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Editorial: It's more than the money

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By Christopher Flavelle



To judge by this summer’s banner policy proposals, the most important question for higher-education reform right now is giving students easier access to loans. But evidence from Canada suggests those changes won’t address the greater need: Getting more kids from poor families into college, the key to moving up in an increasingly unequal society.

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Opinion: Ralston supports Nuovo, Donahue in Aug. 26 primary

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By Paul Ralston



On the Aug. 26 primary, I will cast votes for two Democratic candidates for the Vermont House to represent Middlebury. I will vote for Betty Nuovo and Donna Donahue.

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Opinion: Donahue a wise choice for House

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By Nancy Malcolm



I am writing in support of Donna Donahue for Middlebury representative to Montpelier. I have listened to Donna and I come away with a respect for someone who recognizes that the issues are not simple nor are there simple answers.

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Opinion: City police apologize for wrong name in crime report

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By Chief George Merkel



We would like to apologize for an administrative error involving mistaken identity in the Thursday, Aug. 7, 2014, edition of the Vergennes Police Report.  In an entry for the 1st of August, 2014, John R. Cole of Ferrisburgh, VT,  was incorrectly identified as the individual charged in a possession of marijuana incident. The individual who was involved had a similar identity. We deeply regret any inconvenience this error has caused.

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Opinion: Local man runs for governor as Coffee Party candidate

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By Rustan Swenson



Many of our nation’s primary industries have been greatly diminished with some almost ceasing to exist. Foreign flags fly triumphantly over countless commercial center structures and prominent, formerly American, factories. Many high-skilled laborers are now employed by foreign-owned corporations.

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Opinion: Donahue hits right balance for representative

Posted on August 18, 2014 |
By Ken Perine



Donna Donahue deserves your support on Aug. 26 in the Democratic Primary for one of Middlebury’s representatives to the state House of Representatives. Donna will bring a unique balance of business concern with social responsibility. She served eight years on the board of the Better Middlebury Partnership, three of them as president, helping reinvigorate that organization. She will bring that same enthusiasm and passion for our local community to Montpelier.

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Editorial: Doug Racine's ouster and the lessons learned

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



When the head of a state agency is fired, the reasons for the dismissal should be required reading for other agency heads and potential successors. That is particularly true in the case of ousted Agency of Human Services Secretary Doug Racine.

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Greg Dennis: Early days at the Valley Voice

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Gregory Dennis



You’d have to be a little crazy to start a weekly newspaper in rural Vermont today. The economics just aren’t there.

You also had to be crazy to start a weekly paper here 40 years ago. But that didn’t stop a bunch of us from doing so, when we launched the Valley Voice in the summer of 1974.

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Jessie Raymond: Expectations up, enjoyment down

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



I bought a car this past December. While I had been mostly concerned about finding something reliable, I admit the car’s extensive bells and whistles came as a welcome bonus. Over the past eight months, however, they have turned me into a spoiled, though very comfortable, brat.

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Clippings: Rowing and growing on the water

Posted on August 14, 2014 |
By Mary Langworthy



When I was four, my dad made me a small, wooden rowboat. It was simply but sturdily built, with a varnished seat and two slender oars. When it came time to paint it, I insisted that it be orange. I named it Terrific, inspired by the words written by the spider in “Charlotte’s Web,” which was being read to me at home.

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