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  • strict warning: Non-static method view::load() should not be called statically in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/views.module on line 1118.
  • strict warning: Declaration of views_handler_field::query() should be compatible with views_handler::query($group_by = false) in /home/addison/public_html/sites/all/modules/views/handlers/views_handler_field.inc on line 1148.
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Eric Davis: School unification anti-democratic

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



The consolidated school districts required by Act 46 are a threat to the values of democracy, local control, and sense of place in small towns all over Vermont.

The legislative process that led up to the enactment of Act 46 last spring was not sufficiently thorough. The key parts of the law were written in haste at the end of the session. Members of the Legislature did not have enough time to consider the consequences of the bill, both intended and unintended.

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Clippings: Star Wars provides lifetime of thrills

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By Trent Campbell



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Opinion: Pipeline finances not adding up

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By Rev. George Klohck



As a concerned Middlebury resident I am trying hard to understand the issues around the Addison Natural Gas Pipeline. Does the push to build a pipeline for natural gas south to Middlebury really serve the best interests of everyone in our region? Ratepayers in Chittenden and Franklin counties are being asked to pay for this expensive pipeline over the next 32 years! I contend that more careful and complete calculations of the supposed benefits are needed.

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Opinion: Merry Middlebury fun, successful

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By Kevin Unrath



On Saturday, two out-of-town guests joined me for the Very Merry Middlebury festivities. We had a great time chowing down at the Agway pancake breakfast, greeting Santa as he arrived on the firetruck, seeing the exquisite train display at the Sheldon and doing many other fun things.

Mysincere thanks to the Better Middlebury Partnership and all the volunteers for making the day so much fun — you may have recruited a couple new future residents in the process.

Kevin Unrath

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Opinion: Shoreham ruling a bad precedent

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By Dwight Menard



The recent decision of the Environmental Court regarding WhistlePig (AddisonIndependent,Dec. 3) is very troubling. Reportedly the decision is based on a requirement that to be considered an agricultural product the end product must consist of ingredients more than 50 percent of which by weight or volume are grown or produced on the farm.

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Opinion: Postal worker went above and beyond the call of duty

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By John Freidin



Postmaster Joe Laramie deserves a Medal of Honor. Recently I mailed the title to a car I’d sold to California. At the buyer’s request I used Priority Mail with tracking. When I called the buyer to make certain he’d received the title, he told me he hadn’t.

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Opinion: Hangar serves only one and is a disservice to many

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By Paula Nath



According to the Addison Independent’s Dec. 3, 2015, front page article, an out-of-state entrepreneur with a second home in Vermont will be serviced by having her helicopter and airplane housed at the proposed new hangar at the East Middlebury airport. In addition, she’ll have a jet fuel storage tank available for use as well.

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Community forum: Make common sense, responsible gun laws

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Sue Minter



This week’s writer is Sue Minter, the former Vermont Secretary of Transportation and a Democratic candidate for governor.

Three dead and nine wounded at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado Springs. Fourteen dead and more than 20 wounded in San Bernardino, Calif. In less than one week.

Gun violence is a crisis in our country. It’s happening in our schools, our movie theaters, our workplaces, our community health centers, our places of worship. It is just common sense that we need to do something.

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Opinion: Resistance to renewable energy is delaying inevitable

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Taborri Bruhl



For the last few years I have been carefully following the debate about Vermont’s solar and wind development. There have been many valid points brought up by both advocates and opponents, and there seems to be a consensus opinion forming that revolves around a middle ground of sorts. Most Vermonters do agree that we need to transition toward a renewable-energy economy, but also that commonsense guidelines should be developed with regard to the approval and siting of wind turbines, solar arrays and their distribution networks.

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Opinion: Unreasonable gun laws threaten American Freedom

Posted on December 7, 2015 |
By Harry Chaucer



I grew up in a small farm town in central Connecticut. In seventh grade, afriend introduced me to target shooting. I joined the National Rifle Association and practiced for years in a basement range beneath a building in the south end of town.

Most of the members were men in their 40s or50s. They became mentors to me, teaching me about patience and precision, how to shoulder a little pain and focus my attention. They were good role models. There was a camaraderie there that I enjoyed as I learned from this older generation of men.

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