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Editorial: Potential harm to downtown derails Middlebury bridge project

Posted on July 15, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



After several years in the planning stage, just what would suddenly prompt members of the Middlebury business community to stridently oppose a $45 million to $55 million project to rebuild two deteriorating railway underpasses in the heart of Middlebury’s downtown?

The simple answer is “mission creep” of a magnitude that could seriously damage the viability of downtown businesses, and irreparably damage the fabric of the larger community.

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Editorial: Cornwall jumps into solar debate over West Street site

Posted on July 13, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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Community Forum: Time is right to learn about solar proposals

Posted on July 13, 2015 |
By Christopher Bray



This week’s writer is Sen. Christopher Bray, a New Haven Democrat who is chair of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Energy and vice chair of the Joint Energy Committee.

Dear Addison County Neighbors,

For over a decade, Vermonters have been supporting efforts to reduce the negative effects of burning fossil fuels. We have chosen to come at this challenge in two complementary ways: burning less fossil fuel, and generating the power we need more cleanly.

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Opinion: Treatment was careless, inhumane in Chittenden jail

Posted on July 13, 2015 |
By Charlene Yankton



Open up your eyes, Vermont. The truth is about to smack you in the face. I feel all people need to know that, when one finds themselves in legal trouble and are headed to jail, like Chittenden Regional Correctional Facility in Burlington, they are entering a dangerous place.

I was recently sentenced to five days in CRCF. The booking wasn’t so bad. I stated I was hungry and asked for food. They said I’d get a bag lunch, but it never came.

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Opinion: Benefits of gas pipeline based on false assumptions

Posted on July 13, 2015 |
By Jane Palmer



I attended the “special” Addison County Regional Planning Commission meeting about whether or not the commission should still support the Addison “Natural” Gas Project, in light of the most recent cost estimate increase. I heard some interesting comments as reported by Mr. Flowers in a recent Addison Independent article.

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Politically thinking: Scott's prospects looking favorable

Posted on July 9, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



Lt. Gov. Phil Scott has told reporters that he will make an announcement in the fall about his plans for 2016. Scott is seriously interested in running for governor, but he needs some time to work through issues related to the ownership and control of the business he co-owns and manages.

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Clippings: Car selection considered carefuly

Posted on July 9, 2015 |
By Trent Campbell



A couple of weeks ago I traded in my 2003 Honda Pilot for a 2012 Honda CRV. The Pilot had served me well but it had 210,000 miles on it, rusted fenders, a broken air conditioner, a busted rear windshield wiper, one door that could only be locked or unlocked manually, and some electronic safety system harness doohickey under the driver’s seat that went haywire and prevented the car from passing inspection. So about six months ago I decided it was time and I got all excited about looking for a new car.

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Opinion: Boater befouls Lake Champlain

Posted on July 9, 2015 |
By Mary Kerr



“What’s Your Watermark?” a film dedicated to the positive ways in which all Vermonters by observing simple responsible practices can protect and preserve the purity of the Vermont’s precious water for present and future generations, was broadcast on PBS recently. As a longtime Vermont resident, sailor and year-round lakeside home owner, I was thrilled to observe how we can better protect our most precious resource.

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Community forum: The bridges in Middlebury are falling!

Posted on July 9, 2015 |
By Bill Finger



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Opinion: Supreme Court marriage ruling seen as 'transforming'

Posted on July 9, 2015 |
By Judy and Michael Olinick



After the jubilation of June 26, most of the country seems to have accepted the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling as a matter of course. Lee Kahrs’ reflection is an important reminder of how long this resolution has been awaited and how transforming it is, even for a gay Vermonter who has been in a civil union and happily married for several years.

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