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Guest editorial: Signs of hope — in politics?

Posted on December 17, 2018 |
By Lee H. Hamilton



Call me a contrarian. Or even a Pollyanna. But when everyone around me is filled with gloom and despair, seeing dire portents in every political headline, I try to find trends that encourage me.

And I’m finding them. It could be that my hopes outrun the realities. But I’m guardedly optimistic that’s not the case.
If there’s a single theme that ties them together, it seems to me that many people are beginning to view government with greater realism as to what it can do about improving the quality of life of our people.

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Letter to the editor: Town Hall Theater kids' Shakespeare show inspiring

Posted on December 17, 2018 |
By Jane Kimble



The Town Hall Theater’s Education team, namely Courageous Stage’s Lindsay Pontius, Craig Maravich and their wonderful team of artists and educators did an incredible and moving job with about 90 local fifth and sixth graders from four different elementary schools as the kids performed “Henry IV, Part I” last Thursday evening. Congratulations to all involved! I’ve really never seen anything like “Shakespeare: It’s Elementary.”

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Letter to the editor: Safe-schools efforts praised; gun discussion needed

Posted on December 17, 2018 |
By James M. Ross



I read with interest the letter from Ian Ross recently printed in the Dec. 3 issue of your paper.

There is little to disagree with in Ian’s letter. I too have lived in Middlebury all my life and have watched our country change over the years. We no longer live in an insular society. But I have a perspective that can also be of value.

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Letter to the editor: Solar arrays, agriculture are not incompatible uses

Posted on December 17, 2018 |
By Fred Putnam Jr.



I was glad to read in the Dec. 3, 2018, issue of the Addison Independent about the testing being done to grow saffron amongst solar arrays. Many times I’ve seen people write or talk about solar arrays removing land from agricultural production. While that may be true for dairy and beef cows or for hay and corn, and while those large scale agricultural endeavors are important to our local economy, they are not the only kinds of agriculture.

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Letter to the editor: Use money to pave Plank Road

Posted on December 17, 2018 |
By Earl Bessette



I want to extend many thanks to Andy Johnson for leaving money to the towns of Bristol and New Haven in his will. The two towns own two different sections of Plank Road from Burpee Road to North Street in New Haven, and the two towns could come together and pave each section with this donated money. By doing this, it would make Plank Road a paved road from Bristol to Vergennes and in honor of this, renaming it Andy Plank Road. This would be a great memory of Andy Johnson and the money he willed to the towns.

Earl Bessette

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Editorial: Farm Bill passage lauded; inequitable loophole exposed

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Vermont’s congressional delegation lined up in support of a compromise $867 billion Farm Bill passed overwhelmingly by the U.S. House and Senate earlier this week. The House approved the bill 386-47; the Senate approved it 87-13. The strong bipartisan support, analysts said, was spurred in part by pressure from farmers battered by President Trump’s trade war with China.

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Guest editorial: 44 former Senators say rule of law is at risk

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
By Former U.S. Senators



On December 10, 2018, 44 former U.S. Senators from both major political parties wrote a joint letter of concern that they submitted to the current U.S. Senate. The letter expresses their concern that the current administration and Congress that the rule of law is at risk. It is published below.

Dear Senate colleagues,

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Opinion: Nixon gives Trump an exit strategy

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
By Stephen C. Terry



How does Donald Trump avoid a criminal conviction and possible prison time when he is no longer President?

There are two possible paths for him to follow. He could hope he is re-elected in 2020 and the statute of limitations on what appears to be his crime will have run its course by 2022.

The crime, as outlined in a sentencing memo from federal prosecutors in the Michael Cohen case, is an election violation as candidate Trump ordered Cohen to make hush money payments to two women in order to conceal Trump’s extra marital affairs before the 2016 election.

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Ways of Seeing by Barbara Clearbridge: Little acts can make big changes

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
By Barbara Clearbridge



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Lately a lot of people have been talking about feeling despair. They say that our society’s problems are so big that nothing one does can help. They feel powerless and hopeless. 

Before I offer an idea, I want to share this quote: “In these turbulent days of uncertainty the evils of war and of economic and racial injustice threaten the very survival of the human race. Indeed, we live in a day of grave crisis.” This was said by Martin Luther King Jr. in the preface to his book “Strength To Love” in 1959. 

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Eric Davis: Democratic 2020 race heating up

Posted on December 12, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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Many potential Democratic presidential candidates will spend the last few weeks of this year consulting with colleagues, supporters and family members as they decide whether to announce, in January or soon thereafter, that they will seek their party’s presidential nomination in 2020.

The first delegate selection events of 2020 will take place roughly 14 months from now, with the Iowa caucuses planned for Feb. 3 and the New Hampshire primary tentatively scheduled for Feb. 11.

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