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Editorial: Chili Fest is out, what's next?

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In a letter elsewhere on this page, Cornwall resident Bill Bierderman laments the cancellation of the Chili Festival, usually held in March in Middlebury’s downtown. Folks from all over have gathered for a mid-winter chance to congregate, chat and interact in what has been a truly fun event.

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Letter to the Editor: Citizens have responsibility to be informed on civic matters

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Sharon Compagna



I am continually reading about folks thinking particular items are “fast tracked,” which hints at something illegal or underhanded. The selectboard publishes their agenda and minutes openly and the natural gas issue was discussed several times over the last few years. An agreement was entered into before I even got off the board.

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Letter to the Editor: What about a 'no confidence vote' on Trump?

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Pat Ullom



Donald Trump has a disapproval rating of approximately 70 percent of the American public. He has no interest, knowledge, or regard for the Constitution, Democracy or the Rule of Law. He has proven himself to be corrupt, a habitual liar, and a self-centered, out his control child with no interest or compassion for human life. His adolescent insults and criticisms of people and world leaders makes him an embarrassment and a danger to the world.

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Letter to the Editor: Loss of street events lamented

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Bill Biederman



So sorry to hear about the cancelling of the Chili Festival on Main Street in Middlebury. It had always been a great way to see neighbors and friends and to see the students from the college downtown enjoying themselves. They cancelled the beer festival a few years back and that was another event that brought people downtown and in from other places in Vermont. These were both events that were good for the members of the community and gave the town of Middlebury some exposure to folks that were otherwise just driving through.

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Letter to the Editor: Small schools vital to towns

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Olga Pschorr



We all have a story to tell. Please tell me your story. I’ll keep it in mind, I’ll hold it close, when I’m seated next to you at the next Otter Valley Unified Union School Board meeting. I am a Vermonter and a taxpayer. In case you missed it, you are invited to public forums on Nov. 30 and Dec. 5 at OVUHS as part of a democratic process to voice your thoughts on how schools are to be configured and funded.

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Letter to the Editor: Voiding of insurance requirement latest attack on ACA?

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Peter Grant



Republicans want to stop the requirement that all have health insurance. Insuring as many in a market is a concept that has been used for centuries. A bigger coverage area spreads the cost around to make it cheaper for everyone including those who actually suffer a “peril” or have to get an insurance payout. Insurers who covered floods and disasters are facing a disaster as not enough customers have paid in to cover all the disasters.

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Letter to the Editor: Embracing change the key to reaching our potential

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Matthew Gorton



Change, what the hell is it? Whelp, change, by definition, it is the ability to adapt to new things. It is inevitable; so why do we try to resist it? Without change, we would still be stuck in the Stone Age, chucking spears at each other. Change allows for growth, and it allows us to further ourselves from the primitive world. It has allowed us to master our minds and our planet. Eventually, it will allow us to master our universe. Those who fear change are stuck in the past, they are afraid to spread their wings and soar.

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Letter to the Editor: Maybe Middlebury's approach would work at Mount Abe

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Ian Ross



My family moved to Middlebury in 1994 where I then attended MUJHS (grade 7-8) and MUHS (grade 9-12) in one building for 6 years. As a teenage student new to the area I was oblivious to the plans for improving the school setting for Addison Central students until the work was nearly starting. I went on summer vacation after 8th grade, and returned to a very changed and still changing high school. MUMS was due to be completed for the next school year. Looking back, the project, while expansive, apparently did not cover all potential concerns in the building.

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Letter to the Editor: Veterans' group works for peace

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Armistice:  “A pause in a war, brought about by agreement between the two sides; a truce”  (Webster’s Elementary Dictionary, 1941).

An armistice was signed at the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, 1918 to mark the end of World War I. In 1926, the United States Congress “passed a resolution for an annual observance” of Armistice Day. Twelve years later, the United States Congress passed the Act of 1938. November 11th was “dedicated to the cause of world peace”.

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Politically Thinking, Eric L. Davis: Trump making impact on judiciary

Posted on November 30, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



President Trump and Congress have yet to enact any major bills in 2017, although that could change once the legislative process on taxes runs its course. They also face upcoming deadlines to continue federal spending authority after Dec. 8, to develop policy for several hundred thousand undocumented residents brought to the United States as children, and to reauthorize the State Children’s Health Insurance Program, known in Vermont as Dr. Dynasaur.

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