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Opinion: In our schools, identity matters

Posted on September 10, 2015 |
By Johanna Nichols



As the summer stretches into September, children and teachers are headed back to school. Our daughter is the third generation of teachers in our family. Many conversations are starting about changes in the process of consolidating schools. What that will look like a year from now, we do not know. It will be different. It will be exciting for some and challenging for others. We’ve been moving in this direction for decades — out of the days of the one-room schoolhouse.

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Opinion: Diversified Occupations program has proven its worth

Posted on September 10, 2015 |
By Peter Ryersbach



In reading the Sept. 3 article about the Diversified Occupations program I noticed a pattern. People quoted in the article who are involved in the program directly (staff and parents) and people who spent time with the program, resulting in a recognition of excellence by Vermont PBS, all talk about the students and their successes; quotes by the administrator, superintendents, and a board chairman had no mention of students.

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Opinion: How many chances do we get?

Posted on September 10, 2015 |
By Jan Demers



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Opinion: Many helped Back-To-School Shops thrive over years

Posted on September 4, 2015 |
By Martha Hill



I would like to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful community for the years of support to the Back-to-School Shop. For 12 years this project supplied low-income families with children in grades K-9 with needed school supplies in a “shop” format in Middlebury, Vergennes and Bristol during two days before the beginning of the school year.

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Opinion: Solar array a better choice than fracking for energy

Posted on September 4, 2015 |
By Frank Farnsworth



I was raised in rural upstate New York and saw some of the problems that comewith fracking. As a result, I have a great appreciation for alternative, clean, renewable power, like solar power.

I’m not an engineer, but I try to see and think about what’s going onaround me. With fracking, the water being used is 4,000 feet down, but isn’t it still part of the hydraulic cycle? Someday it’ll be up here with our regular drinking water.

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Opinion: Scouts adopt new leadership policy

Posted on September 4, 2015 |
By Ed McCollin



For 105 years, the Boy Scouts of America has played an important and significant role in shaping the lives of its youth members by instilling in them the values found in the Scout Oath and Law. For those readers who are unfamiliar with the Oath and Law, please read on:

Scout Oath: On my Honor, I will do my best, to do my Duty, to God and my Country; To obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times; To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

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Editorial: Governor's race gets interesting

Posted on September 4, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



What’s common about Democrat Matt Dunne and Republican Bruce Lisman entering the Vermont gubernatorial race this week is both candidates are portraying themselves as outsiders with national business experience and outside-the-box political perspectives. Both will also face well-respected, long-time legislative leaders.

From that snapshot, it’s a race pitting political experience against an outsider’s perspective; and to fit in with the popular narrative, they are the anti-establishment candidates bringing new solutions to fix a failed system.

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Editorial: How to make silk out of a sow's ear in New Haven

Posted on September 3, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The town of New Haven offers an interesting lesson in the value of property as it relates to the town’s grand list and tax rates. At issue is a proposal by Anbaric Transmission that essentially adds $130 million to the town’s current grand list of roughly $260 million. That 50 percent increase would seemingly create a huge windfall in terms of property tax relief.

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Editorial: Middlebury film festival is sowing the seeds of a town-wide event

Posted on September 3, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Well done, Middlebury New Filmmakers Festival! You took the kernel of an idea, sought community support, built a terrific team and, with flair, imagination, hard work and know-how you created an inaugural film festival that exceeded expectations.

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