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Community forum: State needs embezzlement safeguards

Posted on November 26, 2012 |
By Mike Palmer



This week’s writer is Mike Palmer, president of Ethics By Design, which is a Middlebury company that helps nonprofit organizations, commercial enterprises and government agencies set up effective ethics programs.

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Science & the Brain: You don’t know what you got till it’s gone

Posted on November 21, 2012 |
By Hannah Newman



Editor’s note: On this Thanksgiving week, here’s a story that brings a message of being thankful for what we have. Hannah Newman is a Middlebury College senior who has been writing neuroscience-related pieces for the Addison Independentfor the past two years. While this story is about a condition called prosopagnosia, it also has a personal message to fit the occasion.

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Clippings: Job creation not exactly Job One

Posted on November 21, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



 

The impending demise of Hostess Brands Inc. is good for a few cheap laughs.

To start with, Hostess’s signature product, the Twinkie, is inherently funny. It has been theorized that only rats, cockroaches and Twinkies would survive the end of the world as we know it. My niece Carrie forwarded a George Takei tidbit about a looming December prediction of doom and noted the timing of Twinkies’ demise: “Well played, Mayans.”

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Guest Editorial: The pain pill

Posted on November 21, 2012 |
By Emerson Lynn



 

Prescription drug abuse is a problem with numerous casualties and it is a reality that we know only too well in St. Albans. The abuse has torn families apart, led to increases in local crime, and put many peoples’ health at risk.

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Guest editorial: Gov. Shumlin faces key decision on education

Posted on November 19, 2012 |
By Emerson Lynn



To Mr. Shumlin:

If we could add 25 million post-secondary educated students to the workforce by 2025, the boost to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product would be $500 billion annually, according to a Georgetown University study.

If you do the math, Vermont’s tiny sliver of that increase would be roughly a billion dollars annually and that billion dollars translates directly to the economic and cultural security we need to pursue for the next generation of Vermonters. 

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Editorial: Middlebury retail cap has contradictions

Posted on November 15, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



Here are a trio of seeming contradictions over whether to write into the Middlebury Town Plan a 50,000-square-foot retail cap: it would seemingly protect existing retail businesses, but it might not; 50,000 square feet is either too large or perhaps too small; and the cap as written in the town zoning ordinances is either effective, or it isn’t.

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Clippings: Timber! The making of a movie

Posted on November 15, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



I finally made it on the big screen.

But it’s not as I once imagined.

And, to be honest, this ‘big screen’ isn’t all that big. Rather than appear in some cameo spot on the movie screen (a la Sen. Patrick Leahy’s roles in the Batman movies), my two-minute gig generally shows up on a smart phone or computer screen. But at least I’m the star, albeit in a saga that takes a turn for the worse.

Here’s the setting:

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Politically Thinking: Democrats showed remarkable reach

Posted on November 15, 2012 |
By Eric Davis



The Vermont Democratic Party had the strongest performance in its history in last week’s election.

President Obama won 67 percent of the vote in Vermont, his third-best showing in the nation. Only the District of Columbia and Hawaii gave the president a higher vote share than Vermont. Obama won all 14 of Vermont’s counties, including traditionally Republican areas in northern Vermont.

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Between the Lines: The election and deja vu

Posted on November 15, 2012 |
By Greg Dennis



Has anybody else noticed that it’s the 1960s again?

We’re trying to wind down an unpopular war.

The voices of blacks, women and young voters are louder than ever.

Last week, two states approved the use of marijuana just for fun. Three states voted to approve same-sex marriage.

Gays can now serve openly in the military and have increasingly prominent roles in business and government. Wisconsin just elected the first openly gay U.S. senator.

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Dems: The onus to succeed

Posted on November 12, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



With the Democrats’ sweep of seven out of the eight statewide offices and greater control in the Vermont House and Senate, one might think Dems will have their cards lined up in orderly fashion to push through a pre-ordained agenda.

It may not be that easy.

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