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Editorial: Micro-grids are a revolution coming

Posted on September 4, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The most exciting news story of the week was the announcement by Mary Powell, president and CEO of Green Mountain Power, that the utility and NRG Energy, Inc. of New Jersey were partnering to test the viability of micro-grids in Vermont. The idea is the type of revolutionary thinking that could provide long-term energy security at a local, regional and national level, while also improving long-term political and economic stability.

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Opinion: Milne has right vision for state

Posted on September 3, 2014 |
By Manchester Center



As a young adult living in Vermont, I feel so privileged to reside in a state filled with natural beauty, rich history, and kind-hearted people. However, like many young Vermonters, I’m at a crossroads over where I plan to live as I approach the next stage in my life. The direction of our state government is an important factor in my decision, as it is for many other young Vermont residents. I want to live in a state with economic security, employment opportunities and a quality education system.

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Opinion: Legislators right to raise concern about pipeline

Posted on September 3, 2014 |
By Judy Kowalczyk



Just a quick note, somewhat delayed, to thank Sens. Ayer and Bray and Rep. Jewett for their comments to Gov. Shumlin on the proposed Phase 2 pipeline (also found in the “Community Forum” section of the Addison Independent on Thursday, Aug. 7). It is so appreciated when our elected officials actually represent the citizens. Your actions do not go unrecognized.

Thanks again.

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Eric Davis: Low primary turnouts should worry state Democrats

Posted on September 3, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



Turnout in last week’s primary election was a near-record low, with only about 8 percent of Vermont’s registered voters casting ballots. The few places with reasonably high turnout were districts such as Middlebury, with contested primaries for open legislative seats.

Statewide, the turnout of Democratic voters was particularly low. Normally, more than 70 percent of primary voters choose the Democratic ballot. This year, fewer than 60 percent of the votes were cast in the Democratic primary.

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Opinion: Shumlin's pipeline logic is flawed

Posted on September 3, 2014 |
By Brennan Michaels



Editor’s note: This was submitted as an open letter to Gov. Peter Shumlin.

It has become clear that the gas that will flow through the newly proposed Gaz Métro-Vermont Gas pipeline into Addison County will have an amount of fracked gas in it that is unknowable. In fact, Vermont Gas has no control and will have no way of even knowing how much of this gas is from fracked wells.

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Community Forum: Economics, education and Sitting Bull

Posted on September 3, 2014 |
By William J. Mathis



This week’s writer is Goshen resident William J. Mathis.  He is the managing director of the National Education Policy Center, a former superintendent of Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union and a member of the Vermont state board of education.

“Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.” — Sitting Bull

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Opinion: Vermonters could benefit from more nuanced debate

Posted on September 3, 2014 |
By Judy and Michael Olinick



Responding to Greg Dennis’ Aug. 28 column: It’s unfortunate that so little opportunity for genuine debate exists anywhere, including in Congress, state legislatures and the Supreme Court. When ordinary people address very controversial subjects in government hearings, town meetings or even letters to the editor, time and space are usually so tightly limited we can barely make our own points, let alone grant concessions to the opposition.

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Opinion: Feds' bucks for Lake Champlain just throwing money at problem

Posted on September 3, 2014 |
By James H. Maroney Jr.



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Community Forum: Consider what Vt. needs before voting

Posted on September 1, 2014 |
By Bruce Lisman



This week’s writer is Bruce Lisman of Shelburne, a native Vermonter who founded Campaign for Vermont following a career in the financial services industry. Campaign for Vermont is an independent policy and advocacy organization.

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