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Editorial: Shumlin's bold vision shadows a weakness amid lofty goals

Posted on March 26, 2014 |
By Angelo Lynn



Gov. Peter Shumlin’s strength, as witnessed by his Monday visit to Middlebury to speak at a legislative luncheon, is the mile-high clarity through which he sees political challenges.

A corresponding weakness is that he too quickly dismisses the swamps that lie in the weeds of detail between his lofty goals. It’s a trait that transcends issues, from the natural gas pipeline, to health care reform and school governance.

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Editorial: Solar power/town aesthetics? It's not an either-or proposition

Posted on March 24, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The Vermont Senate killed a bill on the floor last week, 21-8, that would have provided towns some control over how solar power projects were sited. Among other things, the bill, S.191, sought to require ground-mounted solar installations to comply with the same town zoning and screening requirements as does other commercial development.

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Editorial: Petition on town office vote offers additional time for reflection

Posted on March 19, 2014 |
By Angelo Lynn



The petition to reconsider Middlebury’s Town Meeting Day vote on a $7.5 million plan to build a new municipal building and recreation center and create a park on the existing site is to be expected and respectfully considered. Petitions frequently follow controversial, and close, votes.

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Guest editorial: Consolidation is a first step

Posted on March 17, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



If nothing is done, Vermont lawmakers will approve a seven-cent increase in the statewide property tax rate, which would be the largest increase ever imposed to fund our schools.

That’s not likely. The governor has promised the increase would be less. The House Ways and Means Committee has already proposed a plan that would cut the increase to five cents.

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Editorial: Phase II and the public good

Posted on March 10, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



If Vermont Gas Systems thinks it has had a rocky time with Phase I of the Addison County pipeline project, running from Colchester to Middlebury, they might want to reconsider their strategy for the next leg of the project. With Phase II, it’s going to get much worse.

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Editorial: Put the onus of education spending where it belongs

Posted on March 6, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Following 34 school budget defeats across the state on Town Meeting Day, the most since 2003, Gov. Peter Shumlin displayed an uncharacteristically tin ear Wednesday by suggesting school budgets woes rested in the hands of local residents.  

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Editorial: A 'Yes' vote on Article 6 also supports tomorrow's prosperity

Posted on March 3, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



If you’re a Middlebury resident, when you get your Australian ballot on Tuesday, March 4, vote “Yes” on Article 6.

Here’s why:

• It is the best plan Middlebury has seen in 20-plus years of trying to resolve this issue. For 2 cents on the tax rate, the town would get a $7.5 million value. From a taxpayers’ perspective, that’s money well spent on a town building we all know needs significant renovation.

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Editorial: Two candidates exemplary in Middlebury board race

Posted on February 27, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



When choosing a candidate for the three available seats open on the Middlebury Board of Selectmen, voters might ponder what individual qualities are most effective in that role: In our mind, strong leadership skills, a rational approach to problem-solving, and working well as a team are three of the more important strengths a candidate must have to be effective.

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Editorial: An opportunity waiting

Posted on February 27, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The Page 1 story on about the Russ Sholes Senior Center presents opportunities to better serve that segment of Middlebury’s population in the years ahead.

The shocking news is the diminished active members of the group. At its current weekly luncheons only a dozen or so seniors routinely attend, with a larger group showing up monthly for a lunch that also features entertainment.

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Editorial: Five reasons to vote yes on town office plan

Posted on February 24, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the past several months, opponents to moving the municipal building and athletic facility in Middlebury to its proposed new sites have zeroed in on a few alleged faults of the plan. In each case, those allegations have been proven wrong.

Here’s a brief rundown of those issues as they apply to Article 6 that Middlebury residents will vote on by Australian ballot on March 4:

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