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Jan Demers, Bridging gaps, building futures: Have you ever asked yourself if you can relate to poverty?

Posted on June 19, 2017 |
By Jan Demers



Can you relate to poverty?

We had moved to another state so that my husband could work on his Master’s Degree. He was making $35 a week. Housing came with a job he had taken while at Boston University and we were paying our bills. How, I don’t know. What I do know is how to make a chicken last a week for a family of four. First you roast it. The next day you make a casserole from what is left. After that, the bones are boiled for a good long time and you make soup. 

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Editorial: Is merging ACSD sixth-graders into MUMS the right move, now?

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



Whether you think sixth grade students within the Addison Central School District (ACSD) should be merged into MUMS (Middlebury Union Middle School) or stay with their respective elementary schools within the seven towns, what’s important about the question is that it’s focused on academics and improving them for area students. It’s not a question about whether taxpayers can afford the budget, or teacher salaries and benefits, but rather how students can best be served.

That’s refreshing. 

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Eric L. Davis, Politically Speaking: U.S. Supreme Court considers key gerrymandering case

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



The Supreme Court will decide soon whether to hear an appeal of a legislative redistricting case from Wisconsin that has implications for nearly every other state, including Vermont.

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Letters to the Editor: Salisbury landfill wasting money

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Pedie O’Brien



As most Salisbury residents know, the selectboard set up an Ad Hoc Landfill Committee for the purpose of researching the possibility of closing the Salisbury landfill based on a non-binding vote in 2015. The members of this committee are Martha Sullivan (selectboard chair), Pedie O’Brien (committee chair and landfill administrator), Sid Hutchins (landfill operator), and David Nuceder, Kip Andres and Sheila Conroy (interested citizens).

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Letters to the Editor: Salisbury crash puts spotlight on road safety

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Ian Ross



The April car crash that killed a 40-year old man hits home and a nerve for me. While I did not personally know him, some friends of my family were close to him. More to the point, I am almost 36 and have three young daughters of my own. I usually strive to be a safe driver, even more so since my oldest child was born. My wife has even been known to call me grandpa on the road.

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Ways of Seeing, Alice Leeds: Starting the day off on the right foot

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Alice Leeds



I am not and have never been an athlete. I do not have quick reflexes. I was never a runner or a member of a high school team beyond the oratory club and the flag twirling squad. When my classmates divvied up for a game of kickball at recess in elementary school, I was the last one chosen. Eventually I stuck with the jump rope crowd. I do have a good sense of rhythm.

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Victor Nuovo: For Machiavelli, realism meant political survival not moral goodness

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Were I able to legislate required reading in the education of every citizen, I would choose the political works of Machiavelli — The Prince and Discourses on Livy. The sober realism of both works is reason enough for my choice, but others will emerge. 

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Letters to the Editor: College students back good cause

Posted on June 15, 2017 |
By Pat Davies



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Guest editorial: Congress must support federal research funding

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Richard Galbraith and John Evans and Briar Alpert



At the University of Vermont’s May 2017 Board of Trustees meeting, a trustee asked this question in open session about the White House’s recent budget proposal: “How would the proposed cuts to federal agencies like National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation impact research at UVM?”

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Community Forum, Bernie Sanders: Make college accessible for all students

Posted on June 12, 2017 |
By Bernie Sanders



The week’s Community Forum is by Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The good news is that Vermont has one of the highest high school graduation rates in the country; fully 88 percent of our kids leave high school with a diploma. All of us — parents, educators, community members and, most of all, our hardworking students — should feel great pride in that accomplishment.

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