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Editorial: Film festival is an opportunity to embrace

Posted on August 20, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Have you bought your tickets to Middlebury’s New Filmmakers’ Festival? If not, you’ll want to reconsider what you have planned for next Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 27-30. 

That’s when 90 films — from shorts to documentaries to longer-form fiction and children’s features — will be playing at three Middlebury venues. The festival lasts throughout the day and includes talks by film directors, seminars and workshops on filmmaking, plus a Saturday night party with live music that’s open to all.

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Editorial: Clean Water Act sets a high bar

Posted on August 17, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Skeptics take note: The Vermont Clean Water Initiative passed into law this spring will make a significant difference to water quality throughout the state. With the teeth to make enforcement provisions stick, and with the EPA wielding the threat of more onerous penalties if the state standards don’t make the necessary improvements, Vermonters can look forward to cleaner streams and rivers initially, and our lakes in the not too distant future.

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Opinion: States must take steps to cut carbon emissions

Posted on August 17, 2015 |
By George Dragonetti



It’s encouraging to see the president of the United States taking steps toward reducing carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The plan says that “power plant owners must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.”

This is significant; about a third of U.S. emissions of CO2 come from power stations. However, this new plan does not do enough, we are still on the path to increase average temperatures by more than two degrees centigrade, and that is not good.

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Opinion: Social workers doing heroic work

Posted on August 17, 2015 |
By Gov. Peter Shumlin



Every Vermonter knows that the events of this past week have been especially tough and trying for our state. We have seen violence that is unimaginable in our close-knit state.

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Jessie Raymond: Can't take the heat? Try Vermont

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



A faraway Facebook acquaintance of mine recently posted that, in an unexpected but delightful gesture, a new neighbor had come to her door with a loaf of banana bread.

It struck me, as it did some of the Facebook commenters, that it would have been more appropriate if she and her family had brought banana bread to the new neighbor, and not the other way around.

She agreed but explained that she wasn’t aware that she even had new neighbors because (a) their car was similar to that of the previous owners and (b) she and her family never go outside.

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Opinion: ANwSU tax story error explained

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By JoAn Canning



I am writing to address and accept responsibility for the discrepancy reported in the July 20, 2015, Addison Independent between estimated tax rates Addison Northwest Supervisory Union reported to the public and the actual tax rates issued by the state.

All the Patricia Hannaford Career Center expenditures were required to be included in the tax rate calculation and were not. This caused the estimated tax rates we provided to the public to be understated. It was an error and I accept full responsibility for it.

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Clippings: Teaching and motoring in first gear

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Evan Johnson



On a muggy July day I found myself parked on the side of the road somewhere near Whiting waiting for the car to move. The sky was the color of old denim and the distant ridgeline of the Green Mountains was in shades of green and purple. Ahead, the pavement cut a broad, jet-black ribbon straight toward the horizon.

The car had shuddered and died. A stunning stream of expletives ensued from my girlfriend’s mouth.

“I’ve had it,” she said, her jaw set in frustration. “I quit.”

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Opinion: 'Rail Trail' could benefit bikers and the whole community

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Bjarki Sears



When life gives you lemons, make lemonade, right? What if that lemonade was really, really good? Then it would actually be a real boon that life gave you the lemons in the first place.

I have long thought that Middlebury would really benefit from two things that, while being luxuries, would substantially add to the quality of life in the area. One is a way to stroll along the river. River walks are popular attractions in towns that have them, whether they be in natural, park-like settings or in more commercial and retail-oriented forms.

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Opinion: Bear exhibit sent a bad message

Posted on August 13, 2015 |
By Har Harrison



I did go to Field Days — twice, to work at a booth. Today, I learned that there were bears in cages for the public to view. I did not see them, or this letter would be more strongly worded, perhaps.

The person telling me this said, “They were rescued.” Is this what the Fish and Wildlife people and the Humane Society recommend?

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