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September 8th, 2014
This week’s writer is Haviland Smith of Williston, a retired CIA station chief who served in East and West Europe and the Middle East, and as chief of the counterterrorism staff.
With its meteoric military rise, its leadership, management and financing, the newest terrorist scourge facing the world is ISIS. Operating in what is clearly a political vacuum in northeast Syria and western Iraq and benefitting from the studied indifference of most of the Muslim world, ISIS is clearly on a roll.
When people get frustrated and feel they are not being heard they may use tactics that not everyone supports. But that should not distract us from the meaning of last Friday evening’s action in Hinesburg to oppose the fracked gas pipeline.
Gregory Dennis’s “Between the Lines” column (Aug. 28) challenging liberal doctrine is a laudable example of one Vermonter’s willingness to respectfully challenge widespread dogma. In that same spirit, I would like to clarify reasons for concern about GMOs that transcend political ideology.
Addison County taxpayers should take note of the latest telephone scam designed to separate them from their hard-earned cash — an IRS impersonation scam. According to a press release sent to tax professionals, the Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration continue to hear from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently claiming to be from the IRS.
VERGENNES — Amy Kittredge set a goal-scoring record as a star striker with the Vergennes Union High School Commodores around a dozen years ago.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police executed a search warrant at 200 Butternut Ridge Drive on Thursday, Sept. 4, as part of what Police Chief Tom Hanley said is an ongoing investigation into a recent residential burglary during which a firearm was allegedly stolen.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury College has agreed to pay up to $287,550 for additional equipment designed to make the town’s soon-to-be-built municipal building a “net-zero” project, meaning the total amount of energy to be used by the structure on an annual basis will roughly equal the amount of renewable energy created at the site.
BRISTOL — After years of waiting, Bristol residents again have a bridge across South Street.
“It’s exciting,” said Dora Rivera, who lives on the west side of the bridge. “The crew did an awesome job.”
The span over the New Haven River was closed in July of 2010 after an Agency of Transportation inspection found it to be unsafe for vehicular traffic, though residents still walked across it to get to downtown Bristol.