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Opinion: Blue Cross request epitomizes broken health care system

Posted on August 3, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



This is a letter that I wrote to the Green Mountain Care Board as a follow-up to testimony that I gave at their public hearing on July 29 in Montpelier concerning a request by Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Vermont for yet another rate increase.

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Clippings: Same-sex unions have stood test

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



About a decade ago, former Independent colleague Jeff Inglis stopped in and handed me a copy of one of my old Clippings columns. Jeff said he found it in Vermont Supreme Court records while researching that court’s 1999 ruling that Vermont must allow same-sex couples the “same benefits and protections afforded by Vermont law to married opposite-sex couples.”

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Jessie Raymond: Giving minimalism a go - for now

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



A few days ago, I joined the ranks of over 2 million eternal optimists who have embraced The New York Times bestseller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing.”

The author is a Japanese professional organizer named Marie Kondo, whose “KonMari” method espouses a simple philosophy: Free up space in your home by keeping only those possessions that “spark joy.”

The woman is a genius. Oh, and also: She is crazy.

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Community forum: Middlebury encourages crosswalk safety

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Laura Asermily



This week’s writer is Laura Asermily, a member of the Middlebury selectboard.

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Community forum: Teach kids when not to use technology

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Linda E. Johnson



This week’s writer is Linda E. Johnson, executive director of Prevent Child Abuse Vermont.

I think most of us understand that technology devices and the Internet are here to stay. They are part of all of our lives whether in our doctor’s offices with online medical records or the many ways we use smartphones, laptops, workplace computers, online games, directional tracking, news and weather updates and televison or alternatives to television in our home and when we travel. Technology has transformed communication and made our world smaller and smarter.

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Opinion: State must keep its vistas clear

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Vesta and Paul Urband



Vermont is a beautiful state — not only to those of us fortunate enough to live here but also to the many tourists who visit every year. They come to see our lovely farmland, long vistas, mountains, rolling hills, and quaint towns and villages. They do not come to see acres of solar panels marring the views. Vermont does not have or allow billboards, so why are we now looking to mar our countryside with acres of solar panels? 

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Opinion: Voters looking for bold ideas

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Frank H. Russell



Revolutions come because of the immediate need and desire for real change. Professor Newt Gingrich says, “Real change only comes with real change.” Alas, we are seeing it happen. Wonderful.

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Opinion: Trust lost in pipeline debate

Posted on July 30, 2015 |
By Diane Derrick



The Vermont Gas Pipeline: costs versus benefits, who really knows; however, trust is priceless and trust does matter.

After attending both days of the technical hearings last month on the Addison Natural Gas pipeline, I walked away with as many questions as I did answers. One of the major concerns I had was what metric method and whose numbers should I rely on.

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Community Forum: Iran deal better than the alternatives

Posted on July 27, 2015 |
By Sen. Patrick Leahy



This week’s writer is U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, ranking member of the Senate’s Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations.

Two years of arduous negotiations now have produced an agreement to seal off Iran’s path to producing a nuclear weapon.

I will have questions in the detailed briefings and hearings ahead, as I’m sure others will. But we already know quite a bit.

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Opinion: Many students disagree with college's pipeline stand

Posted on July 27, 2015 |
By Zane H. Anthony



I am a Middlebury College senior strongly opposed to the college’s position in favor of a proposed 41-mile pipeline siphoning natural gas from Colchester to Middlebury. The full, unflinching support for this proposal among Middlebury faculty, administrators and board members is deplorable and misguided. I commend Bristol lawyer Jim Dumont’s stance that this project, with a price tag surging above $150 million, is a huge mistake for Vermont.

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