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Letter to the editor: Bristol-area rep enjoyed campaign, welcomes input

Posted on December 5, 2016 |
By Fred Baser



Dear Constituents,

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Opinion: Vermont should make voice heard

Posted on December 5, 2016 |
By Matt Dunne



This week’s writer is Matt Dunne, a fellow at the Vermont Law School Center for Legal Innovation a former Google executive and Democratic gubernatorial candidate.

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Letter to the editor: Middlebury advocacy center serving its clients well

Posted on December 5, 2016 |
By Jennifer Ricard



 This is in response to Nancy Heatley’s Letter to the Editor on Sept. 8, 2016. One doesn’t need to look across the country to find a program like the Stuart House in Santa Monica, Calif. There is a Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) right here in Middlebury that serves all of Addison County. The CAC is tasked with addressing sexual assault and serious child abuse through multidisciplinary investigation and intervention. The CAC has specially trained, trauma-informed investigators that interview children.

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Editorial: From hate springs love

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In the wake of Republican Donald Trump election as president, more than 700 incidents of “hateful harassment” were documented in the first week after the Nov. 8 election. It was, without doubt, a reaction to the hate-filled rhetoric used by Mr. Trump to pit one America against the other. It was, we now know, a deliberate and calculated tactic to win the election by pitting angry, white middle class Americans against minorities of any sort — and, unfortunately, it worked.

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Editorial: Sheriff's action was legal, but not good public policy

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Ever so often, all of us will make a judgment call that is off base, and we sometimes struggle to find the footing to set it right. That’s particularly so when no rules or laws are broken; or when no outright violation of norms were broken, yet still the call falls short of expectations.

Such is the case with Addison County Sheriff Don Keeler’s decision to use the general fund account from the sheriff’s office to pay for a political ad supporting his favored candidate for high bailiff. That candidate was one of four in the running.

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Ways of Seeing: Speak love to power

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Cheryl Mitchell



The Quakers have a venerable saying, “Speak Truth to Power.” I deeply appreciate the sentiment behind it, which is that we need to step forward and say something to those in power when we recognize that things are wrong: slavery, wars, discrimination, disrespect.

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Eric Davis: President Trump will have range of Supreme Court options

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Soon after his inauguration on Jan. 20, President-elect Trump will send to the Senate the name of his nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

The nominee will come from a list of 21 names that Trump announced during the campaign. With one exception (Sen. Mike Lee of Utah), all 21 are currently either federal judges or state supreme court judges in Midwestern, southern or Rocky Mountain states. All the names on Trump’s list have been vetted by the Heritage Foundation, the Federalist Society and other conservative advocacy groups.

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Greg Dennis: Trump and the climate change narative

Posted on December 1, 2016 |
By Gregory Dennis



Liberals everywhere are gnashing their teeth over what will happen under President Donald Trump and the GOP Congress.

Will Trump abolish Obamacare and deprive 22 million Americans of the healthcare coverage they just got? Will he cancel the Iran deal and move the world closer to nuclear war? Will he really try to deport 11 million immigrants, slash the Medicaid safety net, and penalize women who get an abortion?

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Letter to the editor: Havurah is grateful to its neighbors

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



The members of Havurah are deeply grateful to our Middlebury and Addison County neighbors and to friends from farther away for their expressions of solidarity — in word, deed and supportive attendance of our recent Saturday morning service, Nov. 19 — following the discovery of hostile graffiti on our door.

Though we like to think of Vermont as a refuge from baseless hatred and intolerance, we must acknowledge that it sometimes lies just below the surface even here and needs little encouragement to emerge. 

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