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Vermont dairy farm admits to violations

Leach Farms, Inc., a dairy farm in Enosburg Falls has admitted to violations of Vermont’s water pollution law and agricultural practice regulations and will pay $40,000 in civil penalties for the water quality violations.

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Ethan Allen Institute: The coming administrative state

The Vermont administrative state is again on the march.

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You're fired!—well, sort of: Vermont cuts off Gruber's paycheck

Vermont Watchdog Report

The State of Vermont has stopped payment on the contract of Jonathan Gruber following a series of video statements showing the Obamacare architect repeatedly insulting voters and intentionally misleading the public in the crafting of the Affordable Care Act.

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McKibben speaks on "Tower of Babel" and higher ed

Author and environmentalist Bill McKibben, the Schumann distinguished scholar at Middlebury, delivered a lecture on the Tower of Babel and its relevance for higher education at college's Dana Auditorium Nov. 17 .

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Campaign for Vermont launches petition to end Gruber health-care contract

On Sunday’s Face the Nation, the venerable CBS newsman Bob Scheiffer revealed he was “dumbstruck when (he) heard the comments that are surfacing from an economist named Jonathan Gruber, who was paid $400,000 to help shape the President's health care plan.”

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Vermont logger to pay civil penalties

Vermont logger Reginald Riendeau will pay $60,000 in civil penalties for violating Vermont’s water quality and heavy cut timber laws.

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Ethan Allen Institute: Gruber has no credibility to vet Vermont's single-payer funding plan

Vermonters have been waiting years to find out how the state plans to pay for a $5 billion plus single payer healthcare system that will require at a minimum $2 billion in new taxes.

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From the Editor: Enbridge’s end run

Paul McCartney’s 1969 Beatle song, “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window,” could be the theme song for the obscure Enbridge Pipeline.

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Debt relief for Vermont veterans

In recognition of Veterans Day 2014, Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell announced several steps his Consumer Protection Division has taken recently to protect Vermont veterans in the marketplace.

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Vermont’s Veterans Memorial is a lasting tribute in stone and greenery

Veterans Day 2014

When Vermont’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated at a large public gathering on Oct. 30 1982, the national wounds of the decade-long Indo-Chinese war were still largely unhealed. Over 135 Vermonters died in the war; their stone-etched names—along with color and monochrome photographs of their wartime experiences—stand as a lasting tribute to their blood sacrifice.

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Montpelier: Bipartisan focus on jobs, affordability encouraged

Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott (R) and the newly expanded team of Republican legislators encouraged the Democrat majority, Independents and Progressives to reach across the aisle and join the effort to craft and pass pro-growth economic policies which reduce the cost of living, encourage job creation and help lift wages for working Vermonters.

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Ethan Allen Institute: Four proposals to improve Vermont elections

Now that the 2014 state elections are over, it’s worth looking at how the process might be improved in the future. Here are four proposals.

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Ex Gov. Douglas to speak in Middlebury

Middlebury resident and former Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas (R) will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting and dinner of the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History on Wednesday, Nov. 19, presenting “The Vermont Way.”

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From the Editor: Nov. 4, 2014

Tis week’s massive defeat of Democrats across the nation was a big wake-up call. Just when pundits had proclaimed that the Republican Party was null, void, and obsolete, along came motivated American citizens who got off their Lazy Boy recliners, turned off the TV, and voted for a completely different brand of hope and change.

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Middlebury: Finding retailers to fit the town

At a meeting held Oct. 28, Ben Wilson, president of the Better Middlebury Partnership, provided the Middlebury Select Board with an update on recent work of the BMP and the final report on “The Future of Retail in Middlebury Study and Next Steps.”