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Opinion: Assistance programs don't meet all recipients' needs

Posted on September 17, 2014 |
By Libby Berry



I’m having a serious issue with the programs available to Vermonters during difficult times in their lives.

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Opinion: 'Low-key' House hopeful urges support for McEathron

Posted on September 17, 2014 |
By Tom Hughes



Like many of my fellow Middlebury residents, I am interested in supporting the best ideas and in encouraging the most well motivated people to work on behalf of Middlebury and Vermont. Recently I’ve encountered a fresh voice among us, someone who is not afraid of hard work and who has no more patience with the same old tired “politics as usual” than I do. I think that you will want to remember his name; it is Calvin McEathron.

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Community Forum: Local control becoming a myth

Posted on September 17, 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.

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Community Forum: People's Climate March nears

Posted on September 15, 2014 |
By James Haslam



This week’s writer is James Haslam, executive director of the Vermont Workers’ Center (VWC), www.workerscenter.org. To learn more about the People’s Climate March go to http://peoplesclimate.org/.

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Opinion: Opposition to gas pipeline is not NIMBYism

Posted on September 15, 2014 |
By Bethany Barry Menkart



Neighborhood Watch — what does that term mean to you? When people in a community are concerned that their neighborhood is being overrun by crime, they start a Neighborhood Watch. They do so to protect their families, their property values, and their way of life.

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Editorial: MALT's last legacy — TAM launches $125,000 campaign

Posted on September 15, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Twenty-five years is enough time to ensure that a good idea becomes a lasting legacy.

Such is the case with the Middlebury Area Land Trust’s 16-mile Trail Around Middlebury, or TAM, and the reason for its recently launched $125,000 campaign to create an endowment to fund annual trail maintenance.

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Editorial: Middlebury visitors' center in town offices still a good idea

Posted on September 11, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



One of the good ideas that had been included in the preliminary architectural proposals for a newly constructed municipal building back in 2011 was incorporating a visitor’s center. The center would have served as the place in town for traveling guests to drop in, look through brochures and, hopefully, talk to someone about the highlights of things to do and see in the area. It is standard fare in most tourist destination areas throughout the U.S., Europe, and much of the world.

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Clippings: On 9/11 anniversary, echoes of Hunter S. Thompson

Posted on September 11, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



I was in fifth grade on Sept. 11, 2001. It was a Tuesday, and that meant gym class. Wearing our standard school uniform (navy blue sweatpants and white t-shirts), we walked single file with gym sneakers gripped to our chests to the local recreation center in downtown Brattleboro.

We returned to our desks two hours later to find the nation in a state of emergency.

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Jessie Raymond: Gardener's hope wilts late in season

Posted on September 11, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



Dear Fine Gardening magazine,

It is with great sadness that I request that you cancel my entry in your Gardener of the Year contest, Vegetable Division. Turns out, I don’t stand a chance.

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Greg Dennis: On the road to People's Climate March

Posted on September 11, 2014 |
By Gregory Dennis



We’re still marching in the streets

With little victories and big defeats

—Joan Baez, “To Bobby”

Baez wrote those lyrics to her old boyfriend Bob Dylan more than 40 years ago. And sadly, they’re still true today.

The climate change movement certainly knows about little victories and big defeats.

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