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February 4th, 2013

Editorial: Who's helped, who's hurt by proposed 'Death with Dignity' law?

Posted on February 4, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



What seemed striking about the “death with dignity” debate that filled the State Capitol this past week were the juxtaposed tones from each respective side: compassion to ease the suffering of loved ones was the predominant message of those who supported the legislation; a more strident argument against the moral affront the bill poses dominated the testimony of those opposed.

Vermonters rightfully perplexed by complex feelings about this issue might reflect on those countering arguments to draw their own conclusions.

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Legislative Report: Transportation needs hard for state to fund

Posted on February 4, 2013 |
By Rep. Diane Lanpher



Rep. Diane Lanpher, Addison-3, is a member of the House Transportation Committee.

Vermont’s transportation system has faced some extraordinary challenges in recent years, with four federally declared disasters in 2011, including spring floods followed by Tropical Storm Irene. This year we face different transportation challenges — both challenge the Transportation Fund. One more immediate and another reaching far into the future.

Long Term challenge:

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February 1st

Van Wyck last in Addison-3 race as Castimore withdraws

Posted on February 1, 2013 |
By John Flowers



FERRISBURGH — Mary Ann Castimore of Waltham withdrew her candidacy for the Addison-3 House vacancy on Thursday, leaving Warren Van Wyck of Ferrisburgh as the lone remaining nominee and therefore the presumptive successor to the late Rep. Greg Clark, R-Vergennes.

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January 31st

Two run for one vacancy on Bristol board; a third candidate withdraws

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



Editor’s note: The version of this article ran in the print edition stated that Kris Perlee was a candidate in the selectboard race. Perlee withdrew his petition for candidacy after press time for this edition of the Independent. This article has been amended to reflect that change.

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Fate of VUHS bonds at stake on Tuesday

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes voters will pick a new mayor in March, as Mayor Michael Daniels made good on his pledge made early in 2012 not to seek re-election for a fourth term.

City residents will also decide a four-way race for three city council seats among three incumbents and a former two-term alderman.

The marquee race for mayor will pit incumbent Alderman Bill Benton against former mayor and Alderwoman April Jin.

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Bill Benton and April Jin vie to be next Vergennes mayor

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



VERGENNES — Vergennes voters will pick a new mayor in March, as Mayor Michael Daniels made good on his pledge made early in 2012 not to seek re-election for a fourth term.

City residents will also decide a four-way race for three city council seats among three incumbents and a former two-term alderman.

The marquee race for mayor will pit incumbent Alderman Bill Benton against former mayor and Alderwoman April Jin.

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Middlebury sets town budget that trims fire department fund donation

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By John Flowers



MIDDLEBURY — The Middlebury selectboard on Tuesday finalized a 2013-2014 municipal budget of $8,951,760 to present to voters at town meeting.

The proposed spending plan, if approved by residents, would drive an increase of around 4.5 cents in the town property tax rate and calls for a one-year, 50-percent reduction in the amount of money the community annually places into its fire equipment replacement fund.

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Holzapfel challenges Lawrences for Ferrisburgh selectboad seat

Posted on January 31, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



FERRISBURGH — Residents of Addison County’s third-largest town will have a choice on Town Meeting Day that could unseat a 12-year veteran of its selectboard.

Ferrisburgh selectboard chairwoman Loretta Lawrence is in Ferrisburgh’s only contested race: She is facing a challenge from Arabella Holzapfel, whose most recent appearance in the public eye came in 2012 as a losing candidate for the district of the Vermont House that includes Ferrisburgh, Addison, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham.

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