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Clippings: Pro baseball player strikes it rich

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By John Flowers



News item: Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has signed a contract extension that will pay him $325 million over the next 13 years.

To play baseball for around eight months each year.

I say eight months because the Marlins have as much chance of making the playoffs next year as I have of playing center in the National Basketball Association. And I’m 52 years old and 5 feet, 6 inches tall on a good day.

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Opinion: State must fight natural gas plan

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By John Madden



The nicest thing about a trip out of state is coming back to Vermont.

Recently there has been much advertising and sales of the idea that sacrificing the lives and property of Vermonters for cheap fuel from Canada (and not obeying Vermont law) is in the public good.

A current example of that concept is the building of an explosive gas storage and distribution network in Middlebury without the required-by-Vermont-law public hearing (30 V.S.A., Section 24B(4)(A)) and permit (Section 248(b)(5)).

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Opinion: Fans thankful for Otter Valley football

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Brian Fillioe



Now the high school football season is over. Otter Valley was the Div. III State Championship runner-up. While it was hard for the players to lose the championship game, they all should be proud of the year they had.

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Opinion: Sharpe grateful to local voters

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Dave Sharpe



Thank you to everyone who worked on my successful campaign to return to the Vermont House. I am humbled by the support I have received from the voters and regard it as an important job to represent them in the Legislature.

I recognize that it will be a very difficult session with restricted revenues and that the wages of Vermonters have not kept up with inflation over the last few decades. I am looking forward to serving Vermonters in my district and throughout the state.

Rep. Dave Sharpe

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Opinion: Secret ballots a very bad idea

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Bryan Young



I appreciated the recent opinion letter from my Democratic counterpart, Bob Zeliff, regarding the outcome of the Milne/Shumlin race and the necessity of a legislative vote to determine the next governor.

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Greg Dennis: Why a gratitude holiday matters

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Gregory Dennis



North America is a land where, as Jackson Browne says on his new album, “Even in the richer neighborhoods, people don’t know when they’ve got it good. They’ve got the envy, and they’ve got it bad.”

Which is one more reason it’s a good thing that in Canada and the United States, we set aside one holiday weekend a year to count our blessings.

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Opinion: Fisher's contributions at Statehouse appreciated

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By Kelly Cummings



Dear Rep. Fisher,

I write to you with much sadness but also much gratitude and hope.

I would like to thank you for your incredible, good and solid work on health care.

I admire your tenacity just as much as your compassion. And I so appreciate your service.

I hope you know that what you have helped set in motion has not been in vain.

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Opinion: New projects make Bristol even better place to live

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By Susan Wallis



Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. Bristol was a nice place to live in the past and suddenly it has become even nicer.

Many thanks to everyone involved in the New Haven River Bridge, from the planners and all those whose photo appeared in the Addison Independent cutting the ribbon as well as to all those who showed up early for work in all kinds of weather and whose photo did not appear. The bridge is sleek, smart, handsome, modern, easy to use. Many thanks.

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Opinion: Many factors influence children's mental development

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By Jack Mayer



Early childhood education is essential for giving kids the good start they need to be successful. Eighty percent of a child’s brain has developed in the first three years, 90 percent by age five.

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Opinion: VAL serves many consituencies

Posted on November 17, 2014 |
By Natalie Reigle



As employees of Addison County Vermont Adult Learning (VAL), we wish to offer clarification about comments that were made regarding our role in the community in two recent articles covering our possible move to a new, more central location (Addison Independent “HOPE seeking to fill vacancies” Oct. 23 and “HOPE seeks hold on its mortgage” Nov. 3).

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