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Opinion: States should cooperate on pipeline

Posted on April 7, 2014 |
By Garry Douglas



The North Country Chamber of Commerce is the largest business and economic development organization in northern New York and the Lake Champlain region, representing more than 4,200 predominantly small employers across Essex, Clinton, Franklin, Hamilton and northern Warren counties. We are strategically committed to the sustainable economic future of our shared, bi-state Champlain Valley region, working actively over the last 20 years across the lake on such endeavors as the Lake Champlain Basin Plan.

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Community Forum: Why I voted against school consolidation

Posted on April 7, 2014 |
By William J. Mathis



This week’s writer is Goshen resident William J. Mathis, a former Rutland Northeast superintendent and the managing director of the National Education Policy Center, which has researched school consolidations nationally.

When the press release named me as the only state board of education member who voted against the Legislature’s consolidation plan, the perfectly predictable result was a stampede of reporters asking me, “Why?” Here’s my answer:

The bill is ghost dancing.

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Opinion: Ticonderoga official backs natural gas pipeline plan

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By William Grinnell



Editor’s note: The Ticonderoga, N.Y., official wrote this letter to Adam Lougee of the Addison County Regional Planning Commission and copied the Independent. Also, the Ticonderoga Town Council on Monday approved a resolution with similar wording as this letter that supports the natural gas pipeline to International Paper and encourages the regional planning commission to do the same.

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Opinion: Shoreland bill fails to deliver

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By David Bronson



These comments on some of the issues regarding the H.526 Lake Shoreland Protection Standards Bill as passed by the Vermont Senate are based on my understanding of what appears would or could be the case given what it says. The bill is proposed to go into effect July 1, 2014.

The bill lacks an exemption stating existing habitable structures and other impervious surfaces can be maintained.

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Opinion: Shumlin skirts pipeline answers

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Norton Latourelle



I left the Legislative Luncheon in Middlebury on March 24 with an upset stomach. It had little to do with the great goulash and brownie meal that the American Legion provided. The trouble seemed to originate from the keynote speaker. What the press didn’t say is what the governor avoided answering. And how could they? He didn’t say anything. Sound confusing? Well that’s how I felt.

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Eric Davis: Scheuermann steps up for GOP

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Eric Davis



Rep. Heidi Scheuermann of Stowe told reporters last week that she is seriously considering entering the race for governor as a Republican.

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Greg Dennis: College-town collaboration is a winner

Posted on April 2, 2014 |
By Gregory Dennis



Every year after Town Meeting Day, Vermonters get an interesting glimpse at what we “really” think about some controversial statewide issues. That glimpse comes courtesy of State Sen. William Doyle’s survey distributed at many town meetings.

This year’s findings are worth noting on several counts, from legal weed to wind power. But before we consider those statewide issues, let’s first turn to some local ones.

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Bridging gaps, building futures: Weatherization key in future fuel policy

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By Jan Demers



"It is very difficult to cover the expenses now with only one income for a large family. After his death (her partner) and losing the benefit of reduced pricing for fuel since he worked for the dealer, it was impossible to keep the house warm and comfortable. Now, since weatherization, we can be safe and comfortable.”

“What a difference to feel warm and to save on fuel.”

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Opinion: Ill-advised bill would eliminate supervisory unions

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By Carol Brigham



A challenge to all Vermont school board members:

I have missed very few of my local town meetings in the last 30 years. Of course, being an elected member of the Whiting school board the last 21 years is a good reason to be there. But in Whiting, everyone who wants a “say” in the town and school business must come to town meeting. All budgets and elections are done on the floor. Elections are most often uncontested, but if there are any rumors of a competition, the hall is packed.

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Opinion: Freemasons making a difference for area students

Posted on March 31, 2014 |
By R.E. Merrill



This week I had the wonderful opportunity to attend, in Burlington, the two-day MMSAP (Masonic Model Student Assistance Program) seminar sponsored by the Vermont Freemasons and assisted by several Vermont state agencies. For decades I had considered it just another charity. I now see it more as an investment.

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