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Greg Dennis: A college gift worth considering

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Gregory Dennis



There’s an old saying that you shouldn’t look a gift horse in the mouth.

It comes to mind now that Middlebury College has offered two interconnected gifts to the town. To simplify the terms, these gifts come in the form of most of the money to build a new municipal building and gym, while also paving the way for an appealing transition between Main Street and the Marble Works.

Those steps would, at an apparently affordable cost to Middlebury taxpayers, substantially improve downtown Middlebury, its recreational facilities and its town offices.

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Ways of Seeing by Abi Sessions: A family grows around the table

Posted on June 27, 2013 |
By Abi Sessions



Family Dinnertime

Something’s gotta give, right? A young family with kids can’t possibly do all the things that tug at them: jobs, school, kids’ school, kids’ sports, kids’ lessons, friends, housework, yardwork, cars breaking down, the roof leaking. …

Does a state of triage sound accurate? Some things get done, some go on hold, and some get thrown overboard. 

Too often, I fear, family dinner — preparing and eating the evening meal together — goes overboard.

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Clippings by Trent Campbell: Searching for a slice of summer

Posted on June 20, 2013 |
By Trent Campbell



The aluminum skin of our little boat is leeching the coolness of the lake water into my back and into the soles of my feet. It feels good. I look up and can make out, at the edge of my vision, my mom, my sister and my brother. But mostly I see sky. End-of-the-day sky. Not much blue remains. It holds no clouds. No early evening stars. No moon. It is full of nothing, nothing to hold my gaze, yet hold it does. My eight-year-old mind doesn’t wonder how or why. I just stare.

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Jessie Raymond: My goat has a taste for finer things

Posted on June 20, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



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One recent morning, my husband, Mark, and I sat on the back porch with our feet up, drinking our coffee and enjoying some much-needed sunshine. A typical late spring scene, really.

Except, perhaps, for the goat.

Lucy, our one remaining goat, had trip-trapped onto the porch like she often does, to stare at us with her lazy yellow eyes. And smirk. She’s always smirking.

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Clippings by John Flowers: Chance encounter boosts family

Posted on June 13, 2013 |
By John Flowers



I had kept abreast of his life during the past three years very impersonally and from afar, through Facebook. I didn’t know how to break the ice, because the last time I saw Charlie, he was in diapers making mayhem. Now in his mid-20s, I learned that Charlie was still making some mayhem — though thankfully not of the law-breaking variety, just through his rock band and other youthful pursuits.

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Politically Thinking by Eric Davis: Public is still feeling recession

Posted on June 13, 2013 |
By Eric Davis



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Greg Dennis talks about cars: From Bug to C-Max

Posted on June 13, 2013 |
By Greg Dennis



We all remember that first car.

Mine was a 1970 VW Bug, bought at Weybridge Garage in 1974. The yellow paint was fading, and it already had 90,000 miles and several pounds of Vermont rust on it.

But it was a Bug for sale at a time when Bugs were so cool as to seem nearly a legal mandate for a young man in his early 20s.

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Ways of Seeing: Faith and doubt are often together

Posted on June 13, 2013 |
By Rev. Andrew Nagy-Benson



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“I’ll believe it when I see it!”

As a child, I became familiar with that expression. It might have had something to do with my walking into the house with muddy sneakers for the billionth time. Or my incessant insistence from the backseat of the station wagon that my sister was on my side — she crossed the line! At times like these, my mother would give me a look and offer a well-earned corrective. Before the bench of maternal justice, I’d offer guaranteed forecasts of better behavior. The Judge looked hopeful, if unconvinced.

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Community Forum: Some health care barriers remain

Posted on June 10, 2013 |
By Kelly Stoddard



This week’s writer is Kelly Stoddard, director of government relations and advocacy in Vermont for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.

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Clippings: Vermont's size is a big strength

Posted on June 6, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



Everything in the West is bigger. That was the thought going through my head as our car sped east on Route 2 through North Dakota just after sunset late last August, watching the fluorescent lights of Williston, N.D., flicker away behind us.

They weren’t the only lights. As far as the eye could see, hundreds of fires blazed from holes blasted into the prairie. The scale of industry and vastness of the Great Plains were overwhelming. We drove east pushing 75 mph for almost two hours. For almost two hours, on either side of the road, the fields were burning.

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