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Politically Thinking: GOP hopefuls will bypass Vermont

Posted on December 8, 2011 |
By Eric L. Davis



Vermont’s 2012 presidential primary will be held on Town Meeting Day, Tuesday, March 6. The Democratic primary will be uneventful, with President Obama running unopposed for renomination. The results of the Republican primary will determine how the state’s delegation to the Republican National Convention, which will be held in Tampa in late August, will be divided among the candidates.

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Editorial: So little can mean so much

Posted on December 8, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Let’s be plain. According to the level of giving to date, the United Way campaign this year may fall short. One likely reason is that those who normally set aside funds for charitable giving may have doled out some of those funds to relief efforts in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene. Statewide, more than $1,894,331 million has been collected through the United Ways of Vermont for relief to Irene’s victims, of which $81,000 was raised through the United Way of Addison County.

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Editorial: Kudos to Bristol's boards

Posted on December 8, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Bristol residents should welcome a blanket statement from the selectboard at its last meeting that encouraged citizen participation at all public meetings within the town, and apologized to one resident who was recently denied an opportunity to speak at a recent planning commission meeting.

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Editorial: A political question to ponder

Posted on December 8, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Here’s a political question to ponder. In a representative democracy, should a public board follow ‘majority rule’ or what might be called ‘plurality rule’?

More specifically, if town residents vote 60 percent to 40 percent against locating a gravel pit near town, should the governing body write rules that sort of prohibit the pit but allow some gravel extraction in a smaller corner of the proposed pit — taking the stated stance that “not everyone gets what they want,” so the board splits the difference?

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Guest Editorial: Progress for dairy policies?

Posted on December 5, 2011 |
By St. Albans Messenger



When the “supercommittee” on debt reduction collapsed one of the proposals that collapsed with it was a potential change in the nation’s dairy policy by year’s end. Federal price supports for agriculture, as with everything else, are the obvious targets of budget cutters, then, and now.

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Editorial: Floating lead balloons

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Here's a provocative idea that makes total common sense, and yet it’ll float about as well as a bunch of lead balloons.

Tim Bouton, emergency response planner for the Addison County Regional Planning Commission, was talking in general about what has been learned in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Irene (and before), including the general premise that roads, and some villages, should not be located in flood plains.

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Clippings: Losing battle for the perfect photo

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Trent Campbell



As a photojournalist I don’t really fit the mold. Compared to other shooters out there I am pretty laid back and quiet. I try not to get in anybody’s way (sorry if I have ever been in your way) and, please don’t tell my boss, I am not always willing to do anything to get “the shot.”

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Around the Bend: Early deal ruins Black Friday fun

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Jessie Raymond



For years, I’ve spoken out against shopping on Black Friday. But this year, for the first time, I almost joined the wild, deal-grabbing crowds.

I’m not opposed to Black Friday in theory. On the contrary; I can think of no better way to kick off a joyful Christmas season than by abandoning all goodwill toward others in the shameless and maniacal pursuit of cheap material goods. I just prefer to celebrate the day after Thanksgiving the way our Founding Fathers intended it, by lying around all day eating leftovers and napping.

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Editorial: The gig's up for Mr. Cain

Posted on December 1, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Oops. There they go again.

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Editorial: OWS needs a sharper focus

Posted on November 28, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The slogan, “we are the 99.9 percent,” is certainly catchy, but how does it help define the Occupy Wall Street movement? Or better yet, what does define the movement?

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