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Editorial: When good ideas are done well

Posted on August 11, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



That the inaugural Midd Summer Festival drew an overflow crowd of more than 1,500 people to sample cheese, beer, wine and other Vermont-based beverages had organizers and volunteers with the host Better Middlebury Partnership bubbling with excitement. That the unexpectedly large crowds caused longer than expected lines is, all things considered, the best of problems to have and will readily be corrected next year, organizers say.

What’s remarkable is that a good idea done well can have such a positive economic impact on the community.

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Editorial: Field Days: From whence we came

Posted on August 11, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



If you haven’t already been, get your rear in gear and get down to the 63rd Addison County Fair and Field Days for a taste of Addison County authenticity. Events started Tuesday and end this Saturday, Aug. 13.

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Editorial: Two questions for 2012

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



Are Republicans in Congress tone deaf? And are Democrats so spineless they can’t vote for what they know is right?

Consider findings in a New York Times/CBS News Poll taken last week.

• 82 percent of Americans disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job, the most since The Times started asking the question in 1977.

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Editorial: Europe's cities take different view of cars

Posted on August 1, 2011 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



Europe’s big cities have declared war on the car. The goal is to make car use increasingly expensive and driving in the city so frustrating that car owners will gladly leave their vehicles at home and take the train to work, to shop or to have a night on the town.

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Guest editorial: No taxes on Amazon deals costs our state

Posted on July 25, 2011 |
By Emerson K. Lynn



OK, under the “cone of silence,” how many of you use Amazon to buy a book? How many of you send a check to the state of Vermont for what you owe in use taxes? How many of you would stop buying your books on Amazon if the company collected that tax for you and sent it to Montpelier?

Our guess is that a bunch of you buy books from the online giant, that virtually none of you pony up and send a check to Montpelier for what you owe, and that only a tiny percentage of you would stop shopping on Amazon if the company did collect the tax.

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Editorial: Political pragmatism is key to Vt.'s health care reform

Posted on July 18, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In an hour-plus conversation last week with Stephen Kimbell, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Banking, Insurance, Securities and Health Care Administration, the take-away message was that the upcoming changes to Vermont’s health care system will be a cooperative effort involving providers (hospitals and doctors) as the state’s crafts a new system of health care. Change will not come at the expense of the providers, Kimbell said.

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Editorial: Debt ceiling disconnect

Posted on July 14, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Here’s the disconnect on the issue of the hour: Fewer than one in four Americans think that raising the debt ceiling is necessary to avoid a national economic crisis, according to a recent Gallop poll.

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Guest Editorial: Quebec is a key partner in Vermont's energy future

Posted on July 7, 2011 |
By Gov. James Douglas



As Governor of Vermont, one of my first priorities was to strengthen and grow our state's centuries-long partnership with the Canadian Province of Quebec. I believed then as I do now that this relationship is critical to the success of our great state. Quebec is our largest trading partner and a significant source of clean, stable and, most importantly, renewable energy from Hydro-Quebec. Not only do we share an international border, but we share a deep cultural and historic connection; indeed many families have relatives on both sides.

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Editorial: Methadone clinic poses challenge

Posted on July 4, 2011 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Bringing the possibility of siting a methadone clinic in Middlebury to the selectboard’s attention at a meeting last week was the right action taken by the Counseling Service of Addison County. Whether a clinic is eventually sited in Middlebury or not, as CSAC Director Robert Thorn said, the community still needs to address what is an apparent problem throughout the county and state.

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