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Letter to the Editor: Government is failing the people

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Rustan Swenson



Our nation desperately needs to move to a “non-GMO” system. Governmental administration has launched a campaign of manipulation, mongrelization and modification through massive malfeasance and malpractice assaulting the critical life and quality of life-sustaining organizations and government agencies. We must return to original founding principals and cleanse ourselves of the massive pollution of bodies, minds and souls.

We must return to our OMG:

Original founding principles and virtues.

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Letter to the Editor: Columnist right about Trump

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Larry Booker



Mark Shields is a syndicated columnist and news analyst. He appears, together with David Brooks of the New York Times, on the “PBS News Hour” every Friday evening. This is what he said last Friday. “George Washington couldn’t tell a lie, Richard Nixon couldn’t tell the truth and Donald Trump doesn’t know the difference.” You can do with this whatever you want, but I believe it rings true.

Larry Booker

Pittsford

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Letter to the Editor: Congress must show leadership

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Bruz Brown



I am compelled to write a letter and give my opinion on the situation in Washington D.C.

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Letter to the Editor: Scott proposal must be rejected

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Jill Charbonneau



The Vermont State Labor Council AFL CIO unequivocally supports the Vermont National Education Association (NEA) in their struggle to protect collective bargaining rights. While Gov. Scott’s administration has put forward a radical “plan” to save taxpayers a projected $26 million, this plan appears to be a cousin to Trump’s skinny budget proposal, half-baked and filled with sound bites and little else.

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Victor Nuovo: Aristotle's political inequities: We've come a long way

Posted on May 25, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



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

Aristotle was a naturalist. He believed that nature comprised the whole of reality. He conceived of nature in two respects: as productive power and as the totality of its products, which he imagined not as a random aggregate of things, but as a well formed universe, ruled by intelligence, and, because it is self generating, eternal.

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Community Forum: Beware of fake news about immunizations

Posted on May 22, 2017 |
By Christine Finley



This weeks community forum is by Christine Finley, Immunization Program Manager for the Vermont Department of Health.

Scientific studies on vaccine safety have never proven a link between vaccines — specifically measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) — and autism, yet the myth persists almost 20 years after the flawed research was published.

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Letter to the Editor: Creative solutions needed for rail bridge disruption

Posted on May 22, 2017 |
By Elizabeth Karnes Keefe



The railroad bridge project in downtown Middlebury is going to happen. There is no way around it and we must accept (serious) short-term inconveniences and impact for long-term good and, of paramount importance, safety.

How about the complaining stops and the creativity kicks in? At risk of sounding naïve in a complex situation, let’s at least think about, for example:

•  Temporary parking areas on each side of town, with continuous shuttle service through town and across the College campus.

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Letter to the Editor: Birds, engineers asking questions

Posted on May 22, 2017 |
By Peter Grant



A hummingbird, with bright ruby throat, just tapped on the kitchen window. It seemed to say “Hi, we are back so get out the feeders. And remember it is one part sugar and four parts hot water to mix then cool it before putting it in feeders.” Some might say that there are a lot of flowers on trees and plants so feeding hummingbirds is not needed. But, what are we to do when they tell us that they would like to be fed?

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Eric L. Davis: Health care premiums on the rise

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont, the state’s dominant health insurer, last week filed with regulators a request for an average 12.7 percent increase in premiums for 2018 for the individual and small business markets.

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Gregory Dennis: Wind energy unites enviros and farmers

Posted on May 18, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



Environmentalists and advocates for property rights are used to being at odds. Enviros put a priority on preventing damage to the ecosystems that support us. Property rights people are accustomed to reminding us that there should be limits to what the government can force owners to do.

But as Vermont moves haltingly toward cleaner energy, Greens and some property rights advocates, especially farmers, now find themselves on the same side.

These days they’re making common cause around an unlikely topic: wind energy.

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