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Opinion: Remember to protect yourself against mosquitos

Posted on July 16, 2014 |
By Craig Zondag



It’s mosquito season. The Lemon Fair Insect Control District encourages everyone to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer by protecting themselves from mosquitoes.

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Opinion: ACRPC must adhere to regional plan

Posted on July 16, 2014 |
By Stanley Grzyb



Editor’s note: The following letter was presented to the Addison County Regional Planning Commission on June 11.

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Opinion: Brandon voters must offer ideas on budget impasse

Posted on July 14, 2014 |
By Brian Fillioe



Does Brandon need eight police officers? No. Does Brandon need four highway guys? No. Brandon could do with less; however, just as there is a cost to employing that number of staff there is a cost to not having enough staff. Chief Brickell told the selectmen at a recent meeting the effects of less than eight police officers. And in reality there are seven officers and a school resource officer that Brandon uses during the down school time.

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Community Forum: State's failure to two children rests in culture of AHS policies

Posted on July 14, 2014 |
By Cyrus Patten



This week’s writer is Cyrus Patten, a licensed social worker and executive director of Campaign for Vermont, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization. He lives in Monkton.

Two children died recently. There is no escaping the conclusion that they were failed by the system. Yet we’ve been told our system has not failed.

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Editorial: State demographics signal 'scary' times for rural areas

Posted on July 14, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Here are two seemingly contradictory numbers that represent the nut of Vermont’s economic challenge: In the past four years, Vermont’s workforce has shrunk by 8,700 workers, while the total employed has gone up slightly from 339,700 in 2014 from 338,400 in 2013.”

Now, wait a minute, you might think. How can the workforce be shrinking by that much and we have more total employment over the past two years? And if total employment is up, and unemployment is statistically at rock bottom (3.3 percent), what’s the big worry?

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Editorial: "The rest of the story"

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



“There they go again.”

The Gipper (President Ronald Reagan) said it of Democrats in the 1980s for what he claimed was twisting the truth in congressional battles. The same phrase could be used in Vermont these days as opponents of Gov. Peter Shumlin and his administration produce a continous chorus of negativity about the state’s economy.

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Clippings: Lost in Vermont, in modern style

Posted on July 10, 2014 |
By Phoebe Lewis



I don’t think it’s hyperbolic to say that I have the worst sense of direction of anyone I know — it’s pretty awful. (That might actually be an understatement.) The street grids of New York are as daunting to me as unmarked gravel roads in Vermont, and no matter how hard I try, I never know which way is north.

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Opinion: Vt. Gas showing it acts like bully

Posted on July 10, 2014 |
By Jane Palmer



I and my four knitting comrades, four of us “natural” gas pipeline-impacted homeowners, went to Vermont Gas Systems headquarters last Wednesday to make three reasonable demands, one of which is already agreed upon in a Memo of Understanding with Monkton. We wanted VGS/Gaz Métro to meet them publicly.

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Opinion: Board pursuing wrong process

Posted on July 10, 2014 |
By Barbara Tomb



Are you one of the 915 Middlebury residents who voted “yes” on the March town meeting bond vote for the municipal building project?

Would it have influenced your vote at the time if the selectboard (instead of repeatedly assuring voters that the proposed project was compatible with the vision and spirit of the town plan) had revealed instead that altering the town plan to accommodate the project would be part of the process?

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Opinion: 'Public good' can't be proved

Posted on July 10, 2014 |
By Norton Latourelle



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