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Opinion: Agri-Mark officials tout benefits of gas pipeline

Posted on June 22, 2015 |
By Robert D. Wellington



On behalf of Agri-Mark, Inc., I would like to express our very strong, continued support for the extension of the natural gas pipeline from Chittenden County to Middlebury.

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Opinion: Newspapers remain an effective tool for Bernie

Posted on June 22, 2015 |
By Ross Connelly



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This week’s writer is Ross Connelly, who has been editor and publisher of the Hardwick (Vt.) Gazettefor nearly 30 years. This is an open letter to Sen. Bernie Sanders.

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Editorial: Smart move by the ACSU board

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Last Friday, the ACSU Executive Board voted to pursue a proposal that could form a single consolidated K-12 district, if approved by voters in elections held as soon as next March. That unified district would operate a single, over-arching budget and handle operating decisions for the nine schools in the seven participating towns and be governed by a single school board.

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Editorial: Trump enters, the GOP circus spins

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The 2016 GOP presidential primary circus took a turn toward the absurd on Tuesday when real estate mogul and reality television star Donald Trump announced he was “totally” running for president.

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Jessie Raymond: Gardener gives some dubious tips

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



When it comes to gardening, I have a wealth of wisdom to offer.

I don’t mean “wisdom” in the sense that I know what I’m talking about, exactly. If you want that kind of wisdom, talk to the beloved Vermont horticulturist Charlie Nardozzi.

But if you’re looking for the wisdom of a common gardener — one who is somewhat lazy, insect-averse and lacking in common sense — look no further.

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Clippings: A little bit of biking can't be that difficult

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By John S. McCright



Some people, when they want to get to know their town, will join a club, sit in on some civic board meetings, attend church gatherings or take up reading the local newspaper. I’ve come up with a different strategy. I’m going to ride my bike on every street and road in the town of Middlebury, where I live.

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Legislative Review: Baser supports pipeline plan

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Fred Baser



Next week the Public Service Board will hear testimony on the natural gas pipeline traveling through Addison County. Approved some time ago, the application has been reopened due to revised cost estimates. I have been approached by interested parties on both sides of the pipeline approval question to support their stance. As the pipeline is traveling through, and will be utilized in a portion of my district, Addison-4, I felt it would be right to let people know how I felt about the issue.

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Opinion: 'Ma' Kelly an important figure in Middlebury lore

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Joe McLaughlin



I must add an important footnote to the Independent’s amusing account of our re-enactment of efforts 50 years later to help Middlebury Beef Supply’s rooftop bull enter Middlebury College’s Forest Hall, which was in 1965 the senior women’s dorm.

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Opinion: Our lawmakers cave to energy corporations' power play

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Fred Person



This is my perspective:

One of the reasons I enjoy living in Vermont is that our legislators held a sense that in our state, we would not be led around by outside influences. 

Act 250 is a law that empowers people, it is a safety net for the well being of both people and environment in which we live.

In the past two years two bills have passed through our legislators which take all rights away from local governing communities. It takes away any say about where energy projects are placed.

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Opinion: Palmers to fight against gas pipeline at PSB hearings

Posted on June 18, 2015 |
By Mary Martin



Nate and Jane Palmer are not the only people fighting Vermont Gas pipeline expansion but they are the faces of the fight. Once again they will be before the Vermont Public Service Board on June 22-23 to present our case.

A grassroots group of Vermonters, Just Power, have come together to stop this fossil fuel pipeline. We helped push back part of the plan (Phase II) and now we are ready to end the entire project.

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