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Editorial: A tale of two capitalists

Posted on July 19, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In a fascinating piece this Monday, New York Times columnist David Brooks portrays the presidential race as a battle of defining capitalism in the positive terms represented by Mitt Romney, or those terms cast in the negative by President Obama.

As with all columns that attempt to capture the complexities of a presidential race in a few hundred words, the argument is full of holes, but the premise has considerable merit and Brooks draws several thoughtful insights.

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Clippings: Absence adds spark to local vistas

Posted on July 19, 2012 |
By Kaitlyn Kirkaldy



I recently realized that I don’t appreciate the smell of freshly spread manure enough.

I didn’t suddenly decide that I love the odor, but I have discovered the scent a reminder of home and of the beautiful landscape around me, a landscape that I have not appreciated fully until recently.

I attend college outside of Boston, which is a considerable change in scenery from what I see here in Addison County. Down there I don’t have the same views of rolling mountains and green pastures and the smell of manure is nowhere to be found.

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Politically Thinking: Delegation mum on jet controversy

Posted on July 19, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



The Vermont Air National Guard facility at the Burlington International Airport is one of six locations being considered by Air Force officials in Washington as bases for the new F-35 fighter jet, which is planned to become operational in 2015. Burlington and Hill Air Force Base in Utah are the Pentagon’s two preferred locations for the F-35.

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Around the bend: Who knew nothing could be fun?

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



We just returned from a week of camping in Salisbury. This year, for the first time, it actually resembled the sort of positive experience most people associate with vacations.

We don’t go away very often, what with my husband being self-employed and us having a large garden and various sorts of farm-type animals, most of whom have special issues (pet sitters generally aren’t willing to rub a goat’s temples to ease her migraines).

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Guest Editorial: The coming wave

Posted on July 12, 2012 |
By Emerson Lynn



If you had two products of comparable quality and one cost $120,000 and the other $20,000, the choice between the two would be simple. If the $20,000 option were considerably better, then not only would the choice be easy, but the $120,000 option would cease to exist.

To a degree, that describes the horns of the dilemma to be encountered by higher education. No matter how they respond, the cost of a college education and the explosion in digital learning models will revamp the way the next generation approaches education.

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Guest Editorial: Negative advertising takes center stage

Posted on July 9, 2012 |
By Emerson Lynn



Democratic consultant Jason Stanford argues in a Huffington Post article that negative advertising is a good thing, if you like democracy. He argues that voters pay more attention to criticism than praise and that raising the voters’ hackles also gets them to the polls.

We would like to believe otherwise, but the research shows he’s correct. To drive the point home, he points to the recent Wisconsin election, which was highly negative, and yet drove more people to the polls than in the general election.

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Guest editorial: Court's decision sound, potus onus on voting public, for the fourth

Posted on July 5, 2012 |
By Emerson Lynn



For months, the chattering class occupied itself with the self-appointed task of telling people how the court would rule on “Obamacare” and why. And they were wrong. Almost without exception. No one predicted that Chief Justice John Roberts — nominated by former President George Bush — would side with the court’s four liberal justices to give President Barack Obama his most sought-after victory.

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Clippings: Tutus, hot dog races and baseball

Posted on July 5, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Probably my favorite moment of our family’s enjoyable Saturday night trip to see the Vermont Lake Monsters came when my older daughter gained new perspective on the quality of her internship here at this newspaper.

Not all work at the Independent is as glamorous as it appears when readers see us at school board meetings, zoning hearings and ribbon-cuttings.

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Politically thinking: Court ruling will affect future laws

Posted on July 5, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



President Obama and supporters of a greater government role in providing and financing health care were overjoyed at last week’s Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act. A closer reading of Chief Justice Roberts’ opinion should dampen that enthusiasm. The ACA still faces political challenges, and the Court has erected barriers to future expansions of federal social policy.

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Sixty years of serious mistakes

Posted on July 5, 2012 |
By Gregory Dennis



It’s been said that on the radio, a hockey game — with its endless series of missed shots, errant passes and unintended consequences — sounds like the broadcast of one long mistake.

As I sit on the verge of turning 60, sometimes I’m tempted to conclude that the story of my life would, like the broadcast of a hockey game, sound like one long mistake. Or at least one long unintended consequence.

That got me wondering what a look-back broadcast of those 60 years would be like — perhaps a dialogue between me and the Cosmic Inquisitor.

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