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Clippings: Life lessons from the school bus

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Mary Langworthy



After my first day of kindergarten in September of 2000, I got off of the school bus and exclaimed to my mother, “I saw parts of Ferrisburgh that I have never seen before.”

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Jessie Raymond: Helping hands set good example

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



We finally did it: We hired someone to clean the house.

This was a move my husband had been suggesting for years, mostly as an alternative to having to pitch in more himself. But I wouldn’t consider it.

I’ve always had this idea that people who hire house cleaners are not like us. They buy furniture new. They own the kind of rugs that must be insured. To them, “winter” is not a season, it’s a verb meaning something you do somewhere much farther south.

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Opinion: Is Vermont Gas pipeline worth the wetlands?

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Kim Greenwood



This week’s writer is Kim Greenwood, the Vermont Natural Resources Council’s water program director/staff scientist.

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The Vermont Gas Systems’ proposal to build a gas pipeline in Chittenden and Addison counties has come under criticism, and rightly so, for a variety of reasons.

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Opinion: On this July 4 the time is ripe for a second revolution

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Rick Hubbard



This Fourth of July, as we the people gather together in remembrance, let’s ask ourselves this simple question: How well are my individual interests, and our collective interests, being represented today by our Washington politicians?

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Opinion: Ignoring town and regional plans ignores public process

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Ross Conrad



The June 26 edition of the Addison Independent featured a story on proposed changes to the Middlebury Town Plan by the Middlebury Planning Commission. The report claimed that the changes were necessary to “clarify language that might have been ambiguous.” Not that they were ambiguous, but might be.

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Guest Editorial: Doom and gloom in Vermont

Posted on June 30, 2014 |
By Tom Pelham



Inevitably, violating principles of sustainable spending has both fiscal and political consequences. At its core, sustainable spending requires that growth in government spending reasonably equate to growth in the underlying economy supporting such spending, especially in relatively high tax states like Vermont. In recent years, our state leaders have wandered from these core principles and the consequences, both fiscal and soon political, are now unfolding.

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Opinion: You're already paying a 15 percent health care tax

Posted on June 30, 2014 |
By Lawrence Miller



What’s the biggest state tax Vermonters already pay? It’s not property, income or sales tax. It’s a 15 percent health care tax that Vermont businesses and individuals are paying today. And many don’t even know they are paying it.

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Opinion: Natural gas pipeline won't enhance public good

Posted on June 30, 2014 |
By Linda Anderson Krech



What kind of project qualifies for a “certificate of public good”?

A project that provides a boost to the local economy could enhance “the public good,” if it created new jobs, particularly in a low-employment area. A project that provides infrastructure that enhances the functioning of the community in some way, such as a highway that improves the traffic flow.

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Editorial: National water trails system could aid Lake Champlain

Posted on June 26, 2014 |
By Angelo Lynn



Here’s an idea that could help the water quality in Lake Champlain. Make the lake part of the newly designated National Water Trails System. The upside is it could bring federal aid to the cause. The downside is it would inevitably make the lake more crowded and less enjoyable for those Vermonters (and others) who recreate on the lake.

Still, if it’s an idea that could help clean up lake pollution and improve the water quality, it should be seriously considered.

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Greg Dennis: Diagnosing a case of summer fever

Posted on June 25, 2014 |
By Gregory Dennis



Case Number: 12345

Patient: G. Dennis

Age: 61, going on 10

Primary symptoms: Smiles far too often. Breathes deeply of the June breeze. Prone to random, pointless walks outdoors. Delusions about the length of the current season.

Dear Dr. Freud:

I write to refer to you a patient, a Mr. G. Dennis, whose ailments are too serious for me to deal with as a psychotherapist. I trust him to your care in hopes your methods can help this poor soul.

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