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August 10th, 2017

Victor Nuovo: Truth and the foundations of civil society

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Introducing John Locke: Truth and the foundation of a civil society

“Its theme is the intellect, or the understanding or mind… in which Locke enquires about how the human mind works, how it gathers all of its content… and, above all, how it goes about searching after truth.”

– On Locke’s book, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Editor’s note: This is the 19th in a series of essays by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought.

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Ways of Seeing, Kate Gridley: Music without words speaks loudly

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Kate Gridley



I have been thinking a lot lately about music, especially music without words.

As a young child, the sound of a violin seemed so sad it made me cry. It hurt so much that I could barely listen to it. The sound of a group of violins was unbearable.

Yet, music with a deep pulse was comforting.

Trombones were somehow humorous; French horns the most beautiful mellow sound in the world; flutes were birds; and cello sounds comforting. And there was Tubby the tuba.

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Politically Thinking, Eric L. Davis: Health insurance hikes are unsustainable

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Later this month, the Green Mountain Care Board will announce its decision about Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont’s request to increase premiums by 12.6 percent for about 70,000 Vermonters enrolled in the insurer’s individual plans. The GMCB must balance BCBS’s need to maintain financial solvency with the crisis of affordability in the individual health insurance market in Vermont.

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Swimmers wrap up season of competition and fun

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Emma Cotton



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HARTLAND — At the Vermont Swim Association 2017 Championship meet, held at the Upper Valley Aquatic Center in Hartland on Sunday, Vergennes swimmer Will Clark climbed up on the block. It was the last heat of the eight-and-under 50-yard freestyle, and Clark’s seed time of 33.87 seconds was faster than the state record.

The starting buzzer beeped, and Clark flew into the water alongside five other boys. With a flurry of kicks and strokes, Clark pulled ahead of his competitors, touching the wall 33.75 seconds later, officially setting a new VSA record.

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Pro tennis returns to Vermont

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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STOWE — The last time Vermont was host to a major professional tennis tournament was a decade ago, in 2007. It was the Fed Cup semifinals and big stars like Venus Williams, Nadia Petrova and Elena Vesnina drew crowds of 4,500 for both days of the tournament at Topnotch Resort.

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Matt Dickerson: Bird watching on a trout stream

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Matt Dickerson



Over the past few years I’ve been reading and learning a great deal more about the interconnectedness of stream and forest: the intimate interdependencies of terrestrial ecology and aquatic ecology. The dependencies go in both directions. Aquatic life depends on terrestrial life, and vice versa. Or to turn the motto of Las Vegas on its head, what happens on shore doesn’t necessarily stay on shore.

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August 9th

Local travel group for county exploration is forming

Posted on August 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY  — Are you interested in taking a small risk and trying something different like exploring the nooks and crannies of Addison County?

A meeting for those interested in traveling and sightseeing within Addison County is being organized. The initial meeting will be this Thursday, Aug. 10, at 5 p.m. in the large meeting room at the Ilsley Library.

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Cabot Creamery Co-operative receives Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence

Posted on August 9, 2017 |
By Addison Independent



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MIDDLEBURY — Agri-Mark, a cooperative of 1,100 dairy farm families and maker of Cabot cheddar and dairy products, is proud to announce their selection by Governor Phil Scott as a receipt of the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.

Working with Efficiency Vermont and their Continuous Energy Improvement Initiative (CEI), the Middlebury facility assessed and optimized the energy usage required to make compressed air and improved overall efficiencies in plant-wide air usage.

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