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Opinion: A fond farewell to wonderful neighbors in Middlebury

Posted on July 30, 2014 |
By Diane Cotter



In Los Angeles good neighbors were hard to find. Mostly people were busy and kept to themselves. But in Vermont there is a very different tradition and I looked forward to really having neighbors. But because of how my house is situated — across from a corn field, next to a cemetery and backing up to a back yard — I really only have one neighbor.

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Opinion: Everyone must do their part to combat water pollution

Posted on July 30, 2014 |
By Chris Robbins



This letter is in response to the community forum “Water pollution: Don’t just blame farmers,” by Emerson Lynn in the July 28 edition of the Independent.

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Editorial: Parents to students — want to make an extra $500,000

Posted on July 28, 2014 |
By Angelo Lynn



In Vermont, it’s well known that our high school graduation rate is one of the highest in the country, while we rank toward the bottom among states in sending graduating seniors to higher education. Roughly 40 percent of high school graduates in Vermont do not go on to post-secondary education.

Part of the reason is money: A college-education is expensive and Vermont ranks among the least generous of states to subsidize those expenses for in-state students.

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Opinion: Pipeline doesn't qualify for eminent domain takeover

Posted on July 28, 2014 |
By Norton Latourelle



In response to Sens. Mullin and Flory’s Community Forum in last week’s paper, I would first ask them: Please, senators, shouldn’t you pay for your own pipeline? Shoreham and Cornwall’s inevitably devalued land and our degraded Lake Champlain are not fair trade-offs.

Secondly, can you, senators, get Vermont Gas to guarantee that natural gas will continue to be 40 percent less than oil and propane?

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Community Forum: Don't just blame farmers for water pollution

Posted on July 28, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



This week's writer is Emerson Lynn, editor of the St. Albans Messenger

Franklin County has long held the distinction of producing more milk than any other county in Vermont, or New England. Dairy farmers have been to Franklin County what the Red Sox are to Boston.

There are easier professions, which explains why the average age of a dairy farmer includes a lot of gray hair, aching backs and not a lot of extended vacations.

And, increasingly, not a lot of sympathy.

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Opinion: Vt. Gas spins pipeline's cost increase

Posted on July 28, 2014 |
By Mary Martin



Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.

Gaz Metro, aka Vermont Gas, has done it again. Originally the story had three major reasons for the increase in the cost of the natural gas pipeline:

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Opinion: Bristol's fireworks were fantastic

Posted on July 28, 2014 |
By Kellie Meyer



I really want to say thank you to the Bristol Fourth of July Committee for the awesome fireworks show on July 3. I moved to Bristol last fall, so this was my first Fourth of July to watch the town fireworks. The fireworks show and the festivities on the green were very fun and very patriotic.

Could you please have the “screamer” fireworks next year (the ones that make a high-pitched noise after exploding)? Those are my favorites!

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Editorial: A fine line to straddle in a venue that's quick to judge

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



A new political action committee, or PAC, announced this week by Reps. Paul Ralston, D-Middlebury, and Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, has set out on the noble mission of being a non-partisan supporter of candidates running for election in Vermont. The criteria for support hinge on one primary issue: putting the state’s economy front and center.

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Eric Davis: Lt. Gov race will be one to watch

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



The most competitive statewide race this year may be the contest for lieutenant governor between incumbent Republican Phil Scott and Progressive challenger Dean Corren.

Vermont is one of the minority of states where the governor and lieutenant governor are elected separately. The lieutenant governor has only two responsibilities: to preside over the Senate, and to become governor if the governor resigns, dies or is otherwise unable to complete a term.

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Clippings: Notes on moving day from a 24-year-old

Posted on July 24, 2014 |
By Evan Johnson



I was fixing a cup of coffee a few weeks ago, when I mentioned to a colleague that I was moving.

“Again?” she asked. “It seems like you just did.”

I reminded her that that was in December. Now it was nearing summer and the lease was be expiring. I was moving across town to an apartment I would sublet until August.

“And what’re you going to do at the end of the summer?” she probed. I replied with a shrug.

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