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Opinion: Confederate flag is bad for business

Posted on August 20, 2015 |
By Curtiss Reed Jr.



Vermont communities, businesses and workers dependent upon tourism and the hospitality industry could and want to be doing better. And simply stated, doing better means having more people visit the state, delivering to those individuals and families a Vermont experience that exceeds their expectations and as a result they will promote Vermont to their extended family, friends and colleagues. More visitors spending more dollars strengthen the economic fabric of our communities.

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Gregory Dennis: Affluenza and opening the American mind

Posted on August 20, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



American retailers have a problem.

It used to be that retail stores could buy their merchandise, then “pile it high and watch it fly” out of the store.

Now, in what some analysts think is a sea change in consumer behavior, Americans have begun buying fewer things. Instead, we’re spending more of our money on experiences.

The New York Times business section recently reported that while sales on dining, homes, travel and vehicles are up, spending in large department stores is flat or declining.

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Note of Appreciation: Family grateful for support of many in Middlebury

Posted on August 20, 2015 |
By Marion and John Leonard



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Dear Mary Hogan School and the Middlebury Community,

It is with heartfelt gratitude and sincere appreciation that I write to thank everyone for the “Dining for Matt” evening held on May 13 at Mary Hogan School. We are overwhelmed with the generosity of our colleagues, friends and neighbors.

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Jay Craven: Filmmakers will find support in each other

Posted on August 20, 2015 |
By Jay Craven



I’ve attended four recent social gatherings in fabulous local settings, hosted by generous people interested in our plans for the upcoming Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival that unfolds Aug. 27 through 30. Festival producer Lloyd Komesar has joined me at each of these and, together, we’ve worked to start discussions about our planned festival.

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Views from the Vet: Get to know what goes on on a farm

Posted on August 20, 2015 |
By Joe Klopfenstein



Recently a client related a story to me. He was visited by representatives of the state occupational safety and health administration (OSHA). Apparently a passerby noticed material coming out of the barn doors while passing by on the road. The visitor was concerned enough to report the farmer for fumigating the farm with animals and workers inside. What was the mystery cloud? The farmer was applying fresh sawdust to the cows’ beds.

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Editorial: Railways and the law

Posted on August 20, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Since the late 1800s and the western expansion of the U.S., railroads have enjoyed a preferential status among businesses. That it continues today, at the expense of communities put in jeopardy by unwanted and sometimes unwise construction projects, is an anomaly that perhaps should be revisited by the state’s Legislature and the U.S. Congress.

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Editorial: Film festival is an opportunity to embrace

Posted on August 20, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Have you bought your tickets to Middlebury’s New Filmmakers’ Festival? If not, you’ll want to reconsider what you have planned for next Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 27-30. 

That’s when 90 films — from shorts to documentaries to longer-form fiction and children’s features — will be playing at three Middlebury venues. The festival lasts throughout the day and includes talks by film directors, seminars and workshops on filmmaking, plus a Saturday night party with live music that’s open to all.

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Editorial: Clean Water Act sets a high bar

Posted on August 17, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Skeptics take note: The Vermont Clean Water Initiative passed into law this spring will make a significant difference to water quality throughout the state. With the teeth to make enforcement provisions stick, and with the EPA wielding the threat of more onerous penalties if the state standards don’t make the necessary improvements, Vermonters can look forward to cleaner streams and rivers initially, and our lakes in the not too distant future.

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Opinion: States must take steps to cut carbon emissions

Posted on August 17, 2015 |
By George Dragonetti



It’s encouraging to see the president of the United States taking steps toward reducing carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. The plan says that “power plant owners must cut carbon dioxide emissions by 32 percent from 2005 levels by 2030.”

This is significant; about a third of U.S. emissions of CO2 come from power stations. However, this new plan does not do enough, we are still on the path to increase average temperatures by more than two degrees centigrade, and that is not good.

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