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Eric Davis: Support of Rubio could hurt Scott

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Last Friday, Lt. Gov. Phil Scott announced that he would vote for Sen. Marco Rubio in the Republican primary. Less than a week before, Scott had introduced Gov. John Kasich at a campaign event in Colchester.

When asked why he supported Rubio over Kasich, Scott replied that Kasich, as governor of Ohio, had signed a bill to prevent state funding of Planned Parenthood, an organization that, in Scott’s opinion, did “incredible work.” Scott added that Rubio “can build consensus within the party.”

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Opinion: Hospital issues discussed on VPR

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Morris Earle Jr.



The VPR radio show “Vermont Edition” ran a piece on Feb. 29 about Porter Hospital. It was moderated by Jane Lindholm, and can easily be listened to online. On the show the hospital spokesperson states that employees should have no reason to fear to speak their mind, or suffer retribution for doing so.

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Opinion: Drawbridges an excellent idea

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Peter Grant



What happened to the suggestion in a recent letter to the Independent for drawbridges?

An excellent idea. The sides of the trench might need work but the tracks would not need lowering. The bridges need replacing anyway, so why not with drawbridges?

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Opinion: Town must wait for Anbaric vote

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By George Jaeger



Reactions to my letter to the editor on the Anbaric proposal to New Haven of Feb. 4 suggest that some readers took it to mean that I was urging an early town vote before the details of the deal are fully tacked down. That was not at all my intent.

On the contrary, it will be very important that such a vote only be called after formal negotiations with Anbaric have taken place and the results are in. At that point the selectboard should provide New Haven voters with:

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Opinion: Changes at PMC to affect women

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Sarah McGowen Audet



Porter Medical Center recently announced that Tapestry Midwifery and Addison Associates will join their practices to create a single practice, Porter Women’s Health. The Addison Independent reported on Feb. 8, “In most circumstances, the nurse-midwives and physicians will continue to provide separate call coverage for their pregnant patients.” Unfortunately, this is no longer the case.

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Opinion: Vermont is not ready for legalization of marijuana

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Chief George Merkel



To all Vermont legislators,

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Opinion: Former teacher taught student an enduring lesson

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Mike Sommers



George Motolanez was my ninth-grade world history teacher. I remember sitting next to Dave Rochon and Lauren Leroux in 1979 when Mr. Motolanez taught us something that still has a strong and helpful influence upon my view of how the world works.

Up until that time I thought that the function of government was to represent people — all people. So even if my viewpoints were anti-commercial, for example, government’s job was to represent my views (in balance with all the other views of people out there).

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Opinion: Fans should let coaches coach, and focus on cheering

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Ron LaRose



The 2015-2016 basketball season has come to a close with all three county high school boys’ and girls’ teams being eliminated from the playoffs. Even though this winter’s basketball season was not measured in a lot of ‘Ws’ for any of these six teams, one can reflect back over the season, regardless of records, Mount Abe versus Vergennes or Middlebury or Vergennes versus Middlebury, boys’ or girls’ games, there were a lot of competitive games between the three schools.

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Opinion: Monkton voters made big splash

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Stephen Pilcher



Judging by the increased attendance and the number of new faces at Monkton’s first-ever Saturday town meeting, the decision, made at last year’s town meeting, to move our town meeting to a day when citizens do not have to take time off from work appears to have been a good idea.

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Opinion: Law must encourage education savings

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Rep. Scott Beck



Four shoppers needing a new sedan walk onto a car lot and are greeted by a salesperson who quickly sizes up their wallets — one is poor, one has limited means, one has modest means, and one has means.

The salesperson takes the four on a lot tour, first showing them an economy car — small, efficient to operate, few options and a sticker price of $10,000. An additional premium of $2,500 is required when purchasing the economy car for a total price of $12,500.

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