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Editorial: Constructive criticism is not to be confused with negativity

Posted on February 7, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



When opponents criticize an idea, the expected response for proponents is to defend why they think the idea is valid. That’s the give-and-take of debate, with the hoped-for result being an improved outcome.

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Letter to the editor: Health care providers put patients first, not profits

Posted on February 5, 2018 |
By Scott D. Smith M.D.



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Community Forum: Lawmakers back railroad bridges plan in Middlebury

Posted on February 5, 2018 |
By Sen. Dick Mazza and Rep. Patrick Brennan



This week’s writers are Sen. Dick Mazza (D–Grand Isle) and Rep. Patrick Brennan (R–Colchester); they are chairmen of the Senate and House Transportation Committees, respectively.

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On Thursday, Jan. 18, the House and Senate Transportation Committees held a public hearing at the Statehouse on the plan to rebuild Middlebury’s downtown bridges and rail corridor.

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Letter to the editor: City should act on sewer overflow problems

Posted on February 5, 2018 |
By Craig Allen



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Letter to the editor: Organic dairies would protect the lake

Posted on February 5, 2018 |
By James H. Maroney



Inadequately designed or antiquated wastewater treatment plants account for roughly 5 percent of the pollution in Lake Champlain. Upgrading or replacing these plants would require years and years and cost hundred of millions or even billions of dollars. When these plants are all upgraded, the pollution flowing into the lake from WWTPs would probably improve from 5 percent to 3 percent.

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Letter to the editor: Description of Trump fits many

Posted on February 5, 2018 |
By Jim Peabody Sr.



I read with interest Victor Nuovo’s recent column in the Jan. 25 Addison Independent. It will take me a couple of re-readings to get the gist of his main premise. But, one excerpt in his essay is very clear and that is his very apt description of our current U.S. President. Victor notes that “..he (Trump) is a vulgar populist, an immoralist, a narcissistic celebrity, whose only interest is in self-aggrandizement.”

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Guest editorial: Timing could not be worse for education funding bill

Posted on February 5, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



The House Ways and Means Committee is pushing legislation that would change the way Vermont finances education. The impetus is political. Property taxes are high, and rising. Legislators want to rush in to ease the pain.

The timing could not be worse.

What the proposal does is shift some of the burden from the property tax to the income tax. The particulars have not been solidified, so we don’t know what the rates would be, or who would be affected.

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Ways of Seeing: Wealthy are threatening democracy

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Abi Sessions



My father would have been 100 years old this month, so I’ve been thinking about him lately. And since I am obsessed and depressed these days with the sorry state of our nation, I’ve been reflecting particularly on his idealistic and positive vision of America.

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Jessie Raymond: A relaxing trip ... to the dentist?

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last Monday at the dentist’s office, I learned something about myself: I’m an unusual patient.

I don’t have a third set of teeth, and I can’t tune in talk radio on my fillings or anything. But, according to my dental hygienist, I’m odd because — confession time — I kind of like getting my teeth cleaned.

No, really.

I don’t mean that I adore it. I don’t count down the days, giddily anticipating my time in the chair. And of course I worry that the exam will reveal an expensive problem.

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Letter to the editor: Thinking outside the Mt. School bond

Posted on February 1, 2018 |
By David Brynn



The $29.5 million bond over 30 years to provide a major facelift to our well-built but 50-year old school is moving forward toward the March 6 Town Meeting Day vote. I wish it was a $12-15 million bond over 15 years focused on addressing the lighting, ventilation, heat distribution, science facilities, and fair universal access issues. The latter option would pass resoundingly.

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