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Letters to the Editor: Americans can help North Koreans

Posted on June 29, 2017 |
By Tom Nevins



Editor’s note: As part of their study of communism, 8th-graders at Middlebury Union Middle School wrote letters to the editor about life in North Korea and what Americans can do. Here is one of those letters; we expect to run a few more next week.

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Ways of Seeing, Johanna Nichols: The country needs more patriots

Posted on June 29, 2017 |
By Johanna Nichols



We’re coming up on our nation’s 241st birthday, so I thought to celebrate by reading the Declaration of Independence. 

Its second sentence is perhaps the most familiar to us: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

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Machiavelli: Discourses on Livy, Part II

Posted on June 29, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the 13th essay by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought with a focus on the great political thinkers of the times.

Without doubt, Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy is unsurpassed among works of political philosophy. Neither Plato’s Republic, nor the Laws, nor Aristotle’s Ethics and Politics stand above it. And it is far more readable. It is a browser’s delight, and easy to navigate.

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Letter to the editor: Higher bridge clearance threatens Middlebury shops

Posted on June 26, 2017 |
By Brenda Ellis



I appreciate all the letters in this paper that have questioned the current state plan for replacing the railroad bridges in downtown Middlebury. Many important questions, concerns and alternatives have been raised or proposed. 

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Letter to the editor: Bicyclists are allowed to use sidewalks

Posted on June 26, 2017 |
By Laura Asermily



We recognize that some bicyclists feel safest using sidewalks. Sidewalks can be the safest choice when there is fast moving and high volume traffic, like Route 7, no or little shoulder, where shoulders are damaged or contain debris or obstacles or merge into a turning lane, like Middle Road. 

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Letter to the editor: Local police, firefighters, forest service thanked for rescuing people from the woods

Posted on June 26, 2017 |
By Louise Tilford Cunha and Charles Tilford



We want to thank the Vermont State Police, the National Forest Service, the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, the Ripton Fire Department, and 911 for helping us get safely out of the woods when we were lost near Dragon Brook Road in Middlebury near Ripton on June 12. Now seniors, we grew up in East Middlebury and were hiking in a place familiar to us as children. Louise had hiked the route five years ago, but the trail is now overgrown in parts.

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Jan Demers: From a pitchfork to tableware

Posted on June 26, 2017 |
By Jan Demers



I could “hear” the sparkle in her eyes and a love of life in her voice. We were speaking over the phone and this amazing woman told me of her love of gardens and children. She was talking with me about the Farm to Family coupons and in the telling I learned about her own gardens and the way that she cared for her family. Fresh vegetables were on her table. Some were purchased through the Three Square Program, some came from her garden and after June 26, she will go to the Farmer’s Market and purchase farm raised vegetables with her Farm to Family Coupons.

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Victor Nuovo, Machiavelli: Living in dark times with Livy

Posted on June 22, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a series of essays by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought.

The title of Machiavelli’s book, “Discourses on Livy,” requires an explanation. Livy (Titus Livius; 59 BCE–17 CE) was a Roman historian, a contemporary of Caesar Augustus, who wrote a history of Rome from its founding until his own day (De urbi condita libri — “Books from the founding of the city”). 

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Jessie Raymond: Summertime and the living is busy

Posted on June 22, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



While golfing with my husband one evening last week, I hit an errant tee shot — and by “errant” I mean “normal,” for me — and nailed a squirrel. The poor thing had been frolicking with his buddies far from the fairway in what they surely thought was a safe zone.

They were wrong.

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Ways of Seeing: National Road brings family to life

Posted on June 22, 2017 |
By Jill Vickers



In April my husband and I were headed home to Vermont after eight months of exploring the West. In no hurry, we stopped to camp for two nights in Cambridge in eastern Ohio. For my husband, its proximity to where Hopalong Cassidy was born was the attraction. Not that he wasn’t one of my childhood heroes as well, but for me it was its location on The National Road.  

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