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February 7th, 2018

Letter to the editor: Refusal to help sends the wrong message

Posted on February 7, 2018 |
By Elizabeth Tillinghast Oettinger



I am an old lady. Yesterday, daunted by a high snowbank barring my path to the Library, I asked a passing father, children clutching his hands, whether he could please lend a hand as I jumped down. Doing so would have taken less time than his response to my request, which was “sorry, I can’t, I’m pressed for time.” After which, he and his children continued on their way.

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Letter to the editor: College building raises questions

Posted on February 7, 2018 |
By Wendy Warren



A huge industrial-style building is planned to loom over a once quiet residential street in Middlebury. To understand the scale of this building look at our new Town offices, which are 9,400 square feet, making this building almost 2.5 times the size!

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Letter to the editor: Bridge project is the best possible

Posted on February 7, 2018 |
By Brian Carpenter



To my Fellow Citizens:

Middlebury is my home. I grew up here. My wife and I were married here, and we chose to return and pursue our professional careers here. My son and daughter were born and have grown up here.

I run Champlain Valley Equipment, the business my father started. We employ 31 people at our Exchange Street office and another 85 people at four other locations around the state. I served as assistant adjutant general of the Vermont Army National Guard and worked to support our state’s emergency response needs for 22 years.

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Ways of Seeing: Death's presence gives life meaning

Posted on February 7, 2018 |
By Melissa O'Brien



There is a moment, almost always, when they look out the window.

Inevitably, a pause in the conversation and they turn to the glass and look outside for a moment or two. Or more.

“This is a beautiful world,” my friend in hospice care told me the other day, “and I’m not ready to leave it yet.”

I felt a little guilty that I get to stay.

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Eric Davis: Media asks wrong question on candidate

Posted on February 7, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



Christine Hallquist is the CEO of Vermont Electric Co-operative, a Johnson-based utility serving over 30,000 customers in eight Vermont counties. Hallquist told reporters last week that she is giving serious consideration to running for governor as a Democrat this fall, and that she would make an announcement about her plans later in the month.

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Victor Nuovo: Rouseau and The Social Contract

Posted on February 7, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism.

Rousseau wrote “The Social Contract” to answer this question: Taking human beings as they are, that is, born free and self-interested, is it possible to discover a “legitimate and reliable rule of government” for them?

It is the same question that was asked by James Madison and the Federalists, so the question should be of great interest to us all.

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Editorial: Constructive criticism is not to be confused with negativity

Posted on February 7, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



When opponents criticize an idea, the expected response for proponents is to defend why they think the idea is valid. That’s the give-and-take of debate, with the hoped-for result being an improved outcome.

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Vermont State Police Log: Four cited in Orwell after heroin investigation

Posted on February 7, 2018 |
By Addison Independent



ADDISON COUNTY — Four people are facing heroin charges as the result of a Vermont State Police investigation into drug activity at an Orwell home last Saturday.

At around 1 p.m. on Feb. 3 troopers executed a search warrant at a Roberts Avenue home in Orwell. Police said they found four individuals — Boris J. Serkalow, 29, of West Rutland; Brian Burdge, 43, of Orwell; Jamie Trinci, 37, of Orwell; and Benjamin Krans, 37, of Sudbury — each had a misdemeanor amount of heroin in their possession. They were each cited for possession of the drug.

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