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Opinion: Nuovo, Sheldon would make great legislative team

Posted on October 8, 2014 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



There are many reasons to support Betty Nuovo and Amy Sheldon in the coming election for state representative from Middlebury. One reason is that both Nuovo and Sheldon have already demonstrated their commitment to the town of Middlebury through their many constructive contributions over the last two decades.

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Guest editorial: 'Sweat equity' defined

Posted on October 6, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



Researchers at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm have figured out that exercise safeguards against depression.

Anyone who experiences stress — absolutely every person on the planet — knows physical activity makes you feel better. There’s nothing like a brisk walk — around the Trail Around Middlebury, in the Green Mountains or just around town, or a run or bike ride— to clear one’s mind of life’s annoyances.

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Opinion: How individuals make a difference on climate change

Posted on October 6, 2014 |
By Bill McKibben



In a recent piece in The New Yorker, Schumann Distinguished Scholar at Middlebury College and Ripton resident Bill McKibben summed up the role of protestors and how individuals make a difference:

“I’ve never thought that people didn’t care. I’ve always thought that, to the contrary, climate change caused a peculiar combination of deep dread and a sense of powerlessness. We are, after all, so small compared to physics. We sense that our individual actions (the light bulbs, the Priuses) won’t add up to enough to matter.

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Opinion: Solar power projects are benefiting developers

Posted on October 6, 2014 |
By Will Bordeau



Given the threat of global warming, it is critical that we prevent CO2 from entering the atmosphere. However, the current system of solar development harms our communities while enriching the developers who quietly push legislation through Montpelier with well-placed lobbyists and campaign donations.

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Opinion: Mt. Abe building project supported

Posted on October 6, 2014 |
By Amie Whitcomb



I respectfully submit this letter to the editor in support of the upcoming bond vote intended to support the renovation project at Mount Abraham Union High School.

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Opinion: Local business helped man having health crisis

Posted on October 6, 2014 |
By Irene Poole



A huge thank you to Kevin Harper of the Bristol Bakery, the Bristol Rescue Squad, and the nurses and doctors at Porter Hospital for being enormously helpful during an awkward incident Sunday morning.

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Editorial: Give just 7 minutes for Africa

Posted on October 2, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Seven minutes to feel hopeful about a continent instead of harboring the perception that it is a land of danger, disease, violence and unchecked terrorism?

Seven minutes to remember the promise of an event 19 years ago in which a group of famous singers and musicians throughout the USA came together to create a medley of hope, understanding and a willingness to give. The event, or national movement, was called USA for Africa and the song they sung was titled “We are the World.” The cause was fighting hunger in African nations.

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Eric Davis: Spaulding departure a quandry for Shumlin

Posted on October 1, 2014 |
By Eric Davis



Jeb Spaulding, who has been Gov. Shumlin’s secretary of administration since 2011, will leave the administration in January to become the chancellor of the Vermont State Colleges. Spaulding’s appointment will benefit the state colleges, but it will present significant challenges for the governor.

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Clippings: For clarity's sake, ditch the extra commas

Posted on October 1, 2014 |
By John McCright



Last month I took the practice test for the Common Core, a set of education standards that all American children will have to meet. The test was created by an outfit called the “Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.” I was aghast and a little dismayed when I saw that Question 17 included the writing mistake that drives me, as an editor, the most crazy. The question read:

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Opinion: Sheldon a hit at recent debate

Posted on October 1, 2014 |
By Susan Nop



I had the privilege of attending the candidate forum held at the Town Hall Theater last week and encourage voters that were unable to attend to watch the video on MCTV. The candidates’ ability, or inability, to speak beyond political assurances or slogans can only be judged by actually hearing from the candidates themselves.

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