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Letter to the editor: Empaths are worth getting to know

Posted on October 25, 2017 |
By Katie Looby



The first thing to understand is that Empaths are real — just uncommon. But, it’s probably best to forget anything you may have heard, if that information didn’t directly come from an Empath. There are widely accepted scientific reasons and explanations behind the formation and reality of Empaths, and there are far more commonalities between Empaths and Non-Empaths than there are differences.

Clarification — Empathy is a temporary mood/feeling, when you access the ability to feel for someone.

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Letter to the Editor: New stakeholder needed in environmental decisions

Posted on October 23, 2017 |
By Randy Kritkausky



Most of us recognize that we face numerous environmental crises. We have a fairly good understanding of the origins of these problems. And we have some ideas about solutions. One of the proposed solutions is to give more “stakeholders” a seat at the table with corporate shareholders or lobbyists influencing the regulatory process. Stakeholders are individuals and groups who are affected by decisions made by governmental bodies and corporations.

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Letter to the editor: Students, community need a renovated Mount Abe

Posted on October 23, 2017 |
By Troy Paradee and Sarah Crum



A community is defined by it’s people, traditions, local government, and the shared spaces it holds dear. Concert halls, libraries, meeting houses, general stores, favorite restaurants, schools and parks are all the places where you can FEEL the community. What a community values most becomes evident through its allocation of time and money to create and maintain community resources.

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Letters to the Editor: One-time fix best for Mount Abe

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Tory Riley



Mt. Abraham Union Middle and High School is a vibrant community of both practical and innovative learning. It is also a physical structure that is tired, impractical and expensive to repair piecemeal, and full of safety and health issues. As the principal of a school that used to be tired, expensive to fix, and unhealthy, I advocate for voting “Yes” with enthusiasm on the Nov. 2 bond vote to renovate Mt. Abe.

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Letters to the Editor: Middlebury falling short on housing, infrastructure, economy

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Paul Ralston



With regards your recent article on Middlebury’s quest for an “Economic Health Committee:”

Instead of another committee, may I humbly suggest we just install a sidewalk on Exchange Street.

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Letters to the Editor: Second Amendment being misread

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Peter Grant



Years ago we heard that both parts are of the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution are related.

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of the state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”

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Letters to the Editor: Photos without identification criticized, and explained

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Melody Daigle



While checking out the Oct. 9 issue of the Addison Independent, I noticed the photos accompanying an article describing folklorist Gregory Sharrow’s upcoming talk about immigrant artists in Vermont.

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Politically Thinking, Eric L. Davis: Trump approach could help Democrats

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Prior to last year’s election, Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager and White House strategist, was quoted as saying “I am a Leninist. Lenin wanted to destroy the state and that’s my goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today’s establishment.”

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Ways of Seeing, Mary E. Mendoza: Encounters with race, class, privilege

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Mary E. Mendoza



Very recently, I attended a fancy dinner with wealthy white people who give money for a particular cause. I was there as an academic who specializes in the history of the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Community Forum, Tina Scharf: Lincoln winning battle against invasives

Posted on October 19, 2017 |
By Tina Scharf



This week’s Community Forum is by Tina Scharf, chair of the Lincoln Conservation Commission.

 On Saturday, June 17, the Lincoln Conservation Commission gathered nearly thirty people in the center of Lincoln. Our mission? To remove two exotic invasive species from the town’s roadsides: poison parsnip and wild chervil.

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