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Opinion: Benefits end for Porter part-timers

Posted on November 5, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



Recently it has come to light that Porter Medical Center, which includes the hospital, the nursing home and the physician offices, is ending healthcare benefits for employees who work less than 30 hours per week. These part-time workers will no longer have health, dental or vision coverage as part of their compensation, and it affects all part-time workers: nursing, housekeeping, technicians, maintenance, clerical, food service — even physicians.

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Opinion: Global warming fuels debate

Posted on November 5, 2015 |
By David Spencer



Newspaper mail to New Jersey sometimes is slow, but two letters in the Oct. 19 issue caught my eye, one from a New Jersey resident and one from a Route 22A driver. Both had global warming implications.

To Tom Lewis of Whiting, N.J., your resident polar bear has reached the Delaware River in Phillipsburg. The soot from Pennsylvania coal burning power plants has turned him black, but local swimming pools may provide a wash-up.

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Opinion: VGS lingo often big deception

Posted on November 5, 2015 |
By Jane Palmer



I have been pondering the meaning of what Vermont Gas and the Department of Public Service mean when they use catchy lines and phrases to convince the Vermont Public Service Board and Vermonters that the Addison “Natural” Gas Project is actually in the interest of Vermonters and current VGS ratepayers. Here is what I have come up with as a translation guide for those who are as confused as I was:

What VGS says: On-schedule.”

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Opinion: Like barns and silos, solar power changes the landscape; and it's necessary

Posted on November 2, 2015 |
By Duane Peterson



This week’s writer is Duane Peterson, co-president of the Waterbury solar power company SunCommon.

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Opinion: Divining the meaning of the test scores

Posted on November 2, 2015 |
By William J. Mathis



“When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — nothing more nor less.”

“The question is,” said Alice, “whether you can make words mean so many different things.”

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Opinion: PMC cuts healthcare benefits for part time workers

Posted on November 2, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



Recently it has come to light that Porter Medical Center, which includes the hospital, the nursing home and the physician offices, is ending healthcare benefits for employees who work less than 30 hours per week. These part-time workers will no longer have health, dental or vision coverage as part of their compensation, and it affects all part-time workers: nursing, housekeeping, technicians, maintenance, clerical, food service — even physicians.

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Nuovo on Plato: The Culture of the City

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of essays or reflections about “The Republic,” a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.

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Clippings: For my sister, Meigan, on her birthday

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



Two days ago, my older and only sister would have turned 60. Instead, she’ll always be 43.

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Eric Davis: Act 46 looming as election issue

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



Act 46, the school consolidation bill passed by the Legislature earlier this year, will be a major issue in 2016, both in local elections on establishing new consolidated school districts and in the statewide race for governor.

The act provides property tax reduction incentives to newly consolidated districts that receive voter approval by July 1, 2016. While some incentives will be available to districts that consolidate after that date, the prospect of a 10-cent reduction in property taxes is leading several districts to accelerate planning for consolidation votes.

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Opinion: Foote Street work well done

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Ron Holmes



Many thanks to the Middlebury Department of Public Works and Engineers Construction Inc. for the great job at the water main replacement project on Foote Street. Thanks also to Adam Piper and Jim Foster.

It was a professional job, courteously done, with excellent results.

Ron Holmes

Middlebury

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