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Victor Nuovo: Spinoza borrows from Aristotle's universe

Posted on September 1, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



In the previous essay, we left Spinoza in search of an idea upon which he could found his philosophical system. As he set out on his way, he looked back to Aristotle in order to orient his thinking.

This is curious, because uppermost in the program of the scientific revolution of the 17th century, which Spinoza approved of and to which he contributed, is the repudiation of Aristotle (384–322 bce). His theory of nature and of the universe, which I will try briefly to describe later in this essay, was judged to be profoundly mistaken and it was generally repudiated.

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Opinion: Article explored important issue

Posted on September 1, 2016 |
By Melissa Durkee



I’m writing about the article that was published in the Monday, Aug. 1, edition of the Independent called “Transportation proves difficult for disabled.”

I work for the state of Vermont for Voc Rehab and have worked with clients with disabilities for 15 years plus. I really appreciate that your publication chose to highlight an issue that is pivotal to many Vermonters with disabilities in the Middlebury area.

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Opinion: Sanders to visit Middlebury

Posted on September 1, 2016 |
By Judy and Michael Olinick



We hope all Bernie Sanders’s local supporters will be on hand to greet him at the annual Labor Day celebration on the Middlebury town green.

It’s hard to believe a year has passed since we cheered the announcement of the Sanders presidential campaign.

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Opinion: GOP leaders are the real problem

Posted on September 1, 2016 |
By Harry Chaucer



Congress isn’t broken; the Republican Party is. This is not about Republican party members. Being a Republican means believing in a philosophy, a way of governing and certain values. They happen not to be my beliefs, but I’m not prepared to say that those values are wrong or bad. It’s simply a different worldview.

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Opinion: Vermont Gas CEO failed to acknowledge many gaffes

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By Alice Eckles and Ross Conrad



In the recent Community Forum piece on Vermont Gas (Addison Independent, Aug. 22), CEO Don Rendall asks us to not overlook the benefits of gas. While repeating the claim that gas is a cleaner choice, Rendall ignores several recent studies that find that methane leakage in the fracked gas supply chain results in a fuel that is dirtier than coal with regard to greenhouse gas emissions.

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Opinion: Bristol attorney shares first-hand glimpse of Trump

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By Tom Wells



This week’s writer is Tom Wells, an attorney and businessman with offices and homes in Bristol, Vt., and New Jersey. He is active in real estate and non profits.

Editor’s note: This is piece originally appeared online on the Huffington Post website.

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Opinion: Peace Garden thankful for support

Posted on August 29, 2016 |
By Phoebe Barash



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Geoff Conrad: The changing landscape of travel

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Geoff Conrad



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Clippings: Uncle Pete was strong to the end

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By John Flowers



Listening to my in-laws talk about Uncle Pete Hansen’s various feats of strength, he might just as well have been Paul Bunyan. For example, there was the true story about Pete lowering my brother-in-law Bill — then his plumbing assistant — down into a well by his ankles. And Bill is a solid 6-foot, 3-inches tall.

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Jessie Raymond: Daily life spawns personal Olympics

Posted on August 25, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



I always wanted to compete in the Olympics. A few things, however, worked against me, such as my family not having the money to send me to an elite training facility when I was younger. That and having no athletic ability beyond doing the Macarena are the two biggies.

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