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Opinion: Davis wrong in Act 46 criticism

Posted on December 17, 2015 |
By Peter Conlon



Political columnist Eric Davis’s recent piece railing against Act 46 and school district unification is a good example of the type of old-style thinking we need to move away from to advance education and face the challenging headwinds of declining enrollment and increasing property taxes. It is also clear that Eric has not attended a school meeting in a long time to understand the reality of education governance today.

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Opinion: School consolidation has plusses

Posted on May 7, 2015 |
By Peter Conlon



In a recent letter to the editor, Orwell resident Paul Stone argued the Senate and House education bills were mainly aimed at two goals: closing small schools and getting rid of school boards to put more power in the hands of bureaucrats, not citizens. That is a pretty cynical view.

Let’s be realistic. Small schools are already closing due to declining enrollment and high costs, and the enlightened trend among school boards is to do more governing, and less managing, as it should be.

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Clippings: 911 house number signs save lives

Posted on March 19, 2015 |
By Peter Conlon



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A few days ago, the Middlebury ambulance and Cornwall First Response were called to a home on Route 30 for a man described by the dispatcher as “unresponsive.”

As a volunteer firefighter, I put on my shoes and coat and headed out to see if I could help. Thanks to 911 numbering of residences, I knew about where the house was, and assumed I could pin it down once in the area. I started rehearsing in my head the CPR training we receive every other year. Thirty compressions, two breaths.

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Opinion: Green  technology  not  yet  able  to  meet  all  demands

Posted on June 16, 2014 |
By Peter Conlon



In a letter to the editor last week, environmental scholar and leader Bill McKibben showcased the progress Germany has made in moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources as a reason we should reject a natural gas pipeline in Addison County. The argument goes that investing in a fossil fuel infrastructure only makes us more reliant on fossil fuels, in this case natural gas.

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Opinion: UD-3 budget decision hinged on teacher retirements

Posted on January 2, 2014 |
By Peter Conlon



The recent story about the UD-3 school board approving a new budget did not have some relevant information that led the board to maintain the current number of teachers at Middlebury Union Middle School rather than reduce the staff this year due to declining enrollment as was proposed at the beginning of the budget process.

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Fire on the field

Posted on July 26, 2012 |
By Peter Conlon



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THE CORNWALL FIRE Department responds to a fire that engulfed a chopper in a field off Route 125 Wednesday morning. Firefighters Kyle Cota, left, and Chris Dayton applied a mixture of foam and water to contain the fire, which was caused by a broken fuel line.
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