March 2nd, 2012
Two truths are all too often overshadowed in today's political discourse: Public service is a most honorable pursuit, and so is bipartisanship.
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Here’s U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, explaining why she is not running for a fourth term for the Senate as had been expected. Snowe has been a moderate Republican voice and one of the few Republicans willing to cross party lines to forge a compromise. She laments the loss of bipartisanship in the Senate and in politics. As former U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, I-Vermont, did almost a decade ago, she is leaving her post discouraged by a party and a political system that seems to have lost its way. It’s an informative and important piece to read.
Angelo S. Lynn, editor/publisher
Middlebury is a great place to live. It’s a beautiful and safe community that nurtures our families. It is a wonderful place to raise children. We love our town and we’re lucky to live here.
NEW HAVEN — When sculptor Dennis Sparling started work on his nine-foot-tall sculpture of Leonardo da Vinci, he didn’t expect that one day he’d have to load the 600-pound behemoth onto a trailer and cart it around on a world tour. But, starting next month, Sparling and “Leo” will hit the road for the first leg of their journey.
For the New Haven artist, creating Leonardo has been more than a technical feat — though it did present challenges. Fabricating the sculpture was almost a manifesto.
VERGENNES — According to several sources, a Northlands Job Corps dormitory has been the scene of regular beatings given to new students by other students over at least the past six months, while at least some Northlands staff and supervisors are aware of and apparently have failed to take steps to halt the violence.
MIDDLEBURY — New scrutiny of Middlebury’s financial records reveals that the town does not possess a $1.5 million surplus as previously announced by local officials in late January.
MIDDLEBURY — Owners of the Edgewater Gallery at 1 Mill St., the former home of the Vermont State Craft Center, want to buy a small sliver of land from the adjacent town-owned Jessica Swift Park in order to expand their enterprise to include a new restaurant and two condominiums.
Cornwall resident George Dorsey of Edgewood Property Holdings, LLC purchased 1 Mill St. from the Frog Hollow Craft Association back on Oct. 1, 2009. Dorsey has substantially upgraded the building, which continues to house an art gallery.
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