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Letter to the Editor: Nuovo praised for open mind

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By Kathleen G. Johnson



As a community and a nation we need more voices today like that of Victor Nuovo, cited in the March 23 edition of the Independent.

“We are a deliberative body,” he said, referring to the Middlebury selectboard. “We also need to compromise.”

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Letter to the Editor: Energy nonprofit does good work

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By Fran Putnam



I have noticed two recent items in your publication about the good work done by the Neighborworks Heatsquad in providing energy audits and helping residents weatherize their homes.

I would like to add that one of the nice features about Neighborworks is that they are a non-profit agency, so their advice is truly independent.

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Letter to the Editor: Ida Wells an inspiring heroine for International Women's Day

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



I invite each of you to reflect and express gratitude for a woman who has touched your life. Here is part of the story of a woman (Shall I say “herstory”?), who has changed how I view the power of writing, speaking, and acting on one’s leadings.

This African American woman’s name is Ida B. Wells. She lived from 1862 until 1931. She was born in Holly Springs, Miss. Ida was officially a slave for about the first six months of her life. The Emancipation Proclamation changed her status.

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Jessie Raymond: A truly rare experience at a movie

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Last weekend, I went to the movies.

This may not sound like a big deal, but I haven’t seen a movie in a theater since summer 2011, when I watched “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2” in 3-D.

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Victor Nuovo, Theorists helped shape our republic

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



This is the first in a series of essays about political theory. My subjects will be eminent political philosophers, ancient and modern, among them Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Montesquieu and Rousseau.

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Community Forum: Rev. George Klohck, 'Hope proceeds from action'

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
By Rev. George Klohck



This week’s writer is the Rev. George Klohck, a retired United Methodist minister who lives in Middlebury.

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Jan Demers, CVOEO provides services to welcome new Americans

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
By Jan Demers



When my family gathers for dinner we think carefully about the menu. My daughter and daughter-in-law are lactose intolerant. Two of us have diabetes. One daughter-in-law doesn’t eat beef or pork. Another can’t be in the same room with anything having to do with fish without risking a severe allergic reaction. Thoughtful planning ensures that we have wonderful meals and even more fulfilling conversations.

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Letter to the Editor: 'Thoughtful' letter part of good dialogue

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
By Gregory Dennis



I appreciated the letter to the editor from LuAnn Chiola, in which she offered a thoughtful case for the student protesters who prevented author Charles Murray from speaking at a Middlebury College podium. Obviously reasonable people differ on this issue.

However, Ms. Chiola does not accurately reflect what I wrote when she criticizes my defense of Murray’s right to articulate his sometimes abhorrent views. I did not write of the protesters that “their cause is not rooted in morals or ethics.”

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Letter to the Editor: College diversity offers education

Posted on March 27, 2017 |
By John Emerson



Middlebury College alumnus Steven Nothern ’78 shared his perspectives on events surrounding the campus visit of Charles Murray (Addison Independent, March 20). Although I can easily find points of agreement with Mr. Nothern, I respectfully disagree in two important ways.

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Ways of Seeing: Sas Carey, "Original way was best for Mitchell"

Posted on March 23, 2017 |
By Sas Carey



This year’s Women Who Change the World Award, sponsored by Womensafe,  has gone to Cheryl Mitchell. I first met Cheryl in her office at Mary Johnson Day Care Center to discuss my now 48-year-old daughter attending the program. Beside Cheryl’s chair and part way under her desk was her baby son sleeping in a cradle. In the late 1990s, I wrote this story about her.

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