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Clippings: The importance of where one lives

Posted on July 15, 2010 |
By George Altshuler



While I was interviewing Jen Roberts in her Bridport home, she said something that made me want to pause my digital voice recorder.

“I was always more interested in where I wanted to be than what I wanted to do,” she said.

I was interviewing Jen and her husband Judd about their decision to raise their two daughters, Mirabelle and Adalaide, in Addison County.

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Around the bend: Pooling cool ideas to beat the heat

Posted on July 15, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



Congratulations, everyone, we did it: We survived the heat wave.

Before, most of us didn’t know much about dealing with prolonged high temperatures. But last week gave us a crash course in climate control. While the rest of the world was talking about the World Cup and LeBron James, we were talking about dew points and home-cooling solutions.

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Editorial: Go, enjoy, applaud: Three fun ways to serve as a volunteer

Posted on July 12, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



What to be more involved in your local community, but don’t have a lot of time to volunteer — and, in fact, you can really only put in time during the week after work. And even better, could that volunteer work include carousing with friends and neighbors, enjoying dinner downtown first, and maybe include listening to stimulating music?

Get real, you say! Well, such volunteer work is not only possible, it is the call to action right now and through the rest of the week.

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Editorial: A provocative question

Posted on July 12, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



Asking what Addison County might look like 10 or 20 years from now is a provocative question that deserves thoughtful contemplation. To help, in today’s issue we publish eight pages that review some of the ways area towns are going about planning for the decades ahead.

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Editorial: Court ruling requires change

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



In its recent ruling upholding age discrimination for mandatory retirement of state police officers, the Vermont Supreme Court defies logic for political expedience, maintains entrenched bureaucratic preferences and inadvertently does more to place the public safety at risk than not.

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Clippings: Newspaper girl bids readers adieu

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By Kathryn Flagg



A few months ago I was covering an event at the Bristol Elementary School with photographer Trent Campbell — the sort of story I sometimes offer up self-deprecatingly to friends when I talk about my job. This, I’ll joke, is the bread and butter of community journalists: elementary school assemblies and small town police logs. In Bristol, a handful of students spent all year growing out their hair for Locks of Love, and Trent and I were on hand at the end-of-year assembly to document the big cut: snip!

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Politically Thinking: State's tax system due for revisions

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



Vermont’s tax system will be a major agenda item in this fall’s campaign and in next year’s legislative session. A blue-ribbon commission on the state’s tax structure will report to the governor and the Legislature early in 2011. The commissioners — Kathy Hoyt, Bill Sayre and Bill Schubart — all have long experience with tax and economic policy from both business and government perspectives.

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Between the lines: Smart phones: Stupid, or really stupid?

Posted on July 8, 2010 |
By Gregory Dennis



My friend Ana loves her iPhone. Or maybe she hates it.

“I can’t decide if it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to me,” she says, “or the worst.”

Twenty-five years after the general availability of fax machines (remember them?), and 15 years after most of us first heard of the Internet, we live in a society dominated by digital technology. And no digital technology is as common as the cell phone.

Except now they’re not just cell phones, or mobile phones. They’re called “smart phones.”

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Immortal words on the 4th

Posted on July 5, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



As we reflect on the joys celebrated this Fourth of July, we would be remiss if we did not also take a moment to recall the immense importance of this date in 1776. It was that year when, by the unanimous declaration of the 13 United States of America, the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Below, then, are excerpts of the immortal words penned by Thomas Jefferson and the founding fathers.

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Editorial: Dems economic strategy offers a refreshing change

Posted on July 1, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



Vermont gubernatorial candidate Deb Markowitz spoke to an interested gathering of potential supporters in Weybridge this week and sounded a familiar message on the economy among Democrats.

“I’m going to be the state’s chief marketer, if elected,” the long-time Secretary of State told the crowd, noting that for the past eight years Gov. James Douglas and the Republican gubernatorial candidate Brian Dubie, as lieutenant governor, have been bad-mouthing the state’s business climate while doing very little to enact policies or practices that would spur such growth.

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