October 13th, 2016
The subjects of this essay are not the popular comic strip characters, but the real personages after whom they are named. John Calvin (1509–1564) and Thomas Hobbes (1588–1679) do not convey their wisdom in easy installments and with gentle humor; they are harsh and acerbic and precise; their thought is difficult and systematic. Spinoza read them assiduously, took them seriously, borrowed from them, and creatively reshaped what he borrowed.
As one might expect from a Democratic Party candidate, one of the centerpieces of Sue Minter’s campaign is a “freebie.” She proposes free tuition for college students that attend the proper colleges and would fund this freebie by increased taxes on out-of-state banks that do business in Vermont. Thus, it would cost Vermont taxpayers nothing. Hah! Where does she think these banks will get the money for the increased taxes?
Jim Peabody, Sr.
BRISTOL — The Mount Abraham Union High School girls’ soccer team on Tuesday picked up its second 2-1 victory of the fall over Middlebury, this time on the Eagles’ home turf.
Nesta McIntosh scored twice in the second half to spark the Eagles. McIntosh’s second goal came late and snapped a 1-1 tie four minutes after Helen Anderson had equalized for the Tigers in an evenly played match — each team launched eight shots.
As a responsible Republican I am planning to vote for Hillary in November for the good of my party. As a fiscal conservative and social liberal I have held my nose to the anachronistic hillbilly stance of many candidates for many years. The evolution to an intolerable level of irresponsible behavior has culminated with the nomination of a certifiable lunatic by the name of Donald Trump.
BRISTOL — Visiting Colchester dealt the Mount Abraham Union High School field hockey team a disappointing 1-0 setback on Tuesday afternoon.
The 5-4-1 Eagles had defeated the 4-4-2 Lakers by 3-1 in Colchester earlier this season, but this time the Lakers earned a 10-4 advantage in shots on goal in avenging that setback.
Eagle sophomore goalie Chessley Jackman played well in the loss, making nine saves and also kicking the ball out of harm’s way a number of times. Laker goalie Abby Ladd stopped four shots in the shutout.
Both Jill Charbonneau and Robin Scheu are good candidates for the Vermont House. However, Jill believes we should stand by Vermont’s no fracking law no matter where fracking for natural gas has occurred, and she hasn’t supported Vermont Gas coming through our area.
Robin, as a member of the Addison County Economic Development Corporation, voted to approve their application.
We will be voting for Jill Charbonneau along with Amy Sheldon.
Sarah and Dayton Wakefield
In August of 2017, I will celebrate 50 years in health care. I have been incredibly privileged to have cared for thousands of people from all walks of life, from millionaire actors in California to the homeless on the streets of Albany, and more recently, migrant Hispanic workers that help keep Addison County dairy farms in production.
I am writing to support Ron Holmes of Middlebury for High Bailiff for Addison County. As a summer resident of Lake Dunmore, I have always felt well protected when Ron Holmes was the man in charge of law enforcement in our area.
Ron has helped to keep our roads and property safe in the busy summer months when traffic is at an all time high between Middlebury and Salisbury. Ron is personable, responsive as well as responsible, and of the highest moral character.