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Opinion: We all have a duty in forging new energy alternatives

Posted on November 12, 2014 |
By Jason Kaye



Our communities’ conversations about solar siting, the gas pipeline, wind turbines and tar sands elicit frustrations, concerns and blame — and understandably so. For me, these conversations evoke something additional: a sense of duty.

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Community Forum: GOP's new vision finds support

Posted on November 10, 2014 |
By David Sunderland



This week’s writer is David Sunderland, chairman of the Vermont Republican Party.

Twelve months ago the Vermont Republican Party established a new, more positive vision for itself and Vermont. We listened, heard Vermonters’ concerns and crafted solutions and proposals that address the issues that matter most to them. This will continue to be our approach as we work to move Vermont forward.

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Opinion: Mount Abe project planners must focus on priorities

Posted on November 10, 2014 |
By Mary Dearborn



Tuesday night, two-thirds of the voters defeated the proposed school bond. That is two-thirds of the community who are saying no; that they cannot afford a $33 million price tag to improve our school.

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Editorial: The hope vs. the travesty

Posted on November 10, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As the birthplace of modern democracy, Americans of all political stripes might be concerned that the national turn-out in this past Tuesday’s mid-term election was just 36.6 percent.

It was one of the lowest turnouts in recent times, and it is likely that the national will might not be accurately represented by the results. That is particularly true when the effect of big money in the campaigns is considered, when we assess the impact of state laws that reduce voter turnout, and when you break down voter demographics.

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Editorial: Voters tell Shumlin to be bold, forthright, trustworthy

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Vermont voters sent a message to Gov. Peter Shumlin on Tuesday and it was anything but subtle. Voters don’t trust him.

And for good reason.

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Editorial: Yep, $33 million bond was too much

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The $32 million bond proposal to completely renovate Mount Abe Union High School failed dramatically. By a 3-1 margin, voters in the five-town district said “no way.”

But because the vote was so lopsided, it doesn’t serve as a barometer of how much district voters are willing to spend. That’s especially problematic if the school board is committed to presenting another bond proposal by Town Meeting 2015. To make that happen, a new proposal would have to be fleshed out and warned by the middle of January — just a bit over two months from now.

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Clippings: Quarantining man right move for Vt.

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Zach Despart



It seemed to be only a matter of time before far-flung headlines about Ebola in Africa hit a little closer to home. That time came last Monday, when Gov. Shumlin announced that a man who had visited West Africa to investigate Ebola was back in Vermont.

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Jessie Raymond: Terror lingers after nightmare ends

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



I’m not sure what caused the bad dream I had on Halloween night: the horror movie we watched or the 78 mini Reese’s peanut butter cups I ate (we only got one trick-or-treater). I suspect it was a combination of the two.

A red-eyed demon woman was screeching and grabbing at me with her long talons. She was an evil spirit bent on “getting” me, whatever that meant. I knew it wasn’t good.

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Opinion: Single-payer no Medicare threat

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



Recent letters and news stories have expressed the fear that a Vermont based single-payer system would be a threat to Medicare. This is simply untrue and here is why. The law that set Vermont on the path to single payer specifies on its very first page that Green Mountain Care will cover all Vermonters “regardless of income, assets, health status, or availability of other health coverage.” Also, federal law does not allow for any state to take away Medicare or change Medicare benefits for seniors.

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Opinion: Benefit organizer very thankful

Posted on November 6, 2014 |
By MaKayla Foster



I recently held a shoebox packing party for Operation Christmas Child at Valley Bible Church on Oct. 19. I would like to thank every participant and supporter of this project, because it would not have been possible without their generous help.

The final count was 133 shoeboxes, and they will be sent around the world to many children this Christmas.

MaKayla Foster

Middlebury

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