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Around the bend: Buy a supply before they're gone

Posted on July 28, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



They say you don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone. I learned that the hard way this morning when I visited a popular online retailer and found out it had discontinued my favorite jeans. If your windows were open around 7:30, you may have heard my cries of anguish.

When I say “favorite” jeans, I don’t mean I actually loved them. I mean that, among the myriad brands I’ve tried, these were the least unflattering to my figure. That is, sadly, the closest most women ever get to the ideal pair of jeans.

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Between the Lines: What he did on his summer vacation

Posted on July 28, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



Paris is a famous city in France. It is famous for its old churches, chic shops, cafes and museums, and world-class piles of pigeon droppings.

While there are now very few actual Parisians who live in the city — the entire metropolis having been overrun by tourists — those who remain are no longer as irredeemably arrogant as they once were.

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Guest editorial: No taxes on Amazon deals costs our state

Posted on July 25, 2011 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



OK, under the “cone of silence,” how many of you use Amazon to buy a book? How many of you send a check to the state of Vermont for what you owe in use taxes? How many of you would stop buying your books on Amazon if the company collected that tax for you and sent it to Montpelier?

Our guess is that a bunch of you buy books from the online giant, that virtually none of you pony up and send a check to Montpelier for what you owe, and that only a tiny percentage of you would stop shopping on Amazon if the company did collect the tax.

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Guest editorial: Do we really get the lesson of women's soccer loss to Japan

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



When the women’s soccer team collapsed into a national heartache Sunday there was this collective urge to find a way to make the pain disappear. It hurt. They had tried so hard, done so well and we had prepared ourselves for a moment of well-deserved glory.

Yet, a cruel fate, and some gargantuan Japanese hearts, stole it from our girls, and us, and left in its place a sense of undeserved loss.

It wasn’t supposed to be this way.

It rarely is, and yet, it keeps happening and the psychological and political consequences surround us.

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Clippings: On a summer's eve, 54 things I love

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Trent Campbell



With a nod to the crazy cult filmmaker John Waters and the bizarre list of the 101 things he loves from his book “Crackpot,” I present to you my own (much milder) list of 54 things I love from a beautiful summer night in Addison County.

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Politically Thinking: Even court win might not save V.Y.

Posted on July 21, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



As the March 2012 expiration date of Vermont Yankee’s certificate of public good from the state of Vermont comes ever closer, the future of the nuclear power plant will be determined by legal, regulatory and economic issues that will play out in the months ahead.

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Editorial: Political pragmatism is key to Vt.'s health care reform

Posted on July 18, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In an hour-plus conversation last week with Stephen Kimbell, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration, the take-away message was that the upcoming changes to Vermont’s health care system will be a cooperative effort involving providers (hospitals and doctors) as the state’s crafts a new system of health care. Change will not come at the expense of the providers, Kimbell said.

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Clippings: From the outhouse to the penthouse

Posted on July 14, 2011 |
By John Flowers



Only 10 years ago, I was a self-described whiner when it came to my rooting interests on the professional sports scene. Having spent most of my life in New England, I rooted for the New England-area sports teams. That meant the Massachusetts-based Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics and Patriots.

Entering this millennium, rooting for those aforementioned teams (with the possible exception of the Celtics) meant wearing a big loser “L” on my forehead at any gathering of sports enthusiasts.

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Editorial: Debt ceiling disconnect

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



Here’s the disconnect on the issue of the hour: Fewer than one in four Americans think that raising the debt ceiling is necessary to avoid a national economic crisis, according to a recent Gallop poll.

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Around the bend: Tomato crop boost leads to overkill

Posted on July 14, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



Proof I’m not a good gardener: I’m afraid of my tomatoes.

It’s not the kind of hair-trigger fear that enables me to leap backwards over a 6-foot tall row of beans when I see a spider. It’s more of a low-grade foreboding of things to come later in the summer. I have too many tomato plants and I’m scared.

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