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Around the bend: Third-place finish takes the cake

Posted on June 16, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



“I’d like a cake shaped like a giant margarita.”

So declared my stepson’s girlfriend last month. For her 21st birthday, she wanted a 3-D cake shaped like a margarita glass a couple of feet tall.

Kids these days.

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Editorial: End failed ethanol subsidies

Posted on June 13, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., took on a powerful Midwest lobbying group when he advocated for the end of ethanol subsidies this past week on the shores of Lake Bomoseen. He chose Lake Bomoseen as a backdrop because of the damage ethanol gasoline does to boat engines as well as most other two-cycle engines like snowmobiles, lawnmowers, chainsaws and grass trimmers. In a word, the detrimental effect of ethanol gasoline to two-cycle engines and boat engines in the past few years has been a giant headache for most of us — and very costly for some businesses. (See story Page 1.)

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Partisan attacks against 'the government' mirror tragedy of the commons

Posted on June 9, 2011 |
By Addy Indy Staff



A frequent theme in this column is imploring that actions taken by individuals or boards, first serve the common good. In an elegantly written column this week, Ira Chaleff, outgoing chairman of the Congressional Management Foundation, captures this same theme with an apt analogy that addresses today’s congressional dysfunction. It is directed to our congressional leaders and reprinted below:

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Clippings: You can't measure your journey in miles

Posted on June 9, 2011 |
By Ian Trombulak



I suppose that one of these days I should thank my parents for convincing me to apply to Middlebury College. Like many kids who grow up in Addison County, I started to crave a change of scenery sometime around my junior year in high school. When it came time to apply to college, the last thing I wanted was for my big move to be from one side of Middlebury to the other — after all, my sister had gone all the way to the exotic lands of Connecticut for college.

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Politically Thinking: Clock ticking for GOP challengers

Posted on June 9, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



While November 2012 seems a long way off, candidates who are serious about challenging Sen. Bernie Sanders and Gov. Peter Shumlin will need to decide soon whether to enter those races. Campaign organizing and fund-raising for one of Vermont’s top-ticket offices now takes a year or more.

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Between the Lines: In digital times, local papers will survive

Posted on June 9, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



This thing you are reading may look like a newspaper. But in a sense it’s actually a dinosaur.

Those of us who were brought up on print still love our dino-papers. We will probably continue reading them in varying degrees until the day we die. Indeed, it’s been said that the best hope for the newspaper industry is Americans over 50.

Which means the business in its present form has got maybe another 30 years before it’s the stuff of legend.

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Editorial: CVPS deal holds big potential

Posted on June 6, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Last week’s news that Fortis Inc., a Canadian power company, has proposed to buy Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) is mostly good news for CVPS customers as well as shareholders.

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No time to tip-toe

Posted on June 2, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Here’s a question to ponder: Can Americans afford to tip-toe gingerly into the future, or are we being flung headfirst into an era of rapid change and the challenge before us is to react as proficiently and studiously as possible to position ourselves for a more secure future?

For better or worse, the latter seems to dictate the times.

• Climate change is upon us and scientists keep shortening the window of opportunity to right the wrongs we’ve done.

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Mt. biking: A growing tourism niche

Posted on June 2, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The news that $154,000 will be used this summer to improve mountain biking trails within the Moosalamoo National Recreation Area is a harbinger of lucrative things to come — ifcounty-wide resources are appropriately targeted to develop the tourism potential of this growing sport.

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Clippings: News on the Web gets too personal

Posted on June 2, 2011 |
By John McCright



My dad and I have a lot in common. We were both born and raised in Iowa by Roman Catholic parents. We both went to college and got post-graduate degrees. We both take pleasure in being fathers, enjoy eating peanut butter, prefer manual transmission cars.

What we don’t have in common is the news we read. And that’s not just because we have easy access to different print newspapers given the fact that he lives in Iowa and I live in Vermont.

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