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Opinion: Switching to whole-food, plant-based diet is wise

Posted on December 14, 2015 |
By Pat Davies



It was with great interest that I read Greg Dennis’ column in the Dec. 3 issue, “How to talk about climate change?” with most of which I agreed. But after a second and third reading to make sure I did not miss anything, I was quite amazed. Did he forget or purposely omit for political or economic reasons what many scientists think is one of the most important causes of our climate change: our SAD diet (Standard American Diet), which includes so much meat of all kinds and all types of dairy products?

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Opinion: Global warming rooted in people

Posted on December 14, 2015 |
By David Van Vleck



Many political discussions are occurring in Paris and elsewhere regarding how to minimize climate change or global warming. The main goal is to decrease the production of carbon dioxide by using less coal, gas and oil. As we all know, humans use these energy sources in almost every aspect of our daily lives.

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Victor Nuovo: Revolution of the masses

Posted on December 10, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a series of essays or reflections about the Republic, a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.

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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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