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Opinion: New Haven Democrat would serve public well

Posted on October 17, 2014 |
By Donna Donahue



Whatever your party affiliation, you should vote for Susan Smiley. Whatever the task or issue, you can count on Susan to vote with integrity for the good of all Vermonters. She is smart and hardworking. Her experience in and out of agriculture combined with her business acumen makes her a great choice.

Montpelier needs representatives who care about the voters they represent and understand the privilege of serving the public good. Susan is that person. When you cast a vote for her, you cast one for yourself as well.

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Opinion: 'Pet pages' a welcome addition

Posted on October 17, 2014 |
By Jessica Danyow



On behalf of the staff and, most importantly, the animals of Homeward Bound, Addison County’s Humane Society, I would like to say thank you for the newly expanded Pet Pages that debuted in the Oct. 6 edition.

We are lucky to live and work in such an animal-friendly community and enjoy such support from our local businesses.

Jessica Danyow

Executive Director

Homeward Bound

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Guest editorial: How Vermont's state colleges are failing their students

Posted on October 16, 2014 |
By Allan Rodgers



This week’s writer is Allan Rodgers, MBA, MEd, a professor of business at, and former president of, Vermont Technical College.

Twenty years ago, the Vermont State Colleges hit the demographic iceberg of declining future high school graduates. The good ship VSC has been taking on water ever since and the slow sinking has finally become visible on the top deck. From recent articles in various publications, it would seem that the iceberg was only recently discovered, but the truth is that the lower birth rate curve was sighted and struck 20 years ago.

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Opinion: MUHS articles very well-written

Posted on October 15, 2014 |
By Jon Rooney



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Eric Davis: Much depends on Leahy's plans

Posted on October 15, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



With about three weeks remaining until Election Day, most nonpartisan analysts believe that Republican candidates are likely to gain the six or more seats they need to have a majority in the U.S. Senate. How would a Republican majority affect Sen. Patrick Leahy’s decision whether or not to run for an eighth term in 2016?

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Opinion: Cabin project needs support

Posted on October 15, 2014 |
By Sam Daniels



I’m Sam Daniels from Bristol. I am a 12th-grader at Mount Abraham Union High School. Continuing from last year, I’m working in Personalized Learning (PL), designing my own curriculum around Mount Abraham’s Competencies to meet my graduation requirements.

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Opinion: Natural gas project doesn't add up for ratepayers

Posted on October 15, 2014 |
By Melanie Peyser



The Public Service Board will decide this week whether to reconsider the benefits of Phase I of the fracked gas pipeline in light of the $35 million (41 percent) cost overrun. The CEO of Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) exclaimed at last week’s hearing that no price was too high for this “once-in-a-lifetime project,” confirming what astute observers already knew: Phase I is, by definition, economically irrational.

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Opinion: Amy Sheldon has right credentials for Statehouse

Posted on October 15, 2014 |
By Pat Schmitter et al.



We urge you to vote for Amy Sheldon for Vermont state representative from Middlebury.

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Opinion: Phases I and II critical in getting natural gas to Rutland

Posted on October 15, 2014 |
By Steve Wark



An Addison Independent editorial posed the question: “What is the fastest way to get the pipeline extended to Rutland?”

The answer lies in one simple formula: Phase I plus Phase II equals Phase III.

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