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Letter to the editor: Raising the minimum wage won't drive away jobs

Posted on June 4, 2018 |
By Bob Zeliff



It is clear that 30 years of “trickle down” public policies have worked to make high end wages higher and low end wages MUCH lower due to inflation.

The minimum wage today pays for less than it did 30 years ago. Approximately 87,000 Vermonters suffer this wage stagnation.

We have long understood the concept of livable wage. Here in Vermont that is $15.76 in rural areas and $17.64 in urban areas.

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Letter to the editor: Ban on coyote kill contests lauded

Posted on June 4, 2018 |
By Leslie Blow



A passionate and persistent coalition of landowners, biologists, farmers, hunters, wildlife enthusiasts, and others overcame opposition from paid lobbyists and Vermont’s own Fish and Wildlife Department to ban coyote killing contests for prizes. Vermont will be? only the second state in the country to do so thanks to the successful passage of H.636.

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Guest editorial: Will 'sober centrists' ever return to debate?

Posted on June 4, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



As we step onto the first stage leading to the general election in November the thought is that an unpopular president is giving rise to our better selves; we’ve tasted the extreme and the unconventional and found it lacking. We want the political pendulum to swing back toward the center.

But what if it doesn’t? What convinces us that the way we communicate is about to bring us back to something that resembles normalcy?

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Clippings: The tick conundrum looms large

Posted on May 31, 2018 |
By Sarah Pope



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As my family and I navigate the hazards of being outdoors this spring, I must echo my older daughter’s question: What possible good purpose do ticks serve? Oh, they kill off weak members of wildlife populations, a kind of natural culling, but after detaching six of the little parasites from my arms, back and neck in the past two weeks, I’m not generating any love, much less understanding, for the little beasts.

As a work colleague said, “Ticks ruin everything.”

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Eric Davis: On bending the arc towards justice

Posted on May 31, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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There is a long history in America of religious voices speaking out for societal improvement and reform within the context of the Judeo-Christian faith tradition.

In the years before the Civil War, Theodore Parker, a Unitarian minister in Boston, often preached to congregations of more than 2,000 people. They came to hear him oppose the Fugitive Slave Act and advocate for abolition. Parker also wrote, and preached, in favor of temperance, women’s rights, penal reform and society’s responsibility to improve the condition of the poor.

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Victor Nuovo: Mill's work is 'clear and persuasive'

Posted on May 31, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 17th in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism and the two-party system.

What is Utilitarianism? If you’re curious, there is no better way to find out than by reading Mill’s work so titled.

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Ways of seeing: School-fortresses not a solution

Posted on May 31, 2018 |
By Laurie Cox



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On a spring morning during my sophomore year of high school, our P.E. class headed to the field for a game of softball. As we divided into teams, the ground began to roll in visible waves. Somebody screamed. Grabbing the backstop fence, we instantly realized it was an earthquake.

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Letter to the editor: Governor right to reject S.105

Posted on May 31, 2018 |
By Graydon B. Stevens



I want to thank Gov. Scott for vetoing S.105. I also thank all of the individuals, businesses and organizations who supported VOGA (Vermont Outdoor Guide Association, of which I am executive director) in our movement against it. We had 76 businesses including nine statewide organizations sign our letter to Gov. Scott and many sent their own letters urging him to veto this waiver busting bill.

S.105 was a regulation regarding consumer justice enforcement and prohibited unconscionable terms in contracts.

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Letter to the editor: Family thanks local firefighters

Posted on May 31, 2018 |
By Betty and Pieter Schiller



On May 16, our home in Weybridge sustained extensive damage from a fire. We write to express our most sincere thanks for the valiant efforts that members of the fire departments from Weybridge, Middlebury, Addison and New Haven made to deal with this unfortunate fire. We were travelling in Europe at the time of the fire but were kept informed by our two daughters, who travelled to Weybridge on the 17th, and by our good friend Ingrid Jackson who was at the house for much of the time on Wednesday.

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Letter to the editor: Rail platform must be covered

Posted on May 31, 2018 |
By David Carlson



I think the train station/and or platform in Middlebury is an open discussion and all points of view should be considered.

For those who wish for a train station and actual Amtrak service in Middlebury, it may only be a wishful dream.

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