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Editorial: A hotter world creates the climate for change

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



On Wednesday, scientists from NASA and NOAA (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) released duel studies showing 2015 as the warmest year on earth since 1880, the first year records were kept. NOAA had previously reported that 2015 was the second-warmest year for the continental United States, after 2012.

“The whole system is warming up relentlessly,” said Gerald A. Meehl, a scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

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Opinion: Many made career center's boat a big success

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By William Brooks



Many thanks for your excellent coverage and photos regarding the trapping boat class at the Hannaford Career Center (Monday, Jan. 18, edition).

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Opinion: Towns need support for after-school learning programs

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Mandy Chesley-Park



I believe every Vermont community and family should have access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs for their children.

Students thrive after school, especially when it comes to learning. Afterschool learning opportunities in Addison County allow students to participate in programs that enrich them academically; literacy, math, science, technology and art are presented in workshops that appeal to students in a unique, low-pressure environment.

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Opinion: Ripton's Alexander announces bid for school board

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Bryan Alexander



I’m Bryan Alexander of Ripton and I’m running for a seat on the board that will be established if the seven-town unified school district is approved by Middlebury-area voters on Town Meeting Day.

I’m a writer, educator, futurist, and consultant working in the field of higher education.

I live with my family on the edge of Ripton; we’ve lived here 14 years.

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Letter of appreciation: Donations made Christmas merry for many

Posted on January 21, 2016 |
By Jeanne Montross



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Thanks to the help and support of many, many people and organizations, the HOPE Holiday Shop, and our holiday food box distribution were a great success.

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Editorial: Gov. Shumlin is right: divest

Posted on January 18, 2016 |
By Gov. Peter Shumlin



On Christmas Day, I burned brush on my farm in Putney – in a t-shirt. My experience was not unlike that of many Vermonters as we all lived through Vermont’s most tropical Christmas in memory, capping off the world’s warmest year on record. Climate change is here, and it is affecting the Vermont that we love, from our ski areas to our lakes. Now is the time to take every sensible action to combat it if we’re to have a shot at preserving a livable planet for our kids and grandkids. 

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Opinion: Porter's head showed insensitivity to community

Posted on January 18, 2016 |
By Patrick Stine



I am concerned that new Porter Medical Center president and CEO Lynn Boggs shared so generic an introductory letter, one that could apply to any “small, rural community hospital” (Addison Independent, Jan. 11, 2016). I guess it’s important to fill in the blanks about Boards and Strategic Plans, the need for Cutting Expenses and Generating New Revenue Sources. Heaven knows we could use a few more Mission Statements.

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Opinion: Ilsley seeking new board member

Posted on January 18, 2016 |
By Maria Graham



The Ilsley Library Board of Trustees is recruiting a new member for its five-person board.

We are looking for a board member who believes in our mission, that Ilsley “embodies the vigor and ambition of our community. The library is accessible, lively, and inviting to all. It is a hub for learning, public dialogue, and quiet relaxation.”

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Opinion: Working families need paid leave

Posted on January 18, 2016 |
By Kathleen Gorton



I am writing to express my support for the Healthy Workplaces bill, H.187,so that my husband and I can take time off when we’re sick or our kids are sick, and not have an even harder time paying our bills.

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Opinion: Solar helps farmers, creates jobs

Posted on January 18, 2016 |
By Gregg Beldock



This week’s writer is Gregg Beldock, founder and CEO of Bullrock-Deutsche-Eco, a solar energy firm based in Shelburne.

Middlebury Professor and author Bill McKibben wrote, in January 2011, to activists throughout the country, “Now it’s time for people who have spent their lives pouring carbon into the atmosphere to step up … just as many of us did for civil rights or for peace.”

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