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Jessie Raymond: Feelings mixed about precipitation

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



If this were a typical Vermont winter, I’d be reaching my breaking point right about now. By January I start to feel like people are going out of their way to annoy me by, for example, cutting me off in traffic or being married to me. I can’t help it; it’s hard to be pleasant when it’s dark all the time and I can no longer maintain a core body temperature above 90 degrees.

But this winter has hardly been typical.

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Greg Dennis: We can make nature sacred again

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Gregory Dennis



If you follow the wide trail through thick pine woods above the Robert Frost cabin in Ripton, a more rugged path breaks off to the right.

It’s as much stream bed as it is trail. Especially in this stop-and-start winter when frost and mud and tree roots confound the skier and hiker.

Rambling up that trail eventually leads to what is, for some of us, a sacred little spot.

Today in that place sits just the sorry shambles of an old house.

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Opinion: Rep. Nuovo followed her conscience

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Joseph Watson



The excellent article on Jan. 21 about Rep. Betty Nuovo’s decision not to seek reelection couldn’t possibly have covered all of Betty’s personal attributes because they’re too numerous to share in a short news article. There’s an attribute that I think needs to be highlighted: Betty has a deep well of moral courage and wisdom from which she draws to inform her decisions.

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Opinion: Ms. Bridges' brave act in 1960 changed me

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Alice Leeds



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Ruby Bridges is considered the youngest hero of the civil rights movement. Her story is presented in an iconic Norman Rockwell painting of a small black girl in a starched white dress flanked by four huge marshals, a racist slur graffiti’d on the brick wall beside her. In 1960, when she was 6 years old, Ruby Bridges became the first black student to attend the William Franz Public School in New Orleans.

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Opinion: Paid sick leave is fair for workers

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Richard Hollenbeck



I am writing to express my support for paid sick days for all workers in Vermont.

There are nearly 100,000 Vermonters who don’t receive any paid sick leave. People need a minimum standard of earned leave to use to take care of their own health and the health of their families. If I’m ill and go into work, how many people do I feasibly infect in a day? Sixty?

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Opinion: Rail bridge plan is unacceptable

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Sue Hoxie and Lindsey Wing



Dear Gov. Shumlin,

The membership of the Addison County Chamber of Commerce and Better Middlebury Partnership represents more than 200 businesses, organizations and individuals within the boundaries of Middlebury as well as another 200 members throughout Addison County. We are writing on our members’ behalf to express our concern over the Agency of Transportation’s current plan to repair the two railroad bridges spanning Main Street and Merchants Row.

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Opinion: The aesthetics of solar siting must be taken seriously

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Merle Schloff



I am writing in response to Gregg Beldock’s Community Forum column on the siting of solar fields (“Solar helps farmers, creates jobs,” Jan. 18, 2016).

What’s wrong with a pig farm if it doesn’t stink?

It’s not just a rhetorical question for me, for I am the owner of the property with what I feel is the ugliest solar field on the Route 7 solar corridor.

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Opinion: It's time to make college affordable

Posted on January 28, 2016 |
By Sen. Patrick Leahy



As Vermont’s college students return from the winter break and begin their spring semesters, college costs continue to weigh heavily on their minds and on their pocketbooks. The price of a college education has steadily grown to become both a personal financial hardship for them and their families, and an emerging national crisis, and we need to tackle it. No student should ever be denied a higher education simply because of a lack of financial ability. That is not how we prepare the next generation to lead our country in the global marketplace.

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Opinion: Community, not violence, the answer to problems

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



This past summer, my husband noticed a bumper sticker that said, “I am not a liberal. I support the 2nd Amendment.”

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Opinion: Much to recommend in 'pastoral' Champlain Valley

Posted on January 25, 2016 |
By John-Eric Colley Robinson



I’m taking an online permaculture course through Cornell UniversityExtension, and part of my current assignment is to write an elevator pitch for my bioregion to convince everyone to move here. Here it is, addressed not to us, but to the folk living other places:

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