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Middlebury's development fund puts the onus on advocates

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Passage of the Middlebury Business Development Fund, 125-64, at Middlebury’s Town Meeting, presents a double-edged sword for ardent proponents: the promise of success and the prospect of failure.

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With thanks to John Tenny

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Each year across the county’s 23 towns, a few local “heroes” are honored for service to their communities “beyond the call of duty” or, to put it another way, way beyond what most of us could imagine doing ourselves. So, we offer our sincere thanks and tip our collective hats to them for their magnanimous efforts.

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Around the bend: Warily shifting into spring mode

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



Back in December, when the weather failed to live up to standard expectations for a Vermont winter — that is, cold, dark, snowy and generally miserable — no one panicked. “There’s still a lot of winter left,” everyone said, in a tone of optimism or, at least in my case, dread for what the next three months might hold.

And when January similarly broke tradition by depriving us of the usual treacherous weather and its associated crankiness, that was OK too, because we still had February and March to look forward to/endure.

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Clippings: What did you eat for Town Meeting?

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



The Chinese view of a country is drastically different from America’s, but it has a lot in common with Vermont towns.

In Chinese, the word for “country” is pronounced guojia. Literally translated back into English guojia means “land family.” This idea — that a country is a family of people that support each other — is deeply ingrained in the Chinese psyche.

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Learning about life in foreign lands brings us closer to our homes

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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Guest Editorial: High cost of corrections cannot be sustained for such little benefit

Posted on March 5, 2012 |
By Bill Schubart



The most expensive service our government provides to its citizens, other than heroic healthcare in Medicare, Medicaid and the VA, is to lock them up. 

According to the Bureau of Prisons, the annual average cost per prisoner in 2008 was $26,000 at the federal level and $24,000 at the local level. Small states like Rhode Island and Vermont estimate their costs much higher, about $35-$45,000 a year. This is two to three times our per-pupil cost for public education. 

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Olympia Snowe: Why I'm leaving Senate

Posted on March 2, 2012 |
By Olympia Snowe



 

Two truths are all too often overshadowed in today's political discourse: Public service is a most honorable pursuit, and so is bipartisanship.

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Fund would help create new jobs

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By James Robinson



Middlebury is a great place to live. It’s a beautiful and safe community that nurtures our families. It is a wonderful place to raise children. We love our town and we’re lucky to live here.

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Editorial: Town Meeting: Our views on three votes; you do the rest

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Next Tuesday, March 6 is Town Meeting Day. Don’t take it lightly.

In today’s Addison Independent, the news team has reviewed the major — and minor — issues to be discussed at town meeting of each of the 23 towns in the county, plus Brandon. The previews start on Page 12A and continue through Page 20A. We wouldn’t devote eight pages of news to the reviews, if we didn’t think the issues were important and wanted to provide citizens with a shorthand guide to each town.

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Bridging culture in Africa

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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