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Guest Editorial: Senator Flake's speech seeks to rouse nation's 'better angels'

Posted on October 26, 2017 |
By Sen. Jeff Flake



Editor’s note: Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, announced on Tuesday that he would not seek re-election in 2018. He delivered a statement from the Senate floor, along with an indictment of the nation’s political direction under President Trump. It is an excellent speech and we encourage our readers to read its entirety. We reprint parts of it below. For the full speech, see www.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/us/politics/jeff-flake-transcript-senate-speech.html.

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‘Morning Joe’ shames Trump and the fans who support him

Posted on October 22, 2017 |
By Joe Scarborough



Editor’s note: There was a time in the not so distant past when this paper rejected the daily nativist barbs and the lies and deliberate misinformation spread by Joe Scarborough in this conservative television show, “Morning Joe.” He was, at one point, a champion of Donald Trump and his campaign, and helped him gain popular footing among those disaffected Americans attracted to style over substance.

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Editorial: Exciting news, big possibilities for former Greg's

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



That the former site of Greg’s Grocery in Middlebury may soon see another grocery in that location is exciting news for many local patrons of the former grocery. It long had served the northern end of town and the hundreds of workers who routinely use Exchange Street en route to their jobs in what is Middlebury’s industrial and commercial park.

As commercial neighbors (being located two blocks away in the Marble Works Business District, we’re as eager as most to see a new grocery revived in that location.

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Editorial: No disrespect in taking a knee

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



Symbolism can be a powerful force for good — or ill. When San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick first took a knee a year ago to protest police brutality against black Americans, his point was not to disrespect the American flag, but to bring attention to a national crisis that had been largely ignored.

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Guest Editorial: No-strike law a better way

Posted on October 16, 2017 |
By Sen. Joe Benning



This week’s editorial is by Caledonia District Republican State Senator Joe Benning.

In the 1980’s then State Senator Jeb Spaulding introduced and pushed hard for an alternative contract resolution process to avoid the need for teacher strikes or school board contract imposition.

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Editorial: Miscalculating Trump and North Korea's fear of nuclear war

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



When Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who once supported Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency, now says that Trump is “out of control,” and that the White House has become “an adult day care” with a few key people watching over the president’s every action to try to contain the damage, what are Americans supposed to think?

Is this more of the harsh blowback against an increasingly unpopular president who is upending politics as usual — even among those who should be his political allies?

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Editorial: 360,000 reasons high school grads need higher education

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Attention high school seniors: this commentary is addressed to you, particularly those without current plans to go to a four-year college.

This is not a lecture.

It’s not a puff piece with encouraging words after next spring’s graduation.

It’s about earning power, and how a little bit of extra work now can make a huge difference in your lifetime.

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Editorial: Fed up with lax gun laws? 'There is only one remedy...'

Posted on October 5, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Thoughts of how to impose some aspects of restraint over America’s abhorrent gun laws has to be on the minds of all Americans since Sunday’s deadly assault in Las Vegas that killed 59 and wounded more than 500 country music fans attending an outdoor concert.

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Editorial: School district consolidation shocker — take a deep breath, exhale, repeat

Posted on October 2, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



School consolidation is going to take just a bit of getting used to.

Consider the headline on today’s front page, about Addison Central School District schools needing $31 million in facility improvements over the next five years. Know, too, that sum will be shared by all district residents — that is, each resident of Ripton and Weybridge will help pay for the renovations and upgrades at Bridport or Shoreham, and vice-versa; just like they have always done for MUMS and MUHS facilities.

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Guest Editorial: Jim Condos, Setting the record straight on Vermont's voter registration laws

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos



Recently, Ethan Allen Institute President Rob Roper posted an op-ed with the inflammatory, sensational title, “So Second Home Owners Can Vote in Vermont?” Perhaps as intended, Mr. Roper’s attention-seeking commentary caused significant confusion and concern about Vermont’s residency law for voting purposes.

As Vermont’s chief elections official, let me set the record straight.

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