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New fire stations needed, but frugality is appreciated

Posted on May 26, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The decision by a town committee, after 17 months of study, to renovate and rebuild the two existing fire stations in Middlebury and East Middlebury has ample merits and deserves the town’s initial support, along with go-ahead plans to firm up any details the public will need to make an informed vote at town meeting next March.

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Embracing economic vitality

Posted on May 26, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



 

In local business news, the discovery of a contaminant underneath the foundation of the Conner Homes building on Route 7 south in Middlebury, and the consequent and reasonable decision by Middlebury-based Green Mountain Beverage to call off the deal to purchase the building, poses new challenges for both enterprises — and the town. (See story Page 1A.)

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Politically Thinking: Unification not high on Shumlin list

Posted on May 26, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



On Town Meeting Day, the voters of the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union approved the creation of a unified union district. Last week, the unified union was overturned on a reconsideration vote in Vergennes. After Vergennes voters rejected the proposal, ANwSU Superintendent Tom O’Brien said that school consolidation would “be put to rest for a period of time in our district … it will hibernate for a while, if you will.”

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Between the Lines: Memorial Day triggers mixed feelings

Posted on May 26, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



My friend John once told the story of the worst thing that ever happened to him.

It was in World War II. He and 30 other young guys were in a boat off the coast of Norway, part of the Allies’ effort to retake the country from the Germans. Norway was bitterly contested territory, a tough place to be.

John’s boat landed in a cove. He and two of his buddies were ordered to go inland and reconnoiter the countryside. They armed themselves as heavily as they could and set off on foot to see what they could find.

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Guest Editorial: Smart meters are first step in bigger process

Posted on May 23, 2011 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



Change comes easiest when people understand how they benefit. Motivation is almost in direct proportion to how much they save, or profit, or are made to feel better. Central to all this is the ability to communicate effectively.

That ability, or willingness, will dictate the degree of success Vermont will have with the “smart grid” technology that is about to become part of our lives. We can do the minimum, and accomplish little, or we can use the technology as the necessary catalyst to prompt the sorts of changes that truly make a difference.

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Dueling philosophies in Bristol

Posted on May 19, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



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Lessons from Trump's Saga

Posted on May 19, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



 

Now that Donald Trump has pulled out of the race for president under the GOP mantle, what can be learned from his bizarre mini-candidacy? Chris Cillizza, who writes a column called The Fix in the Washington Post suggests that the take-away lesson for other Republican presidential candidates in 2012 is that confrontation works… any confrontation.

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Clippings: Family in no hurry to empty the nest

Posted on May 19, 2011 |
By John Flowers



 

It seems like eons ago, but I can remember my parents talking about the prospect of being empty nesters with a sense of wonderment and (gasp) anticipation. My dad spoke of converting my room into storage for his gargantuan stamp collection, while mom talked about being able to travel with less baggage (could she really have been talking about me?).

All of a sudden, the clock struck “18” and I was no longer flinging open the door, waltzing to my room and shouting “What’s for dinner?” on the way up the stairs.

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Around the bend: Prime ingredient to guilty pleasure

Posted on May 19, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



When it comes to this column, there are a few subjects I just won’t touch. Politics and religion, for instance, are off the table. But now, after years of secrecy, and at the risk of horrifying the citizens of Addison County, I feel compelled to write frankly about a taboo topic.

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Editorial: Welfare for oil billionaires?

Posted on May 16, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The big five oil companies in the United States — Chevron, Shell Oil, BP America, ConocoPhillips and Exxon Mobil — made $35 billion in profit in the first three months of 2011. In his public radio address last week, President Barack Obama called for eliminating tax breaks for all oil and gas companies — a move that would eliminate about $2 billion annually in tax breaks for these five oil giants and raise $44 billion over the next decade. At $140 billion in profit per year for the big five, that’s less than 1.5 percent of their profit.

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