security and disabled veterans’ benefits. The savings would go to the Pentagon for increased spending.

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Editorial: Candidates in Lt. Governor's race offer a distinct interesting choice

Posted on October 9, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Vermonters have an interesting choice in this year’ race for lieutenant governor.

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Editorial: Give just 7 minutes for Africa

Posted on October 2, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Seven minutes to feel hopeful about a continent instead of harboring the perception that it is a land of danger, disease, violence and unchecked terrorism?

Seven minutes to remember the promise of an event 19 years ago in which a group of famous singers and musicians throughout the USA came together to create a medley of hope, understanding and a willingness to give. The event, or national movement, was called USA for Africa and the song they sung was titled “We are the World.” The cause was fighting hunger in African nations.

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Editorial: Powehouse decision should add polish to Riverfront Park

Posted on September 29, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the summer of 1997, Florida architect Alfred Browning Parker, who had a second home in Lincoln, proposed a futurist design for a restaurant that would sit atop of the old mill powerhouse at the edge of the Middlebury Falls on Otter Creek. A front-page sketch of Parker’s vision (published on June 27, 1997) resembled a three-story space needle-like structure with magnificent views of the falls and river.

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Editorial: Should solar projects have more public input?

Posted on September 22, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Here’s a comment by a Vermont solar company executive that offers as much hope as it presents concern: “In the future, solar panels are going to be as ubiquitous as barns and silos, and we should be working toward it, not against it.”

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Editorial: Climate march is one way to turn the tide, win the battle

Posted on September 18, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As organizers of the upcoming People’s Climate March in New York City prepare for the 100,000 people expected to participate in this coming Saturday’s march, here’s the takeaway comment from one of the world’s leading climate change advocates: We’ve won the argument, says Ripton resident and Middlebury College scholar in residence Bill McKibben, but we’re losing the fight.

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Editorial: MALT's last legacy — TAM launches $125,000 campaign

Posted on September 15, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Twenty-five years is enough time to ensure that a good idea becomes a lasting legacy.

Such is the case with the Middlebury Area Land Trust’s 16-mile Trail Around Middlebury, or TAM, and the reason for its recently launched $125,000 campaign to create an endowment to fund annual trail maintenance.

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Editorial: Middlebury visitors' center in town offices still a good idea

Posted on September 11, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



One of the good ideas that had been included in the preliminary architectural proposals for a newly constructed municipal building back in 2011 was incorporating a visitor’s center. The center would have served as the place in town for traveling guests to drop in, look through brochures and, hopefully, talk to someone about the highlights of things to do and see in the area. It is standard fare in most tourist destination areas throughout the U.S., Europe, and much of the world.

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