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Editorial: Dubie flunks budget test

Posted on October 18, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



On the campaign trail, Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie, the Republican candidate, has recently run into problems trying to explain how he would cut $110 million in state spending by putting a cap of 2 percent on spending across the board — while not putting the state corrections budget, early education, Dr. Dinosaur, the state highway patrol and other ‘too-important-to-fail’ programs in jeopardy.

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Editorial: Stark contrasts on Entergy

Posted on October 14, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



The reactions by the two leading candidates for governor on the latest news from Vermont Yankee speaks volumes about each candidate’s approach to leadership — and each has its pros and cons.

Democrat Peter Shumlin, a long-time proponent of Vermont Yankee until shortly after it was purchased by Entergy, came out swinging and is more convinced than ever that a tough approach needs to be taken by the state to avoid sticking Vermont taxpayers with unforeseen costs down the road as a consequence of the tritium leaks.

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Editorial: School budgets meet the axe

Posted on October 14, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



Local school board members and school officials are in the midst of finding out just how tough it is to cut 2 percent out of the budget. For the UD-3 board, which oversees the Middlebury Union Middle School and High School, that 2 percent amounts to $341,565 out of a $15,445,919 budget. But, as UD-3 Supt. Lee Sease said, the cuts really amount to closer to 4 percent because of the added cost of inflation.

That $341,565 reduction in expenses, therefore, becomes $661,000 — and that’s not small change.

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Politically Thinking: Progressive party losing its clout

Posted on October 14, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



Vermont’s Progressive Party may not be able to maintain its major party status for the 2011-12 biennium. State election law defines a “major political party” as one that has a local committee in at least 15 towns or cities, and has received at least 5 percent of the vote for one of the six statewide offices.

Major parties are allowed to nominate their candidates through primary elections. Several media organizations, such as Vermont Public Radio, also use major party status as the criterion for deciding which candidates to invite to participate in broadcast debates.

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Between the Lines: 350.org and social media activism

Posted on October 14, 2010 |
By Gregory Dennis



Almost every day at Middlebury College, I receive an influx of e-mails announcing the latest environmental initiatives and encouraging students to make their voices heard.

Last weekend, climate change activism took the global stage by storm with the 10/10/10 Global Work Party organized by 350.org. The group inspired a groundbreaking 7,347 events across 188 countries. With such broad-based support, the case for change seems fairly clear: People are demanding a global transition towards a clean energy economy.

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Clippings: Graduation day arriving too soon

Posted on October 14, 2010 |
By John Flowers



I’m 48 and I’m not quite ready to graduate from high school.

No, I’m not a perennial flunk-out artist, nor am I an old-timer seeking to complete an education suspended years ago.

Rather, I am a parent of a high school senior — the last in our household — scheduled to earn his diploma next spring. The stark reality of that momentous occasion just dawned on me this month, and I selfishly wish graduation day weren’t so imminent.

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Editorial: That, too, is the American way

Posted on October 7, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



Public anger against the federal bailout that rescued the nation’s financial system from collapse, prevented the bankruptcies of the nation’s auto companies and salvaged the insurance industry — preventing a second Great Depression, according to most economists — has turned the 2010 mid-term elections upside down. The lack of understanding from Tea Party supporters and like-minded conservatives is appalling, but so is the two-faced political response from both parties.

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Editorial: An important educational goal

Posted on October 7, 2010 |
By Angelo Lynn



Calling community colleges the “unsung heroes of the America’s education system,” President Barack Obama challenged them to produce an additional 5 million graduates by 2020 to meet a growing demand for more educated workers. The White House put the nation’s two-year institutions in the spotlight because they are ideally suited to reinvent their educational and training programs to meet the changing needs of the marketplace.

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Clippings: Bluegrass concert spurs despair

Posted on October 7, 2010 |
By Andrea Suozzo



If you didn’t attend the Abigail Washburn concert at the college’s Center for the Arts last week, well, you missed out.

Unfortunately, my imagination didn’t miss out — the concert sent me spiraling into new waves of depression about my non-musicality.

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Around the bend: Staying warm is winter's challenge

Posted on October 7, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



Here we are, just one week into October, and my brain has already slipped into winter mode. For the next six to eight months, at least 40 percent of my waking thoughts will focus one elusive goal: staying warm.

I’m one of those people who are always cold. You know the type; every household has one. We scream, “Close the door!” the second it opens, before our family members have time to go through it. We wear socks 11 months of the year. We think the inventor of the Snuggie deserves a Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarianism.

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