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Opinion: Protesters were courageous

Posted on June 4, 2014 |
By Rev. George Klohk



I sympathize with editors of newspapers who are challenged with the task of presenting fair and accurate perspectives on issues and events without being able to be everywhere observing firsthand what actually is said and done, how it was said, and what really happened.

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Opinion: Vermont Gas, not protestors, is doing a disservice

Posted on June 4, 2014 |
By Nathan B. Palmer



In response to the editorial by Mr. Lynn on May 29, 2014, titled; “Rising Tide Vermont did its cause a real disservice”:

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Opinion: MUHS ensures hungry get fed

Posted on June 4, 2014 |
By Dorothy Neuberger



Teenagers are often portrayed as problems, yet for the past nine weeks teenagers have been the solution to problems. The kitchen at the Congo Church has been under construction for the last nine weeks and due to the generosity of the Middlebury Union High School leadership, staff, athletic teams and their coaches, we (Friday Night Community Suppers) have been able to put on our meals in the MUHS cafeteria every Friday night.

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Community Forum: Shumlin pitches child welfare reforms

Posted on June 2, 2014 |
By Gov. Peter Shumlin



The recent deaths of 2-year-old Dezirae Sheldon and 15-month-old Peighton Geraw have caused all of us to question what more we can do to keep Vermont’s children safe. We know that challenging family circumstances, substance abuse, violence and neglect all present significant risks to children. The marked increase in opiate addiction adds new dangers as addicts too often spread violence and crime to their families and their communities.

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Opinion: Middlebury parade marred by motorist’s selfishness

Posted on June 2, 2014 |
By Sheila Khalladeh



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Opinion: Vermont Gas should have sincere talk with neighbors

Posted on June 2, 2014 |
By Norton Latourelle



In response to the letter from Don Gilbert, president and CEO of Vermont Gas Systems, South Burlington, in the May 22 edition of the Independent:

We agree. Vermonters are passionate. This is especially true when their rights and their land are to be taken away for the corporate profit margin of a single company in New York State.

AFFORDABILITY

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Greg Dennis: Growing the $3,000 tomato

Posted on May 29, 2014 |
By Gregory Dennis



This is the story of the thousand-dollar tomato.

Or, “How Our Hero (I Use the Word Loosely), an Inexperienced Gardener with More Money than Sense, Started His Garden Late, and Expensively.”

It all began not with the need for a garden, but for a vacation. The annual mid-summer escape to Maine was a distant dream when I began casting about for something to break up the work months between Christmas and August.

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Eric Davis: Pols wrong to ask Ginsburg to retire

Posted on May 29, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



As the U.S. Supreme Court comes closer to the end of its term in late June, some Democratic elected officials and progressive law professors are calling on Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg to announce her retirement when the term concludes. Their argument is that Ginsburg, the Court’s oldest member at 81 and the leader of the Court’s liberal wing, should retire in time to allow President Obama to nominate her successor while the Democrats still hold a majority in the Senate.

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Opinion: Exploring what is possible in education

Posted on May 29, 2014 |
By Peter Burrows



The 2014 legislative session has finally come to a close. There were many education-related bills that quietly made their way through the session as the majority of our focus was on H.883, the bill that would have made significant changes to our school governance structure by changing all supervisory unions into consolidated school districts. Following the trajectory of each education bill was challenging, as it seemed that the iterative process didn’t necessarily lend itself to logical development.

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Opinion: Legislature should not cut budget for state colleges

Posted on May 29, 2014 |
By Laura King



Editor’s note: This letter was written as an open letter to Gov. Shumlin and Vermont state legislators.

Recently, I learned Johnson State College’s budget will be cut by nearly $500,000. My child is a junior at Johnson, so I immediately wondered, “How will this impact my child’s education? How will this impact students and families considering Johnson?”

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