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Opinion: Child advocacy effort started

Posted on May 1, 2014 |
By Amethyst Peaslee



I'm writing in support of Let’s Grow Kids, the new public awarenesscampaign that launched on April 25 with a goal of raising awareness about theimportance of the earliest years in the lives of our children.

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Opinion: Increase in bottle deposit would discourage littering

Posted on May 1, 2014 |
By Alice C. Grau



Editor’s note: The writer sent this letter to Rep. Harvey Smith and Sen. Chris Bray.

While working to pick up the trash along the roads and in the DAR State Park near my home in Bridport this week, it occurred to me that an increase in the deposit on beverage bottles and cans would do more to take care of this problem than any public service announcement.

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Opinion: Revote offers new opportunity

Posted on May 1, 2014 |
By Dorie Bechtel



We, the people of Middlebury, now have the great opportunity to engage in a right of democracy; that is, to honor the referendum passed to give voters another chance to review options on the design and location of new town offices. Imagine the creative idea of Mr. Brush to locate the town office and a senior center on Route 7 in the two buildings once owned by Lightning Photo. There would be plenty of parking. And there is the option to expand for other facilities should the need come up.

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Greg Dennis: I Spy the stranger of my dreams

Posted on May 1, 2014 |
By Greg Dennis



"In the spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to love,” wrote the poet Tennyson.

But in the “I Spy” section of personal ads in Seven Days, the fancy of men and women isn’t restricted to springtime. It turns to love all year round.

The Burlington-based alternative weekly has been running I Spy ads for most of its nearly 20 years, helping casual strangers make romantic connections.

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Opinion: Voters should affirm support of town office project

Posted on April 30, 2014 |
By Kevin D. Parizo



In light of the fact that we, the taxpayers of Middlebury, are faced with a re-vote on Article 1 (previous Article 6), I am adding my name to the list of those who staunchly support this article. We have discussed and debated this issue regarding the municipal building and gym for well over 25 years. The offer that Middlebury College has presented is both financially generous as well as a fiscally sound investment for this community.

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Opinion: School boards on wrong track

Posted on April 30, 2014 |
By R.E. Merrill



Sometimes questions just have to be asked. I have been quiet for too long.

Not too long ago school boards scrutinized budgets line by line. They even set curriculum in accordance with section 261a, VSA title 16. Such diligence, however, required a good deal of homework by the often-unappreciated board members.

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Opinion: Addison firefighters explain truck replacement

Posted on April 28, 2014 |
By Chris Mulliss et al.



As officers of the Addison Volunteer Fire Department, we would like to clarify several items that were reported in the April 17 Addison Independent under the headline “Addison buys new firetruck.” This is also so townspeople do not think the selectboard was stepping outside their bounds.

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Opinion: Money is overriding motivation of pipeline proponents

Posted on April 28, 2014 |
By Janice Potter



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Opinion: Revote on Middlebury project is insulting to some

Posted on April 28, 2014 |
By Barbara Merz



In support of the upcoming Article 1 (former Article 6) municipal building vote, I’d like to point out that the vote in March was very consistent in favor of the project: Article 6, yes; petition to take more time to consider other plans, no; selectman who most vociferously opposed the project, not re-elected — all with a large voter turn out.

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Opinion: Adirondack Park held harmless at Vermont's expense

Posted on April 28, 2014 |
By Gary Murdock



As the Phase 2 pipeline controversy continues to swirl, it is important that everyone understand that we are being used by International Paper and the various government entities in New York to bypass their own homegrown obstacle to a natural gas line to the mill. That obstacle is their precious Adirondack Park.

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