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Editorial: Middlebury's mojo bodes well for tomorrow's economy

Posted on September 13, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



Middlebury is on a roll. Recent news that the Middlebury Land Trust will buy 38.3 acres on the southeastern flank of Chipman Hill, thereby setting aside an extremely important parcel of land for recreational uses and as a valuable community park, only adds to a string of events that are creating a very positive vibe in the community.

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Editorial: "It's still the economy stupid"

Posted on September 10, 2012 |
By Angelo Lynn



On opinion and front pages of papers across the country, reporters and columnists alike declared that the slow rate of jobs being added to the economy continues to be a dagger in the heart of President Barack Obama’s campaign for reelection. True enough. After all the hoopla and feel-good campaigning at last week’s National Democratic Convention in Charlotte, N.C.

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Community Forum: Reflections of a philosophical naturalist

Posted on September 10, 2012 |
By Victor Nuovo



On my 70th birthday, I paused to tell myself that life begins at 70 and then continued on life’s way unperturbed, with the same prospect that I had before of life with no apparent end, full of expectation and the hope of achievement. It has been my good fortune not to be disappointed; the last decade has been the most productive in my life in ways that I could scarcely have imagined or foreseen.

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Guest editorial: Israel Iran Propaganda

Posted on September 6, 2012 |
By Haviland Smith



Today’s Internet is increasingly carrying articles from both American and foreign sources to the effect that Israel is pulling out the stops trying to get the United States involved in military action against Iran.

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Clippings: My moon landing with Neil (Armstrong)

Posted on September 6, 2012 |
By Trent Campbell



pparently there was a little confusion surrounding the recent death of Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong. Some people got him mixed up with Lance Armstrong, the newly shamed bicyclist, and NBC posted that astronaut Neil Young had died. I guess it is easy to confuse a guy who wrote a song called “Harvest Moon” with a guy who walked on the moon. For anyone around my age or older, though, the name Neil Armstrong and the defining moment of the first manned moon landing will forever be etched in our minds.

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Politically Thinking: Moderate GOP candidates will fare better in Vt.

Posted on September 6, 2012 |
By Eric Davis



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Guest Editorial: Study ranks Vt. as a stingy place. Are we really?

Posted on September 3, 2012 |
By Emerson Lynn



Vermonters give an average of 2.8 percent of their discretionary income to charity, making us one of the stingiest states in the union, according to a national study conducted by the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Our cellar-dwelling neighbors are close by. New Hampshire is the stingiest at 2.5 percent, and the rest of New England fills in the bottom six positions nationally. 

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Around the Bend: Overcoming fears of a wild ride

Posted on August 30, 2012 |
By Jessie Raymond



I love amusement parks. And since the one thing missing from my summer thus far was a chance to spend a great deal of money while standing in line most of the day — interrupted every half hour or so by a minute of sheer terror — I insisted we take a family day trip to the Great Escape last weekend.

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Legislative Report: Two (personal) reasons for health reform

Posted on August 30, 2012 |
By Willem Jewett



Health reform continues to be debated on national and state political stages. Sometimes the power of personal stories is lost in these debates. As we head toward another winter of debating health care in Montpelier I wanted to share a couple of my own experiences and ask you to share yours with me. The names in the stories below are not fictional because they all helped save my life. In an effort to be polite I have refrained from naming those who have not assisted in this effort.

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Clippings: Ringer helps in barbecue throwdown

Posted on August 30, 2012 |
By John Flowers



Every family has had at least one since pre-historic times: A designated grill grunt to supervise the roasting of large slabs of meat over an open flame to provide nourishment for the clan. Someone raised my hand when the assignment was offered up in our family a few decades ago, and no one has yet to wrestle me for the tongs and spatula.

So with more than a few grill marks on my gun belt, I guess it made a little sense when my brother-in-law, Peter, invited me to compete in his third annual ribfest.

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