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Community Forum: Rev. George Klohck, 'Hope proceeds from action'

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
By Rev. George Klohck



This week’s writer is the Rev. George Klohck, a retired United Methodist minister who lives in Middlebury.

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Jan Demers, CVOEO provides services to welcome new Americans

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
By Jan Demers



When my family gathers for dinner we think carefully about the menu. My daughter and daughter-in-law are lactose intolerant. Two of us have diabetes. One daughter-in-law doesn’t eat beef or pork. Another can’t be in the same room with anything having to do with fish without risking a severe allergic reaction. Thoughtful planning ensures that we have wonderful meals and even more fulfilling conversations.

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Letter to the Editor: 'Thoughtful' letter part of good dialogue

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
By Gregory Dennis



I appreciated the letter to the editor from LuAnn Chiola, in which she offered a thoughtful case for the student protesters who prevented author Charles Murray from speaking at a Middlebury College podium. Obviously reasonable people differ on this issue.

However, Ms. Chiola does not accurately reflect what I wrote when she criticizes my defense of Murray’s right to articulate his sometimes abhorrent views. I did not write of the protesters that “their cause is not rooted in morals or ethics.”

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Letter to the Editor: College diversity offers education

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
By John Emerson



Middlebury College alumnus Steven Nothern ’78 shared his perspectives on events surrounding the campus visit of Charles Murray (Addison Independent, March 20). Although I can easily find points of agreement with Mr. Nothern, I respectfully disagree in two important ways.

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Editorial: A $10 million price tag, and Trump+ICE = bad policy

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Two local stories stand out in today’s Addison Independent: a shocking $10 million price tag for upgrading the Ilsley Library in Middlebury, and, more importantly, a look at how the threat of deportation of migrant workers could impact the state’s and county’s dairy economy.

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Editorial: Health care primer 101

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As Republicans hope to end ObamaCare and begin the launch of TrumpCare, here’s a basic primer that explains one over-arching problem Republicans face: As crafted, the GOP plan does two things that have Republicans up for re-election in 2018 and 2020 running for cover: it could make roughly 24 million Americans now on Obamacare either lose their insurance or see the premiums increase so much they wouldn’t be able to afford coverage; and premiums for older and sicker Americans will skyrocket.

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Ways of Seeing: Sas Carey, "Original way was best for Mitchell"

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Sas Carey



This year’s Women Who Change the World Award, sponsored by Womensafe,  has gone to Cheryl Mitchell. I first met Cheryl in her office at Mary Johnson Day Care Center to discuss my now 48-year-old daughter attending the program. Beside Cheryl’s chair and part way under her desk was her baby son sleeping in a cradle. In the late 1990s, I wrote this story about her.

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Eric L. Davis: Sanders, Warren top Dems in polls

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



A national poll conducted on behalf of Fox News and released last week showed that Sen. Bernie Sanders is the most popular political figure in America, with a 61 percent approval rating. This compares, among others, with Donald Trump at 44 percent and Nancy Pelosi at 33 percent.

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Community Forum: Haviland Smith, Probe Russian embassy calls

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Haviland Smith



Editor’s note: This commentary is by Haviland Smith, of Williston, a retired CIA station chief whose focus was the Soviet Union. He was also the CIA’s first chief of counterterrorism.

Thanks to the infighting between the Trump administration and the congressional Democrats, it is now patently clear to anyone who cares to know that the U.S. government has phone taps on the Russian Embassy in Washington. That was probably an unnecessary revelation, but it will have few negative ramifications for the United States.

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Community Forum: Hamilton E. Davis

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Hamilton E. Davis



This week’s writer is Hamilton E. Davis, a journalist and policy analyst for more than 50 years; he has served as a state representative, ran the Vermont Hospital Data Council in the 1980s and worked for Fletcher Allen Health Care, now UVM Medical Center.

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