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Editorial: Why a 'No' vote on pipeline easement hurts Middlebury

Posted on November 3, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Next Tuesday, Nov. 7, Middlebury residents will hold a special vote on a single article: Whether to approve the current easement arrangement, as proposed by the Middlebury selectboard, with Vermont Gas Systems across three small parking lots within the downtown. (See our most recent story by clicking here.)

We urge residents to vote “yes.”

Here’s why:

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Editorial: Crucial vote for Mount Abe impacts future of its five towns

Posted on November 2, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



For much of the past decade, residents of the five towns that comprise the Mount Abraham Union High School district have discussed various ways to solve the facility’s shortcomings. There have been piecemeal patches, which have included pricey fixes, yet the overall deterioration of the high school building today is beyond dispute. Action needs to be taken.

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Editorial: Vt. Gas easements and the law of unintended consequences

Posted on October 30, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In public policy, what seems simple is not always so.

Such is the case with the proposed article facing Middlebury voters via Australian ballot on Nov. 7, which asks if voters “shall approve the current Deed of Easement agreements as approved by the Select board at their meeting on June 27 2017, and convey three land easements (one behind the town office and Ilsley library, one near Mister Ups Restaurant, and one on Mill Street) to Vermont Gas Systems?”

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Guest Editorial: Senator Flake's speech seeks to rouse nation's 'better angels'

Posted on October 26, 2017 |
By Sen. Jeff Flake



Editor’s note: Senator Jeff Flake, Republican of Arizona, announced on Tuesday that he would not seek re-election in 2018. He delivered a statement from the Senate floor, along with an indictment of the nation’s political direction under President Trump. It is an excellent speech and we encourage our readers to read its entirety. We reprint parts of it below. For the full speech, see www.nytimes.com/2017/10/24/us/politics/jeff-flake-transcript-senate-speech.html.

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‘Morning Joe’ shames Trump and the fans who support him

Posted on October 22, 2017 |
By Joe Scarborough



Editor’s note: There was a time in the not so distant past when this paper rejected the daily nativist barbs and the lies and deliberate misinformation spread by Joe Scarborough in this conservative television show, “Morning Joe.” He was, at one point, a champion of Donald Trump and his campaign, and helped him gain popular footing among those disaffected Americans attracted to style over substance.

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Editorial: Exciting news, big possibilities for former Greg's

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



That the former site of Greg’s Grocery in Middlebury may soon see another grocery in that location is exciting news for many local patrons of the former grocery. It long had served the northern end of town and the hundreds of workers who routinely use Exchange Street en route to their jobs in what is Middlebury’s industrial and commercial park.

As commercial neighbors (being located two blocks away in the Marble Works Business District, we’re as eager as most to see a new grocery revived in that location.

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Editorial: No disrespect in taking a knee

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



Symbolism can be a powerful force for good — or ill. When San Francisco 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick first took a knee a year ago to protest police brutality against black Americans, his point was not to disrespect the American flag, but to bring attention to a national crisis that had been largely ignored.

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Guest Editorial: No-strike law a better way

Posted on October 16, 2017 |
By Sen. Joe Benning



This week’s editorial is by Caledonia District Republican State Senator Joe Benning.

In the 1980’s then State Senator Jeb Spaulding introduced and pushed hard for an alternative contract resolution process to avoid the need for teacher strikes or school board contract imposition.

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Editorial: Miscalculating Trump and North Korea's fear of nuclear war

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



When Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who once supported Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency, now says that Trump is “out of control,” and that the White House has become “an adult day care” with a few key people watching over the president’s every action to try to contain the damage, what are Americans supposed to think?

Is this more of the harsh blowback against an increasingly unpopular president who is upending politics as usual — even among those who should be his political allies?

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Editorial: 360,000 reasons high school grads need higher education

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Attention high school seniors: this commentary is addressed to you, particularly those without current plans to go to a four-year college.

This is not a lecture.

It’s not a puff piece with encouraging words after next spring’s graduation.

It’s about earning power, and how a little bit of extra work now can make a huge difference in your lifetime.

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