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Around the bend: Christmas tunes bring cheer – really

Posted on December 6, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen — sure, they’re the most popular baby names of 2012. But they’re also the names of the flying reindeer made famous in that classic Christmas poem — and song. I love that song.

Actually, I love all Christmas music, and I’ve already started listening. It feels like ages since I heard about wassailing, figgy pudding, French hens and other things that don’t really exist.

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Editorial: Mr. Greg Clark: A smile lives on

Posted on December 3, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



It’s noteworthy that of the many remembrances friends, neighbors and colleagues had of the late state Rep. Greg Clark, his sense of humor, his broad smile and his ability to make people laugh and feel good were among the first mentioned. What better tribute than to know the days of other people’s lives were brightened by your presence.

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Editorial: Treatment center good fit for the county

Posted on December 3, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



Vergennes residents might initially be wary that a 19-bed residential treatment facility for young women who are battling drug addiction and/or “self-injury behaviors” might soon occupy the former Briarwood Manor nursing home in Vergennes, but initial reports look promising and we think area residents will be comforted as they learn more about the operation and its plans.

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Guest Editorial: Why Gaza? Why now?

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By Haviland Smith



By Haviland Smith

Sometimes it’s almost impossible to figure out precisely why Israel involves herself in activities that appear not to be in her national interest. This time, that activity is Israel’s perpetual battle with Gaza and Palestine.

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Clippings: One reporter aims to shop local

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



 

I had heard of two holidays that took place over the last week: the traditional one, Thanksgiving, and the unofficial one, Black Friday. So imagine my surprise when I opened my computer this Monday morning and found a barrage of emails in my inbox informing me of a third special occasion: Cyber Monday.

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Politically thinking: Obama very strong in ‘bubbles'

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By Eric Davis



 

Election results released by the Secretary of State’s office show that President Obama won eight communities in Vermont with more than 80 percent of the vote. His best town was Norwich, with 85 percent. The other places on the list are Marlboro, Putney, Brattleboro, Burlington, Montpelier, Strafford and Granville. Middlebury and Ripton, with 78 and 79 percent for Obama, came close to being on the list, but did not quite make the elite league.

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Between The Lines: Kitchen confidential and the eating season

Posted on November 29, 2012 |
By Gregory Dennis



 

Tis the season for eating. And therefore, tis also the season for cooking.

I can’t help but notice that my favorite cooks (i.e., anyone willing to make me a meal) have particularly strong preferences when it comes to how things are done in their kitchen.

A kindly woman can turn ferocious when guarding her kitchen. Not even a glass of water may be filled within the confines of her kingdom without permission, lest the wrong glass be filled or water be drawn from the tap when there’s filtered water on hand.

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Guest editorial: Spending local pays dividends

Posted on November 26, 2012 |
By Reed Prescott



When I look out across the economic horizon I feel concerned. The issues are so huge and advice so plentiful I hardly feel there is hope for change. Then I pull back and say “I’m not going to take in all the issue but what do I have control over today that in some small way has a positive impact?”

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Community forum: State needs embezzlement safeguards

Posted on November 26, 2012 |
By Mike Palmer



This week’s writer is Mike Palmer, president of Ethics By Design, which is a Middlebury company that helps nonprofit organizations, commercial enterprises and government agencies set up effective ethics programs.

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Science & the Brain: You don’t know what you got till it’s gone

Posted on November 21, 2012 |
By Hannah Newman



Editor’s note: On this Thanksgiving week, here’s a story that brings a message of being thankful for what we have. Hannah Newman is a Middlebury College senior who has been writing neuroscience-related pieces for the Addison Independentfor the past two years. While this story is about a condition called prosopagnosia, it also has a personal message to fit the occasion.

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