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Opinion: Sanders to visit Middlebury

Posted on September 1, 2016 |
By Judy and Michael Olinick



We hope all Bernie Sanders’s local supporters will be on hand to greet him at the annual Labor Day celebration on the Middlebury town green.

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since we cheered the announcement of the Sanders presidential campaign.

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Opinion: GOP leaders are the real problem

Posted on September 1, 2016 |
By Harry Chaucer



Congress isn’t broken; the Republican Party is. This is not about Republican party members. Being a Republican means believing in a philosophy, a way of governing and certain values. They happen not to be my beliefs, but I’m not prepared to say that those values are wrong or bad. It’s simply a different worldview.

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Editorial: But ... it's glorious in Vermont

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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Opinion: Vermont Gas CEO failed to acknowledge many gaffes

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By Alice Eckles and Ross Conrad



In the recent Community Forum piece on Vermont Gas (Addison Independent, Aug. 22), CEO Don Rendall asks us to not overlook the benefits of gas. While repeating the claim that gas is a cleaner choice, Rendall ignores several recent studies that find that methane leakage in the fracked gas supply chain results in a fuel that is dirtier than coal with regard to greenhouse gas emissions.

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Opinion: Bristol attorney shares first-hand glimpse of Trump

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By Tom Wells



This week’s writer is Tom Wells, an attorney and businessman with offices and homes in Bristol, Vt., and New Jersey. He is active in real estate and non profits.

Editor’s note: This is piece originally appeared online on the Huffington Post website.

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Opinion: Peace Garden thankful for support

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By Phoebe Barash



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Geoff Conrad: The changing landscape of travel

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Geoff Conrad



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Editorial: The tie between 13 million gallons of wastewater, the lake, and statewide elections

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



Vermonters are at the fleeting confluence of two intersecting trajectories: an upcoming statewide election in November, and the tag end of August with another rash of beach closings on Lake Champlain, sewage spills, and blue-green algae alerts. With beachgoers upset, boaters disgusted and lakeshore homeowners up in arms at the deterioration of water quality in Lake Champlain and other bodies of water in the state, you’d think there might be enough political pressure to push clean-water policy to the forefront of our political discussion — especially in an election year.

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Clippings: Uncle Pete was strong to the end

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By John Flowers



Listening to my in-laws talk about Uncle Pete Hansen’s various feats of strength, he might just as well have been Paul Bunyan. For example, there was the true story about Pete lowering my brother-in-law Bill — then his plumbing assistant — down into a well by his ankles. And Bill is a solid 6-foot, 3-inches tall.

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Jessie Raymond: Daily life spawns personal Olympics

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



I always wanted to compete in the Olympics. A few things, however, worked against me, such as my family not having the money to send me to an elite training facility when I was younger. That and having no athletic ability beyond doing the Macarena are the two biggies.

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