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Opinion: Clean energy technology should trump pipeline plan

Posted on July 7, 2014 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Did you know that Green Mountain Power is owned by Gaz Metro, a Canadian corporation? Gaz Metro is the same corporation that owns Vermont Gas Systems. VGS keeps infiltrating my computer and local newspaper with advertisements, promising much. What is reality? What is truth? There are citizens of Vermont who are dependent on Gaz Metro for their electricity AND their heating. I thought Bernie Sanders was concerned about large corporations taking over the rights of some of us human beings.

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Editorial: What does it mean to be you?

Posted on July 7, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



What does it mean to be a festival at 36?

It means a lot of creative energy, hard work, restless nights and thousands of volunteer hours have been invested in the festival’s success over the past 36 years.

It means committees researching musical acts for the twice-nightly performances, plus magicians and a whole other set of performers for the kid shows each noon. It means reaching out to them, getting rejections, negotiating prices, and finally booking the 17 acts each year.

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Editorial: An irony in the fight for care

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Angelo Lynn



Talk isn’t always cheap, especially when it’s the state that backs down on its word. In a recent case with Middlebury-based Porter Hospital, the state, through the Department of Vermont Health Access, led hospital administrators there to believe they would be substantially supported through state funds to help establish a Suboxone treatment center in Addison County — the lone county in the state without a treatment center for opiate addiction.

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Clippings: Life lessons from the school bus

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Mary Langworthy



After my first day of kindergarten in September of 2000, I got off of the school bus and exclaimed to my mother, “I saw parts of Ferrisburgh that I have never seen before.”

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Jessie Raymond: Helping hands set good example

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



We finally did it: We hired someone to clean the house.

This was a move my husband had been suggesting for years, mostly as an alternative to having to pitch in more himself. But I wouldn’t consider it.

I’ve always had this idea that people who hire house cleaners are not like us. They buy furniture new. They own the kind of rugs that must be insured. To them, “winter” is not a season, it’s a verb meaning something you do somewhere much farther south.

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Opinion: Is Vermont Gas pipeline worth the wetlands?

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Kim Greenwood



This week’s writer is Kim Greenwood, the Vermont Natural Resources Council’s water program director/staff scientist.

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The Vermont Gas Systems’ proposal to build a gas pipeline in Chittenden and Addison counties has come under criticism, and rightly so, for a variety of reasons.

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Opinion: On this July 4 the time is ripe for a second revolution

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Rick Hubbard



This Fourth of July, as we the people gather together in remembrance, let’s ask ourselves this simple question: How well are my individual interests, and our collective interests, being represented today by our Washington politicians?

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Opinion: Ignoring town and regional plans ignores public process

Posted on July 2, 2014 |
By Ross Conrad



The June 26 edition of the Addison Independent featured a story on proposed changes to the Middlebury Town Plan by the Middlebury Planning Commission. The report claimed that the changes were necessary to “clarify language that might have been ambiguous.” Not that they were ambiguous, but might be.

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Guest Editorial: Doom and gloom in Vermont

Posted on June 30, 2014 |
By Tom Pelham



Inevitably, violating principles of sustainable spending has both fiscal and political consequences. At its core, sustainable spending requires that growth in government spending reasonably equate to growth in the underlying economy supporting such spending, especially in relatively high tax states like Vermont. In recent years, our state leaders have wandered from these core principles and the consequences, both fiscal and soon political, are now unfolding.

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Opinion: You're already paying a 15 percent health care tax

Posted on June 30, 2014 |
By Lawrence Miller



What’s the biggest state tax Vermonters already pay? It’s not property, income or sales tax. It’s a 15 percent health care tax that Vermont businesses and individuals are paying today. And many don’t even know they are paying it.

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