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Opinion: For sake of future, Brandon voters must compromise

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Brian E. Fillioe



My interest was piqued by recent letters in the Reporter (July 30 edition) and Gene Pagano’s letter to the Herald. I must say I am beginning to think Brandon is doing an impression of the Israelites when they were in the wilderness for 40 years.

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Community Forum: Vermont, nation must address social issues

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Bill Schubart



This week’s writer is Bill Schubart, a Vermont entrepreneur, author and commentator on VPR. He writes about Vermont and the nation in fiction, humor and opinion pieces.

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Opinion: Vermont's utilities need to clean up after themselves

Posted on August 11, 2014 |
By Richard C. Hiscock



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Your editorial of July 31, “Is this the image to portray?” brings to mind other eyesores that despoil scenic Vermont.

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Editorial: Big investments in facilities reflect shire town's future

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Middlebury seems poised to enter an exciting decade of economic development, start-ups and expansion.

Woodchuck Hard Cider’s grand opening of its new $34 million, 100,000-square-foot facility — complete with architectually stunning tasting and gift room — on Exchange Street this Thursday is a central part of that growth.

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Clippings: A son of Maine reflects on his roots

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By John Flowers



Having been raised a Mainer, it’s fun for me to go back to Vacationland every year to reconnect with old haunts. But I never thought one of those haunts would take on the more literal meaning of the word and would apply to my late grandparents’ old farmhouse.

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Eric Davis: Vermont faces a bleak economic forecast

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Eric Davis



Gov. Shumlin has directed agency heads to cut their 2014-2015 budgets by 4 percent to compensate for reduced revenues in the first six months of 2014. The revenue projections and analysis prepared by Tom Kavet, the state government’s long-time economic forecaster, show that all three of Vermont’s major funds are facing serious structural challenges.

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Opinion: What are speed limits for?

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Deric Bacon



My name is Deric Bacon. I live in Middlebury. A lot of you know about the little girl who got hit by a car near Otter Creek Child Center a few months ago. Since then I have been putting the “slow” signs out near the road every day. The OCCC took my picture, did a write-up and put it in the Addison Independent.

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Opinion: Thanks for report on state mental health system

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By George Jaeger



Congratulations to Zach Despart and the Addison Independent for its front-page report on the sorry state of Vermont’s overburdened mental health system, under which our prison system has, in effect, become the largest mental health care provider in the state.

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Community Forum: Lawmakers urge Public Service Board to justify issues or reject pipeline

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Sen. Claire Ayer et al.



This week’s writers are Sen. Claire Ayer, D-Addison; Sen. Christopher Bray, D-New Haven; and Rep. Willem Jewett, D. Ripton. This letter was sent to Gov. Shumlin and copied to Chris Recchia, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Public Service, and Susan Hudson of the Vermont Public Service Board.

Gov. Shumlin,

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Opinion: Founding principles have disappeared from Vermont

Posted on August 7, 2014 |
By Rustan Swenson



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