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Opinion: Tax complaints often misplaced

Posted on February 22, 2016 |
By Richard H. Bernstein



It seems that more often elections at the national, state and local level turn on taxes. While no one enjoys paying taxes, the constant tax complaining is misplaced, in my opinion.

Tax complaints are often used to criticize liberal economics. Liberal economics holds that the so-called “trickle down effect” is wrong. Allowing wealthy individuals to keep more of their income has not resulted in more American jobs and is rapidly dismantling the middle class.

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Opinion: Nuovo return to Middlebury selectboard supported

Posted on February 22, 2016 |
By Frank and Janet Winkler



We write in enthusiastic support of Victor Nuovo’s candidacy for the selectboard. We were delighted when Victor decided to run again for the seat that he previously held from 2005 through 2013.

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Clippings: Use your good sense in the kitchen

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By John McCright



Some say I’ll put just about anything in my mouth, but I do have my limits. Like most people — maybe all people — I hate it when I brew myself a nice mug of steaming tea on a cold winter day, spoon in an extra lump of honey to treat myself and then pour in the milk only to find the whitener immediately coagulating into soft, fatty lumps that bob menacingly at the edge of the cup. Ooooo, I hate that and curse under my breath as I dump the spoiled beverage down the drain.

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Eric Davis: Clinton may not be more electable

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Hillary Clinton argues that she is more likely than Bernie Sanders to defeat the eventual Republican presidential nominee. I can offer four reasons to doubt Clinton’s claim.

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Victor Nuovo: Why read Lucretius?

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



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This essay begins a new series of philosophical reflections. Like the former, it will focus on a classical text, in this instance one from the Roman era, “De Rerum Natura” (“On the Nature of Things”), by Lucretius, or, Titus Lucretius Carus, to give him his full name. It is a great epic poem, published around the middle of the first century B.C.E., whose theme, the most universal of all, is just everything.

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Community Forum: Mary Hogan budget a win-win

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Ruth Hardy



This week’s writer is Ruth Hardy, chair of the ID-4 school board in Middlebury.

 

I love to contemplate education finances. I’ve been doing this for much of my career, and this past year has been an exciting one in which to figure out how school budgets, our tax rates, and most importantly, funding for our students may be affected by the many moving parts of school finance in Vermont. 

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Community Forum: Forums set on rail bridge projects

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Nancy Malcolm



This week’s writer is Nancy Malcolm of Middlebury, chair of the Middlebury Planning Commission.

 

 

There is no doubt about one thing: The railroad bridges replacement project in Middlebury is going to happen and it will have a huge effect on our entire community.

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Opinion: Paper's reporting unprofessional

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Grace McGrath



I am writing to express my concern about your reporting on the shooting at the Church of the Nazarene in Leicester.

Reporting that bullets were fired at a church is certainly an appropriate news article. It is, however, inappropriate of you to speculate about who fired the bullets based on a similar recent incident. It is more inappropriate for you to name that person and give identifying details.

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Opinion: Unknown helper makes life better

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Jorge Martin



I am writing to thank an unknown person who did the sort of kindness that makes living here so good.

On Jan. 12 I lost a hubcap on my Prius but didn’t notice the loss until a day later. Reconstructing my moves I realized that I must have lost it in the parking lot at 1330 Exchange St. when I hit a curb exiting a parking space. I returned there and looked for it but couldn’t find it; I asked inside the building in a few offices, but no one knew of a lost hubcap; I gave up on finding it.

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Opinion: Candidates have much to offer

Posted on February 18, 2016 |
By Michael and Judy Olinick



We hope Middlebury voters will elect Heather Seeley and Dick Terk to two of the three open seats on the selectboard. Both Seeley and Terk would bring valuable experience and expertise to town government, along with a much-needed fresh perspective. We would like to add some of the reasons we support Heather.

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