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Between the Lines: Decade brough its share of improvements

Posted on December 30, 2009 |
By Gregory Dennis



It’s easy and fashionable to name the ways that things are getting worse. From global warming and overpopulation, to America’s two endless wars and the billions of people who go to sleep hungry every night, the list is always growing longer.

But what about all the things that are getting better? There are plenty of them, if you just take a little closer look

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Clippings: Just in time, a home for the holidays

Posted on December 23, 2009 |
By Kathryn Flagg



When it comes to moving, most folks have any number of conflicting opinions on the topic. My college roommate was methodical about the process, packing boxes for what seemed like weeks in advance of any move, all while meticulously sorting her sweaters into color-coded heaps. An old boyfriend, on the other hand, was a firm believer in the efficiency of last-minute preparations; more than once he pulled all-nighters before moving, frantically throwing his belongings, willy-nilly, into any box within reach.

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Politically Thinking: Bernanke takes economic spotlight

Posted on December 23, 2009 |
By Eric L. Davis



Federal Reserve Board Chair Ben Bernanke has been on a publicity offensive for the last several months. He wants to mobilize support for his own renomination for another term and to oppose several bills making their way through Congress that would strip the Fed of some of its powers or subject its decisions to more review on Capitol Hill. Bernanke has appeared on 60 Minutes, written op-ed columns for major newspapers, and held a town hall meeting in Kansas City that was broadcast on PBS.

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Editorial: Tough choices, calm voices

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



Tax Commissioner Rich Westman has been touring the state for the past couple of months warning that current school spending was not sustainable without significant tax increases. He followed those warnings by becoming the first tax commissioner to recommend raising the statewide property tax. The first warnings barely made headlines back in October; the proposed statewide tax increase got most people’s attention; and now that local stories are reporting local taxes could go up 6 percent and budgets are still having to be cut substantially, most everyone is paying attention.

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Clippings: Hey, I helped. I held the umbrella

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



One might fairly ask what a dead camcorder and standing in Keene, N.H., for hours in pouring rain and 35-degree temperatures has to do with getting a daughter into college.

The answer lies somewhere in a Bermuda Triangle of a philosophical discussion on the role of athletics and recruiting in NCAA Division III even at the finest academic institutions, the difficulty of quantifying defense, and a lack of parental foresight and understanding of the process of all of the above.

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Around the Bend: Home improvement, holiday style

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last Saturday morning, I woke up feeling downright peaceful. Here it was, less than two weeks before Christmas and, because I had shopped early and planned carefully, I was coasting into a low-stress holiday.

The presents were purchased and wrapped. The tree was decorated. The cookies were baked. I had nothing left to do but relax and bask in this unfamiliar sense of calm.

So I decided to paint the living room.

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Between the Lines: Winging it at Christmastime

Posted on December 17, 2009 |
By Gregory Dennis



Here we are as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Gather near to us once more

Does Christmas ever go that way these days, I wonder — as it does in “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and all the old holiday standards?

Our world is so fractionated, our faithful friends so far away. If those golden days of yore ever did exist, it often seems they won’t come again.

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Editorial: It's 11 days 'til Christmas, so relax, smile and enjoy

Posted on December 14, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



As these 11 days before Christmas loom before us — family is getting together, there are meals to prepare and presents yet to buy — remember to relax and enjoy the rich traditions of this holiday season that make it so worthwhile.

The holiday focus in Middlebury — as in Brandon, Bristol and Vergennes — is about community festivals, contributing to several wonderful community causes through special events, listening to chorus groups ring in the season, and for many it is a season for worship and reflection.

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Editorial: Sanders omits half the story on Bernanke's nomination

Posted on December 10, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



Vermont’s Sen. Bernie Sanders efforts to block Ben Bernanke’s nomination for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve make a point, but in doing so he omits more than half of the story.

Sanders suggests that Bernanke should not be confirmed for a second term based on the premise that “the American people voted last year for a change in our national priorities to put the interests of ordinary people head of the greed of Wall Street and the wealthy few. What the American people did not bargain for was another four years for one of the key architects of the Bush economy.”

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Editorial: Greg's — a heartening transition

Posted on December 10, 2009 |
By Angelo Lynn



That Greg’s Meat Market will still be Greg’s even without Greg Wry walking the grocery aisles is testament to the strength of a good business and of the loyal following he created.

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