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Editorial: Middlebury's selectboard race: Experience is this year's most valuable asset

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the five-way race for the three contested seats on Middlebury’s select board, experience is the most valuable asset candidates can offer voters.

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Editorial: Act 46: Vote 'yes' to unify

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As Town Meeting nears, one issue tops all others in Addison County — the unification of the three school districts (ACSU, ANwSU, and ANeSU.) At issue is whether school governance continues to be ruled by separate school boards for each elementary, union high and supervisory union (meaning 9 separate boards for ACSU, for example) or a single unified board for each district.

The pros and cons have been discussed before in this space, as well as through numerous letters to the editor and guest commentaries. (See several more letters in today’s issue.)

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Around the Bend: Frivolous shopping trip unravels

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



Being both a homebody and a tightwad isn’t always as fun as it sounds.

Last Saturday, for instance, I had to run an errand in Essex. Two hours of driving for a one-minute chore seemed like a terrible reason to leave the house. It took all my powers of positive thinking — plus persistent glares from my family members —  to convince me to look at the drive as an opportunity. I’d make a day of it and have some fun in a busy part of Vermont I normally avoid.

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Greg Dennis: Optimism on Vermont's 'climate economy'

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Greg Dennis



When confronted with the latest piece of bad news about climate change — record-high temperatures, devastating floods, the North Pole turned into a giant swimming pool — I’m inclined to respond as the writer Dorothy Parker did to many events:

“What fresh hell is this?”

So it was with surprise and delight that I found 500 Vermonters talking this week — not about the latest gloom-and-doom scenario, but about how a rapidly changing climate can be the basis for a new and better Vermont economy.

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Opinion: New choices better for board

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Victoria DeWind



As town meeting approaches next week, it is exciting to have new choices in the selectboard candidates. It is wonderful to have new people interested in serving the citizens of Middlebury. Heather Seeley and Dick Terk offer new energy and expertise with open minds and support of transparency and accessibility in government. I hope you will join me in supporting them in their offer to work for our community.

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Opinion: Seasoned hands the best option

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Hudson Tilford



I support Nick Artim, Gary Baker and Victor Nuovo for the Middlebury selectboard. They have the experience, insight and judgment to guide Middlebury through future challenges.

Also, thank you, Dean George, for your years on the selectboard.

Hudson Tilford

Middlebury

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Opinion: ACSU merger to help students

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Suzanne Buck



My name is Suzanne Buck and I am running for the new Addison Central School District Board. I have been a resident of Bridport for 30 years where my husband and I have raised our two children. Brittny graduated in 2009 and later from the University of New Hampshire. Garth graduated in 2012 and will graduate this spring from Clarkson University.

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Opinion: Act 46 viewed as anti-local law

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Robert Bernstein



Act 46 of 2015, the school district consolidation law, is well crafted and well supported and is a big mistake. Many on boards and committees, at the local level, working on this, feel uneasy but believe their hand is forced. One of the successes of the bad law is this forcing, and very few, though often uneasy, vote against this change. Pushed from above, herded along, they are working at eliminating their work. They, and I, believe there are benefits to eliminating levels of government, and extra bureaucracy.

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Opinion: ANwSU officials see educational benefits in unification

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Michele Kelly



Voters in the five towns covered by the Addison Northwest Supervisory Union have the opportunity to unify multiple school districts into a single school district. Together, we already operate Vergennes Union High School for grades 7-12. Panton, Waltham and Vergennes already operate a union elementary school. We know how to work together to educate our children. Voting to create a single district for all grades preK-12 is the right thing to do for students, taxpayers and our communities.

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Opinion: ACSU governance change will be smooth transition

Posted on February 25, 2016 |
By Tracey Harrington



We are in the midst of significant political movement in our state as towns continue to deliberate around school funding and school board configuration. In an attempt to follow through with campaign promises about controlling school spending and reducing property taxes, last spring the Legislature passed a rather messy and confusing Act 46.

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