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Clippings: What did you eat for Town Meeting?

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Andrew Stein



The Chinese view of a country is drastically different from America’s, but it has a lot in common with Vermont towns.

In Chinese, the word for “country” is pronounced guojia. Literally translated back into English guojia means “land family.” This idea — that a country is a family of people that support each other — is deeply ingrained in the Chinese psyche.

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Learning about life in foreign lands brings us closer to our homes

Posted on March 8, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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Guest Editorial: High cost of corrections cannot be sustained for such little benefit

Posted on March 5, 2012 |
By Bill Schubart



The most expensive service our government provides to its citizens, other than heroic healthcare in Medicare, Medicaid and the VA, is to lock them up. 

According to the Bureau of Prisons, the annual average cost per prisoner in 2008 was $26,000 at the federal level and $24,000 at the local level. Small states like Rhode Island and Vermont estimate their costs much higher, about $35-$45,000 a year. This is two to three times our per-pupil cost for public education. 

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Olympia Snowe: Why I'm leaving Senate

Posted on March 2, 2012 |
By Olympia Snowe



 

Two truths are all too often overshadowed in today's political discourse: Public service is a most honorable pursuit, and so is bipartisanship.

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Fund would help create new jobs

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By James Robinson



Middlebury is a great place to live. It’s a beautiful and safe community that nurtures our families. It is a wonderful place to raise children. We love our town and we’re lucky to live here.

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Editorial: Town Meeting: Our views on three votes; you do the rest

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Next Tuesday, March 6 is Town Meeting Day. Don’t take it lightly.

In today’s Addison Independent, the news team has reviewed the major — and minor — issues to be discussed at town meeting of each of the 23 towns in the county, plus Brandon. The previews start on Page 12A and continue through Page 20A. We wouldn’t devote eight pages of news to the reviews, if we didn’t think the issues were important and wanted to provide citizens with a shorthand guide to each town.

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Bridging culture in Africa

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



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Editorial: MUHS Nordic girls: Impressive!

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the midst of news surrounding Town Meeting, the presidential primaries, the Dow cruising over 13,000, North Korea agreeing to cut back on its testing of nuclear weapons, and the continuing threat of war with Iran by the same neoconservatives that pushed us unnecessarily into a war with Iraq, let’s pause for a moment to applaud a local milestone: the MUHS Nordic girls’ ski team won the D-II state championship this week.

It was the first state championship of any MUHS Nordic ski team since 1989.

It’s a special achievement for several reasons:

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Clippings: Mishka makes lasting impression

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Christian Woodard



When my roommate, Nikhil, announced he was going to Mauritius for three months and asked if I could take care of his dog, I thought immediately of body heat. A 70-pound German shepherd throws off a lot of warmth, and I sleep in a poorly insulated room.

“Can he sleep in the bed?” I asked.

“He’s not really supposed to, but…”

“Done,” I said. “When do you leave?”

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Time outdoors builds character

Posted on March 1, 2012 |
By Matt Dickerson



My 22-year-old nephew Michael is both philosophical and artistic in nature. I describe him as contemplative and creative. He has also spent essentially his whole life within a short drive of mountains and trout streams. He has lived with his family in Colorado, Maine, western North Carolina and Alaska. He spent three years in Addison County at Middlebury College and another year studying abroad in mountainous Chile.

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