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Jessie Raymond: Benefits of cold weather overrated

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



The other day my friend Brian sent me a text: “Do you know anything about Wim Hof?”

I wrote, “I’ve heard that it will destroy your hard drive. Do not click on it!”

He texted me back with an emoticon of a yellow face that seemed to be laughing or choking and either looking exasperated or pretending to understand a joke but not actually getting it. (I struggle with emoticons.)

Whatever it meant, I gathered that Wim Hof was not a computer virus.

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Peter Burrows: Why public schools matter

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Peter Burrows



Living in the backdrop of a federal education policy hurtling towards privatization, it is critical that we take a moment to remember the foundational role our public schools play in our country. We need to reflect on our commitment to public education, and to understand the power that our system has in supporting a dynamic and civilized democracy. We need to be able to articulate why public schools matter, and what they mean to our communities, our democracy, and our students.

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Ways of Seeing: Johanna Nichols, Women's March helped in looking to future

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Johanna Nichols



“Time is a curious thing,” writes the novelist Fredrik Bachman. “Most of us only live for the time that lies right ahead of us. A few days, weeks, years.” Not so long ago, I came to the insight that I had reached an age when there is more to look back on than ahead. “And when time no longer lies ahead of one,” writes Bachman, “other things have to be lived for…grandchildren, perhaps. One finds a way of living for the sake of someone else’s future.”

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Letter to the editor: Card game as politics metaphor

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By George Klohck



When I was a child, my parents introduced me to the game of bridge. Though other interests have consumed my attention over the years, I regularly read a bridge column in a newspaper and find it fascinating. Bridge requires good communication with a partner and looking ahead and planning a long-range strategy. Every move counts.

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Letter to the editor: Vermont must fight for values

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Dave Silberman



Within days of assuming office, having lost the national popular vote by an historic margin, President Trump rushed to issue unlawful and unconstitutional executive orders banning immigration on the basis of religion and ending the resettlement of refugees suffering from life-threatening religious and political persecution.

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Letter to the editor: For some, recent protest march occurred on highway

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Pat Ullom



I appreciated Patricia Heather Lea’s letter last week, because on Saturday, Jan. 21, I was also heading south on I-89 for the statehouse in Montpelier. I was with my 21-year-old granddaughter who was anxious to get there, when the traffic slowed to a crawl, with at least 20 miles to go. We were not lucky enough to be able to get off at the Middlesex exit to Route 2 as Patricia Lea was, and actually when we reached Montpelier at exit 8, it was blocked off.

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Letter to the editor: Healy the best choice for Ferrisburgh town treasurer

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By John Bull



It was with shock and dismay that I see that Garrit Smits is not only running for reelection but also for the Town Clerk’s position. For the last two years it has been a constant battle with Garrit to pay our monthly bills, let alone do any of the other responsibilities of the office. Quarterly payroll taxes have not been paid on time, resulting in a healthy fine, as of January the monthly employee retirement had not been paid since September.

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Letter to the editor: College overstates trees' impact on greenhouse gas

Posted on February 2, 2017 |
By Paul Stone



Middlebury College has established a goal of substantially reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Certainly this is an admirable goal. But their current claim of carbon neutrality is premature, because the college says that it is relying on trees in their forest to take up additional CO2 and sequester it. That is more CO2 than the trees are already sequestering. This claim is not logical.

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Letter to the editor: Who is building all those robots?

Posted on February 1, 2017 |
By Robert Kancir



http://www.addisonindependent.com/201701editorial-will-facts-be-irrelevanthttp://www.addisonindependent.com/201701editorial-will-facts-be-irrelevantAn editorial by Angelo S. Lynn that ran in the Jan. 23 Addison Independent and as a guest editorial in the Vermont Standard stated that “the biggest factor in the decline in manufacturing is automation, not jobs going overseas.” This has frequently been cited in the news media recently.

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Letter to the editor: Porter team earns patient's praise

Posted on February 1, 2017 |
By Fred Greenman



On January 19 I was admitted to Porter ER. From the first admitting nurse that evening, to the last discharge nurse days later, I received exceptional care. When I came into the ER I was a pretty sick guy. At least three very efficient nurses and two doctors were immediately getting me past the first stages of my problems. They were fantastic! 

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