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Opinion: Solar helps farmers, creates jobs

Posted on January 18, 2016 |
By Gregg Beldock



This week’s writer is Gregg Beldock, founder and CEO of Bullrock-Deutsche-Eco, a solar energy firm based in Shelburne.

Middlebury Professor and author Bill McKibben wrote, in January 2011, to activists throughout the country, “Now it’s time for people who have spent their lives pouring carbon into the atmosphere to step up … just as many of us did for civil rights or for peace.”

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Editorial: Obama: 'We live in a time of extraordinary change'

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the president’s final State of the Union address Tuesday night, he nailed what’s at the root of so much of the political angst riling the country: the rapid pace of change fueled by a global economy causing widespread job disruption among working-class Americans.

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Clippings: First Folio helps us 'press flesh' with the Bard

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



Don’t tell my cats ...  but if my house were burning I would have a split second of hesitation choosing between them and my facsimile copy of Shakespeare’s First Folio. Don’t worry. I would definitely save the cats first (all four of them ... and the dog ... and the lizard). Exiled to a desert island? I would definitely pack my First Folio. Or if I were one of those book memorizer people in the book-burning world of Ray Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451”? Ditto.

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Jessie Raymond: A billion reasons to skip the lottery

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



In case you were wondering, I didn’t win the U.S. Powerball jackpot last night.

That’s no big surprise, given that the odds of winning were one in 292,201,338. The chances of me being attacked by a shark — in Vermont, yesterday — were exponentially higher.

But the main reason I didn’t win is that I didn’t play.

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Opinion: Unification vote merits support

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Linda Kokinis



Let’s talk about the kids. “Vermont students outpace their peers in most other states on national tests, can hold their own on international assessments, and have one of the highest graduation rates in the nation — 92% in 2014” (The Mountain Times, Dec. 17, 2015).

Education is an ever-evolving process which needs to mirror the culture and society our children are growing up in. Act 46 serves to ensure that we do not lag behind in providing a structure that works for all the towns, large and small, in Vermont.

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Legislative Review: RNeSU ready for unification vote

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Rep. Butch Shaw



Act 46, as enacted by the Vermont Legislature, requires school districts to study their current governance models to determine both how efficient they are and if they are educating their students equitably. Credit should be given to the members of our local school boards, Superintendent Jeanne Collins and the staff of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union for approaching these required tasks with a “can-do” attitude.

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Greg Dennis: Bold leadership on Vermont divestment

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Greg Dennis



What a difference a year makes.

In 2014, Gov. Peter Shumlin made national headlines with a bold State of the State address that highlighted opiate addiction.

Last year, by contrast, the governor had to find a back way out of the Statehouse after his annual address. His normal exit was blocked by dozens of angry protesters, who objected to his abandoning the dream of single-payer healthcare.

Fast forward to this year’s address — and once again Shumlin plays the role of bold leader.

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Opinion: Marijuana stats were misleading

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Dave Silberman



Despite widely reported, oft-repeated claims by opponents of marijuana legalization, there was not a 32 percent increase in marijuana-related traffic deaths in Colorado between 2013 and 2014. Quite the contrary, an honest presentation of the data reveals that there was actually a slight decrease in drugged driving in Colorado following legalization.

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Opinion: Recent studies show natural gas dirtier than coal

Posted on January 14, 2016 |
By Ross Conrad



The entire debate over the recently reapproved Vermont Gas pipeline has been filled with false claims that natural gas is cleaner than oil and coal. While this was once true, it failed to be so about a decade ago.

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Editorial: A deluge of news

Posted on January 11, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The saying, “when it rains, it pours,” applies to more than weather. As well as warm temperatures, high winds and rain over the weekend, Addison County received a deluge of news last week as well.

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