Behaving badly | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week early morning TV viewers in Virginia were shocked when a disgruntled former WDBL station employee killed a young reporter and the cameraman filming her interview.

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From the editor: Downtown shadows

Please don’t call this Monday morning quarterbacking since my comments had been voiced in an editorial—about building the new Middlebury municipal building in the now jam-packed downtown corridor—more than a year ago.

Workmanship and pride | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

Last week I, along with my wife Gayle who handles our administrative finances, and a Sun Community News Reporter Teah Dowling were privileged to be invited to tour the Air and the Banker Road Industrial Parks in the Town of Plattsburgh.

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From the editor: The rain in Spain

I recently read a World Wide Fund for Nature news item about climate change effects in Spain. Gabriel Pascal’s famous phonetic exercise, “The rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain,” may not be true in the future.

The hazy, lazy days of summer | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

As another summer draws to an end and the days grow shorter, we try to squeeze in those summertime activities before the season changes.

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From the editor: A profile in courage

I recently came across a news item about the sad fact that awareness of the heroic story of President John F. Kennedy’s service during World War II is fast fading among the younger generation. Many baby boomers will recall their introduction to the riveting story via the Hollywood version, the dramatic film, “PT 109”.

And they’re off! | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

The recent interest in the first Republican primary of the 2016 Presidential campaign was extremely high because the need to make the right choice in next year’s election is also very high.

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From the editor: Getting the nuclear option back on track

You’d be wrong if you think that we can run a competitive, 21st-century industrial nation like the USA entirely on alternative energy sources. Any superpower needs to produce and consume energy—lots of it, in the form of mixed sources of everything from oil and gas (Earth’s original biofuels) to solar and wind, among a few others.

Who benefits under the new trade law? | Editorial

In early June, I wrote a letter to U.S. Rep. Peter Welch to ask what his position was regarding Trade Priorities and Accountability Act.

America the Beautiful | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

I wonder at times if Americans have gotten too caught up in the current day-to-day hustle and bustle of life to really think about what a great country we are privileged to call home?

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From the editor: NIMBY were the borogroves

Last summer we reported on various efforts to slow down the solarization of Vermont’s agricultural and residential landscapes, notably in New Haven...

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Guest Viewpoint: Moving Vermont forward

Moving Vermont’s economy forward requires investments in both innovation and infrastructure.

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From the Editor: Doing the other things

In my mind, July 14, 2015 will be memorable not for the nuclear weapons agreement signed between the USA and Iran, but for the fact that the USA completed humanity’s initial remote reconnaissance of our solar system.

Cyber threats and digital mismanagement | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

We live in a digital world and it is growing by leaps and bounds. Unfortunately, not everything about that growth has proven to be used for the betterment of our citizens.

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From the Editor: Making a political hero

During the mid 1800s, the Italian upper classes hated the hero Giuseppe Garibaldi. The flamboyantly dressed, red-shirted warrior had helped unite parts of Italy and defeated the Papal States during the 1860s, a major chapter in Italy’s long and bloody Risorgimento (resurgence or unification).