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Clippings: Hoping with every breath she takes

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By John Flowers



You’re not supposed to tell people about your birthday wish when you blow out the candles on your cake. Well, to heck with that cautionary note. When members of the Bristol Fire Department supervise my attempt at blowing out what will be a fireball of a cake later this month, I will be making a wish for my niece Kate.

The wish: A new set of lungs for her to rediscover the sensation of breathing on her own without the help of a respirator or the oxygen tank that has been her constant companion for several months now.

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Eric Davis: Canadian province offers carbon tax data

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Eric L. Davis



A coalition of Vermont environmental groups recently held a press conference in Montpelier advocating that the Legislature enact a carbon tax in order to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels in Vermont.

The environmentalists were joined by Rep. Tony Klein, D-East Montpelier, the chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, who said that a carbon tax bill would be one of his committee’s high priorities in the upcoming legislative session.

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Greg Dennis: Stay out of the police log in 2015

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Greg Dennis



However 2014 may have treated you, perhaps you can take some small comfort from the fact that it didn’t include any of the incidents below. They’re drawn from police reports published in this newspaper last year.

Hi, Ho, Silver! Late one night last July, Bristol police had to use a rope to capture a riderless horse that was galloping down Main Street. The horse was returned to its owner.

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Opinion: Solar power should feel good

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Suzanne Fay



Regarding “Neighbors petition PSB on solar array in Ferrisburgh” (Dec. 31):

As one of the neighbors involved, I wish we could get a “Good Neighbor Agreement” from Basin Harbor Club and All Earth Renewables (like SunCommon’s with the town of New Haven — see related story) and together find a more appropriate site for this array on Basin Harbor Club’s 700 acres.

Solar power should feel GOOD.

Suzanne Fay

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Opinon: Voters rejected Peter Shumlin

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Gary Murdock



Oh, Mr. Lynn, once again your editorial has left me gasping for air and clawing at my desk. Well, maybe my affection for tobacco is partly to blame for the gasping, but clawing at the desk is all you! Your Dec. 31 editorial espousing the greatness of Peter Shumlin is so full of false statements and contradictions to your own writings that I barely know where to start.

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Opinion: God and the PSB control sunshine?

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Leonard Gibbs



Your news report, “Solar project denied,” of Jan. 5, 2015, clears up some of my confusion. I had previously thought that God owned our solar power source. Thanks to the PSB for straightening us out on this. We now know that both God and the PSB share control of the sunshine.

Leonard Gibbs

Panton

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Opinion: Local input key in solar siting

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Paul Stone



Happy New Year to all and hope the holiday season has been merry and you all gave and received meaningful and useful presents. Of the presents I received one came as a letter to editor of the Addison Independent, Dec. 25. The writer, associated with VPIRG, admonished me for confusing Act 248, a mental health law passed in 2011, with Section 248 of Title 30 and the Public Service Board, and for thinking solar panels are ugly. So lesson learned. I apologize for any misgivings anyone suffered.

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Opinion: Corporate interests are winning the health care battle

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



I have some questions about Gov. Shumlin’s recent cessation of universal single-payer tax-supported health care for Vermont.

Was there a coalition of conservative Democratic and Republican legislators who threatened to vote for the Republican candidate for governor if Shumlin carried out his plan to implement Act 48?

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Opinion: The long fight for a single-payer system is not dead

Posted on January 7, 2015 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



Gov. Shumlin’s decision to suspend moving forward on the financing package for single payer in the coming legislative session does not mean that the dream of health care as a public good in Vermont is dead. At his press conference announcing his decision to not pursue single-payer financing in 2015, the governor stated that “now is not the right time.” But he also made clear that Vermonters must not abandon the goal of universal publicly financed health care stated in Act 48.

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Guest editorial: Vt. needs to fix school funding; start by changing governance

Posted on January 5, 2015 |
By Emerson Lynn



Speaker of the House Shap Smith has spent the past couple of weeks asking Vermonters for their ideas on how the state can reduce property taxes and still maintain a high quality educational system.

He should be careful for what he asks.

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