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Community Forum: Take 'shame' away from drug addiction

Posted on March 26, 2015 |
By Melissa Deas



This week’s writer is Melissa Deas, a Bristol resident who works in Addison County for Spectrum Youth and Family Services teaching classes to people on furlough who have criminal and substance abuse backgrounds.

Visiting another state can be an awareness event that one can bring home to her/his own state. While reading the Bangor News in Maine, I found myself very impressed with an obituary a family wrote for a 27-year-old man, Ryan Bossie, who died from a drug overdose.

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Opinion: Middlebury should take long-term approach to land

Posted on March 26, 2015 |
By Ross Conrad



As the Middlebury selectboard considers plans for the land behind the Ilsley Library (termed the Economic Development Initiative — EDI) they should keep in mind the fact that highly valuable community-owned pieces of property in the downtown area are becoming less and less, and sale of the parcel under consideration should only be undertaken as an absolute last resort.

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Greg Dennis: This Copper Ale's now not for you

Posted on March 26, 2015 |
By Greg Dennnis



Here’s a recipe for a fun evening. Grab a six-pack of New Coke, hop in your Ford Edsel, and come on over so we can discuss Starbucks’ wildly successful campaign to get its customers to talk to each other about race.

When we’re done dissecting how well it worked for Starbucks to have their baristas write “Race Together” on their incredibly wasteful paper cups, we can turn to the subject of beer.

Local beer, I mean. In particular, Otter Creek Brewing Co.’s shocking decision to retire its flagship Copper Ale.

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Editorial: Shorts — a bevy of news

Posted on March 26, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



  So much happened in local news this week that we’ll limit editorial comments to several shorts on a few of the more interesting issues:

School Finance

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Notes of Appreciation: Business made 'Spin United' a success

Posted on March 23, 2015 |
By Nancy Luke



United Way of Addison County would like to send a giant thank you shout-out to Middlebury Fitness for their support and community spirit. On Sunday, Jan. 25, Middlebury Fitness hosted the second annual “Spin United” in support of UWAC and our partner agencies. They raised $7,000 for our community. The proceeds go to the United Way of Addison County general fund for community needs. Thank you, Middlebury Fitness. What a fun and healthy way to contribute to our community.

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Opinion: PSB ignores established precedent

Posted on March 23, 2015 |
By Stephanie Kaplan and Annette Smith



Vermont’s scenic beauty has always been highly valued both by Vermonters and by visitors to our lovely state.

In 1968 Vermont banned billboards to prevent the despoiling of Vermont’s landscape. And when Act 250 was enacted a few years after that, it included Criterion 8, which prohibits commercial or industrial development that would create an “undue adverse impact” on the scenic or natural beauty, aesthetics, historic sites or natural areas.

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Opinion: Mt. Abe board, ANeSU must be accountable to voters

Posted on March 23, 2015 |
By Ron LaRose



In the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union district, I believe two elementary school budgets were defeated along with the Mount Abraham budget. Being a taxpayer in Bristol, I can only talk about what is happening in our town and my take on the high school budget.

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Editorial: Don't weaken laws that keep our government accountable

Posted on March 23, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



 Open meeting laws are part of state statue to insure citizens are kept abreast of what government is doing. That’s as much true in state government as it is for school boards, town selectboards, zoning and planning commissions, or numerous other committees and subcommittees formed to carry out the important work of government.

In taking on those tasks, the inherent understanding is that the work is to be done openly and within full access of public transparency and participation.

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Clippings: 911 house number signs save lives

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Peter Conlon



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A few days ago, the Middlebury ambulance and Cornwall First Response were called to a home on Route 30 for a man described by the dispatcher as “unresponsive.”

As a volunteer firefighter, I put on my shoes and coat and headed out to see if I could help. Thanks to 911 numbering of residences, I knew about where the house was, and assumed I could pin it down once in the area. I started rehearsing in my head the CPR training we receive every other year. Thirty compressions, two breaths.

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Eric Davis: Dems' 2016 hopes ride on education bill

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Eric L. Davis



Several legislative committees have been working on bills to change Vermont’s system of K-12 education finance and governance. The package is likely to come up for a vote on the House floor soon. While the final shape of the legislation is yet to be determined, the political consequences of the issue have become clearer in recent weeks.

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