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Opinion: No place for muscle cars when the world is warming

Posted on July 9, 2015 |
By Wayne Michaud



There it is, pictured right on the editorial page of the Addy Indy June 29 issue: a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, replete with air intakes all over the hood, being “tested” at the recent Mopar Magic event at Foster Motors. The ultimate in muscle cars. Sexy. Alluring to young men and not so young men. Why, it’s 1970 all over again.

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Editorial: What Vermont needs on water quality is a change in attitude

Posted on July 9, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



What’s encouraging about Vermont’s Lakeshore Protection Act, which was passed a year ago and became law last July, is that the state bureaucracy has implemented rules that are working to accommodate landowners’ desires while also mitigating further harm to water quality. (See story in today's edition.)

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Editorial: It takes a village to keep a festival vibrant

Posted on July 6, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As Middlebury’s 37th Festival on-the-Green kicks off this Sunday, we paused to consider what it takes to make a festival so beloved.

It takes a lot of creative energy, hard work, restless nights and thousands of volunteer hours over the past 37 years.

It takes committees researching musical acts for the twice-nightly performances, plus magicians and a whole other set of performers for the kid shows each noon. It means reaching out to them, getting rejections, negotiating prices, and finally booking the 17 acts each year.

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Peter Burrows: Summer part of education answer

Posted on July 6, 2015 |
By Peter Burrows



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The end of the school year is always of time of reflection, after the frenetic and celebratory air that surrounds graduation, awards ceremonies, and year-end community events. As an educator, you become accustomed to this cycle, of stewarding students throughout the year and then letting go, and there is an almost hushed silence around our schools as the wave of excitement, learning, and social interaction recedes, as it gathers strength to return in August.

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Opinion: PSB steamrolling 'little people' in solar siting process

Posted on July 6, 2015 |
By Libby Harris



I love Vermont. From the first day that I entered the state, I knew unequivocally that my soul would be nourished and content by living here.

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Opinion: Bristol firehouse worth supporting

Posted on July 6, 2015 |
By Porter Knight



I attended all of the site selection meetings and most of the site design meetings for the proposed Bristol Fire Station — the firefighters and community members on those committees did a thorough, transparent, and responsible job. They have been attentive to the public’s input from the very first community meetings held at the Legion in spring of 2013 to the open house and discussion forums held this spring at Holley Hall and the fire station.

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Editorial: Voters can take charge of the discussion in governor's race

Posted on July 2, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Since Rep. Peter Welch’s announced last Friday that he would seek reelection to Congress and not be a candidate for governor, the governor’s race has become the horse race to watch. Not only will the campaigns be fascinating from a political perspective, but the outcome has the potential to change the state’s present course or build upon the progress made over the past five years. As importantly, the public has the opportunity to mold the debates — especially as it pertains to economic growth.

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Clippings: Court decision grants true equality

Posted on July 2, 2015 |
By Lee Kahrs



Vermonters are generally known for keeping to themselves, not getting into their neighbors’ business and respecting each other’s privacy. Gay Vermonters are no exception.

For the past eight years, I have kept my personal life and opinions separate from my job as the editor of The Reporter. I am a pretty private person, and I maintain a clear line separating my journalistic life and my home life, as all good journalists should. A reporter’s worst nightmare is to become the subject of the news they report.

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Jessie Raymond: Fix a treadmill, strengthen a union

Posted on July 2, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Sunday night, my husband Mark and I replaced the stretched-out belt on our old treadmill.

Good news: We are still married.

Normally we get along, just not when it comes to putting things together. We’ve had so many assembly-related conflicts over the years that the mere sight of a parts list can cause me to start grinding my teeth.

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Opinion: Rail project a major concern

Posted on July 2, 2015 |
By Bruce Hiland



I’ve become deeply concerned that the proposed railroad bridge/tunnel project may prove to be a disaster for Middlebury. The original objective was to restore safety to the Merchants Row and Main Street bridges. Now, two years later, the project has changed dramatically in scale, shape, character and cost. As currently proposed this project risks incalculable damage to downtown businesses, to downtown activities and consequently to the very fabric of our community. 

Middlebury officials recently confirmed that:

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