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Clippings: What makes a big night in Middlebury?

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By John McCright



Here’s how you know that you’re not a member of the Eastern Elite, only an observer.

The vice president of the United States simply passed through town last Thursday, and I, like a lot of people, felt a tingle of excitement. Little Middlebury was buzzing like Mayberry.

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Jessie Raymond: October: Folks, we have a winner!

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



An open letter to Vermont’s Best Month of the Year Award Committee:

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to nominate October for Best Month.

I know I should defend my birth month instead: “March is great. There’s nothing as uplifting as a heavy, wet snowstorm just when it seemed like spring was coming. And all that mud! When I wake up on a blustery March day, it feels good just to be alive.” But I just can’t.

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Letter to the editor: Ask hard questions at upcoming rail bridge forum

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Brian Carpenter



In response to George Dorsey’s letter to the editor (Addison Independent, Oct. 20), I want to commend the efforts of Mr. Dorsey and our many citizens who are working to safeguard Middlebury during the upcoming rail and bridge project.

The Main Street and Merchants Row bridges need to be replaced. We can all agree on that. We can probably also agree that the safety of the downtown rail corridor needs to be addressed. How and when is the issue.

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Letter to the editor: Bridge toll could support bypass

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Kathleen and David Pratt



The truck “problem” in Vergennes has a simple solution. Put a truck toll on the Lake Champlain Bridge, and use the money to build a bypass.

Kathleen and David Pratt

Vergennes

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Letter to the editor: Smith helpful to town of Bridport

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Leonard Barrett



Harvey Smith has been incredibly helpful and responsive to the needs of the town of Bridport. Over the years as our state representative Harvey has demonstrated his willingness to assist the town on any and all issues that come before us.

One example is the charter changes that we voted on at our town meeting. This was a two-year process, which required the Legislature to adopt the changes we voted on. Harvey drafted and introduced a bill for us and diligently guided it though the process. Job well done!

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Letter to the editor: Candidate offers 'kind leadership'

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Theresa Gleason



If wish I lived in Middlebury just so I could vote for Robin Scheu for state rep. What I can most speak to about Robin is her collaborative and kind leadership style, which will serve our state well.

Robin and I have attended the same church for many years, where I have seen her calm and thoughtful leadership up close. She is articulate, smart, compassionate. The list of public and non-profit organizations for which she has provided effective leadership is truly impressive. She knows how to listen and respect all points of view.

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Letter to the editor: Thurston smart, fiscally sound

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Kitty Oxholm



I hope voters in Addison, Ferrisburgh, Panton, Vergennes and Waltham will join me in voting for Monique Thurston to be one of our representatives in the Vermont House. She will bring an intelligent and fiscally conservative voice to Montpelier, where there is great need to stop and think about financial impact before enacting legislation.

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Letter to the editor: Incumbent seen as 'first-rate'

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By John Freidin



Chris Bray is a first-rate state senator. He is available, he listens, he studies the issues, and he acts with care.

Even if you don’t agree with him — and I usually do — you can be sure he reaches his positions thoughtfully and with an open mind. As chair of the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee, Chris is a moderate and informed leader. He has worked tirelessly to support farming and related food businesses.

I am honored to be his friend and hope you will join me in voting for him on Nov. 8.

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Community Forum: Koch brothers poisoning Vermont

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Bill McKibben



This week’s writer is Ripton resident Bill McKibben, author and Scholar in Residence at Middlebury College.

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Letter to the editor: ANeSU consolidation wouldn't better schools, society

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Robert Bernstein



I’ve written a few notes already on various parts and likely effects of Act 46, the well intentioned but badly considered consolidation law that is to be voted the five towns of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton, New Haven and Starksboro in about two weeks. I think we should vote “No.”

Here’s why:

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