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Editorial: Doomed to repeat mistakes?

Posted on October 19, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Chalk up the muscular tone on the campaign trail concerning foreign policy to two factors: it’s campaign season and candidates don’t want to appear weak in the face of Russian aggression and, two, too many have forgotten the nation’s recent history or never learned it well.

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Opinion: Smith has shown leadership needed to be governor

Posted on October 19, 2015 |
By Claire Ayer



I’ve been a friend and legislative colleague of Shap Smith for over 13 years and based on that experience, wholeheartedly support him for governor of Vermont I’d like you to know why.

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Opinion: Polar bear sighting in New Jersey convinces skeptic

Posted on October 19, 2015 |
By Tom Lewis



For about 17 years I resided in Middlebury but now live in Whiting, N.J., which is in the central part of the state, in Ocean County, near the Atlantic coast.

Our recent ferocious storms compel me to say that while I hate to admit it, Al Gore was right: We definitely are undergoing global warming and our storms are without doubt fierce in intensity and very damaging to our environment. Icebergs are melting, forcing adverse tidal conditions, which concern us all.

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Opinion: Going with the flow, fast or slow, the safest on roads

Posted on October 19, 2015 |
By Laurel Casey



It’s called the “Solomon Curve” or “Crash Risk Curve” — and the deal is this: If you are not going with the flow of traffic you are more likely to cause an accident. That includes driving too slowly, especially on a road like 22A.

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Opinion: Corporations ruining Vermont environment for profit

Posted on October 19, 2015 |
By Fred Person



Out of country energy corporations are using our tax dollars to push their version of energy solutions into the small communities of Vermont for profit. The communities that are besieged by these threads of economic profiting which blind those who are participating with great ideals.

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Opinion: No-till farming not seen as solution

Posted on October 19, 2015 |
By James H. Maroney Jr.



The conventional agricultural paradigm, introduced after World War II, replaced ages-old, costly farm protocols for weed control, soil fertility and labor, with cheap toxic chemicals. The new protocol achieves its “efficiencies” by externalizing those toxins into the environment, not by accident, but by design.

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Victor Nuovo: Justice and happiness

Posted on October 15, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the fifth 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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Editorial: In the first debate, Bernie won, but so did Hillary, CNN

Posted on October 15, 2015 |
By Angelo Lynn



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Editorial: AARP’s sense of fairness?

Posted on October 15, 2015 |
By Angelo Lynn



In a letter to the editor in this issue, AARP state director Greg Marchildon responds to a guest editorial in Monday’s Addison Independent that accuses Marchildon of opposing Vermont Gas Systems’ natural gas pipeline to Middlebury so he can use it as a fundraising ploy to boost membership.

“Mr. Marchildon’s position is anything but consistent, or practical,” the editorial said. “In fact, it’s a naked ploy to do little else other than fundraising fodder for AARP.”

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Gregory Dennis: When summer gets gobbled down

Posted on October 15, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



I awoke today and found

Frost perched on the town

It hovered in a frozen sky

And gobbled summer down

–Joni Mitchell, “Urge for Going”

 

The firewood truck came yesterday. A cord of the sweetest smelling maple and oak and even some birch, from the venerable A. Johnson operation.

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