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Opinion: Donahue hits right balance for representative

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By Ken Perine



Donna Donahue deserves your support on Aug. 26 in the Democratic Primary for one of Middlebury’s representatives to the state House of Representatives. Donna will bring a unique balance of business concern with social responsibility. She served eight years on the board of the Better Middlebury Partnership, three of them as president, helping reinvigorate that organization. She will bring that same enthusiasm and passion for our local community to Montpelier.

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Editorial: Doug Racine's ouster and the lessons learned

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



When the head of a state agency is fired, the reasons for the dismissal should be required reading for other agency heads and potential successors. That is particularly true in the case of ousted Agency of Human Services Secretary Doug Racine.

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Greg Dennis: Early days at the Valley Voice

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Gregory Dennis



You’d have to be a little crazy to start a weekly newspaper in rural Vermont today. The economics just aren’t there.

You also had to be crazy to start a weekly paper here 40 years ago. But that didn’t stop a bunch of us from doing so, when we launched the Valley Voice in the summer of 1974.

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Jessie Raymond: Expectations up, enjoyment down

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



I bought a car this past December. While I had been mostly concerned about finding something reliable, I admit the car’s extensive bells and whistles came as a welcome bonus. Over the past eight months, however, they have turned me into a spoiled, though very comfortable, brat.

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Clippings: Rowing and growing on the water

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Mary Langworthy



When I was four, my dad made me a small, wooden rowboat. It was simply but sturdily built, with a varnished seat and two slender oars. When it came time to paint it, I insisted that it be orange. I named it Terrific, inspired by the words written by the spider in “Charlotte’s Web,” which was being read to me at home.

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Opinion: Gov. should go public on pipeline

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By George Jaeger



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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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