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Legislative Review: Sen. Claire Ayer pledges to review proposed gun law

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Sen. Claire Ayer



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OPINION:

What about the gun bill, S.31?

There’s been some speculation on Front Porch Forum regarding my motives for co-sponsoring a bill that does three things: It puts Vermont in compliance with the federal law that requires Vermont to enter into a federal database (1) the names of certain violent felons and (2) the names of persons who have been judged in a court of law to be a danger to themselves or others. The third thing it does is require a background check during the sale of all weapons, while allowing for family members to gift guns to each other.

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Jesse Raymond: Gingerbread idea no piece of cake

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



It’s almost time for the Vermont Folklife Center’s annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit. This could be the year I finally enter.

I say that every November but I’ve always chickened out. I’ve learned from past attempts at making gingerbread houses that the whimsy of the final result belies the blood, sweat and multiple batches of burnt gingerbread that go into the process.

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Opinion: You're already paying a 15 percent health care tax

Posted on June 30, 2014 |
By Lawrence Miller



What’s the biggest state tax Vermonters already pay? It’s not property, income or sales tax. It’s a 15 percent health care tax that Vermont businesses and individuals are paying today. And many don’t even know they are paying it.

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Opinion: Natural gas pipeline won't enhance public good

Posted on June 30, 2014 |
By Linda Anderson Krech



What kind of project qualifies for a “certificate of public good”?

A project that provides a boost to the local economy could enhance “the public good,” if it created new jobs, particularly in a low-employment area. A project that provides infrastructure that enhances the functioning of the community in some way, such as a highway that improves the traffic flow.

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Opinion: Green  technology  not  yet  able  to  meet  all  demands

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Peter Conlon



In a letter to the editor last week, environmental scholar and leader Bill McKibben showcased the progress Germany has made in moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources as a reason we should reject a natural gas pipeline in Addison County. The argument goes that investing in a fossil fuel infrastructure only makes us more reliant on fossil fuels, in this case natural gas.

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Opinion: Message rings true for gas pipeline opponents

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Randy Martin



I was moved by the June 9 guest editorial, “Make your bed perfectly, and don’t ring that bell.” I also had read and watched the video of the commencement address delivered by Naval Admiral William H. McRaven to the University of Texas graduates. I highly recommend reading or watching his speech in its entirety. They truly are “words to live by.”

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Opinion: CVOEO takes stock in 'American Dream'

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Jan Demers



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Opinion: Middlebury has pedestrian flags

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Laura Asermily



Middlebury began piloting the use of crosswalk safety flags at the Middlebury Post Office on Main Street last week as part of Middlebury’s Safe Routes to School initiatives. Pedestrians wanted additional visibility at vulnerable, high-traffic crosswalk locations, like the post office, to reduce accidents.

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Opinion: Editor entered 'Twilight Zone'

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Gary Murdock



Dear Mr. Lynn,

I would like to take a moment to thank you for inviting Rod Serling to ghost write your latest editorial, “A more vibrant GOP voice would make Vt. stronger.” After reading it, I was immediately transported to the Twilight Zone.

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Opinion: Those in ACSU deserve thanks

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Larry Knowles



This week, my daughter and some 126 classmates will graduate from Middlebury Union High School. It is a moment of transition, coming of age, leaving the world of childhood, stepping into the responsibilities and challenges of adult life. Parents, families, community members will celebrate the achievement, as we should. I hope we will also take a moment to thank and celebrate the people who made this achievement possible.

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