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Between the Lines: A roundabout look at the summer

Posted on August 25, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



Summer ephemera:

The most remarkable thing about the new Middlebury roundabout that links Main Street, College Street and the Cross Street bridge is how unremarkable it has turned out to be.

After years of planning and debating and figuring out how to pay for the roundabout and bridge, the new traffic alignment has proved to work well — so well in fact that it’s quickly gone from being a novelty to an everyday feature of driving life.

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Editorial: It's politics, not government

Posted on August 22, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



While on his presidential tour of Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa last week, President Obama ducked out from underneath the shroud of Washington’s partisan politics to occasionally defend the role of government: “Don’t buy into this notion that somehow all our problems would be solved if we eliminate government,” Mr. Obama said in responding to a question in Alpha, Ill., noting that police officers, firefighters and soldiers all represent the face of government. “There’s a difference between politics and government.”

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Editorial: Gov. scores points but loses university's trust: a poor bargain for Vt.

Posted on August 18, 2011 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



If you were the next president of the University of Vermont, would you take a phone call from Gov. Peter Shumlin?

Not without reservation.

You would not know how your words would be used. You would not know whether the conversation was private or public. You would not know whether the motive for the call was for the good of the university, or the good of the governor.

That’s a problem.

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Clippings: Family had its dog days of summer

Posted on August 18, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Our dog days of August — and June and July — have come to an end.

We have been caring for two extra dogs this summer, on behalf of Mark and Ericka, my wife’s brother and his bride. They have been living in Germany with the dogs, and are returning stateside for Ericka’s new job this month. Because airlines do not fly animals in the heat of the summer, their companions needed an advance flight and a summer home over here.

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Politically Thinking: Nature of UVM board a problem

Posted on August 18, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Gov. Shumlin was correct to say that Vermonters had a right to be angry at the “inexcusable” severance packages granted to former administrators Daniel Fogel and Michael Schultz by the University of Vermont’s board of trustees. The governor noted that at a time when many Vermont families with students at UVM struggle to pay the university’s fees, to see the trustees grant six-figure severance packages to administrators leaving under “difficult circumstances” sends the wrong message to parents and taxpayers.

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Editorial: Sitting up to take notice

Posted on August 15, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the Internet age, you come across the occasional mass-email that, at the very least, offers some amusing reading; if not real insight. In a tip of our hats to those waning days of summer where we imagine ourselves horizontal in our hammocks reading stuff of relative irrelevance (those were the days!), here are some interesting comparisons of how life was in this country in 1911 — 100 years ago:

•  The average life expectancy for men was 47 years.

• Fuel for the Model T car was sold in drug stores only.

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Editorial: When good ideas are done well

Posted on August 11, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



That the inaugural Midd Summer Festival drew an overflow crowd of more than 1,500 people to sample cheese, beer, wine and other Vermont-based beverages had organizers and volunteers with the host Better Middlebury Partnership bubbling with excitement. That the unexpectedly large crowds caused longer than expected lines is, all things considered, the best of problems to have and will readily be corrected next year, organizers say.

What’s remarkable is that a good idea done well can have such a positive economic impact on the community.

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Editorial: When good ideas are done well

Posted on August 11, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



That the inaugural Midd Summer Festival drew an overflow crowd of more than 1,500 people to sample cheese, beer, wine and other Vermont-based beverages had organizers and volunteers with the host Better Middlebury Partnership bubbling with excitement. That the unexpectedly large crowds caused longer than expected lines is, all things considered, the best of problems to have and will readily be corrected next year, organizers say.

What’s remarkable is that a good idea done well can have such a positive economic impact on the community.

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Clippings: Of course it's raining, it's Field Days

Posted on August 11, 2011 |
By Andrea Warren



With a fresh chocolate creemee in hand, friends by my side and not a worry in the world, the ground slipped out from under me. The immense amount of rain had created a mudslide, which I didn’t intend to travel down.

The crowd turned to me for a laugh as I carefully stood up, with my right side covered in Addison County mud.

I giggled and quickly moved on. I had always loved playing in the mud but never thought to use it for a fashion statement at the fair.

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Editorial: Field Days: From whence we came

Posted on August 11, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



If you haven’t already been, get your rear in gear and get down to the 63rd Addison County Fair and Field Days for a taste of Addison County authenticity. Events started Tuesday and end this Saturday, Aug. 13.

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