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Editorial: 'Indomitable' Vermonters will rise to meet challenges of storm's destruction

Posted on September 8, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



For the moment, Gov. Peter Shumlin is chief consoler for those most directly affected by Tropical Storm Irene’s flooding, cheerleader to boost the state’s important tourism economy, and primary care doctor — treating as many ailments as possible as he goes town-to-town.

In each of these meetings he reassures community members that the state and federal governments are working as quickly as they can to get things back to normal, and then he offers a few words of hope and inspiration.

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Editorial: Vermonters have risen to Irene's challenge

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



In the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene, the silver lining can be found in the hundreds of stories of neighbors helping neighbors, communities pulling together and finding new strength in those connections, and of the generous offers of help from all corners of the state and region.

Check the disaster aid hotlines and you’ll find some amazing accounts. Here’s one set of exchanges found on Vtresponse.com concerning a Aug. 30 plea for medical aid, baby formula and other supplies:

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Clippings: Thinking around the world to Irene

Posted on September 1, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



As I nestled into my favorite chair on Sunday morning, watching a light drizzle coat Middlebury’s blacktop streets, I tried to envision the potentially daunting events that Irene and her windy temperament might serve up that day.

Although I never imagined what damage this storm would reap, I couldn’t help but gawk at the tornado of consumer culture launched by dramatic weather reports and mainstream media frenzy.

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Politically Thinking: Obama remains popular in Vermont

Posted on September 1, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Vermont’s 2012 presidential primary will be held in six months, on Town Meeting Day, March 6. Compared with 2008, next year’s Vermont presidential primary is likely to be a low-key affair. In 2008, the combination of open presidential nominating contests in both parties, and the presence of three candidates who were well-organized and had extensive support in Vermont — John McCain on the Republican side and Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton on the Democratic side — resulted in a primary with high public attention and a record turnout.

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Editorial: Wanted: A candidate for Midd

Posted on August 29, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Help wanted: Independent-minded resident willing and unafraid to devote hours of community service time to lay the foundation for a stronger Middlebury. Challenges: to imagine new opportunities for the town in changing times, and convince residents and community leaders to see each issue as an opportunity, not an obstacle. When and what: to fill the mid-year vacancy of Middlebury Selectwoman Janelle Ashley, who is relocating to Whiting. Compensation: pats on the back for a job well done, and knowledge that you’ve helped your community.

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Clippings: Adventure racing proves addictive

Posted on August 25, 2011 |
By Andrea Suozzo



My legs nearly gave out before I reached the smoldering lines of fire, but I hurdled the first, then the second, with every ounce of strength I had remaining. That done, I plunged into the muddy, sour-smelling pond and made for the barbed wire that was all that stood between me and the finish line.

Let’s be clear here: Under normal circumstances I can run a 5K without my legs giving out, my lungs exploding, or my entire body aching for the next two days.

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Around the Bend: Cutting the to-do list down to size

Posted on August 25, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



Each morning I take pen to paper and jot down a brief but action-packed piece of pure fantasy. This isn’t a writing exercise; it’s my daily to-do list.

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Between the Lines: A roundabout look at the summer

Posted on August 25, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



Summer ephemera:

The most remarkable thing about the new Middlebury roundabout that links Main Street, College Street and the Cross Street bridge is how unremarkable it has turned out to be.

After years of planning and debating and figuring out how to pay for the roundabout and bridge, the new traffic alignment has proved to work well — so well in fact that it’s quickly gone from being a novelty to an everyday feature of driving life.

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Editorial: It's politics, not government

Posted on August 22, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



While on his presidential tour of Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa last week, President Obama ducked out from underneath the shroud of Washington’s partisan politics to occasionally defend the role of government: “Don’t buy into this notion that somehow all our problems would be solved if we eliminate government,” Mr. Obama said in responding to a question in Alpha, Ill., noting that police officers, firefighters and soldiers all represent the face of government. “There’s a difference between politics and government.”

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Clippings: Family had its dog days of summer

Posted on August 18, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Our dog days of August — and June and July — have come to an end.

We have been caring for two extra dogs this summer, on behalf of Mark and Ericka, my wife’s brother and his bride. They have been living in Germany with the dogs, and are returning stateside for Ericka’s new job this month. Because airlines do not fly animals in the heat of the summer, their companions needed an advance flight and a summer home over here.

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