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Clippings: A fishy story on origin of April Fool's

Posted on March 31, 2011 |
By Trent Campbell



The history of April Fool’s Day is, according to the briefest of Internet searches, a bit muddy. Many sources trace it back to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales in the late 1300s, some back even further to when Noah released one of his doves too early, before the flood waters had receded. These claims, however, are way off. Friday marks just the 200th anniversary of April Fool’s Day. And I should know because the true origins of the holiday are, I am foolishly revealing here for the first time, linked directly to my Norwegian ancestors.

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Politically Thinking: NRC decision doesn't end VY saga

Posted on March 31, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Last week’s decision by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to extend Vermont Yankee’s operating license for another 20 years does not end the controversy over the future of the plant.

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Of American exceptionalism

Posted on March 31, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



 

In a forceful and uplifting speech Tuesday night, President Barack Obama articulated the scope of America’s involvement in Libya in language clear enough for all but the daft or deliberately contrary to understand.

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Between the Lines: Confessions of a Vermontaholic

Posted on March 31, 2011 |
By Gregory Dennis



 

My name is Greg and I am a Vermontaholic. This is my story.

As with so many other Vermontaholics, my addiction started in childhood.

They say that parents should keep their kids away from the hard stuff, and that was certainly true in my case. I’m one of many for whom, at a tragically young age, the gateway drug was skiing.

I could handle it OK when my parents took me skiing near home in central New York State. Even in the Adirondacks at Whiteface and Big Tupper, I didn’t get addicted.

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Natural gas pipeline would strengthen area's economy

Posted on March 31, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



 

A utility’s proposal to explore the possibility of extending a natural gas pipeline from Burlington to Vergennes and into Middlebury should be greeted with enthusiasm by residents, businesses and all who want to see greenhouse gases diminished. That’s because natural gas is less expensive than other fuel options, pollutes less, and reduces Vermonters reliance on foreign oil.

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Editorial: Cutting through the partisan lies

Posted on March 28, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Try to explain why this statement is false: “Cutting the federal deficit will create jobs.”

The simple answer is because government spending creates jobs by putting money in the hands of those who will spend it, thus priming the economy.

Cutting government spending, as Republicans in Congress want to do, will create the opposite effect of what they are saying will happen — an important point for America taxpayers and voters to understand.

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Clippings: Should U.S. education follow China?

Posted on March 24, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



Americans are up in arms because while Shanghai, China, achieved first place across the board on the 2010 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), U.S. high school students tested 31st out of 65 economic regions in mathematics, 23rd in science, and 17th in reading. President Obama referred to the issue as “our generation’s Sputnik moment” and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan labeled it “an absolute wake up call for America.”

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Around the bend: Home brewing leads to 'ale-itism'

Posted on March 24, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



 

This winter, I made my first batch of home-brewed beer. I only wish I had done it sooner.

Until a few months ago, I never thought of beer as something you could make yourself. Then I heard a radio show about home brewing and learned that (a) beer does not, as I had always vaguely assumed, come directly from some stream in Latrobe, Pa., and (b) making your own beer is a relatively simple process, requiring little equipment and only a few ingredients.

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Renewed look at building new town office in Midd prompts review of priorities

Posted on March 24, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The revived effort to conceptualize a new town office building for Middlebury has two apparent goals: to tear down much of the existing building and replace it with a smaller, more modern and efficient office space, and — by doing so — save on fuel costs.

Middlebury residents rejected a proposal in 2002 for a $6 million proposal that called for a 13,982-square-foot, two-story structure on the same site. That proposal would have incorporated the town police headquarters and kept the existing municipal gymnasium.

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Editorial: Renewed scrutiny needed for VY

Posted on March 21, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The growing crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan highlights several important considerations Vermonters must ponder concerning the Vermont Yankee nuclear plant in southern Vermont.

First, we must determine whether the plant’s age warrants extension of its license due to expire in 2012.

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