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Letter to the editor: Board candidate thanks backers

Posted on March 15, 2018 |
By Gary Baker



Many thanks to those who voted for and endorsed me in the recent town selectboard election. I very much appreciate your support.

Gary F. Baker

Middlebury

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Living with Dying: Let's talk (some more) about hospice

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By Dr. Diana Barnard



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Editor’s note: This column is provided by the End of Life Care Partnership that has been operating here in Addison County for eight years. Its mission is “to create a framework for our organizations to collaborate on our common goal of providing education about dying, death and options for care.”

This column will work if we get questions from you, our readers. We want to hear from you, what is on your mind and heart regarding this challenging issue that each of us will need to address in our lives? Send your questions to [email protected].

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Gov. Jim Douglas: Portability is about equality

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By Gov. Jim Douglas



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This week’s writer is Gov. Jim Douglas, governor of Vermont from 2001 to 2011 and a Middlebury resident.

The demographic challenges facing Vermont have been a long time in the making. As governor, I was sounding the alarm over 15 years ago: Vermont must do what it can to attract and keep young people in our state.

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Letter to the editor: Other amendments also give citizens important rights

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By Millard M. Cox



The discussion about gun rights and mass murder focuses on the Second Amendment, but the Bill of Rights guarantees protections for all of us. The Ninth Amendment is of particular importance:

“The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”

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Letter to the editor: 'Nurturant Parent' model better for care of the planet

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By David Brynn



George Lakoff points out that in the West there are two models of morality that can be represented as family metaphors. The Strict Father Model assumes that God gave dominion over nature to man “to steward wisely.” The Nurturant Parent Model sees nature as a Mother who provides for us.

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Letter to the editor: Middlebury selectboard race winner thankful to voters

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By Lindsey Fuentes-George



I am writing to thank Middlebury voters for supporting me in my bid for town selectboard. Thank you to everyone who voted. It was inspiring to see such a robust turnout in an “off” year. Thanks to everyone who took the time to introduce themselves on Election Day, and to everyone who stopped by to share their hopes, cares, and concerns for our town. I hope that will continue in the years ahead!

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Editorial: State leaders off-base trying to change school finance now

Posted on March 12, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



School budgets across the state had a remarkable success rate this Town Meeting. Of 142 school districts facing budget votes on Town Meeting Day, 135 budgets were approved, two votes had yet to be tabulated as of mid-Wednesday, and only five were defeated. That 96 percent approval rate is one of the highest in recent times, making one question the wisdom of the Democratically controlled Legislature’s push for school finance reform.

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Letter to the editor: Gun insurance worth exploring

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Tim Price and Millard Cox



Lately a good and wise friend called me to express despondency over the latest slaughter of innocents in Florida by a deranged shooter with an AR-15.

“But I have hope,” he said, “because I just read of a great idea to bring this madness to an end.”

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Ways of Seeing: How I began becoming a Vermonter

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Laurie Cox



What you are about to read might be viewed as a plug for your local paper, but it’s really the story of how I began becoming a Vermonter. Merely attending school in Vermont hardly made the transformation for me. That task required a different sort of setting.

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Eric Davis: Don't play politics with critical infrastructure

Posted on March 8, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



Pennsylvania Station in New York City, opened in 1910, was one of the great civil engineering accomplishments of the early 20th century. Covering three square blocks in midtown Manhattan, Penn Station sits above a complex of 21 tracks, with tunnels extending eastward to Long Island under the East River and westward to New Jersey under the Hudson River.

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