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Opinion: Folks proved to truly be helpful

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Holly Ferguson



My engine overheated in Brandon Friday evening. I was putting antifreeze into the overflow when a stranger came up to me and helped me diagnose what was wrong, get air out of the system, and assured me it was OK to drive home to Middlebury. When I asked him what I could pay him, he said to Pay It Forward.

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Opinion: Candidate would represent all well

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Frank Buonincontro



First, a disclosure: Fred Baser is my brother-in-law and has been for over 40 years. I’m happy to support him as he starts his campaign to represent the towns of Bristol, Lincoln, Starksboro and Monkton in the Vermont Legislature.

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Opinion: Straight talk from Cornwall on the proposed pipeline

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Bruce Hiland of the Cornwall selectboard



This is a reply to the “commentary” by Sens. Kevin Mullin and Peg Flory, both Republicans representing Rutland County, on the Vermont Gas Systems/International Paper proposed pipeline project called “Phase 2” that appeared in the July 21 edition of the Addison Independent.

To start let me make three things clear:

•  The Town of Cornwall does not oppose getting natural gas to Rutland.

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Guest Editorial: The 'new normal' or is it Vermont's denial?

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



It’s being called the new normal. Our unemployment rate is near full employment, the economy, while not robust, still trudges forward, real estate prices are edging upward — but the state’s budget is forever in the red.

We can’t seem to get ahead.

The next budget year continues the trend. The Shumlin administration has asked each of its agencies to submit a budget that reflects a 4 percent cut — totaling roughly $31 million.

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Opinion: For sake of future, Brandon voters must compromise

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Brian E. Fillioe



My interest was piqued by recent letters in the Reporter (July 30 edition) and Gene Pagano’s letter to the Herald. I must say I am beginning to think Brandon is doing an impression of the Israelites when they were in the wilderness for 40 years.

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Community Forum: Vermont, nation must address social issues

Posted on August 11, 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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Opinion: Vermont's utilities need to clean up after themselves

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Richard C. Hiscock



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Your editorial of July 31, “Is this the image to portray?” brings to mind other eyesores that despoil scenic Vermont.

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Editorial: Big investments in facilities reflect shire town's future

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Middlebury seems poised to enter an exciting decade of economic development, start-ups and expansion.

Woodchuck Hard Cider’s grand opening of its new $34 million, 100,000-square-foot facility — complete with architectually stunning tasting and gift room — on Exchange Street this Thursday is a central part of that growth.

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Clippings: A son of Maine reflects on his roots

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By John Flowers



Having been raised a Mainer, it’s fun for me to go back to Vacationland every year to reconnect with old haunts. But I never thought one of those haunts would take on the more literal meaning of the word and would apply to my late grandparents’ old farmhouse.

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Eric Davis: Vermont faces a bleak economic forecast

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Eric Davis



Gov. Shumlin has directed agency heads to cut their 2014-2015 budgets by 4 percent to compensate for reduced revenues in the first six months of 2014. The revenue projections and analysis prepared by Tom Kavet, the state government’s long-time economic forecaster, show that all three of Vermont’s major funds are facing serious structural challenges.

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