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Opinion: Mount Abe building project excludes 'hands-on' space

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By Jim Brown



First and foremost I am writing this representing myself only. If what I am saying rings true with anyone else then it will serve as a reminder that you are not alone in your thoughts.

Second, I would like to acknowledge and thank all the folks on the building advisory committee for their long hours and hard work. My remarks are in no way meant to downplay your findings, only to express my opinion.

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Greg Dennis: Ag traditions old and new in House race

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By Greg Dennis



It’s been true for decades that in Vermont most of us no longer live or work on farms. Addison County sometimes even seems to be slowly suburbanizing.

So it’s easy to forget how wrapped up Vermont’s identity remains with agriculture — from the beauty of our landscape to the local produce at the natural foods store around the corner.

While our politics are often dominated by concerns about energy, social services and healthcare, agriculture still has a big role to play.

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Opinion: School bond would add to surging ANeSU taxes

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By Jim Feldhousen



I am responding to information that was sent out on the Mount Abe Renovation Project (air quality, tandem classrooms, access to the auditorium, pool, gym and library, etc.).

It is proposed that we would spend $32.6 million to add discretionary, nice-to-have, features for Mount Abe. Our property taxes are out of control and we still spend time and money figuring out how to spend more.

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Opinion: EPA has done a disservice by approving weed killer

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By Judy Wiger-Grohs



I am dismayed by the EPA’s recent decision to approve Enlist Duo, a weed killer that contains 2,4-D, a key ingredient in the toxic Vietnam War defoliant Agent Orange.

The EPA ignored overwhelming scientific evidence showing its harm to human health and the environment. 2,4-D has been linked to cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and reproductive problems. It is highly volatile and may cause serious damage to nearby non-GMO and organic crops, threatening serious economic losses for farmers.

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Opinion: Vermont landscape being blanketed by solar projects

Posted on October 23, 2014 |
By Virginia Williams



The Green Mountain Boys of Vermont are back and this 21st-century army of renewable energy soldiers is by all appearances fighting for nothing more than personal gain. With warp-speed competitive zeal this 1 percent band of investors, developers and manufacturers is very busy blanketing the landscape of Vermont with solar fields.

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Guest Editorial: Will free-market capitalism survive our abuse of it?

Posted on October 20, 2014 |
By Bill Schubart



This week’s writer is Bill Schubart, a Vermont entrepreneur, author and commentator on VPR. He writes about Vermont and the nation in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.

There’s some discussion these days about the survival of free-market capitalism. Conservatives believe it suffers from too much regulation and taxation, while liberals believe it needs more of both.

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Opinion: Single-payer health care system begs many questions

Posted on October 17, 2014 |
By Steve Reynolds



I am trying to understand the cost of Vermont’s healthcare system, and how that cost could be met from taxes on working people, should Vermont “go it alone” with the so-called “single payer system.”

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Opinion: In this Vermont criminal case justice was not done

Posted on October 17, 2014 |
By Cathy Degraw



My 17-year-old son Daniel was attacked brutally by Chad Levasseur just over a year ago in an incident in Vergennes. My son was left laying in the road unconscious from the beating. He needed eight staples in his head. Police reported that Levasseur was so threatening that no one dared intervene as he kept kicking my son in the back of the head.

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Opinion: Area emergency responders play all the right cards

Posted on October 17, 2014 |
By Maurice Prior



Nearly every week, we get together with two friends for an afternoon of bridge. Recently, one of our friends suffered a “medical event.” Fortunately, another guest is a retired emergency room nurse. She immediately took charge and did all the right things to help him, which also saved us from panicking and doing something that could have been counter to what he needed.

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Opinion: McEathron lays out good priorities for the state

Posted on October 17, 2014 |
By Terry Eagan



I’m encouraged to see the green “Calvin McEathron for Vermont House” signs sprouting up around Middlebury. You can be sure that each one of those signs represents an in-person visit from Calvin where the resident had the pleasure of discussing Vermont’s future with this impressive young man.

I would like to use this letter to briefly summarize why I will be voting for Calvin McEathron and not for his opponent Amy Sheldon.

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