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Clippings: The election is over, please shut up

Posted on November 8, 2012 |
By John McCright



I was driving into work on the morning after the election and I heard a Republican strategist on the radio asked about how the GOP needs to change to build a coalition that can win a presidential election. The guy stammered about Republican governors and the House of Representatives for a few minutes, then admitted that he didn’t know.

A pundit admitting that he didn’t know! I let out a big sigh; what a relief.

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Around the Bend: Weather forecasting is up in the air

Posted on November 8, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



When you ask people, “What’s this winter going to be like?” the respondents fall into two camps: Those who believe it’s going to be super-snowy, and those who believe it’s going to be a lot like last year. In other words, Camp A really wants to go skiing and Camp B hates to shovel.

But who’s right?

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Woman injured in crash at Bristol jamboree tells her story

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By Bethany Hallock



This week’s writer is Bethany Hallock of Ferrisburgh. She offered this as a first-hand account from someone involved in a high-profile news event, and we were happy to publish it because it speaks to how people in our community respond when a member of the community is involved in a life-changing catastrophe.

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Editorial: Vote 'yes' on Bristol Town Plan

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



On the whole, the proposed Bristol town plan is one town residents should pass. We congratulate the Planning Commission and the Bristol selectboard for working through a litany of issues and, after eight years and a rejection of the previous town plan, proposing a plan the public can finally support.

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Editorial: Obama for president

Posted on November 5, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



In the race for president, set aside everything you know about the two candidates for a moment and reflect on the country you want to live in. Is it a country whose foundation is to strengthen the whole, or to strengthen the individual? Is it a country willing to help those less fortunate or do all Americans fend for themselves? Is it a country that employs a tax policy that seeks to spread wealth, or is it a country that favors a growing gap between rich and poor?

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Editorial: Endorsements, but first, let’s make Election Day a holiday

Posted on November 1, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



Election Day should be a national holiday simply to encourage as many American citizens as possible to make it to the polls and vote. Why not? Certainly it’s a more important day than, say, Columbus Day. Ideally, voters would use at least part of the day to make a final review of the candidates. Everyone knows something about the presidential race, but a good many Americans don’t know much about some of the state offices or the differences between the candidates for their state legislatures.

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Clippings: Ready for 2nd helping of Halloween

Posted on November 1, 2012 |
By Trent Campbell



Some of my colleagues here at the Addison Independent often joke that stories from my childhood remind them of something out of the “Our Gang” comedies of the 1930s. Reporter John Flowers refers to me and my old childhood buddy Donnie Andresen as Spanky and Alfalfa (if you are young and don’t recognize those names just YouTube them into your Google machines, or do a tweet or something). Now Spanky isn’t a name I would wish on anyone, but I proudly wear the Spanky badge.

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Politically Thinking: State’s D.C. incumbents will roll

Posted on November 1, 2012 |
By Eric Davis



Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Peter Welch are overwhelming favorites to be re-elected next week. These two candidates may get more votes than anyone else listed on the ballot, including President Obama and Gov. Shumlin. Sanders could be the top vote-getter in Vermont, with about 70 percent of the vote, with Welch not far behind in the mid-60 percent range.

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Editorial: Pearce for state treasurer

Posted on October 29, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



When casting a vote for State Treasurer on Election Day, Vermonters should first consider what qualities, skills and background are most important in the candidates. The position, after all, has three primary responsibilities: managing the state’s bonds, managing the state’s pension funds, and handling a host of cash management tasks.

Sounds boring to most of us, which is one of the reasons that this race is rarely controversial.

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Three pitches; three home runs

Posted on October 25, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



Middlebury received a bushel basket full of good economic news this week in three announcements: Vermont Hard Cider, LLC was bought by a global Irish company that will strengthen the company in its effort to stay atop the national hard cider market and expand its operations and job growth here in Middlebury; the Vermont Transportation Department announced it will finance the Western Corridor rail project without waiting for federal assistance and have it completed by 2017; and the town of Middlebury was given control of managing the railroad tunnel project that will rebuild the overpasses

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