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Clippings: The issue of junk mail is no joke

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Andy Kirkaldy



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Every other Monday, I carry a couple of clear, 30-pound trash bags full of recycling down to the Buttolph Drive curb.

Nothing unusual about that, of course, except that a lot of it consists of mail addressed to my dad, and he died in May.

So far, the nice folks running the team of horses who haul away our trash and recycling haven’t suggested we take our business back to Casella because of all the extra weight.

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Jessie Raymond: One weird fact: Online info false!

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Jessie Raymond



Recently a Facebook friend of mine shared a terrifying post, ostensibly written by her cousin’s co-worker, about a dangerous new car-jacking trend. The incident in question happened to the friend’s cousin’s co-worker’s daughter in a Walmart parking lot and, the post warned, it could happen to you.

The poor young woman came out of the store and got in her car. When she checked her mirror to back up, she noticed a sale flier tucked under the rear wiper. So, with the car running, she got out to remove the flier.

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Opinion: Corporations making the rules

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Fred Person



“We owe no allegiance; we bow to no throne, our ruler is law, and the law is our own.”

— From the “Song of Vermonters,” 1779.

Today this is not true. Through the mask of renewable energies out of country, corporations have created law and made this their own, through profits, which creates the plundering of Vermont’s wildlife habitat and Vermont’s rural communities.

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Opinion: Middlebury police helped out Santa

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Tammy Fisher



We wanted to take a moment to let the Middlebury Police Department know how much several children appreciated them delivering Santa to us on Dec. 13.

The Middlebury Police Department made sure Santa was able to arrive at the American Legion, due to the lack of snow and no place to land his sleigh! Thank you Officer Bill Austin for getting Santa to all the children safely. They were so grateful.

Tammy Fisher

Secretary American Legion Auxiliary Unit 27

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Opinion: Starksboro asks for Act 46 change

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Louis duPont



Editor’s note: This letter was sent to the leaders of the Vermont Senate and Vermont House of Representatives.

I am writing to you today on behalf of the Starksboro Elementary School Board. At our monthly meeting last night our board voted unanimously in favor of a motion to request that you rescind the per-pupil threshold amounts that the Legislature passed in conjunction with Act 46 last June.

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Opinion: Open mic at local tavern is an important venue

Posted on December 30, 2015 |
By Barry Churchill



I came to Middlebury in January 2014 for my mom’s 75th birthday from Maryland and ended up transferring my Section 8 voucher up here, a big decision of change. It was culture shock coming from a city of 80,000, and my first impression was that Middlebury was a dead town of black cloaks and blue collars. I found two places to primarily network and build contacts: Dunkin Donuts and Mickey D’s.

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Editorial: Yes, Virginia…

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Addison Independent



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Clippings: Take a bird walk through the budget

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By John McCright



My daughters’ fourth-grade teacher liked to take the children on bird walks. These weren’t strolls through the countryside to observe the avian fauna; they were intellectual rambles through the landscape of all human knowledge. They would be talking about one thing, a question about a certain point would lead into a diversion about another thing, a clarification to something discovered in that neighborhood would lead them down a path in a new direction, and so on.

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Eric Davis: Suspension of lawmaker a bad idea

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



Last May, Vermont Sen. Norman McAllister, R-Franklin, was charged with several sex crimes. McAllister is alleged to have rented a trailer on his property to a woman in exchange for sex. He is also charged with sexually assaulting a woman who worked in his office as an intern. When the Senate returns in January, one of its first agenda items will be to consider a resolution suspending McAllister from his legislative duties.

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Opinion: As laws change we must focus on kids

Posted on December 23, 2015 |
By Peter Burrows



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