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September 10th

Public must decide validity of GAO report or Bush’s spin

For the past four years, many Americans have watched in disbelief as the Bush administration has led this nation into war with Iraq under false pretenses, scared the public with lame threats of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, waved the flag of patriotism in times of political need (rather than national unity), and has changed the terms of engagement in Iraq. All of this has been done to suit the political needs of this president. This past weekend Bush was at it again — going on a surprise photo-op and propaganda blitz in Iraq to build support for continuing his failed policy.

The question Americans must ask themselves is plain: When are they going to demand an honest accounting and assessment of the war effort and consequent action that puts the needs of the nation ahead of domestic politics?

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A National Turning Point?

In a recent column in The New York Times, Paul Krugman poses a question that is less cynical and more sincere than it might at first appeal. “Future historians will, without doubt, see Katrina as a turning point,” he wrote. “The question is whether it will be seen as the moment when America remembered the importance of good government, or the moment when neglect and obliviousness to the needs of others became the new American way.”

In the past, such a cynical question could be answered positively with confidence. Today, unfortunately, the answer to that question is a matter of national soul-searching.

Just what kind of a country are we? Under this administration, policies have routinely and continuously passed that hurt the poor and favor the wealthy; they have benefited industry at the expense of our environment; they’ve worked to break down the public school system; have eroded our national infrastructure; depleted the nation’s armed forces and discredited the nation’s foreign policy on the world stage.

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Bristol artist makes her mark with multicultural Madonnas

BRISTOL ARTIST PAMELA Smith will be exhibiting several of her large-scale, papier-mâché creations at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore as part of a year-long show.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell


August 10, 2007

By CYRUS LEVESQUE

BRISTOL — Papier-mâché sculptures of the Madonna, usually dressed in clothes native to Nepal, graced Bristol’s Main Street in the window of Folkheart for years until the store closed at the beginning of this year.

For many in town they were one set of unique Christmas decorations among many, but to their creator, Pamela Smith, they meant a lot more. To the 56-year-old Bristol resident the sculptures are a way to honor motherhood, which she feels is underappreciated in our culture.

“If you’re having a child, the most important job is to raise that child so that they’re healthy, mentally and spiritually,” Smith said. “We all come from a mother, and I think that we need to give them credence.”

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Gailer says no to Charter House purchase

August 10, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — The Gailer School will not move into the Congregational Church of Middlebury’s Charter House after all. Instead, school officials will reopen their search for a new campus somewhere else in Middlebury.

Gailer officials confirmed on Thursday they weren’t able to raise enough money in a short enough period of time to buy the Charter House and finance the renovations necessary to transform the North Pleasant Street building into a school.

That means the small private school will continue to use the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society (CVUUS) campus as a temporary home, while it rekindles its search for a permanent headquarters in Middlebury village.

It also leaves the Congregational Church in somewhat of a bind, at least temporarily. The church had cleared the Charter House of tenants in anticipation of the sale, which was announced in March, and had begun planning an addition at its Main Street worship hall to accommodate Sunday school and other functions that had been based at the Charter House.

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College freshman orientation adds community service

August 10, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

ADDISON COUNTY — Eight brand new Middlebury College freshmen scraped at the pale blue paint on Lori and Mike Wallace’s Vergennes house on Labor Day weekend. The Wallaces had their hearts set on a new look: granite grey with pink trim.

“It’s unusual, I know, but it’s what we wanted,” Lori said.

The trouble was, both are disabled. Mike broke his neck and Lori suffered a brain hemorrhage a few years ago. So getting out there on ladders wasn’t really an option for them.

Luckily, through the Champlain Valley Agency on Ageing (CVAA) the couple was paired up with 10 eager college students — two upperclassmen led the group — looking for some way to get to know the community before diving into their first semester.

The students, who started classes on Monday, were part of Middlebury Outdoor Orientation (MOO), a 20-year-old program that this year drew more than 200 of the 645 incoming freshmen. MOO is designed to give new students a feel for the environment surrounding the college while offering them an opportunity to bond with each other.

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September 6th

Chop, chop

A FARMER HARVESTS corn growing on Border Acres Farm in Cornwall Tuesday afternoon.
Independent photo/Trent Campbell

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Towns cope with privacy issues

September 6, 2007

By JOHN FLOWERS

MIDDLEBURY — Addison County town clerks have developed their own policies on releasing citizens’ property tax information until the Legislature revisits the manner in which education funding information is reflected in public tax records.

That was the word from officials in several area towns last week, as they continued to grapple with the new way in which property tax prebates are distributed to qualifying taxpayers under the Vermont’s education funding laws.

To spread the cost of education equally, the state’s Act 60 and Act 68 education funding laws until this year mandated that the Vermont Department of Taxes set a statewide property tax rate, calculate property owners’ tax bills based on local conditions, and send checks, called prebates, to homeowners whose incomes do not surpass a given threshold.

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Whiting library to be revitalized

September 6, 2007

By MEGAN JAMES

WHITING — The Whiting Free Library has no heat, no electricity and no plumbing. Operating out of the town’s old Baptist church pressed right up against Route 30, it doesn’t provide patrons with anywhere to park either. The building is equipped with a small woodstove, but librarian Tammy Wilbur says the ceilings are so high it never really warms up. So for as long as anyone can remember, the library has been open only an hour a week, and during the winter it is always closed.

But all this could change, if Wilbur and a group of library trustees and volunteers get their way.

Inspired by some classes she recently took with the Vermont Department of Libraries, Wilbur decided it was about time to revitalize the old library, open it for more hours during the week and work to transform it into a welcoming community center.

“It’s not that it hasn’t been open, kids have been using it,” Wilbur said. “But if we’re going to really make something of this we have to really jumpstart it a little.”

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