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Editorial: Two candidates exemplary in Middlebury board race

Posted on February 27, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



When choosing a candidate for the three available seats open on the Middlebury Board of Selectmen, voters might ponder what individual qualities are most effective in that role: In our mind, strong leadership skills, a rational approach to problem-solving, and working well as a team are three of the more important strengths a candidate must have to be effective.

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Editorial: An opportunity waiting

Posted on February 27, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The Page 1 story on about the Russ Sholes Senior Center presents opportunities to better serve that segment of Middlebury’s population in the years ahead.

The shocking news is the diminished active members of the group. At its current weekly luncheons only a dozen or so seniors routinely attend, with a larger group showing up monthly for a lunch that also features entertainment.

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Editorial: Five reasons to vote yes on town office plan

Posted on February 24, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the past several months, opponents to moving the municipal building and athletic facility in Middlebury to its proposed new sites have zeroed in on a few alleged faults of the plan. In each case, those allegations have been proven wrong.

Here’s a brief rundown of those issues as they apply to Article 6 that Middlebury residents will vote on by Australian ballot on March 4:

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Editorial: Vote 'Yes' on UD-3 lease of land for town rec building

Posted on February 20, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Voters of the seven-town UD-3 school district will decide next Tuesday whether it is prudent to lease 2.5 acres of land to the town of Middlebury on which to site the town’s municipal gym. The UD-3 board earlier endorsed the project, which would also include a $400,000 bond vote for a 2,000-square-foot addition onto the building to be used for Middlebury Union High and Middle School sporting events.

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Editorial: Shoreland bill muddies the waters it means to clean

Posted on January 27, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



House Bill 526 provides an object lesson in what’s wrong with the legislative mindset.

The bill, which was recently passed out of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, seeks to regulate “lake shoreland protection standards.”

The intent of the legislation, like so many other bills, is all well and good. In short, the mission of the legislation is to ensure clean water in our public lakes. No one, literally, no one, is against that premise.

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Editorial: Clear options for Middlebury

Posted on January 23, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



After 20-plus years of intermittent discussion and an occasional vote, Middlebury residents will have a clear choice this Town Meeting Day on three options for their municipal building:

• To keep it as it is, do constant repairs and inevitably face another vote in the not too distant future to replace the current building;

• To raze the current municipal building and build new on that site at an estimated cost of $6 million to $10 million, or to renovate at a cost of $2 million to $4.5 million, all paid with taxpayer dollars;

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Editorial: Vermont's state of affairs: 2014

Posted on January 9, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The challenge of government is allocating scant resources to meet an insatiable demand.

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Editorial: A consequence of incivility

Posted on January 6, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Being vindictive has consequences. When a small cadre of Middlebury residents set out to discredit selectman Victor Nuovo for allegedly violating the town’s conflict of interest policies they did so in a relentless fashion — organizing a mean-spirited letter-writing campaign that attacked personal character as well as process. It has been beyond the pale. 

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Clippings: A gift for all: forgiveness, grace, charity

Posted on December 19, 2013 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Tonight, after settling in at the house, I’ll re-stoke the fire, boil some tea water, turn on a CD of Christmas carols and bear down on the week’s task — addressing a few more holiday cards to send to friends and family.

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Editorial: A ray of hope within the GOP

Posted on December 16, 2013 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In this season of hope, peace and understanding, it’s fitting that moderate Republicans in the U.S. House joined forces with Democrats this past Thursday to approve a two-year budget outline by 332-94. The 94 votes in opposition make up a large part of the Tea Party conservatives that have undermined mainstream Republican and Democratic agendas for the past four years.

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