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Opinion: Cornwall shouldn't compromise

Posted on January 19, 2015 |
By Timothy Fisher



Editor’s note: The following was submitted as an open letter to the Cornwall selectboard.

First I want to thank you for the hundreds of hours of work you have put in trying to deal with the proposed gas pipeline issue. All of this was imposed upon you by Vermont Gas, who with their limitless resources have used their ability to deprive you of so much of your personal life to try to wear you down to acquiescence to their proposed pipeline.

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Editorial: Of sacred cows and runoff

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Gov. Peter Shumlin and Vermont Agriculture Secretary Chuck Ross had to know that the farming community would take issue when the governor proposed in his Inaugural address to make changes to the state’s Current Use tax program that would penalize farmers who pollute waterways. What they also had to suppose was that the majority of Vermonters would not think it was unfair for farmers to be willing to accept a share of the responsibility for cleaning up the state’s waterways, particularly those that run into Lake Champlain.

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Editorial: Are your taxes a problem?

Posted on January 15, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The liberal Public Assets Institute recently asked all Vermonters a compelling question: Are your school taxes a problem? In seeking public response, one would think they will be flooded by responses from taxpayers who are angry about their high property tax bills.

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Clippings: A celebration of a life well lived

Posted on January 14, 2015 |
By Trent Campbell



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My dad died Christmas morning. In November he was diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. It was also in his bones and spreading. He came to terms with it quickly. He was ready. He had lived a good life, he felt, one that had lasted longer than he ever expected. My sister, Torri, and brother, Todd, and I tried hard to match the peace and grace and acceptance he showed.

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Opinion: Police chiefs oppose pot legalization

Posted on January 14, 2015 |
By Chief George Merkel



This week’s writer is Vergennes Chief of Police George P. Merkel, who is president of the Vermont Association of Chiefs of Police.

 

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Opinion: School funding must be changed

Posted on January 14, 2015 |
By Max Kraus



As the debate over school funding heats up I would like to add my voice to those who view our school taxes too high AND unfairly allocated. I believe the two problems are interrelated.

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Opinion: Voters' wishes were ignored

Posted on January 14, 2015 |
By Rustan Swenson



In this last election cycle a precious few enlightened Citizens beheld the voice of one crying in the wilderness, a lone echo, and they cast their votes in the hope of a rebirth, a renaissance, a new beginning. I was humbled and profoundly grateful for these heroic voters from across Vermont from Shelburne to Shoreham, to Orwell, Whiting and Middlebury.

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Legislative Report: Statehouse protestors were disrespectful

Posted on January 14, 2015 |
By Warren Van Wyck



This week's writer is Rep. Warren Van Wyck, R-Ferrisburgh.

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Opinion: Farmers disproportionately blamed for lake pollution

Posted on January 14, 2015 |
By Edward Bessette



After reading Monday’s article about Gov. Shumlin’s agenda for the next two year, I have concerns. Most of the article describes Shumlin’s plan to clean up the lake and prevent future runoff and pollution.

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Editorial: Criticism — a reflection on us

Posted on January 12, 2015 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The commentary in the aftermath of Gov. Peter Shumlin’s third inaugural speech this past Thursday is at once fascinating, nonsensical and maddening — but also enlightening as a mirror of our political culture.

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