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Opinion: Rail track upgrades a blessing for town of Middlebury

Posted on August 1, 2016 |
By Fred Barnes



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Opinion: Lisman could be a great leader

Posted on August 1, 2016 |
By Robert Bernstein



Bruce Lisman’s candidacy in this year’s Republican primary for governor seems, to me, to be a rare chance for us as Vermonters to help ourselves.

I introduced myself to Lisman after hearing him speak at a candidate forum last October. I found his thoughtfulness and engagement to be head and shoulders above the others, all of whom spoke well, but the others showed ambition for the job, while Lisman demonstrated a passionate desire to help. This seemed to be the most notable difference to me.

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Opinion: Sheldon, Charbonneau enthusiastically supported

Posted on August 1, 2016 |
By Margaret and George Klohck



In the Democratic primary on Aug. 9 we have the opportunity to return Amy Sheldon to the Vermont House and to add Jill Charbonneau as the other representative from Middlebury. Two years ago we gave our enthusiastic support to Amy, and now we are writing for Jill with the same enthusiasm.

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Opinion: Dunne's strengths are numerous

Posted on August 1, 2016 |
By Jay Parini



We write in support of Matt Dunne for governor. In our view, he has exactly the talents and positions needed at this critical moment in Vermont’s history. For years now, he has been thinking hard about the environment, and he’s been front and center with ideas, acknowledging that “climate change will fundamentally harm our economy.” His detailed plans for energy efficiency, and the development of solar and heat pump technology, make him an obvious fit for a state that has been at the forefront of the environmental movement.

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Opinion: Two stand out in Addison-1 race

Posted on July 28, 2016 |
By David Andrews



In the upcoming Democratic primary, Middlebury voters are blessed with good candidate choices for the Vermont House of Representatives: incumbent Rep. Amy Sheldon along with two newcomers, Robin Scheu and Jill Charbonneau — all running for Middlebury’s two seats.

I’m sure that any of the three would represent us well, but I plan to vote for Jill Charbonneau in addition to Amy Sheldon, who has already established herself as a strong voice for the environment and for action toward energy independence and limiting climate change.

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Jessie Raymond: It's tough to get into the swing of golf

Posted on July 28, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



It happened. After two years of resisting my husband’s pleas, I gave in: I started golfing with him.

The things we do for love.

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Clippings: Do all lives matter? Change is proof

Posted on July 28, 2016 |
By Sam Hartley



The atmosphere was tense in this country following the highly publicized killings of two black men, Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, by police officers earlier this month. It became dramatically more so when a young Afghan War veteran decided to retaliate by killing five police officers with a sniper rifle in Dallas, Texas.

Issues that are this politically charged are frustrating to talk about because both sides tend to speak past one another. “Black lives matter.” “No. All lives matter.” “Do they really, though?”

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Opinion: Stealing political candidate signs shows no respect

Posted on July 28, 2016 |
By Jim Schesinger



Although the general election is almost four months away, the opponents of free speech are ramping up their activities.

I am supporting Valerie Mullin in her bid to win one of the two seats that Addison District-4 has in the Vermont House of Representatives. Twice in the last month, her yard signs have been stolen from the bottom of my driveway. The last incident happened on the night of July 22. As a result of this brazen act of intolerance and thievery, the police have been notified.

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Opinion: Sheldon merits another term

Posted on July 28, 2016 |
By Victoria DeWind



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Opinion: Getting treatment for addiciton

Posted on July 28, 2016 |
By Jessi de Boer



This week’s writer is Jessi de Boer, who wrote this in coordination with the Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction. DeBoer, a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and a licensed clinical mental health counselor, is coordinator of Adult Recovery Services at Counseling Service of Addison County.

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