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Editorial: Bush's 'Mission Accomplished' still rings hollow 10 years later

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By Angelo



On the eve of the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, insurgents against the government in power there killed at least 65 people, and wounded more than 240, in the deadliest day in that strife-torn country this year. The attacks that killed the people were thought to have been led by al-Qaida’s Iraq arm.

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Clippings by Xian: Students learn the play's the thing

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By Xian Chiang-Waren



I have a confession to make: Despite growing up in a family of theater people, I never “got” Shakespeare. In fact, though I wouldn’t go so far as to say I hated Shakespeare, I pretty much had to be forced to pick up one of his plays. I was also almost always unmoved by the professional productions I saw growing up; “The Tempest,” “Macbeth,” “Hamlet” and “Midsummer” all had cool sets and costumes, but I still couldn’t understand what anyone was saying.

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Gregory Dennis: Ridgeline controversy, blowin' in the wind

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By Gregor Dennis



Is Vermont’s answer to climate change blowin’ in the wind?

Virtually all the climate change experts have concluded that yes, wind has to be part of the solution.

Unless renewable energy becomes a substantial portion of America’s energy mix, they say, we will continue our dangerous reliance on coal and natural gas for electricity.

Because these fossil fuels release carbon that is driving us over the climate change cliff, we have to find safer alternatives, and do it now.

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Community forum: The Little City sets the pace on renewable energy

Posted on March 21, 2013 |
By Anders Holm



This week’s writer is Anders Holm, a longstanding Addison County resident, a senior member of the surgical staff at Porter Hospital and a lifelong renewable energy advocate.

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Editorial: Doing the public's business

Posted on March 18, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



With the crossover deadline for legislation coming due last Friday, it’s appropriate to briefly review a few of the more significant measures that have been drafted, discussed and passed — starting with the Senate.

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Opinion: Welfare time limits don't work

Posted on March 18, 2013 |
By Margaret Nelson



 

This week’s writer is Margaret K. Nelson, Hepburn Professor of Sociology at Middlebury College.

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Around the Bend: Vicious turkey is a sign of spring

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Jessie Raymond



Did you notice anything different about last weekend? If you’re like me you stepped outside, detected a change in the air, surveyed the layer of grime on the colorless landscape and thought, “Ah, it’s springtime in Vermont.”

Isn’t it beautiful?

I’m not saying the daffodils are up or that a reasonable person would take off their snow tires just yet. But for me the weekend marked an unmistakable turning point in the seasons.

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Clippings: Family newcomer can be gnaw-ty

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Some dogs can allegedly be trained to bring their owners’ slippers to them.

But we’ve got one that carries mine out to the back yard and drops them into mud or snowdrifts, depending on meteorological conditions.

I don’t take it personally, however. On Monday, she picked up one of my daughter’s friend’s shoes and carried it through our two dog doors into the slop.

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Editorial: The real gamble for Middlebury is not to try a business development director

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



At Middlebury’s Town Meeting, the one surprise came in the spur-of-the-moment discussion over the economic viability of the town’s newly hired business development director. In what started out as an introduction of the new director, Jamie Goucher, the conversation quickly turned to how the director’s performance would be measured and how committed the stakeholders were to funding the position over the first five years and thereafter. The concern was that taxpayers would be funding the position after the year 2017.

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Editorial: Gun control bill was a missed opportunity

Posted on March 14, 2013 |
By Angelo Lynn



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