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Around the Bend: Summer fair glory proves elusive

Posted on August 11, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



Once again Addison County Fair and Field Days is here and once again I did not win the Leona Thompson Bowl.

The Leona Thompson Bowl is, as everyone knows, the holy grail of Field Days awards, bestowed each year to an individual who proves herself to be an all-around ringer in pretty much every craft and foods category at the fair.

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Between the Lines: Area swimming holes offer gallons of fun

Posted on August 11, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



It’s summertime, and all I want to do is go swimming.

Say what you will about this year’s tough weather — a long winter followed by six weeks of bring-out-the-ark rain followed by drought — but it’s been a great summer for soaking one’s head.

It doesn’t get much better for lake lovers than Button Bay, Kingsland Bay and the Branbury Beach on Lake Dunmore. And for those who like to earn their swim, there’s always the hike up to Silver Lake.

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Editorial: Two questions for 2012

Posted on August 8, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Are Republicans in Congress tone deaf? And are Democrats so spineless they can’t vote for what they know is right?

Consider findings in a New York Times/CBS News Poll taken last week.

• 82 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, the most since The Times started asking the question in 1977.

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Clippings: After hitting No. 47, it's all downhill

Posted on August 4, 2011 |
By John McCright



Oh, I had a great birthday, thank you for asking. I got to enjoy almost everything I like, and I don’t just mean chocolate cake with chocolate frosting.

My 47th birthday was a couple Sundays ago. I didn’t have particularly high expectations for a grand day; after a certain age one never does. Sure, I’d get to spend quality time with my family, in particular my sister-in-law during her once-a-year visit from far away. She and her kids were renting a place on Lake Dunmore, which would be a nice place to pass a hot day.

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Politically Thinking: State might benefit from A.G. race

Posted on August 4, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Attorney General William Sorrell has not faced a competitive election in his 14 years in office. In 1997, former Gov. Howard Dean nominated Attorney General Jeffrey Amestoy to become Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court. At the same time, Dean appointed Sorrell, his administration secretary, to succeed Amestoy. In each of the seven elections from 1998 through 2010, Sorrell was re-elected without a serious contest.

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Editorial: Europe's cities take different view of cars

Posted on August 1, 2011 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



Europe’s big cities have declared war on the car. The goal is to make car use increasingly expensive and driving in the city so frustrating that car owners will gladly leave their vehicles at home and take the train to work, to shop or to have a night on the town.

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Clippings: Middlebury should party like it's 1761

Posted on July 28, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



I like to party.

That’s not exactly a hot scoop — at least not one you’re likely to see in any publication besides The Onion (College Male Reveals Fondness for Extracurricular Celebrations to Stunned Peers, Community).

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Around the bend: Buy a supply before they're gone

Posted on July 28, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



They say you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. I learned that the hard way this morning when I visited a popular online retailer and found out it had discontinued my favorite jeans. If your windows were open around 7:30, you may have heard my cries of anguish.

When I say “favorite” jeans, I don’t mean I actually loved them. I mean that, among the myriad brands I’ve tried, these were the least unflattering to my figure. That is, sadly, the closest most women ever get to the ideal pair of jeans.

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Between the Lines: What he did on his summer vacation

Posted on July 28, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



Paris is a famous city in France. It is famous for its old churches, chic shops, cafes and museums, and world-class piles of pigeon droppings.

While there are now very few actual Parisians who live in the city — the entire metropolis having been overrun by tourists — those who remain are no longer as irredeemably arrogant as they once were.

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Guest editorial: No taxes on Amazon deals costs our state

Posted on July 25, 2011 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



OK, under the “cone of silence,” how many of you use Amazon to buy a book? How many of you send a check to the state of Vermont for what you owe in use taxes? How many of you would stop buying your books on Amazon if the company collected that tax for you and sent it to Montpelier?

Our guess is that a bunch of you buy books from the online giant, that virtually none of you pony up and send a check to Montpelier for what you owe, and that only a tiny percentage of you would stop shopping on Amazon if the company did collect the tax.

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