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Community Forum: A model for getting energy right

Posted on October 15, 2015 |
By Gov. Peter Shumlin



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Opinion: Consider farming when siting green energy

Posted on October 15, 2015 |
By Roger Allbee



This week’s writer is Roger Allbee, a former Vermont Secretary of Agriculture, who was chair of the Working Lands Coalition of the Vermont Council on Rural Development that led to the creation of the Working Lands Program. Allbee was a contributing author to the book “The Vermont Difference, Perspectives from the Green Mountain State” by the Vermont Historical Society and the Woodstock Foundation.

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Opinion: Tighten reins on NexBridge plan

Posted on October 15, 2015 |
By Peg Martin



I am concerned about the proposed NexBridge project. It is proceeding at record pace with little or no public discussion. 

My dad used to tell me, “Whoa! Hold your horses!” That is exactly what I hope the Middlebury selectboard will do.

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Opinion: Time has come for gun control

Posted on October 15, 2015 |
By Walter Carpenter



I want to thank Mr. Angelo Lynn for his editorial “How to stop the madness of gun violence: (Addison Independent, Oct. 5) in response to the Oregon shootings and our madness of perpetual gun violence. I once visited the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., decades ago, when I lived in the Pacific Northwest. I remember how gorgeous it was there in the coastal river valleys of the southern Oregon lumber country. This latest shooting will mar that memory.

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Opinion: AARP raises key pipeline issues

Posted on October 15, 2015 |
By Greg Marchildon



In the guest editorial on AARP’s Stance on the Vermont Gas Systems (VGS) pipeline (Oct. 12, 2015), it appears the author did not check in with his Franklin County readers who can’t be pleased to be paying at least $270 million for a gas pipeline to a county with less than 3,000 potential customers over 60 miles away.

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Opinion: Manure pits are key to sustainable farming process

Posted on October 12, 2015 |
By Brian Kemp



The Champlain Valley Farmer Coalition felt compelled to respond to the stories and an opinion letter published recently in the Addison Independent regarding the construction of a manure pit by Allandra Farm. As a farmer organization that aims to educate farmers, the public and lawmakers about how a clean Lake Champlain and thriving farms in Vermont can work together, we find this particular circumstance highlights one challenge of trying to accomplish this goal — public misconceptions about farming practices.

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Opinion: Bypass around Middlebury is not a viable option

Posted on October 12, 2015 |
By Dave Van Vleck



A major disruption to the life of downtown Middlebury will occur in the next few years as the railroad tunnel is enlarged. Nobody wants this disruption, and so suggestions for alternatives have been suggested.

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Opinion: Healthy Workplaces bill deserves lawmakers support

Posted on October 12, 2015 |
By Sam Dixon



I am writing to express my support for the Healthy Workplaces bill, H.187 — and to ask that the Senate pass it into law when they return to Montpelier this January.

I recently moved to Massachusetts to work in construction. I left two full time jobs — one at food-related business, and the other at a social service agency — because this opportunity paid better and provided great benefits. While I had great benefits at the social service agency, at the food-related business I received no paid sick days or health insurance.

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Opinion: Temporary parking area pitched

Posted on October 12, 2015 |
By Mariel Kneuer



As the likelihood of a railway project moves forward, I share the concern of business owners. I am proposing a pedestrian-friendly project for consideration.

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Clippings by Andy Kirkaldy: GOP party head could sour voters

Posted on October 8, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



As our esteemed political correspondent, retired Middlebury College professor Eric Davis, has noted, 2016 could be a fruitful election year for the Vermont Republican Party.

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott looks to be the favorite to be Vermont’s next governor. Meanwhile, the Legislature and its majority of Democrats has had to struggle to balance the books in the past few years. That process has meant some unpopular decisions, and it appears the GOP could pick up some House and Senate seats next year.

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