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Opinion: CVOEO takes stock in 'American Dream'

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Jan Demers



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Guest editorial: An overlooked opportunity in the education debate

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Rick Davis



There has been a lot of attention lately to rising education costs and how we fund education in Vermont. This is one of the most pressing issues we face. Our costs per student are one of the highest in the nation and our property taxes continue to increase beyond our capacity to pay. One indicator of the problem is that a record number of school budgets failed to pass on Town Meeting Day this year.

Quality education and the economy

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Eric Davis: Shumlin out-of-step on campaign financing

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Eric Davis



Sen. Patrick Leahy, chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee, convened a hearing last week on a constitutional amendment to allow Congress and the states to regulate campaign finance. The Supreme Court’s interpretation of the First Amendment, in Citizens United and other cases, does not now permit many types of campaign finance regulation.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is seriously considering running for president in 2016. The need for fundamental campaign finance reform would be one of the issues Sanders would emphasize in his campaign.

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Greg Dennis: At a college reunion, ghosts of present and past

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Greg Dennis



A woman takes her seat for a long train ride in a foreign country. She’s a plant biologist who travels the world to study and document rare plant species. It’s one more trip among many.

For the past two years, since her husband Michael died, she’s been traveling even more. Sometimes staying ahead of the pain, sometimes just learning to live with it. (This is a true story, though the names and some details have been changed to protect the principals’ identities.)

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Opinion: Middlebury has pedestrian flags

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Laura Asermily



Middlebury began piloting the use of crosswalk safety flags at the Middlebury Post Office on Main Street last week as part of Middlebury’s Safe Routes to School initiatives. Pedestrians wanted additional visibility at vulnerable, high-traffic crosswalk locations, like the post office, to reduce accidents.

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Opinion: Editor entered 'Twilight Zone'

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Gary Murdock



Dear Mr. Lynn,

I would like to take a moment to thank you for inviting Rod Serling to ghost write your latest editorial, “A more vibrant GOP voice would make Vt. stronger.” After reading it, I was immediately transported to the Twilight Zone.

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Opinion: Those in ACSU deserve thanks

Posted on June 12, 2014 |
By Larry Knowles



This week, my daughter and some 126 classmates will graduate from Middlebury Union High School. It is a moment of transition, coming of age, leaving the world of childhood, stepping into the responsibilities and challenges of adult life. Parents, families, community members will celebrate the achievement, as we should. I hope we will also take a moment to thank and celebrate the people who made this achievement possible.

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Opinion: Castle's RNeSU tenure positive; Collins a good choice

Posted on June 11, 2014 |
By Carol Brigham



Editor’s note: The following statement was submitted on behalf of the Rutland Northeast Supervisory Union Board by RNeSU Chairperson Carol Brigham.

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Guest editorial: Make your bed perfectly, and don't ring that bell

Posted on June 8, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



You may never look at an unmade bed the same upon reading the commencement address delivered by Naval Adm. William H. McRaven to University of Texas graduates.

It was part of his forced routine 36 years ago when he left college for basic SEAL training in Coronado, Calif. The beds had to be made perfectly. Every morning. The lesson being that even tough guys make their beds and that if you can’t “get the little things right, you will never do the big things right.”

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Opinion: Editorial stance on pipeline protest wrong

Posted on June 8, 2014 |
By Bill McKibben



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