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Opinion: Middlebury selectboard has set an unfortunate tone

Posted on February 26, 2014 |
By Barbara Shapiro



An open letter to the Middlebury Selectboard:

When you treat voters as participants to be consulted rather than obstacles to be managed, you foster a very different process from the one you created for the municipal site proposal. An open discussion that welcomes all views lends itself to respectful exchange of ideas and fruitful collaboration, even when opinions are strong and differ.

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Opinion: Voters shouldn't buckle to high-pressure sales pitch

Posted on February 26, 2014 |
By Michael Olinick



We have all recently been hit with an all-out attack by the combined forces of Middlebury College President Ron Liebowitz, Angelo Lynn, and the majority of the town selectboard. They are pressuring voters to support an expensive bond proposal, hatched in secret, that would sell off the prominent site of our municipal facilities, demolish these historic structures, and create two inadequate buildings in bad locations.

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Opinion: Addition of women to Middlebury selectboard backed

Posted on February 26, 2014 |
By Ruth Hardy



Through my work over the past year as a public official in Middlebury, it has become abundantly clear to me that many in people in power in our town are unwilling to respect or include the voices of women in their work. Our selectboard has rarely included more than one woman among its ranks, and many times that lone woman has been shut out of deliberations. Women in leadership positions in Middlebury are often treated with disdain or simply ignored.

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Opinion: Proposal earns resounding 'yes'

Posted on February 26, 2014 |
By Paul Ralston



I will vote YES to support the selectboard plan and bond request for a new town hall and gym. My YES vote is my “Thank You” to our elected and appointed officials for their thoughtful and prudent deliberations. My YES vote is my “Thank You” to Middlebury College for another generous offer of financial support to our town. And, my YES vote is my “Thank You” for a plan that will keep our tax burden to a bare minimum.

Paul Ralston

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Opinion: Brandon must learn its lesson on budget planning

Posted on February 26, 2014 |
By Phyllis Reed



I recently attended the candidates’ forum in Brandon and found the word “transparency” used repeatedly. I held the question back that I wanted to ask to find out if the candidates truthfully thought the proposed budget was, in fact, “transparent.” The reason I held back was because three of the four candidates are incumbents. Of course they would think it is; they approved it.

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Opinion: Middlebury town office deal is too good to pass up

Posted on February 24, 2014 |
By Ted Scheu



I will be voting for the new town hall plan. I have heard the pro and con voices — many measured and thoughtful — and none of the alternatives being offered stack up financially, practically and aesthetically for me. To my pocketbook, to my reason and to my eye, this deal is a win-win-win.

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Opinion: Motorist thankful to many helpers

Posted on February 24, 2014 |
By Michael Dowd



I was on my way in to Middlebury Feb. 14 along with my son and two dogs on Route 30 in Cornwall. I hit a patch of ice, skidded across the road and rolled over the car.??Three people (a couple and a nurse) stopped immediately and came to my rescue. The man was able to open my car door and release my seatbelt. They comforted me, my son, and dogs and kept us safe until the ambulance and police arrived.

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Opinion: Transplants aren't all that wealthy

Posted on February 24, 2014 |
By Sue Hoxie



I’m responding to Raymond Reed’s letter published in the Feb. 12 edition of the Brandon Reporter and Feb. 13 edition of the Addison Independent.

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Opinion: Gas pipeline under lake not safe

Posted on February 24, 2014 |
By Florence Vincent



I’m concerned about the gas pipeline scheduled to be laid under Lake Champlain.

I’m sure by now everyone has heard about the polluted water in Charleston, W.V. What if there were a gas leak in Lake Champlain? Our communities who get their drinking water from the lake would have no water to drink, etc. There is a huge price to be paid if we put the gas line in the lake and there is any kind of problem.

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