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Letter to the Editor: Middlebury rail project desperately needs fresh look

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Bruce Hiland



If Vermont’s Department of Transportation (VTrans) has its way, Middlebury’s historic downtown will experience historic disruption and damage over the next three years. Fifty-two million-plus of your taxpayer dollars will be spent to do this “…if all goes according to plan.”

To avoid this disaster concerned citizens have developed an alternative that meets safety objectives, avoids the damage to our downtown and costs less than one-third as much.

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Letter to the Editor: How much leeway should Vermont regulators allow?

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Richard Moore



A half inch is costing me several thousand dollars.

The town of Middlebury does not have department of inspectional services. I know, I checked. So the town relies on the Vermont Department of Fire Safety to enforce a series of regulations covering egress, in particular stairs.

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Letter to the Editor: 'Freedom' often poorly defined

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Alexander Lyall



 

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Letter to the Editor: President Trump proving to be inept at art of diplomacy

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Larry Booker



 

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Note of appreciation: Thanks for all who helped make Halloween special for seniors at Porter

Posted on November 22, 2017 |
By Judy Doria



Helen Porter Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center gives a Great Big Thank You to all community members who worked with us to make the Medieval Castle and Pumpkin Display possible with over 200 carved and lit pumpkins. This is truly a community event, both supported and enjoyed by our community that literally hundreds of our area residents are a part of. 

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Editorial: Middlebury's DID is a solid tax strategy to build upon

Posted on November 21, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In an interesting discussion of the future of Middlebury’s Downtown Improvement District, members of the DID commission, the selectboard and area businesses were right last Tuesday night at the selectboard meeting to question a continuation of the status quo. As it has been for the past 21 years, additional taxes have been assessed on the 119 affected downtown commercial properties to make improvements to the downtown.

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Letter to the Editor: Gun enthusiasts fail to make case

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By Alexander Lyall



“They fight to protect our freedom”… the most hollow expression since, “I’m not a crook,” which Checkers knew wasn’t true.

Exactly which freedoms, you might ask, and specifically how do they relate to a foreign war? Why choose one particular battle, when potentially there are so many of them? What motivates men in comfortable, non-combatant roles to send someone other than themselves to stir up trouble, get ripped apart and die of shock from loss of blood? Those questions rarely find answers.

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Community Forum, Bob Parsons: Estate tax changes would affect farms

Posted on November 20, 2017 |
By Bob Parsons



This week’s writer is Bob Parsons, agricultural economist for University of Vermont Extension.

As Congress begins discussion on proposed changes to the tax code, there are often small points that take a while to attract the public’s attention. One of those small points is the proposed elimination of the federal estate tax.

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