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Editorial, Bristol's plan: Still no cigar

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



It’s been a long time coming, but Bristol residents are getting closer to being able to vote on a well-considered town plan that fairly represents public input over the past several years on controversial aspects of the plan.

Closer, but not quite there.

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Editorial: Vergennes' worthy message

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Some residents of Vergennes may begrudge the increasing complexity of the city’s efforts to establish policy to continue to allow the long-standing nativity scene to be erected on the city park each Christmas season, but it is time and effort well spent.

By treading cautiously and thoroughly reviewing the consequences of each suggestion, the city council is getting the policy right — and bringing the public along with them at each step.

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Clippings: Anecdotes, data tell same story

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



Anecdotes, a single relatable story, apparently trump data.

We value stories more than unwieldy columns of numbers when we make decisions.

For example, taxes. Hey, we might be rich someday, why would we want millionaires to pay as much as their secretaries? Fantasy outweighs the reality that 99 percent of us aren’t suddenly going to join the 1 percent, really by definition.

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Politically Thinking: Merger of utilities a $21M question

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Eric L. Davis



The continuing controversy over the $21 million “windfall” resulting from the merger between Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service has produced some very unusual political alliances.

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Between the Lines: Fallen bridge connects climate dots

Posted on April 26, 2012 |
By Gregory Dennis



Of all the destruction wrought in Vermont by Tropical Storm Irene, the most widely seen was the collapse of the covered bridge in Bartonsville.

The bridge’s destruction by the rain-swollen Williams River made The New York Times. A handheld video, shot as the bridge sank into the river, was shown on “The Today Show.” New Yorker writer John Seabrook chimed in with “Requiem for a Covered Bridge.”

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Editorial: A splinter bedevils the $750 million deal to merge utilities

Posted on April 23, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Between and betwixt the complex merger of Green Mountain Power and Central Vermont Public Service, a splinter of an issue is bedeviling the legislative leadership, the Shumlin administration and the Department of Public Service. The issue is a provision in a recent memorandum of understanding allowing the utilities to recapture a $21 million pledge to repay ratepayers through future rate hikes.

It’s an understandable oversight that needs a remedy.

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Editorial: Uproar over ban on plastic bags, expanded bottle bill befuddles

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



When is enough debate enough, and when can common sense simply prevail without tipping off the lobbyists and setting up a battle within the state legislature? Both questions come to mind with respect to the two amendments added last week at the last minute to a bill that would establish “universal recycling of solid waste.”

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Editorial: Sheriff Jim Coons

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



What may be most surprising about the story of Addison County Sheriff James Coons is that he did so much, so quietly.

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Around the Bend: Needed: Anti-embarrassment app

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last weekend at a girls’ basketball tournament, I found myself in a public restroom with my 12-year-old daughter and some other moms and pre-teens. I washed my hands and waved them under the paper towel dispenser to trigger the sensor.

Nothing.

Wave, wave.

Nothing.

Frantic jazz-hands wave.

Still nothing.

My daughter groaned.

“It’s not that kind, Mom,” she said, rolling her eyes. “Just pull.”

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Clippings: Dead computer = thoughts on life

Posted on April 19, 2012 |
By Andrea Suozzo



I knew the minute I heard the clicking noise that it was all over.

My computer had been acting up for a couple days, running the fan more than usual, opening applications slowly. Not one to lose faith in my appliances, I’d just ignored it and hoped the problem would resolve itself.

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