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Clippings: Lessons learned from time away from home

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Faith Gong



I was not exactly looking forward to our family’s sabbatical in Berkeley, Calif. Our five-month sojourn was a year-and-a-half in the planning, so my mind had plenty of time to run through every nightmarish scenario imaginable. I worried that we couldn’t possibly find a comfortable and affordable home for a family of six. I worried that I would be stuck in this uncomfortable and expensive home all day long with four bickering children and no breaks. I worried that I would miss our life back in Vermont and become depressed.

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Jessie Raymond: Case of missing slippers haunting

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



A few days ago, my slippers disappeared.

I checked everywhere, even in the closet where they belonged (otherwise known as “the last place I’d ever put them”).

I looked in every room. I looked under the couches and under the beds. Twice. I checked the fridge, because you just never know. I tiptoed through the house, peeking around corners, in hopes of catching the slippers off guard.

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Victor Nuovo: Lucretius: The wisdom of Epicurus

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



“Nils, igitur, mors ad nos!” “Nothing, therefore, is death to us!” With this triumphant shout, Lucretius epitomized the wisdom of Epicurus.

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Opinion: New Haven Vermont Green Line survey ready

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Carole Hall and Steve Dupoise



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Opinion: Money behind climate skeptics

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Peter Grant



I see, by the letter in the May 12 Addy Indy, that there are some in Vermont who still believe the coal/oil industry propaganda that there is no global warming.

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Opinion: DCF thankful for foster families

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Andrea Grimm



May is Foster Care Month, a time to celebrate the hundreds of foster and kinship foster families in Vermont who provide safe, nurturing homes for children while they can’t be at home. It is with deep appreciation that the Family Services Division of the Department for Children and Families thanks them for their generosity, caring and willingness to “answer the call,” no matter when it comes.

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Opinion: College firings in 1991 likened to recent Porter actions

Posted on May 19, 2016 |
By Michael and Judy Olinick



It seems wrong to let this May go by without noting the 25th anniversary of the Middlebury College firings of 1991.

A quarter-century has passed since the lovely spring morning when 17unsuspecting staff members were physically removed from their offices in corporate-execution style — without warning and without even being allowed to retrieve their personal belongings — and told that their jobs were gone. Most were women and over age 50. Some had been working at the college more than 30 years.

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Editorial: Voters' job is to demand specificity from candidates

Posted on May 16, 2016 |
By Angelo Lynn



As Vermonters begin to parse the statements of the various candidates for statewide office, voters should sharpen their own pencils — and talking points — so they are ready to challenge statements that are overly vague or the equivalent of the political sidestep. That’s particularly true of gubernatorial candidates and their proposals to grow Vermont’s economy.

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Opinion: Corporatization of town property raises questions

Posted on May 16, 2016 |
By Paul Ralston



On my morning walk through Middlebury today, I saw a disturbing sight. The large granite blocks outside the new town office building now sport corporate advertising. I knew the selectboard was considering this approach to fundraising, because my company had been solicited for funds.

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Community forum: Lawmakers on Judiciary Committee have not been idle

Posted on May 16, 2016 |
By Willem Jewett



This week’s writers are Rep. Maxine Grad, D-Moretown, and Rep. Willem Jewett, D-Ripton, chair and vice chair, respectively, of the House Judiciary Committee.

It may be accurate to observe that Gov. Shumlin’s accomplishments during his final legislative session have been modest but it goes a bit too far to cast off the work of the General Assembly as “an uninspired, housekeeping session that was remarkable for how few initiatives lawmakers tackled” (VTDigger, May 7, 2016).

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