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Paul Ralston: Passion is good in an election

Posted on October 4, 2018 |
By Paul Ralston



In last Thursday’s edition of this paper, columnist Greg Dennis published a commentary entitled Passions running high in the State Senate race,” which began with the line, “Call it the Trump effect.”

Who or what is Dennis referring to? What does Trump have to do with our local election?

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Letter to the editor: Letter-writer regrets lead sentence

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By Paul Ralston



My letter published in this paper on July 2 was off base in its opening.

The opening began: “Vermont’s budget standoff has ended. Our legislators fought hard for a tax increase, and they won.” That is an unfair characterization, and I apologize for any suggestion that the Legislature’s goal was a tax increase.

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Letter to the editor: Business owner wonders about choice to hike taxes

Posted on July 2, 2018 |
By Paul Ralston



Vermont’s budget standoff has ended. Our legislators fought hard for a tax increase, and they won. Despite new state revenue projections suggesting first a $44 million surplus and now a $55 million revenue surplus, taxes on many Vermonters will go up.

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Letter to the editor: Baker has experience, knows needs of businesses

Posted on February 26, 2018 |
By Paul Ralston



I write in support of Gary Baker’s candidacy for the Middlebury selectboard. Gary is a friend, an amiable and considerate person who has a background and experience that will help the selectboard in its work guiding our town. As a small business person, Gary understands the challenges of our changing marketplace and will be sensitive to the needs of our local businesses. As a long-time resident, he has an historical perspective that is important in times of great change. Gary will work hard for us, so I urge you to help elect Gary Baker to the selectboard.

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Opinion: Help, don't blame farmers (or their cows)

Posted on January 22, 2018 |
By Paul Ralston



This week’s writer is Paul Ralston is a Middlebury entrepreneur and a former member of the Vermont Legislature. His business, the Vermont Coffee Company, purchases 100 percent of its electricity from Vermont Cow Power farms.

 

 

What will it take to solve Vermont’s water quality problems? We don’t know.

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Letters to the Editor: Middlebury falling short on housing, infrastructure, economy

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Paul Ralston



With regards your recent article on Middlebury’s quest for an “Economic Health Committee:”

Instead of another committee, may I humbly suggest we just install a sidewalk on Exchange Street.

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Opinion: Rules suspension not justified in solar siting bill fix

Posted on June 13, 2016 |
By Paul Ralston



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Opinion: Corporatization of town property raises questions

Posted on May 16, 2016 |
By Paul Ralston



On my morning walk through Middlebury today, I saw a disturbing sight. The large granite blocks outside the new town office building now sport corporate advertising. I knew the selectboard was considering this approach to fundraising, because my company had been solicited for funds.

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Guest editorial: Vt. patent law needs to go national

Posted on April 16, 2015 |
By Paul Ralston



Vermont is a creative, innovative place with a strong history of entrepreneurial initiative. Despite difficult economic news, many Vermont businesses are growing and reaching out to new markets. Unfortunately, as our Vermont entrepreneurs gain wider recognition in the marketplace, they are increasingly becoming targets of a very insidious, very un-American threat: bad faith assertions of patent infringement — commonly known as “patent trolls.”

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Community Forum: Politicians face single-payer test

Posted on August 21, 2014 |
By Paul Ralston



This week’s writer is Rep. Paul Ralston, a Democrat representing Middlebury in the Vermont House; he is not running for re-election. He is also chief executive officer of Vermont Coffee Co., a Middlebury business.

“Single payer” is the buzzword of Vermont’s 2014 election. A candidate’s pledge to support single payer is the litmus test for some. Big money — mostly from out-of-state unions — is flowing into Vermont to support candidates who pass the single-payer test.

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