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Editorial: Lisman's choice opens up new role for Campaign Vermont

Posted on May 22, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In state political news, the biggest announcement of the week was Bruce Lisman reporting that he would not be running for governor against Democrat incumbent Peter Shumlin. That seemingly gives Shumlin clear sailing for another two-year term. Considering the controversial issues at stake — paying for health care reform, restructuring school governance and getting school spending under control, and keeping a lid on state taxes, to name a few — it’s surprising that a strong opponent hasn’t yet emerged.

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Clippings: Teach kids to cheer, build character

Posted on May 21, 2014 |
By Faith Gong



A couple of weeks ago, our phone rang right after dinner. On the other end was a voice belonging to a 7-year-old boy we know.

“I was wondering if you could come to my baseball game this Friday?” he asked.

He’d recently started practicing with our town’s Little League baseball team, the Middlebury Meteors. That Friday they’d be playing their first game, against the Cornwall Cougars.

When a 7-year-old asks you to attend his first baseball game, you go to the game.

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Jessie Raymond: Kale — if you know what's good for you

Posted on May 21, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



At the risk of getting too personal, I have to ask: Have you massaged your kale lately?

Normally, that’s a subject I’d bring up only with my closest friends, but I can’t resist. I just learned a few weeks ago that you could — and should — massage your kale, at least if you intend to serve it raw. And here I was, unaware that kale was prone to nervous tension.

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Opinion: Postal food drive restocked shelf

Posted on May 21, 2014 |
By Jeanne Montross



Saturday, May 10, Jill Charbonneau and her coworkers at the Middlebury Post Office conducted their annual Letter Carriers’ Food Drive. Each year, this effort replenishes food shelves that are depleted after the winter months. The Addison County Food Shelf, run by HOPE on Boardman Street, has seen a dramatic spike in usage during the past year, and the same has occurred at all the other food shelves in our community.

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Opinion: Natural gas benefit state in many ways

Posted on May 21, 2014 |
By Don Gilbert



No doubt about it, Vermonters are passionate about the Green Mountain State. That’s a healthy sign of an engaged citizenry.

One project, the Addison-Rutland Natural Gas Project, has been vigorously debated. Unfortunately, sometimes the facts can get lost.

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Community Forum: Standing together to protect the lake

Posted on May 21, 2014 |
By Deb Markowitz et al.



This week’s writers are Deb Markowitz, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources; Brian Searles, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Transportation; Chuck Ross, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets; and Lawrence Miller, secretary of the Vermont Agency of Commerce & Community Development.

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Opinion: Not everyone is pleased in aftermath of bond revote

Posted on May 21, 2014 |
By Judy Olinick



I must respectfully disagree with Ted Scheu’s upbeat assessment of the bond vote (letters, May 19).

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Opinion: End of life choice part of freedom

Posted on May 21, 2014 |
By Amanda Wiggans



In America, we do anything to uphold freedom of choice; it’s what makes us the land of the free. We allow people to jump out of a plane at 10,000 feet in the air, we allow people to buy unlimited amounts of alcohol, and we allow people to walk into supermarkets to buy cigarettes that we know will shed years off their lives.

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Editorial: Is fear of the unkown preventing education reform?

Posted on May 19, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Among the many issues tackled this legislative session, the outcome of several education initiatives was a mixed bag. To its credit the Legislature did expand access to universal pre-kindergarten education to all three- and four-year-olds at a modest cost as 80 percent of schools already had such programs. Combined with a $37 million federal grant to support early childhood education programs, the very youngest Vermonters now have a brighter future than ever before.

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Opinion: Pipeline opponents were disrespectful at hearing

Posted on May 19, 2014 |
By Jim Ortuno



After attending the Public Service Board hearing in Shoreham (on Phase II of the proposed Vermont Gas pipeline), I came away with a different perspective than I went in with.

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