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Editorial: Thanks, a million times over

Posted on May 24, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In honoring the dead, we honor the living. That’s saying is never truer than in this nation’s observance of those who have served in the armed services.

This weekend, Memorial Day services around the nation will host parades, bands will play, flags will be placed at gravesites, and the nation as a whole will take a collective moment to remember those who have died in the service of the country.

Veterans Day, on the other hand, honors all those who have served, or are serving, in the armed services whether in peacetime or wartime.

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Clippings: Big city gets creemee-d by county

Posted on May 24, 2012 |
By Trent Campbell



Remember that old song about New York City from “On the Town,” the 1944 musical? “The Bronx is up, but the Battery’s down/The people ride in a hole in the groun’/New York, New York, it’s a helluva town!”

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Politically Thinking: Treasurer's race offers intrigue

Posted on May 24, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



The election for Vermont treasurer could be one of the most interesting and competitive races in November.

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Between the Lines: Curmudgeonly commencement advice

Posted on May 24, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



Once again this year, I have been asked to be a last-minute fill-in as the Middlebury College commencement speaker.

Those of you who were at last year’s commencement will find this especially puzzling. You may recall that my speech ended with a public disavowal by the college president, an escort off the premises by campus security officers, and the filing of multiple charges against me.

But my attorney assures me that most of the charges have been settled. And (more good news), the visits to my parole officer have been reduced from daily down to weekly.

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Editorial: Bristol: Closer to consensus

Posted on May 21, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



That three dozen Bristol residents turned out to the first public hearing held by the selectboard last week to review the town plan bodes well for the process. That most of the audience gave favorable reviews of the proposed plan, and were interested primarily in tweaking a few words and sentences also bodes well for what may be a long-sought consensus.

To be sure, residents found a few things they hope will be changed.

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Editorial: Vermont claims another first

Posted on May 21, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The state legislature’s decision to debate and pass an anti-fracking bill, which Gov. Peter Shumlin signed into law last week, is not only good government, it is consistent with the state’s history of being in the forefront of environmental protection efforts.

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Guest Editorial: The high cost of obesity

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



In 1986, it was estimated that the cost of obesity in the United States amounted to about 5 percent of total health care spending. Today, that figure has more than tripled to 15 percent, meaning it costs us $350 billion a year to treat.

That’s bad enough. Worse is the prospect that the costs will continue to escalate and that Type 2 diabetes is becoming prevalent among children and teens.

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Clippings: How to make big bucks on the net

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By John McCright



When I was a kid you got your big ideas out of the back pages of comic books. You could get a booklet by Charles Atlas that showed you how to stop being a 98-pound weakling and instead become the buff BMOC that would get the girls.

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Around the Bend: Battling the Godzilla of weeds

Posted on May 17, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



As a gardener I tend to be the gentle type. I hate to thin weaker seedlings or pull an innocent weed that had the rotten luck to grow in the wrong place. But when facing my nemesis — the Japanese knotweed that came with our property — I have a cruel streak.

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Editorial: Volcker Rule needed to change industry's culture

Posted on May 14, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Here’s what you need to know about the controversial Volcker rule and the $2 billion or more dollars that JPMorgan Bank lost recently on a bad bet: the Volcker Rule and proposed regulations as now written may not have prevented the risky gamble and its potential impact on the rest of the industry.

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