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Clippings: Media give thanks for news bounty

Posted on December 3, 2009 |
By John Flowers



Too often I have taken Thanksgiving for granted as simply a day off from work to gorge myself on turkey, pie and just about anything else that doesn’t move. Pilgrims? Have never really given them, their funny costumes and blunderbusses much thought.

But this year, I thought I’d take some time to put the “Thanks” in Thanksgiving — specifically from a journalist’s perspective. In no particular order, I thought I’d extend my heartfelt newsroom appreciation to:

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Around the bend: Stealth knitter eyes holiday deadline

Posted on December 3, 2009 |
By Jessie Raymond



With the holidays approaching, our house is already filling up with the love and laughter of family and friends. Surrounded by my favorite people day and night, I keep coming back to one question: How do I make them go away?

Oh, I’m all for family togetherness; it’s just that the constant presence of nearly everyone on my Christmas list has made it impossible for me to work on their gifts in secret.

That’s right, I’m a stealth knitter.

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Missing the mark in Vermont

Posted on November 30, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



In the hubbub over the recent crackdown on employers hiring illegal migrant workers, the one statement that seems to define the situation in Vermont is that the hiring of migrant workers is not about cheap labor, it’s about hiring dependable labor in a market where no others are willing to do the work.

If Congress, the administration and the federal bureaucracy could tailor federal laws around that single premise, perhaps a workable immigration law (or amendment) that applies to dairy farms could be written and passed.

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Clippings: A Thanksgiving 'right on the money'

Posted on November 26, 2009 |
By Trent Campbell



It seems like one guaranteed topic of conversation around the Thanksgiving table is who has had the worst Thanksgiving experience. Before this year’s meal is up, tales will be told about overdone or underdone birds, friends throwing up in the bushes, travel nightmares, dogs making off with turkey legs or even whole turkeys, dropped food and smoke-filled kitchens. But to me there is no such thing as a bad Thanksgiving. If I can steal a line from Woody Allen (about a completely different topic), even my worst Thanksgiving has been right on the money.

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Politically Speaking: Republicans could challenge Dubie

Posted on November 26, 2009 |
By Eric L. Davis



Could there be a Republican primary for governor in 2010, or an independent conservative candidate in next year’s general election? While most media and political attention has been devoted to the five-way primary for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, there have been some indications in recent weeks that Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie may face challenges to his candidacy from the conservative side of the political spectrum.

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Despite falling fertility rates, trouble ahead

Posted on November 23, 2009 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



Guess which country has the lowest fertility rate — Iran or the United States. It’s Iran.

The United States is one of the few rich nations of the world in which women have more children during their child-bearing years (15 to 49) than it takes to replace them and the fathers. Iran has a fertility rate of 1.9 for the whole country, 1.5 for the capital city of Tehran. The magic number is 2.1. Two to replace the parents, point one to compensate for early female deaths. The U.S. rate is at 2.1 or a bit higher.

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Guest editorial: Vermont's tax challenge

Posted on November 19, 2009 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



If half a company’s revenue came from five percent of its customer base, the CEO would begin each day with the same ritual: prayer.

That’s a narrow base upon which to build hope, let alone a sustainable business.

To an extent, that’s Vermont’s issue, not at the corporate level but with state government. We have a spending level that is disproportionately dependent on a progressive income tax structure and a paltry number of taxpayers.

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Clippings: 51 Main bridges town's generations

Posted on November 19, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



In business, it’s not always possible to achieve your mission the first year out of the block. But there’s evidence that 51 Main Street in Middlebury has come pretty close.

Roll back the clock with me to a scene there last April. It’s a cold, blustery Thursday night and one would have expected Middlebury’s Main Street to be quiet at the 8 o’clock hour.

This night, however, was different.

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Around the bend: Shopping early yields mixed results

Posted on November 19, 2009 |
By Jessie Raymond



In the past, we’ve generally started our Christmas shopping around Dec. 18.

There’s a powerful adrenalin surge that comes from the mob hysteria the week before the holiday. Similar to the running of the bulls in Pamplona every July, the shopping of the desperate in the mall every December is an annual rite that draws thousands, thrills the participants and poses a serious threat of trampling. Granted, the risk of being gored at the mall is comparatively small, but it’s still a pretty good time.

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Between the lines: Giving thanks lightens the load

Posted on November 19, 2009 |
By Gregory Dennis



When a dark mood overtakes me, I force myself to feel grateful.

“Think of three things you’re thankful for,” a small, wise voice inside will say. “Just three little things.”

“OK. I’m grateful for the dinner I had last night. And for having friends. I’m usually grateful I’m alive.”

If that little recitation fails to turn the tide, I’ll try to name three more things for which I’m grateful. And three after that.

As I build a little mental pile of my personal blessings, it becomes easier to bear whatever fictitious burden I imagine myself to be carrying.

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