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Opinion: Shumlin wrong to back pipeline

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Mary Martin



Editor’s note: The writer asked us to print her response to a letter she received from Gov. Shumlin stating his support for the natural gas pipeline that will extend into Addison County.

Gov. Shumlin,

Your response to my letter is insulting. “With regards to the expansion of natural gas service to Addison County, the Public Service Board has extensively reviewed the environmental and economic aspects of the project and determined that it should go forward.” Malarkey!

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Opinion: It's time to make marijuana legal

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Lee Weisman



As a medical resident some 30 years ago, I chose to do my required “grand rounds” talk on cannabis research. All the published references I could find focused on defining the toxicity or other dangers of cannabis and THC, its active compound. Most were animal studies, and there were significant adverse effects seen in some laboratory rats. They were being given doses roughly equivalent to a human smoking hundreds of “joints” at a time.

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Opinion: History will prove governor wrong on pipeline project

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Ron Slabaugh



Dear Gov. Shumlin,

I’ve read your statements of how the Addison gas pipeline is such a good idea. I know history will prove you badly wrong but by then the damage will be done.

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Opinion: Poetic shout-out to Donald Trump

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By John Vincent



Ode to Angry White Men

Trump

Hate

With

Love

John Vincent

New Haven

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Editorial: A hotter world creates the climate for change

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



On Wednesday, scientists from NASA and NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) released duel studies showing 2015 as the warmest year on earth since 1880, the first year records were kept. NOAA had previously reported that 2015 was the second-warmest year for the continental United States, after 2012.

“The whole system is warming up relentlessly,” said Gerald A. Meehl, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

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Opinion: Many made career center's boat a big success

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By William Brooks



Many thanks for your excellent coverage and photos regarding the trapping boat class at the Hannaford Career Center (Monday, Jan. 18, edition).

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Opinion: Towns need support for after-school learning programs

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Mandy Chesley-Park



I believe every Vermont community and family should have access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs for their children.

Students thrive after school, especially when it comes to learning. Afterschool learning opportunities in Addison County allow students to participate in programs that enrich them academically; literacy, math, science, technology and art are presented in workshops that appeal to students in a unique, low-pressure environment.

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Opinion: Ripton's Alexander announces bid for school board

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Bryan Alexander



I’m Bryan Alexander of Ripton and I’m running for a seat on the board that will be established if the seven-town unified school district is approved by Middlebury-area voters on Town Meeting Day.

I’m a writer, educator, futurist, and consultant working in the field of higher education.

I live with my family on the edge of Ripton; we’ve lived here 14 years.

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Letter of appreciation: Donations made Christmas merry for many

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Jeanne Montross



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Thanks to the help and support of many, many people and organizations, the HOPE Holiday Shop, and our holiday food box distribution were a great success.

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Editorial: Gov. Shumlin is right: divest

Posted on January 18, 2016 |
By Gov. Peter Shumlin



On Christmas Day, I burned brush on my farm in Putney – in a t-shirt. My experience was not unlike that of many Vermonters as we all lived through Vermont’s most tropical Christmas in memory, capping off the world’s warmest year on record. Climate change is here, and it is affecting the Vermont that we love, from our ski areas to our lakes. Now is the time to take every sensible action to combat it if we’re to have a shot at preserving a livable planet for our kids and grandkids. 

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