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Opinion: Cutting Porter RN's not the right way to save money

Posted on February 4, 2016 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



The news that a number of registered nurses will be laid off at Porter Hospital is disturbing. Porter Hospital obviously plays a very important role in our community and the wider area. RNs are on the front lines and give us advice about medications and treatment when we need it — they cannot be replaced by people with less training. How can we feel confident that we will receive safe patient care if and when we need it if staffing levels of these important providers are reduced at Porter Hospital?

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Opinion: ACSU unification offers students best chance to thrive

Posted on February 4, 2016 |
By JP Rees



On Town Meeting Day, Addison Central Supervisory Union voters will be asked to make an important decision for our communities. I hope they will join me in supporting the establishment of a unified school district, which will give all of our schools and all of our students a greater chance to innovate, develop and thrive.

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Guest Editorial: Moneyed interests just made Annette Smith a Vermont hero

Posted on February 3, 2016 |
By Emerson Lynn



When the moneyed interests encounter an opposing force, they do what they have always done, which is to silence that opposing force.

In Vermont, and in this particular case, the moneyed interests are the renewable energy folks and the opposing force is Annette Smith.

They want her silenced.

In an Associated Press story it was reported she is now the target of a criminal investigation. The renewable energy folks contend she is practicing law without a license before the Public Service Board.

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Community Forum: ACSU has many pulses

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Ruth Hardy and Suzanne Buck



This week’s writers are Ruth Hardy and Suzanne Buck, co-chairs of the Addison Central Supervisory Union Charter Committee.

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Opinion: Middlebury stands to gain very little through Act 46

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Michael Corbett



I am writing to encourage everyone affected by the potential Addison Central Supervisory Union accelerated merger under Act 46 to read the charter committee report and make an informed vote on Town Meeting Day.

Essentially, by approving the accelerated merger Middlebury voters will receive minuscule tax breaks in exchange for increased governance (seven of 13 board members).

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Opinion: Nuovo has been a great leader

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Judy Olinick



We would like to add our appreciation and admiration of Rep. Betty Nuovo to the warm and eloquent comments in John Flowers’ recent article.

Betty’s colleagues and friends have beautifully captured much of the spirit and substance of her long service to Middlebury, Addison County and Vermont.

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Opinion: Carbon pollution tax has merits

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Fran Putnam



I read Angelo Lynn’s recent editorial, “A hotter world creates the climate for political change” with great interest. In it he details the need for meeting the challenge of climate change through a series of measures including putting a price on carbon pollution.

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Support made United Way Spining fundraiser a success

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Nancy Luke



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NOTE OF APPRECIATION: United Way of Addison County would like to send a giant THANK YOU shout-out to Middlebury Fitness for their support and community spirit. On Sunday, Jan. 10, Middlebury Fitness hosted and sponsored the third annual SPIN UNITED in support of UWAC and our participating funded partners. Together with 44 community members, they raised $4,500 in three hours. Thank you, Middlebury Fitness. What a fun and healthy way to contribute to our community.

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Guest Editorial: Dead wrong, don't care

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By Cass Sunstein



Why does misinformation spread so quickly on social media? Why doesn’t it get corrected? When the truth is so easy to find, why do people accept falsehoods?

A new study focusing on Facebook users provides strong evidence that the explanation is confirmation bias: people’s tendency to seek out information that confirms their beliefs, and to ignore contrary information.

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Opinion: Soil agronomist makes good point

Posted on February 1, 2016 |
By John-Eric Colley Robinson



I’m taking an online permaculture course through Cornell UniversityExtension, and part of my current assignment is to write an elevator pitch for my bioregion to convince everyone to move here. Here it is, addressed not to us, but to the folk living other places:

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