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Eric Davis: The case for competitive primaries

Posted on January 9, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



Late last year, Rep. Paul Ralston, one of Middlebury’s two representatives in the Vermont House, announced that he would not be a candidate for re-election in 2014.

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Clippings by Trent Campbell: Middlebury, on a summer afternoon

Posted on January 9, 2014 |
By Trent Campbell



Late last summer my wife, Nikki, and I headed down to Middlebury Market for our last creemees of the season. She got a kiddie twist. I got a classic vanilla, small. No sprinkles. We wandered up to Twilight Hall and sat in the grass overlooking the town gymnasium. It was an exceptional afternoon. The sun was shining low in a deep blue sky and a sharp breeze reminded us, sitting as we were in the cool shadow of humble Twilight, one of the most beautiful buildings in town, that fall was near.

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Opinion: Stone wrong to chastise clergy on pipeline decision

Posted on January 9, 2014 |
By Alice Eckles



Paul Stone had a lot of nerve to accuse seven of our local clergy of not taking the time to understand what they are preaching about. Their letter to the editor was a collaborative sermon on a matter they have studied.

Stone’s statement that “emotional anecdotes are not particularly helpful” was insulting and untrue. How people feel about things does matter and the development of our emotions is the path to intelligent actions.

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Opinion: Middlebury selectman Nuovo explains his resignation

Posted on January 9, 2014 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor's note: Former Middlebury Selectman Victor Nuovo, who recently resigned from the selectboard, submitted the following letter to the editor:

 

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Opinion: Tigers thankful for town support

Posted on January 9, 2014 |
By Nick Felkl et al.



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This community is amazing. From business financial backing, to sign painting, fan cheers, to a firetruck escort into town, Middlebury certainly sets an impressive example of how a town can support its youth. The captains and coaches for the 2013 Division I state champion Middlebury Tiger football team would like to thank everyone in this community for their astounding encouragement and continued congratulations following our perfect season this last fall.

Middlebury rocks!

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Opinion: PSB decision favored corporations, not people

Posted on January 6, 2014 |
By Bill Schneider



Vermont’s appointed Public Service Board should be sacked, its power reined in and synchronized with core values.

How is it that the PSB rationale to approve Vermont Gas’ Phase One is the equivalent of “eating our neighbors’ dogs can stave off hunger for some Vermonters and will temporarily support economic growth here”? This basis to justify cost savings is a direct contradiction to the reasoning for our legislation that outlaws fracking in Vermont.

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Opinion: Education funding system arbitrary

Posted on January 6, 2014 |
By Joel Miller



The 14th Amendment to the Constitution provides for equal protection under the law. It is not too much of a stretch of the spirit of the law to suggest that equal application of the law as well is a valid matter. In this regard the current structure of education funding is seriously flawed; the bulk of property owners under Acts 60 and 68 pay taxes based upon income while a distinct minority pay based on property assessments.

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Opinion: Postal Service being unfairly treated by Congress

Posted on January 6, 2014 |
By Jill Charbonneau et. al



The United States Postal Service’s woes began when Congress mandated prefunding retiree health care benefits for 75 years in the future — for workers not even born yet — at a rate of $5.6 billion annually for 15 years. This prefunding coupled with the overpayment of retirement accounts up to $75 billion, of which $11 billion is not disputed, and a cavernous recession rivaled only by the Great Depression in U.S. history makes a recipe for disaster.

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Clippings: The importance of teaching history

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



When I went home for breaks during college, I would sub at the schools I attended growing up. Sometimes teachers wrote detailed lesson plans, other times nothing — leaving me with 80 minutes of instructional time and a classroom of students.

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Jessie Raymond: Good riddance to a great holiday

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



This year, I found Christmas to be exceptional in terms of good will, good food, good company and moments I can genuinely describe as “merry.” It was, all in all, a wonderful holiday season.

Boy, am I glad it’s over.

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