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Opinion: Soda tax misses the mark

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Brian Bauer



If you believed that the Shoreland Protection Bill was about fighting pollution in Vermont’s waters, you also probably believe that a tax on sugary drinks is a health care initiative. Both could not be further from the truth.

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Legislative Review: Lanpher vows to help close budget gap

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Rep. Diane Lanpher



This is the start of my seventh year in the Vermont House of Representatives, and it is still as special as my first year. In many ways I am experiencing those freshmAn hurdles again due to my acceptance of a new and challenging legislative assignment. For six years I served on the House Transportation Committee. But after several conversations with House Speaker Shap Smith, I knew this 2015 legislative session was going to have a very different approach.

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Opinion: Town meeting preserves Jeffersonian Democracy

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Stephen Pilcher



Town Meeting, it has been said, is “democracy being practiced in its purest form.” Thomas Jefferson called Town Meeting the “wisest invention ever devised by the wit of man for the perfect exercise of self government and for its preservation.”

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Opinion: State tax structure amounts to farm welfare

Posted on February 5, 2015 |
By Craig Scribner Sr.



Reading the Jan. 15 issue of the Addy Indy inspired me to pen this missive. Bob Foster, the Middlebury Moo Doo Guru, and Bill Moore, Vermont Farm Bureau lobbyist, painted farmers as the epitome of philanthropy.

Untrue as proven by the following scenario. A business in Bristol assessed at $2.5 million, the property tax, (calculated at the non-residential rate) would be $56,877.50. Farm buildings in Bristol assessed at $2.5 million, the property tax is $0.

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Opinion: Solar helps keep young people in Vermont

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By R.J. Adler



On Aug. 16, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. I was in Jackson, Wyo., nervously awaiting a call from a potential employer, a solar energy company back in Vermont. After leaving Vermont for job opportunities out West, I knew the solar position was my chance to get back to a place I loved: Addison County. This was the job I wanted, in the place I wanted to be.

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Opinion: Solar energy is key to state's future

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Carol Van Vleck



I am surprised at the backlash against solar panel “fields.” We’ve all been living “high off the hog” for decades now, with limitless energy sources. Now, we have to cut back and develop new sources. Everyone knows this — even anti-environmentalists/global warming people. It’s time to turn the blinker on and change the direction of our journey.

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Opinion: Proposed gun law makes sense

Posted on February 2, 2015 |
By Anna Rose Benson



Earlier this month, a bill was introduced in the Vermont Senate to require criminal backgrounds checks for everyone buying a gun in Vermont. This means that people who have been deemed too dangerous to own a gun by Vermont courts because of their past violent actions will not be able to.

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Opinon: Lazarus family's legacy should be honored, preserved

Posted on January 30, 2015 |
By Judy and Michael Olinick



The text accompanying photos of the demolished Lazarus Building in the Jan. 22 Independent doesn’t mention the source of the building’s name or its first occupant.

The building may have been unprepossessing and its location was a longtime irritant to promoters of the Marble Works; but its owner, Stanton Lazarus, his brother Gene and the Lazarus family were highly esteemed members of the community. Their contributions to Middlebury life should be a valued heritage, not debris of the downtown reconstruction blitz.

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Clippings: Me, you and Berkshire Hathaway

Posted on January 28, 2015 |
By John McCright



It really bothered me a few years ago when the Supreme Court declared that corporations are people. It just seemed like Chief Justice John Roberts and the Republican majority on the court (and make no mistake, these five men carry the water for the GOP that put them in power) simply were twisting the rules again to favor their team. How did I know that corporate personhood would favor the Republicans? Because the Republican majority on the Supreme Court backed it, therefore it must be pro-GOP. How’s that for circular liberal logic?

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Jessie Raymond: Photo Sharing was a 'moose-stake'

Posted on January 28, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



In this age of technology, it’s less important to enjoy beautiful moments for what they are than it is to capture them digitally and share them online within seconds.

While that sounds sensible and doesn’t at all signal the imminent downfall of civilization as we know it, sometimes I get so distracted by existing that I forget to treat my life like an ongoing photo op. Mostly I just post cute pictures of our dog to Facebook.

But I’m getting better.

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