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Opinion: Pipeline to N.Y. a terrible idea

Posted on April 24, 2014 |
By Sarah and Dayton Wakefield



After reading the April 14 Addison Independent article titled “Phase II pipeline clears ACRPC hurdle,” we send our thanks to those of you on the commission who voted against this and its negative impact on so many Addison County residents.

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Editorial: Questions and potential solutions for Phase II

Posted on April 24, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Vermont Gas is getting the jump on its next public information campaign by hosting a series of community hearings for Phase III of its natural gas pipeline extending from Middlebury to Rutland. The target is to complete that section of the pipeline by 2020 at a cost between $130 million to $160 million.

For affected landowners in Middlebury, Salisbury, Leicester, Brandon and south, an open house in Brandon will be held May 8. (See story on Page 1A.)

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Editorial: Miller's appointment resets pledge to proceed with care

Posted on April 20, 2014 |
By Angelo Lynn



In an interview with Lawrence Miller last week that ran in Thursday’s Addison Independent that explored Miller’s new position as the governor’s senior advisor and Chief of Health Care Reform, there were two take-home comments that can’t be emphasized enough: that the state won’t push forward with a single payer system that puts the state’s economy in jeopardy, while also saying the state would not go back to the status quo that saw health care costs escalate annually beyond the point of sustainability.

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Opinion: Creating fewer, large school districts is a good idea

Posted on April 20, 2014 |
By David Wolk et al.



Before the turn of the 20thcentury, there were more than 2,500 school districts in Vermont. Back then, as it is today, debate was passionate. How should schooling be organized to meet our shared goals? In 1892, our Legislature took courageous action by abolishing those micro-districts and transforming our school system to one with fewer than 300 districts, about the same number as today.

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Opinion: Pig disease raises animal ID question

Posted on April 20, 2014 |
By Joe Klopfenstein DVM



The past few weeks have brought sobering animal health news to the Vermont livestock community. A relatively new disease, Porcine Endemic Diarrhea (PED), has been found for the first time in the Green Mountain State. This is one of the few reported cases outside traditional pork producing states, and the disease seemingly skipped over larger states such as New York.

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Eric Davis: Bill seeks income tax to fund schools

Posted on April 17, 2014 |
By Eric L. Davis



The House Education Committee’s bill to eliminate approximately 80 percent of Vermont’s school districts by consolidating their number from 273 to about 50 has been the subject of considerable debate in recent weeks in the Statehouse, in the education community, and in the press.

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Clippings: Winter's reverie; a Vermont state of mind

Posted on April 17, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



What is it about this snowy Wednesday morning that made me think of the 1950s musical “Oklahoma!” with its irrepressible theme song: “Oh, what a beautiful mornin’, oh what a beautiful day!”

Must be something about a fresh snowfall that makes the world a brighter place, or, if we just count our blessings and look around us, we realize how beautiful a place this is.

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Editorial: H.883 — Changing status quo needed to improve outcomes

Posted on April 17, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



At Monday’s legislative breakfast, Weybridge resident Fran Putnam asked an important question concerning a legislative proposal to consolidate school governance districts as drafted in H.883: “Before we totally throw the baby out with the bathwater,” she said, “we really need to think about: What is the problem we’re trying to solve, what is the goal here, and is this the best way to do it?”

Rep. David Sharpe, D-Bristol, answered that question in part:

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Opinion: Phase II project brings benefits

Posted on April 16, 2014 |
By Gary Cooke



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Opinion: Voting against town office plan would back community

Posted on April 16, 2014 |
By Andrea Murray



In light of the May 13 re-vote of Article 6, now Article 1, I encourage Middlebury residents to vote “no.”

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