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Opinion: State has missed the mark on its energy policy

Posted on June 24, 2015 |
By Dhyan Nirmegh



For two May days I’ve stood on the lawn in front of the Capitol building in Montpelier with my two-by-three pictures of Vermont and New Hampshire mountains depicting the process of being destroyed by the cutting, blasting and bulldozing by green renewable energy facilities.

The pictures are uncomfortable. They make people stand and stare.

“Is this what really happens?” they ask. “I had no idea!”

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Editorial: Ferrisburgh says no, but PSB holds the cards

Posted on June 22, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The Ferrisburgh selectboard took the bold action of rejecting three of five proposed solar arrays filed this past month saying that the proposed locations would pose “an extreme visual impact.” But there’s a problem: the town doesn’t have a lot of say. As in the case of all Vermont solar arrays, towns can express their approval or disapproval, but the Public Service Board holds all the cards.

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Opinion: Vermont was right to tighten up vaccination law

Posted on June 22, 2015 |
By Kelcey McCormick



People should put the common good ahead of their self interests when it comes to something as serious as immunizations. Vermont just passed a law that prohibits philosophical exemptions. Hopefully, this law will provide protection in our community for the future. This might prevent parents from putting their child at risk as well as ill individuals, infants and the elderly who have a low immune system and cannot receive the vaccinations.

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Opinion: Middlebury project raises concerns

Posted on June 22, 2015 |
By Jorge Martin



Having read about the plans for the much needed repairs that will cause upheaval in the center of Middlebury village, I have two comments.

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Opinion: Agri-Mark officials tout benefits of gas pipeline

Posted on June 22, 2015 |
By Robert D. Wellington



On behalf of Agri-Mark, Inc., I would like to express our very strong, continued support for the extension of the natural gas pipeline from Chittenden County to Middlebury.

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Opinion: Newspapers remain an effective tool for Bernie

Posted on June 22, 2015 |
By Ross Connelly



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This week’s writer is Ross Connelly, who has been editor and publisher of the Hardwick (Vt.) Gazettefor nearly 30 years. This is an open letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Editorial: Smart move by the ACSU board

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Last Friday, the ACSU Executive Board voted to pursue a proposal that could form a single consolidated K-12 district, if approved by voters in elections held as soon as next March. That unified district would operate a single, over-arching budget and handle operating decisions for the nine schools in the seven participating towns and be governed by a single school board.

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Editorial: Trump enters, the GOP circus spins

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The 2016 GOP presidential primary circus took a turn toward the absurd on Tuesday when real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump announced he was “totally” running for president.

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Jessie Raymond: Gardener gives some dubious tips

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



When it comes to gardening, I have a wealth of wisdom to offer.

I don’t mean “wisdom” in the sense that I know what I’m talking about, exactly. If you want that kind of wisdom, talk to the beloved Vermont horticulturist Charlie Nardozzi.

But if you’re looking for the wisdom of a common gardener — one who is somewhat lazy, insect-averse and lacking in common sense — look no further.

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Clippings: A little bit of biking can't be that difficult

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By John S. McCright



Some people, when they want to get to know their town, will join a club, sit in on some civic board meetings, attend church gatherings or take up reading the local newspaper. I’ve come up with a different strategy. I’m going to ride my bike on every street and road in the town of Middlebury, where I live.

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