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Opinion: Parking garage would help Middlebury

Posted on November 24, 2014 |
By Peter Voorhees



A suggestion for more parking downtown would be to construct a permanent multilevel garage at the location of the current parking lot on Mill Street.

Pedestrian access to the second level could be a street level bridge off of College Street where the steps are. The current lot doesn’t get much use probably because it is hard to get to. An elevator would make access to either level handicap-accessible and convenient to downtown.

Peter Voorhees

Middlebury

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Opinion: Help is available locally for those struggling with drugs

Posted on November 24, 2014 |
By Bob Donnis



Editor’s note: The following letter was sent to Mount Abraham Union High School student Abby Boss in reaction to the article she wrote (“Battle with Heroin Hits Home, Calls for Prevention”) for the school’s Bird’s Eyepublication, which ran in the Nov. 13 edition of the Independent. It is printed here with permission.

Dear Ms. Boss,

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Guest editorial: 45-cent gas tax? That's nuts

Posted on November 24, 2014 |
By Emerson Lynn



If several Vermont environmental groups and key policy makers have their way, the Legislature will impose a tax on gasoline and heating fuels, raising the price of a gallon of gas an estimated 45 cents. This will be Vermont’s way to help cut greenhouse gas emissions.

They are delusional.

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Views from the Vet: Dairy farmers are good stewards

Posted on November 20, 2014 |
By Joe Klopfenstein DVM



Last week when I wrote this column was Agricultural Literacy Week in Vermont — a great opportunity to learn about new methods as our farms continue to grow and modernize. This week is also the week of Thanksgiving. The holiday is traditionally a time to give thanks for the many gifts we’ve been given. In our homes, our churches and our communities we also take time to think about stewardship — how we care for those gifts. Here in Vermont we have no greater gift than our beautiful environment.

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Editorial: The missing point of criticism

Posted on November 20, 2014 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Let’s examine the revered role of criticism in our political dialogue.

First, let’s agree that progress is the universal goal and that we’re not in the business of governing to take society backwards. Second, let’s agree that there are multiple ways to achieve progress and as many ways to define it.

The focus, then, is how constructive criticism plays a role in helping create better decisions and outcomes.

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Clippings: Pro baseball player strikes it rich

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By John Flowers



News item: Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has signed a contract extension that will pay him $325 million over the next 13 years.

To play baseball for around eight months each year.

I say eight months because the Marlins have as much chance of making the playoffs next year as I have of playing center in the National Basketball Association. And I’m 52 years old and 5 feet, 6 inches tall on a good day.

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Opinion: State must fight natural gas plan

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By John Madden



The nicest thing about a trip out of state is coming back to Vermont.

Recently there has been much advertising and sales of the idea that sacrificing the lives and property of Vermonters for cheap fuel from Canada (and not obeying Vermont law) is in the public good.

A current example of that concept is the building of an explosive gas storage and distribution network in Middlebury without the required-by-Vermont-law public hearing (30 V.S.A., Section 24B(4)(A)) and permit (Section 248(b)(5)).

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Jesse Raymond: Gingerbread idea no piece of cake

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Jessie Raymond



It’s almost time for the Vermont Folklife Center’s annual Gingerbread House Competition and Exhibit. This could be the year I finally enter.

I say that every November but I’ve always chickened out. I’ve learned from past attempts at making gingerbread houses that the whimsy of the final result belies the blood, sweat and multiple batches of burnt gingerbread that go into the process.

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Opinion: Fans thankful for Otter Valley football

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Brian Fillioe



Now the high school football season is over. Otter Valley was the Div. III State Championship runner-up. While it was hard for the players to lose the championship game, they all should be proud of the year they had.

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Opinion: Sharpe grateful to local voters

Posted on November 19, 2014 |
By Dave Sharpe



Thank you to everyone who worked on my successful campaign to return to the Vermont House. I am humbled by the support I have received from the voters and regard it as an important job to represent them in the Legislature.

I recognize that it will be a very difficult session with restricted revenues and that the wages of Vermonters have not kept up with inflation over the last few decades. I am looking forward to serving Vermonters in my district and throughout the state.

Rep. Dave Sharpe

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