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Clippings: Speech is protected, but jobs aren't

Posted on October 20, 2011 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



 

Are you ready for some free speech?

Well, within limits. I would like to keep my job, be it ever so humble and modestly paid.

Well, I could just about stop there, and that would sum up the kerfuffle earlier this month about ESPN’s decision to remove Hank Williams Jr. and his trademark “Are you ready for some football?” opening from its Monday Night Football program.

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Around the Bend: 'Touch' of technology doesn't help

Posted on October 20, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



Not long ago, I received a free hand-me-down iPod Touch. I was thrilled, not only because it had originally retailed for about $200 but also because I had never owned such a sleek, technologically advanced gadget. (Keep in mind I think remote car starters are magic; I thrill easily.)

But once I got over the simple elegance of the smooth flat screen, I honestly couldn’t think of a single reason to have it.

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Between the Lines: Small-town life is a cut above

Posted on October 20, 2011 |
By Greg Dennis



Ken Jenks is the physician’s assistant at a medical clinic in Nucla, Colo.

Jenks, who appears in a compelling “New Yorker” profile of Nucla’s druggist, Don Colcord, grew up in Salt Lake City. But he’s become a connoisseur of small towns.

Living in a small town, he says, means giving people more latitude.

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Editorial: Tropical Storm Irene's silver lining

Posted on October 13, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The numbers from Tropical Storm Irene are slowly coming in, offering a fuller picture of the storm’s damage and the potential cost to the state and local communities. The challenge is to find the silver lining.

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Editorial: A tough lesson to learn, again

Posted on October 13, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



On the tenth anniversary of the war in Afghanistan last Friday, a loyal group of protestors stood on the Bristol green for their weekly ritual — making a statement against war because they feel it’s important to not let this nation’s participation in that war go unchallenged.

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Clippings: Trying to play ball with today's teens

Posted on October 13, 2011 |
By Andrew Stein



Two weeks ago the Addison Central Teen Center in Middlebury almost had to close for a routine board meeting. The number of volunteers is so low that the director wasn’t going to be able to staff the center during the board’s meeting he was to attend.

So when my fiancée Mairead, who regularly volunteers there, asked me to help out, I said, “Sure, why not?”

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Politically Thinking: Risk to Vt. in 2012 is a GOP sweep

Posted on October 13, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Gov. Shumlin and Vermont’s Democratic legislative majorities do not need to be overly concerned about re-election in 2012. However, they do face a major political risk next year: the impacts of Republican control of both the presidency and Congress on Vermont’s fiscal policy.

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Editorial: Death-with-dignity deserves its day in the public's court

Posted on October 10, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Death-with-dignity deserves its day in the public’s court

As legislative committees meet to prepare agendas for the upcoming session, one piece of legislation deserves consideration and the opportunity for a vote. The issue, known as death-with-dignity, is no stranger to House committees over the past two sessions, but has never been brought to a vote of the full body nor has it been introduced in the Senate.

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Editorial: Proposed gas pipeline boosts effort to attract more industrial jobs

Posted on October 6, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



News that Vermont Gas Systems received permission from the Vermont Public Service Board to use ratepayer revenue to finance a proposed pipeline into Addison County boosts local efforts to attract economic growth and to retain existing industries in Vergennes and Middlebury.

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Clippings: Local paddlers test the waters

Posted on October 6, 2011 |
By Christian Woodard



We’re all a little hydro-phobic after Irene. If you live near a river, if your septic system erupted through the yard or if your satellite dish is on its way to the middle stratosphere, you know what I mean. You cringe when the toilet flushes, and sleep with an inflatable dolphin.

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