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Legislative Review: House concludes a busy week

Posted on April 8, 2015 |
By Rep. Fred Baser R-Bristol



The most significant news out of Montpelier over the last few weeks was the passage, by the House, of the fiscal year 2016 budget, a tax bill to help make it work, a Clean Water bill and the Education bill.

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Editorial: Indiana's hasty retreat

Posted on April 6, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The irony in Indiana’s hasty retreat from its recently passed “religious freedom” law is that it was largely led by Republican businessmen, Chamber of Commerce leaders and legislators who realized the bigotry of the law would be damaging to the state’s bottom line. In the Republican arsenal of values-based politics, in this case money trumped religion.

And it did so in a comparative nanosecond.

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Opinion: Legislature missing the mark on solar

Posted on April 6, 2015 |
By Peter Rothschild



Last week there was a public hearing in front of a joint Vermont House and Senate Energy Committee, in Montpelier. At issue was the degree to which there should be any regulation on the development of solar energy in Vermont, and what jurisdiction should be responsible for the regulations should there be any. The contentious siting issue is a byproduct of legislation (Section 248) that empowers the Vermont Public Service Board to approve solar projects without regard to local zoning rules and town plans.

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Opinion: We must work together to define landscape aesthetics

Posted on April 6, 2015 |
By Nadine Canter Barnicle



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Opinion: Ideas offered to improve public school education

Posted on April 6, 2015 |
By Susan Gallagher Born and Richard Nessen



Thank you for four fine articles about whether or not to close small schools in Vermont and the expression of northeast Addison County’s lack of confidence in the Addison Northeast Supervisory Union board and its superintendent. It strikes me that a thread of a common assumption runs through the issues raised in these four articles: the primary importance of cutting education costs.

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Patrons, regular folks lament loss of Greg's market

Posted on April 3, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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Readers of the Addison Independent, posters to online media and people on the streets of Middlebury are bemoaning the loss of Greg’s Meat Market, a beloved institution that served area families for more than three decades.

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Eric Davis: Beverage tax would hurt the poor

Posted on April 2, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



Legislative committees are considering whether to impose a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugar-sweetened beverages. In my opinion, this tax will raise less revenue than its proponents expect and will adversely affect low-income households and small retailers.

Lawmakers are considering a beverage tax in order to increase payments to health care providers whose patients are covered by Medicaid. Because Medicaid payment rates are low, providers shift their costs to patients covered by employer and individual insurance policies.

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Opinion: Supermarket should be saved

Posted on April 2, 2015 |
By Greg Pahl



I was both surprised and dismayed to read the report of the possible closure of Greg’s Meat Market in the March 26 edition of the Addison Independent. As a steady customer of this store for many years, I find its possible demise to be very distressing. I have spoken to other customers who are equally distressed and puzzled by this sudden, unexpected turn of events.

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Community Forum: Mary Hogan voting changes urged

Posted on April 2, 2015 |
By Nancy Malcolm



This week’s writer is Nancy Malcolm, a Middlebury resident who helped gather signatures for the two petitions being presented to the ID-4 school board at its annual meeting on April 8.

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Community Form: ID-4 meeting has busy agenda

Posted on April 2, 2015 |
By Ruth Hardy



This week’s writer is Ruth Hardy, chair of the Mary Hogan School board’s ID-4 Prudential Committee.

I invite Middlebury residents to the ID-4 school district annual meeting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8, in the Mary Hogan School gymnasium.

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