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Opinion: Cornell asks voters for support

Posted on February 25, 2015 |
By Nancy Cornell



Dear Starksboro Community Members,

I am writing to ask you to consider supporting my candidacy for the Robinson Elementary School board. I am running for a seat on the Robinson board because I care deeply about the school and the children it serves, and because I believe I have something to contribute. 

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Opinion: Smiley earns support in New Haven selectboard run

Posted on February 25, 2015 |
By Susan Smiley



Susan Smiley, a long time resident of New Haven, is running the New Haven selectboard. This is a post to which Susan will bring an abundance of talent and experience. Susan and her husband farmed and gardened on the River Road for many years. Her knowledge of the town and its history is extensive. She is thoughtful and sensitive to the issues that concern residents; she is committed to finding solutions that will benefit New Haven now and into the future.

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Opinion: New Haven land mustn't be rezoned

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By Jono Chapin et al.



Article 13 on the New Haven Town Meeting Warning asks the voters whether they want the 20-acre parcel on the southeast corner of the intersection of Route 7, which bisects River Road and Belden Falls Road, to be changed from its present zoning of agricultural/rural residential to highway commercial.

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Opinion: Population growth threatens human race

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By David Van Vleck



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Opinion: Australian ballots short-circuit a Vermont tradition

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By Michael and Judy Olinick



The adoption process for the ID-4 (Mary Hogan School) budget is an excellent example of a non-problem which does not need to be fixed.

The Mary Hogan board presents the budget in detail at its annual meeting on the second Wednesday of April and the attending citizens adopt itby voice vote after as much discussion and amendment as necessary. All Middlebury voters may participate and a paper ballot may replace the voice vote if a few attendees request it.

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Opinion: Compressed gas a good alternative

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By Norton Latourelle



Let’s not feel bad because we’re not going to have a pipeline to Ticonderoga and maybe won’t have one to Middlebury or Rutland either. International Paper did the right thing and I would hope Vermont officials will make a wise choice and perform as good stewards of our environment and economy as well.

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Opinion: Supporters of gun control bill find it tough to testify

Posted on February 23, 2015 |
By Anna Rose Benson



A lot of the people at the hearing on Senate Bill 31 last Tuesday at the Statehouse seemed too happy from the start — and yes, I’m talking mostly about the “Orange People.”

Too happy, I thought, because this hearing was about the risks Vermonters can face from dangerous people with guns, whatever color they choose to wear.

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Clippings: Carr's death a loss to journalism

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Zach Despart



David Carr died last week. He was not well known outside of the journalism community, perhaps only by people who read his media column in The New York Times, but within the field he was revered as a staunch defender of the way journalism used to be practiced.

Carr embodied the tropes of an old-school journalist, right down to the stereotype of the chain-smoking, profane, no-time-for-bullshit newspaperman. That was and is a caricature, but wrapped within it is a dedication to the craft that Carr refused to let go of in the 21st century.

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Eric Davis: Sanders could spice up election

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



Earlier this month, Sen. Bernie Sanders spoke at the Brookings Institution, a think tank in the nation’s capital. The speech allowed Sanders, who is considering declaring his candidacy for president, to become better known to the Washington press and policy community. A video of Sanders’ remarks, and the subsequent discussion with Washington Post columnist E.J. Dionne Jr., is available on the Brookings website.

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Greg Dennis: Marijuana legislation a bad idea

Posted on February 19, 2015 |
By Greg Dennis



Reports commissioned by a state legislature are famous fodder for recycling bins.

But a recent report prepared for the Vermont Legislature promises to be widely read and debated. That’s because it’s about a topic with lots of buzz in every sense of the word: Should Vermont legalize marijuana?

We’ve already decriminalized possession of less than an ounce. Now Vermont is seriously debating whether to join four states and the District of Columbia by fully legalizing the wily weed.

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