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Letter to the editor: Local and national news can both affect us directly

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Posted on August 20, 2018 |
By Alexander Lyall



A local paper is for local news. To borrow from Tip O’Neill, “The national scene is also local.” Thus, the following:

If we could ask U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and her boss, these might be among the questions: Why would anyone want a $40 million yacht? Especially if keeping track of the nine other yachts is distracting. Does obscene wealth disqualify one from public service? Apparently not. If you believe a photo ID is required to buy groceries, are you disconnected from reality? Probably.

Between opioids, climate change, income inequality, deregulation, plastic guns, privatizing, profiteering, intolerance, “Citizens United,” journalism as the enemy of truth and Trump’s self-adulating management style, the country and its residents are pretty much doomed.

When voters bother to vote, they self-destruct, while Putin’s guys and “Q” frame it differently. Knowledge comes in a tweet. There’s no future in any of this. We should keep that in mind, when pondering the vote.

Alexander Lyall

Middlebury

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