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Opinion: Who is the real beneficialy of solar array expansion?

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Randy Jones



Let’s start by saying I was born and raised in Vermont. I have lived in Orwell 18 years, building my home in a beautiful meadow. Over the years I’ve opened the hedgerow between Vera Blakeley’s meadow and mine. My family and I have enjoyed watching that field be used to harvest everything from hay, corn, pumpkins, now solar, “yea.”

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Opinion: Solar issues deserve thoughtful, responsible debate

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Alex D. Tokewell



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Community Forum: Green Mountain Power now a B Corp

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Mary Powell



This week’s writer is Mary Powell, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power.

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Clippings: The season for learning lessons

Posted on December 31, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



As far back as my memory reaches, my family has created ambitious cards. Usually, there’s some sort of pun, an elaborately staged photo or nonsensical farce. And that’s just on the outside.

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Ways of Seeing: This yoga tree holds ancient symbols to live by

Posted on December 31, 2014 |
By Joanna Colwell



I didn’t have enough going on over Chanukah, Christmas, and New Year’s, so I decided to paint a 16-foot-long mural on one of the walls in the yoga studio. Really, I would have preferred to do this at any other time, but this is just how things worked out. Actually, I wasn’t planning on painting the mural myself at all. I pictured myself more in the role of a benevolent overlord, saying encouraging things, like “Wow, it’s really coming along beautifully!” Or, “Maybe a little more green down at this end?”

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Editorial: Knowledge, experience are why Shumlin is the better candidate

Posted on December 31, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Next Thursday, the second day of the 2015 legislative session, one of the legislators’ first tasks will likely be their most important vote of the biennium: to decide whether Gov. Peter Shumlin will return to a third term or whether Republican Scott Milne would unseat him in a vote of the Legislature.

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Jessie Raymond: 'Nothing' is best Christmas gift ever

Posted on December 30, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



Between noon on Thursday, Dec. 25, and 8 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 29, I accomplished nothing.

I therefore count this as the best Christmas ever.

Unlike most families, we don’t do much after Christmas morning, which we spend opening gifts, drinking coffee and devouring a braided cinnamon Christmas bread like zombies eating brains.

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Opinion: Officer Mason is an asset to the town

Posted on December 30, 2014 |
By Ross Conrad



Dear Chief Hanley,

I recently read the Community Forum piece by Officer Christopher Mason that appeared in the Christmas edition of the Addison Independent. The piece was absolutely hilarious and heartfelt. The town of Middlebury is fortunate to have the police department that we do, and very fortunate to have Officer Mason on the force.

Ross Conrad

Middlebury

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Opinion: Milne deserves to be elected

Posted on December 30, 2014 |
By Edward Payne



Dear Legislators,

Consider the possibility that Mr. Shumlin should have had some knowledge prior to his announcement that the single-payer program would be too expensive. After all, he was two years in arrears in reporting to you, the Vermont legislator.

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Opinion: Cornwall wise to halt Vt. Gas talks

Posted on December 30, 2014 |
By Jane Palmer



Boy am I glad I am not a selectboard member in Cornwall right now.

Talk about being caught between a rock and a hard place. To recap the situation, in a nutshell, Vermont Gas/Gaz Métro proposed a high-pressure fracked gas pipeline through Cornwall and Shoreham and under the lake to reach its potentially most lucrative customer ever, and the majority of voters in Cornwall and Shoreham (at their respective town meetings last year), told VGS to go pound salt.

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