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Editorial: A crossroads of good fortune

Posted on December 16, 2010 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Middlebury could be poised for a resurgence in job growth with families moving back into town to fill vacant school desks, enliven athletic programs, create a need for home construction, fill stores with shoppers, prompt retail growth to meet local needs and infuse the community with the energy inherent in a town that has a vision for sustainable prosperity.

But, as in all things in business, such growth won’t happen without commitment and a willingness to invest.

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Around the bend: Putting on a festive face — gingerly

Posted on December 16, 2010 |
By Jessie Raymond



Every year at about this time, I get the urge to put on a red-and-green apron, crank up the Christmas music, and bake cookies. The warmth of the oven, the aroma of cinnamon wafting through the house, the thought of sharing homemade treats with loved ones — it all puts me in a holiday mood.

Unfortunately, it’s usually a bad mood.

Despite my good intentions, baking cookies leaves me stressed out. I end up with flour in my hair and misdirected feelings of animosity toward Burl Ives, Bing Crosby and yes, even Jimmy Stewart.

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Editorial: Smiling while you shop?

Posted on December 13, 2010 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As these 12 days before Christmas loom before us — family is coming, there are meals to prepare and presents yet to buy — remember to relax and enjoy the rich traditions of this holiday season that make it so worthwhile.
The holiday focus in Middlebury — as in Brandon, Bristol and Vergennes — is about community festivals, contributing to several wonderful community causes, listening to chorus groups ring in the season with bells and beautiful voices, and for many it is a season for worship and reflection.

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Editorial: Did Obama cave or score?

Posted on December 9, 2010 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Did President Barack Obama cave in to Republican leaders when he didn’t need to? Would it not have been better for Democrats to let the tax cuts expire on Dec. 31 — along with unemployment insurance for 2 million jobless Americans — and then watch to see if House Republicans would continue to push tax cuts for millionaires, while the unemployed went hungry and tens of millions of middle-class Americans contemplate tax increases?

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Clippings: Youthful innocence is too stressful

Posted on December 9, 2010 |
By Trent Campbell



The Christmas season is here and as an adult I am supposed to be completely stressed out. Shopping, family gatherings, overeating and Yankee swaps are supposed to push me to the edge. I am supposed to feel bad that I am not a kid anymore and get depressed that my quest to recapture the innocence of my childhood will never be fulfilled. I say “Bah Humbug” to all that. The Christmas season actually makes me feel really good and, frankly, I think kids are the one who experience the most stress during the holidays.

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Politically Thinking: Local rail upgrade gets new chance

Posted on December 9, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



One of the most important infrastructure projects in Vermont is the upgrade of the western rail corridor from Rutland through Middlebury to Burlington. Improvements to this line would enable passenger rail service to be extended north from Rutland to Burlington. The rebuilt line would also allow more freight to be shipped to and from Vermont by rail rather than by road.

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Between the Lines: Choosing a tree, and a life

Posted on December 9, 2010 |
By Gregory Dennis



It’s way too early to get a Christmas tree, I said.

But V. and S. had other ideas.

I grew up in a family that reserved the annual finding and cutting of the tree until the day of Christmas Eve. To their way of thinking, the day after Thanksgiving isn’t too early.

The first weekend of December, in my childhood experience, was for paging through the Sears catalog and figuring out if you were going to ask Santa for a new bike or a Fanner Fifty cap gun.

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Editorial: American exceptionalism, writ small via GOP's culture war

Posted on December 2, 2010 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



If you’re wondering why a few Republican leaders are pouncing on President Obama’s alleged dismissal of “American exceptionalism,” it’s mostly politics, not substance. These would-be presidential hopefuls are suggesting that Obama is undermining American values in an attempt to smear his reputation among voters. The hope is that Americans will turn against the president not because of what he will have accomplished or believes, but by how Republicans characterize his views as “un-American.”
It is, in short, another shameful episode of the ‘culture wars’ waged by the Republican Party.

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Editorial: Shumlin's excellent choices

Posted on December 2, 2010 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Four weeks after a hard-fought election, Governor-elect Peter Shumlin continues to surprise and impress with his choice of department heads and the speed with which he is assembling a very capable cabinet.
The recent appointment of political rival Doug Racine, a state senator in Chittenden County for 14 years (along with six years as lieutenant governor) who lost the gubernatorial primary race to Shumlin by a razor-thin 203 votes, not only demonstrates Shumlin’s willingness to mend fences but also to reach out to the best leaders available.

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Politically Thinking: Brandon may lose tie to county

Posted on November 24, 2010 |
By Eric L. Davis



Will Brandon continue to be part of the Addison senate district in 2012? This is probably the question with the greatest local impact as the process of redrawing Vermont’s legislative district lines for the next 10 years begins this winter.

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