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Letter to the editor: Trump ignoring threat from China

Posted on April 12, 2018 |
By Peter Grant



Trump has met his match and doesn’t know it, Xi Jinping, the smiling leader of China. This man is absolute ruler of China and he is extending his authority over many parts of the world by smiling and promising to work together for a better world. He is also building roads and helping build these countries. Like Tibet, once in control of a country it becomes part of China and the people there are no longer independent, but under the iron rule of Xi and China. Instead of being wary of China, Trump is all on edge over North Korea. While Trump sleeps, China increases its power.

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Letter to the editor: A new generation takes on the quest for gun control

Posted on April 9, 2018 |
By David Lewis



Editor’s note: New Haven resident David Lewis, a hunter safety instructor for five years, submitted a letter to the editor that also included a response to the letter from his son Peter, a Massachusetts educator who is director of Bands at Quabbin Regional High School, where he has experienced lock down/harbor in place situations.

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Letter to the editor: EPA says Vermont is making good progress on water quality

Posted on April 9, 2018 |
By Anson Tebbetts



This week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Boston regional office announced that the Vermont Agency of Agriculture has made significant progress toward meeting the state’s water quality goals.

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Opinion: There is opportunity in climate change solutions

Posted on April 9, 2018 |
By Joseph Fusco



This week’s Community Forum is by Joseph Fusco, a vice president at Casella Waste Systems, Inc., and chair of the Climate Economy Action Team, a group of stakeholders convened by the Vermont Council on Rural Development.

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Letter to the editor: Seventh-graders respect gun rights, but press reform

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Narges Anzali and Arianna Graham-Gurland



We are seventh-graders at Middlebury Union Middle School. Our names are Narges Anzali and Arianna Graham-Gurland, and we don’t want to be the next statistic. We believe in gun reform because even though people have the right to have guns, we also have the right to live to old age. We often lie awake and imagine the all too familiar scene of a school shooting happening at our school. The sobs, the screams, the frantic phone calls and texts, trying to find your friends and hoping that they are still alive.

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Letter to the editor: ACTR post office space supported

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Ian Ross



I am writing in support of ACTR and Middlebury officials and the decisions they had to make regarding Main Street parking spaces. They are completely in the right to make safe places to drop off and pick up riders near the post office. I very much wish they had dedicated more space for the busses when the hub was on Merchants Row.

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Letter to the editor: Ripton's almost 'perfect store'

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Richard Hawley



If ever there was the perfect place

For a smallish jar of mayonnaise,

Where a newly cellophaned ham and cheese

Is the only thing you know will please,

The signs shout Coffee! Sandwiches! Worms! 

You brake your pickup on the berm

And head inside where Dick or Sue

Will let you know what’s good for you —

You check your mail, chat a while,

Peruse the papers, buy a pile

Of Freeman Allen’s Ripton Reds

(Tomatoes) grown behind his shed,

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Ways of Seeing: To make tough choices, ask questions first

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Barbara Clearbridge



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How do you make a difficult choice? Do you talk with friends or family? Do you do research? Do you ask someone you consider wise?

Do you decide by feelings or by logic? Do you wait until you’re sure before making a decision?

In Quaker life, we often use “queries” (questions) to guide ourselves. I also use another set of questions that approach things in a different way. Samples of both are in this column.

Here are some Quaker-style queries that have helped me in the past:

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Eric Davis: Might Scott follow Jeffords' path out of GOP?

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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The state of Republican politics in Vermont is illustrated by a series of tweets sent last Saturday.

Sen. Patrick Leahy started the day by tweeting that he and his wife “spent my birthday at the American Cemetery at Normandy. Like all who come here, we’re so moved by the sacrifices of those who fought for democracy. We’ve been to these gravesites many times, and as I laid a wreath here today I gave my thanks again.”

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Victor Nuovo: Progress is a hallmark of liberalism

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Belief in human progress has been a hallmark of liberalism. It is the expectation that the economic, moral and political circumstances of this most problematic of animal species, mankind, will improve indefinitely over the course of time for as long as there is life on earth.

Condorcet was confident of this. He believed that, through a careful study of history, the laws of human development would become evident, and that possessed of the knowledge of these laws, humanity would be empowered to achieve its own perfection through democratic means.

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