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Victor Nuovo: Lucretius: The matter of mind and soul

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Lucretius supposed that mind and soul (in Latin, animus and anima) are parts of the body, and because all bodies, including the bodies of animals, are material things, they also are material things. They are organs, which is to say they do certain sorts of work that are more or less essential to the body as a living thing, which is suitably called an organism. Hands are organs, so is the tongue, the heart. And so are mind and soul.

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Jessie Raymond: Trying to keep fit, one step at a time

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



How many steps do I take in a day?

Better question: Why would I care?

I care because I’m one of those people who get caught up in quantifying everything in order to tell how healthy they are. The trendy metric these days is steps: You need to take 10,000 of them a day.

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Opinion: Many reasons to label GMO foods

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By Edward Amirault



I would like to thank Peter Ryersbach for his letter concerning GMO labeling laws, in which he answers a letter from David Van Vleck who feels it is a needless waste of money. When I first read Van Vleck’s letter I thought he was just a completely uninformed nimrod who had no idea what a GMO was. To find out he is a retired science teacher, who ought to understand the difference between genetic selection and genetic engineering, puts him into a whole new category.

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Opinion: Sanders' victory sign of new era?

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By Geoffrey Cobden



It was wonderful to see Bernie Sanders get most of the Vermont Democratic primary votes. He is teaching America about the rigged economy, injustice, single-payer healthcare, Wall Street banks, etc. Unfortunately, many super delegates, such as our three old governors, do not support him.

Socialism is now an accepted debate. Bernie is nothing like Joe Stalin. The Donald is a fascist who wants the nation of immigrants to build an iron curtain.

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Opinion: Students need help in logic

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By David Pratt



Kudos to Vergennes Union High School teacher Michael Thomas for winning a Rowland Fellowship. Hopefully, monies like these will be used to improve logical reasoning skills at local schools, as many of the students I have met as a teacher at the University of Vermont need lots of help.

David Pratt

Vergennes

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Opinion: Medicine not a 'calling' at Porter

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By Pat Ullom



I wish that Millard Cox’s March 17 letter to the editor on the failing health care system at Porter Hospital could be published again. Actually, the article should be printed over and over again, until the administration has been chagrined enough to reverse their dangerous actions.

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Opinion: Early musical education important for young children

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By Sadie Brightman



As the director of Middlebury Community Music Center (MCMC), mom of two young girls, and a piano teacher, I am passionate about the importance of early musical education for young children from birth through elementary school. Early musical learning has the power to propel us into a lifetime of music making and arts appreciation, enriching our lives and making us engaged citizens.

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Opinion: Anonymous good Samaritans helped elderly driver

Posted on April 7, 2016 |
By Lynn Coeby



I want to say thank you to several people who I don’t even know, men who have chosen to remain anonymous, men who went above and beyond to be kind to others.

Thursday morning, March 24, my 84-year-old mom experienced an adverse drug reaction while driving through Middlebury. When she stopped at a red light, two men got out of their car(s) and told Mom she was driving erratically, and that she needs to park her car. They proceeded to phone 911, Mom was taken to Porter Hospital, and she recovered.

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Editorial: Why are special ed needs so high? We don't know

Posted on April 4, 2016 |
By Emerson Lynn



Vermont, we are told, has the nation’s highest per-capita rate of students who receive special education services because of emotional needs. The reasons vary, but they include things like poverty, substance abuse and homelessness.

When you talk to educators, they will tell you they have never seen things as bad as they are now, and they are referring to classroom behavior, which is a reflection of what the students experience at home.

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Opinion: Hearings on Public Service Department fell well short

Posted on April 4, 2016 |
By Bobbie Carnwath



Last week I attended a Senate hearing that was called to allow the commissioner of the Department of Public Service to respond to criticisms of his self-edited evaluation of the effectiveness of the agency he oversees. I expected to hear some pointed questioning aimed at improving the DPS’s role as watchdog for utility ratepayers.

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