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Guest Viewpoint: Solidarity in Vermont CCTA strike

On March 17, CCTA bus drivers represented by Teamsters Local 597 went on strike. This would be the first strike in the history of The Chittenden County Transportation Authority.

Vermont Senate supports reducing toxic chemicals in consumer products

The Vermont State Senate voted 18-12 on March 27 to support legislation that will provide new protections against exposure to toxic chemicals in consumer products.

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Vermont citizen group calls for repeal of Act 48

The organization Vermonters for Health Care Freedom is calling on the state legislature to repeal Act 48. "Serious consideration of contingency or health care plans alternative plans cannot be considered until Act 48 is repealed," the group noted in a news announcement March 27.

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College to donate downtown parcel to town

Middlebury College will donate a piece of downtown real estate to the Town of Middlebury in a bid to fulfill its campus plans, which include securing the triangle upon which the current municipal office building stands.

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From the Editor: T.R. and the hyphenated American

Wither the idea of an American sans hyphen?

During the final three years of his life, former U.S. President Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (R) gave considerable thought to the waves of European immigrants which were sweeping the nation; they had started in the mid-19th century and continued through the opening decades of the 1900s.

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Vermont uninsured may have to pay Obama Care penalty this year

Vermont Health Connect

For most people, the Affordable Care Act—aka Obama Care—has no effect on the 2013 income tax return they are filing in 2014. However, some people may need to make important decisions by the March 31 deadline for open enrollment.

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Natural gas pipeline is a cost-effective, timely solution

Guest Viewpoint

Extending natural gas to the International Paper mill in Ticonderoga will save Vermonters $45 million of the cost to deliver natural gas to Rutland by 2020 – 15 years sooner than would otherwise be possible – help strengthen the regional economy and improve air quality.

Recalling Reagan warnings

United Nations Report

A deteriorating and dangerous diplomatic showdown continues over Ukraine as the United States and European Union rhetorically push back against Vladimir Putin’s power grab in the Crimea.

Guest Viewpoint: The Obama-Shumlin job shrinkage plan

Ethan Allen Institute

Returning from a meeting with U.S. President Obama (D) in Connecticut a week ago, Gov. Peter Shumlin (D) made a not-so-startling announcement: “I feel very strongly that it’s imperative to raise the minimum wage in Vermont to what the President has recommended.” He went on to suggest that a higher government-mandated wage would “give a boost to the state’s economy.”

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From the Editor: Tires and thawing and plows, oh my!

A recent Middlebury Select Board meeting had me scratching my head. Apparently, certain board members had expressed, on the record, a desire to ban studded snow tires, or at least restrict their use, in town. The reason being, of course, that these tires are to blame for destroying local road surfaces during the winter.

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Seeley expresses caution about construction projects

At last week’s meeting of the Middlebury Select Board, resident Heather Seeley rose to publicly thank all who supported her recent candidacy for the Select Board during Town Meeting balloting. Seeley lost her bid as a first-time candidate.

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Middlebury moves ahead with new town hall plans

Following the Town Meeting vote and with the completion of the preliminary design phase of the Middlebury Town Offices and Recreation Facilities Project, and consistent with the competitive RFQ process of last summer, the Middlebury Select Board authorized Town Manager Kathleen Ramsay and resident engineer and project manager David Hallam to move forward with negotiating a final design and construction management service contract with Bread Loaf Corp for the Board’s consideration at its March 25 meeting.

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Middlebury Selectman has problem with studded tires

At a recent meeting of the Middlebury Select Board, member Nick Artim expressed concern about the use of studded tires and the wear and tear they cause on local roads.

Correction: Town Meeting 2014

The Eagle incorrectly reported that Gloria Warden was elected to both treasurer and town clerk positions in Ferrisburgh on Town Meeting Day.

Public hearing set on Vermont minimum wage H.552

Public Hearing on Minimum Wage - H.552