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Opinion: Canadian friends invite me to move north

Posted on March 10, 2016 |
By Peter Grant



Canadian friends are inviting me to move to Canada before Trump has a wall built, paid for by Canada.

No one has asked how Trump will force Mexico to build a wall. How many bombs will it take before Trump realizes that Mexico can’t afford to restrain its criminals, much less pay for a wall? Does Trump think before engaging his mouth?

I remember when people around the world were laughing with puzzlement when Reagan was elected back in 1980.

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Opinion: Drawbridges an excellent idea

Posted on March 3, 2016 |
By Peter Grant



What happened to the suggestion in a recent letter to the Independent for drawbridges?

An excellent idea. The sides of the trench might need work but the tracks would not need lowering. The bridges need replacing anyway, so why not with drawbridges?

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Opinion: Scalia, Congress paid only lip service to Constitution

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Peter Grant



Scalia was known to be strictly for interpreting the Constitution as it was originally intended. But we have seen that he ignored that rule with bad consequences. Scalia and Supreme Court crew appointed Bush as president. He had no authority under the Constitution to do this and the Constitution has strict rules for making a new president.

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Opinion: Philosophical musings enjoyed

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Peter Grant



I want to thank the Addison Independent for printing Professor Victor Nuovos articles on Socrates.

I find that Socrates probably really existed and was not just the imagination of Plato, who did a lot of the writing about Socrates.

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Tiki Tom and friend

Posted on October 12, 2015 |
By Peter Grant



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HILDGUND SCHAEFER, LEFT, and Peter Grant (not shown) were having a nice walk in the Bristol area recently when they came across this Green God. Is it a form of Moai like the giant statues of Easter Island with its Aku Aku spirits? Maybe it is trying to hold back the invasion of Japanese knotweed. The name on the back is Tiki Tom, perhaps a reference to Thor Heyerdahl, who discovered the Moai many years ago.

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Opinion: Apples have lost their true flavor

Posted on May 13, 2015 |
By Peter Grant



Why can’t we get apples as good as I got 60 years ago?

When I was a little younger I could get a bag of 2-inch Macs and eat great apples. These apples were ripe and soft and juicy and they were sold even in the spring.

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Opinion: Students' articles should have been better researched

Posted on April 23, 2015 |
By Peter Grant



Your pullout section, “The Bird’s Eye View,” has articles that need a lot more research before printing.

I hope other students at Mount Abraham Union High School can fill in the gap.

One article was on gun control and it seems the only research done for it was borrowing only from the NRA.

We all know that the NRA is in the business of helping sell guns and is not concerned about deaths caused by them.

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Into the river

Posted on October 27, 2014 |
By Peter Grant



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MANY GATHER AT the edge of Otter Creek below the falls in downtown Middlebury Sunday afternoon to watch a Tibetan Monk disperse the sand that was used to create a beautiful mandala over the previous three days at the foyer of the Middlebury College library.

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Opinion: More info needed on single-payer health care proposal

Posted on July 9, 2014 |
By Peter Grant



Lawrence Miller wrote a community forum (Addison Independent, June 30) on the costs of the U.S. wasteful system of health care, which ranks as the most expensive in most nations and way down in providing good health. This is well documented.

One thing I do not find in his article is just how much U.S. versions of single payer, like that proposed for Vermont, will cost.

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Opinion: Parking on dirt roads frowned upon by constabulary

Posted on May 15, 2014 |
By Peter Grant



Warning: My car was towed while I was working on trails at the Watershed for a half hour.

The lot was full so I parked along the side of the wide dirt road.

I worked to try to drain the big puddles across the trail for hikers, and returned to my car in a little over a half hour.

My car was gone, I mean really gone, I didn’t misplace it. Someone took it.

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