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Opinion: Flag vandalism is unacceptable

Posted on April 21, 2016 |
By David Preble



Vandalism in Middlebury Cemetery. Along the road from the tennis courts at Middlebury College to Route 30, someone has been destroying flags.

Not only is this disrespectful of the American flag, it is trespassing on private property (family gravesites), but also disrespectful of the veterans that fought for our country.

As you walk or drive down the row, you can see the flags have been ripped off and only the wooden dowels are left. Local police and college security have been alerted.

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Opinion: Next president will inherit a foreign policy challenge

Posted on April 21, 2016 |
By George Jaeger



Among the most disturbing aspects of this bizarre election season is the absence of any serious discussion of America’s foreign affairs.

Endless debates have produced simplistic themes that play to the gut feelings of parts of the electorate. But relatively little attention has been paid to the most critical world issues America will have to face in the years ahead.

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Opinion: Moving from a vision to a plan at Porter Medical Center

Posted on April 21, 2016 |
By Dr. Fred Kniffen



This week’s writer is Dr. Fred Kniffin, interim CEO of Porter Medical Center

In my first “Community Commentary” as the interim CEO of Porter Medical Center, I focused my message on the status of adult primary care here in Addison County and the recent loss of a number of valued physician colleagues. Clearly, this is among the most immediate and important issues we need to address as an organization and community.

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Opinion: Lawmaker acted like a police officer

Posted on April 21, 2016 |
By Bradley Myerson



The next time the Vermont House Law Enforcement, excuse me, Judiciary Committee takes testimony on any criminal justice legislation, Ripton Rep. Willem Jewett should leave the hearing table, put on his police uniform, and sit in the audience with the cop lobbyists.

Bradley D. Myerson

Manchester Center

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Opinion: It's time for Vermont to take action on pot legalization bill

Posted on April 21, 2016 |
By Dave Silberman



In his April 14 column titled “It makes sense to go slow on pot bill,” Eric L. Davis makes several critical errors of fact and logic.

First, Davis claims that there has been evidence of an increase in underage marijuana use in Colorado following legalization. This is incorrect. Two comprehensive surveys of marijuana use have been conducted (including one by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services), and neither found a statistically significant change in Colorado’s underage use rates following legalization.

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Opinion: We hold on to the green cotton skirt

Posted on April 21, 2016 |
By Priscilla Baker



When my friend learned that treatments were no longer working and the cancer was spreading throughout her body, she embraced the next and final chapter of her life with grace and equanimity. She had been a teacher and a writer whose great love was to inspire others in their journey of learning. Her last weeks of life held this lesson for me.  

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Opinion: Citizenship oath does not speak of caring, community

Posted on April 18, 2016 |
By Deborah Young



Yesterday I went to a naturalization ceremony at Beeman Elementary School in New Haven. It was, on the whole, a heartwarming and inspiring experience. Thirty-one people from all over the world becoming U.S. citizens. The teachers, students, staff and administration at Beeman, the music director and singers from Mount Abraham Union High School, the Girl Scouts, and members of the Bristol band, as well as Honorable Colleen A. Brown worked together to put on a creative, professional and welcoming ceremony. I felt proud to be a part of the community.

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Community Forum: Reforms, taxes and Uncle Milton

Posted on April 18, 2016 |
By William J. Mathis



This week’s writer is William J. Mathis, managing director of the National Education Policy Center and a member of the Vermont State Board of Education.

Somewhere in everybody’s family tree is an Uncle Milton. Always smiling and backslapping, he treats everyone like his favorite nephew, and no wish is too much for his generosity. Enjoying the flattery, he takes the family out for dinner. It has happened too many times to be a coincidence but when the check comes, he’s always gone to the restroom.

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Opinion: Use of Roundup threatens health

Posted on April 18, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Last week I received in the mail someTrue ValueReward coupons that I could redeem at my local hardware store. I cut out the RoundUp coupon and mailed it back to the hardware store. I requested that the hardware store take RoundUp off its shelves, along with any other herbicide containing glyphosate. In March 2015, the United Nations’ World Health Organization stated that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans.” I told the hardware store to stop taking chances with our health.

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Opinion: Education is complex; we must be flexibile

Posted on April 18, 2016 |
By Peter Burrows



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