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Letter to the Editor: Alternative rail plan sparks action

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Bruce Hiland



Last week’s letter about the VTrans’ rail project triggered requests for more specifics about anticipated disruption and damage. Many readers asked: “What can I do?” Several noted that if VTrans’ plan is followed it will disrupt everyone who works in, lives in, shops in, drives through or otherwise uses Middlebury. This is NOT just a “downtown problem”.

First, some facts…. 

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Letter to the Editor: New vision for Mount Abe facility hailed for creative ideas

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By David Brynn



The Addison Independent’s recap of the Nov. 27 meeting of the Mount Abraham Middle/High School’s Renovation Committee meeting was superb. As the author noted, the session was a lively and yet respectful discussion full of energy and tension. The Addy Indy article captured all of this very well. Special thanks to all who made the meeting so!

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Letter to the Editor: Pondering why my sunny disposition is now gloomy

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Bill Brown



I’m not a person prone to depression. But over the last several months my mood has changed. A cloud has drifted over my usually sunny (or at least partly sunny) outlook. To figure out what was going on with me (I’m a retired psychologist) I did an internal check that included the following:

Is my wife happy? Yes as best as I can figure out.

Finances OK? Not bad — could always be better.

Health issues? Yeah. Aches here and there. The norm for 74.

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Between the Lines, Gregory Dennis: Serving a dog's breakfast in D.C.

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Gregory Dennis



When Gina McCarthy was a little girl and would get unnecessarily wound up about something, her mother would tell her, “Never waste a good worry on something you can’t control.”

At a time when the Trumpsters have hijacked efforts to combat climate change, McCarthy offered that coping strategy to a large crowd of Vermont community leaders. She was the keynoter at Saturday’s 10th annual conference of the Vermont Energy and Climate Action Conference Network (VECAN).

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Ways of Seeing, Rebecca Kneale Gould: Many traditions light up the winter's darkness

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By By Rebecca Kneale Gould



The sun is going to set at 4:15 tonight — or, more precisely, this afternoon. However you parse it, that’s way too early for me. But while it is tempting to resist this basic fact of December life, I’m not sure how much sense that actually makes. Let’s see, me versus the tilt of the earth’s axis ... Who should cry “Uncle” first?

Now that we have this question of planetary power dynamics out of the way, how might we move on from here? How do we manage these oh, so short days and these ever-lengthening nights?

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Letter to the Editor: Take another look at Midd rail project

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Jenn and Bob Nixon



Kudos and thanks to Bruce Hiland and his group of concerned citizens for bringing more attention to the rail project before it is too late.

This committed group has spent hours researching the history of this project. Their efforts have brought forth information that we, as concerned citizens, should know and, consequently, be able to act upon accordingly.

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Editorial: A way to trump Trump

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



If you’re sick-to-your-stomach with Trump’s reckless actions that are undermining America’s fight against global warming (not to mention our role in world affairs, the long-term economy, health care, education, immigration, and on and on and on), here’s a positive step you can take to fight back: Share your ideas on what climate policies and solutions Vermont should pursue to meet its clean energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals.

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Letter to the Editor: A modest answer to train's height

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Lee Beckwith



Regarding the height requirement for the Amtrak passenger train of the future — it is unfortunate that Amtrak is unwilling to compromise on the double decker car height requirement. I’m almost embarrassed to suggest as I am sure someone must have thought of this already, as rider numbers increase and the cars get too crowded, simply add another car. Trains can easily get longer. Must they become taller?

Lee Beckwith

Bristol

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Letter to the Editor: Lock 'im up now, later is too late

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Bruce Acciavatti



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Letter to the Editor: Proposed Middlebury rail project is unsafe and unnecessary

Posted on December 7, 2017 |
By Max Kraus



I should like to add my voice to that of Bruce Hiland and the others who continue to describe the shortcomings and dangers inherent in the Middlebury “train-tunnel” project as currently proposed. While Jim Gish and others have done their best to mitigate the problems, this does not change the fact that the tunnel arrangement as currently proposed is unsafe and unnecessary.

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