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Politically thinking: Congress, courts must balance president

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



In 1787 and 1788, Alexander Hamilton, John Jay and James Madison wrote a series of essays known as The Federalist Papers, urging ratification of the new Constitution of the United States.

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Letter to the editor: Museum plan unfairly rejected

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Gerry Tetrault



I was sorely disappointed when I read in your paper how the Bristol selectboard rejected the offer of the gentleman who wanted to buy the old fire station and make it into an antique woodworking machinery museum. Whatever happened to “a bird in the hand...?”

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Letter to the editor: College students help city kids

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Lisa Sausville



It was a pleasure to read Karl Lindholm’s article on Middlebury College student Matt St. Amour. The article however did not mention another way that Matt gives back to the community. For the past two years Matt and teammate Liam Naughton have been coaching a youth basketball team in Vergennes. As a ProCity AAU Basketball board member and team manager I have been impressed with Matt and Liam’s commitment to our area youth.

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Community forum: Shumlin helps write his legacy

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Gov. Peter Shumlin



This week’s writer is Gov. Peter Shumlin.

One of the key responsibilities of governing is crafting a budget that reflects Vermonters’ priorities and lives within our means as a state. As we transition this important responsibility to the incoming Administration, it’s worth reviewing the last six years of financial management.

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Letter to the editor: Communities can heal through caring, good deeds

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



A couple weeks before Thanksgiving this Gospel song came to me. “There’s a healing somewhere. There’s a healing somewhere. Don’t you go until you find it. There’s a healing somewhere.” Sister Alice Martin taught me that Gospel song. Sister Alice is the pastor of a church in the heart of Philadelphia. Her congregation includes people released from prison, recovering addicts, and anyone else who feels welcomed in her presence.

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Letter to the editor: ANWSD needs some tax relief

Posted on December 15, 2016 |
By Elizabeth Armstrong



Now that the Addison Northwest school district has consolidated, we the taxpayers were to see a break in the excessively high property taxes ... a small penance was given, to be gobbled up by increases for the teachers ... if we vote this upcoming budget. How did we let this outrageous over-taxation happen?

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Note of Appreciation: Plays were a success thanks to the community

Posted on December 12, 2016 |
By Anne Gleason



Thank you, all!

What more can we say? In the words of “Mary Poppins:” “Anything can happen if you let it.” The support, enthusiasm and cooperative spirit of the Mount Abraham five-town-community-and-beyond audiences for the play were unprecedented. There were more folks in the seats over these four performances than in any other production run of the past twenty years’ worth of fall musicals.

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Guest Editorial: Why fake news is dangerous

Posted on December 12, 2016 |
By Lee Hamilton



Franklin Roosevelt once said, “Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely.” He was talking about why education matters in a representative democracy, but it’s a safe bet that had he known about fake internet news, he’d have said the same thing — except maybe with more pointed words.

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Letter to the editor: Sometimes taking a stand might mean pleading guilty

Posted on December 12, 2016 |
By Jane Palmer



Editor’s note. The writer is a Monkton resident who was a longtime opponent of the Vermont Gas Systems natural gas pipeline, which originally was slated to cross her property but in the end was routed around it.

Early this month in Addison County Court, 12 people were arraigned who were arrested back in September because they walked onto a construction site of the Vermont fracked gas pipeline and refused to leave when asked by the police.

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