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Editorial: A hullabaloo over not much

Posted on March 14, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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Editorial: Choosing to die with dignity

Posted on March 11, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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Ironies of outsourcing war

Posted on March 11, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Middlebury College professor Allison Stanger made big news last Wednesday when she appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” to discuss her book, “One Nation Under Contract: The Outsourcing of American Power and the Future of Foreign Policy.” The release of her book is old news, actually, seeing how the hardback edition came out in October 2009, but the paperback edition recently came out and it was another opportunity for Stewart to highlight an important work — by putting the spotlight on Stanger’s seven years of research tho

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Clippings: Wondering why we do what we do

Posted on March 11, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



 

Monday was the kind of day to make one ask why.

As in, why am I leaving the safety of the office to go to the college gym to play noontime basketball, when I’m pretty sure no one else in his or her right mind will head out in the middle of two feet of snow to do so?

And, once there with only one other guy who made the same marginally sane decision — New Haven winemaker Chris Granstrom — I had time to wonder why I play ball at all.

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Around the bend: Cat rescuers can't take the heat

Posted on March 11, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



 

"Mrowwwwrrrr. Mmmrowwwrr. MMROWWWWWRRR.”

Recognize that sound? It’s sort of a cross between a baby crying, a siren going off, and the demons of hell rising up in rebellion and depriving you of a good night’s sleep.

Picture it on an endless loop, hitting a crescendo every half-hour or so, for a couple of weeks without end. It’s the sound, as we found out not long ago, of a young female cat in heat.

I know: We brought it on ourselves.

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Editorial: Follow the money in health care

Posted on March 7, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



When the White House insider ‘Deep Throat’ told reporter Bob Woodward of The Washington Postto “just follow the money” to unravel what became the Watergate scandal, Americans were reminded of the power of money to corrupt and influence.

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Editorial: Vermont's town meetings, school votes pose sharp contrast to national scene

Posted on March 3, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Vermonters are fortunate today to live in a state where civic-minded progress overshadows the need by some to blame all things government for the recession and tepid economic recovery.

In states like Wisconsin, Texas, Oklahoma, Ohio and much of the deep South, taxpayers are taking their frustrations out on the budgets they can control — schools and towns — and selling the future of the younger generation down the drain.

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Editorial: A break-through in Bristol?

Posted on March 3, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In Bristol, town residents spoke clearly in a planning commission poll asking two very direct questions about where mineral extraction should be allowed. The answers confirmed past votes, surveys and public comments that have overwhelmingly opposed gravel pit operation near the village center or in the town’s conservation districts.

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Clippings: Young voters have town meeting duty

On Monday evening, I asked a friend if she’d stopped by the town meeting in Middlebury.

“No,” she said. “I didn’t feel like I knew enough about what was in the town report.”

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Politically Thinking: Governor should appoint commissioner

Next week, the House Education Committee will hold a hearing on a bill to designate the governor, rather than the state board of education, as the appointing authority for Vermont’s education commissioner.

The board of education consists of 10 members, appointed by the governor for six-year terms. During a governor’s elected term of two years, he or she can appoint only three or four members of the state board. The governor would need two terms, or four years, to appoint a majority of the members of the board of education.

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