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Editorial: A heavy lift for U.S. voters

Posted on November 21, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Two items hit the news last week that we might as well be prepared for in a Donald Trump presidency: Trump taking credit for something he didn’t do, and bad news on the environmental front.

Last Thursday, Trump claimed he saved a Ford plant in Kentucky from moving to Mexico. Not so fast, said the Ford company. Facts are the plant was never going to move to Mexico, but rather just a small line of production involving the Lincoln utility vehicle, the MKC.

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Republicans win elections by lying; Trump no exception

Posted on November 21, 2016 |
By Peter Grant



Trump is a loser.

Elizabeth Warren finally said it out loud, “Trump is a loser.”

He lost a billion dollars. Imagine what he will do with the U.S. budget, where we are talking about real money.

When we heard about his tax returns and the billion loss, the wise pundits only thought about the tax write-off. The tax write-off was a minor problem compared to Trump being unable to run a business.

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Independent's breakdown of votes omitted some

Posted on November 21, 2016 |
By Pat Ullom



To whom it may concern:

Your Addison County plus Brandon breakdown of last week’s election was as usual much appreciated. A town-by-town breakdown of Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein, I am sure would also have been appreciated by many of us. I was told, when I called, that it was a “space problem.” Unfortunately, I don’t believe either candidate would have taken up much space. Thank you.

Pat Ullom

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Editorial: Post-election: What now?

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The morning after this election, the liberal nation was in a daze and even Trump supporters were shocked. The prevailing political wisdom and the polls were off just enough to produce an unexpected result and send President-elect Donald Trump to the White House, with a narrow 52-48 majority in the Senate and control of the House. Just 10 days earlier such an outcome seemed inconceivable.

The week after the election, the daze is slowly lifting, allowing more analytical thinking. Two questions must be asked and understood: What happened? What now?

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Clippings: Challenge issued to Trump voters

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Lee J. Kahrs



I stood in front of the Pittsford Town Offices on Veterans Day with almost 100 other people at the dedication of the new Veterans Memorial. A fierce, cold wind whipped dead leaves in all directions, the temperature dropping by the minute. Flags were lowered and then raised above the new slab of marble etched with the words “Lest We Forget.”

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Eric Davis: Democrats could learn a lot from Sanders

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Eric L. Davis



Here are a few points that illustrate the dilemmas facing the Democratic Party, both here in Vermont and nationally, after last week’s election.

Democrat Sue Minter lost her home town, middle-income Waterbury, to Republican Phil Scott. At the same time, Minter defeated Scott in neighboring Stowe, a town with more affluent voters holding college degrees.

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Greg Dennis: Trump, God and pipe bombs

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Greg Dennis



A friend of mine is a longtime cashier at the Middlebury co-op. She says last Wednesday, Nov. 9, was the toughest workday that she can recall there.

The co-op cash register is as much a social gathering as a place for financial transactions. So my friend’s workday last Wednesday was filled with a procession of grieving liberals dismayed by Donald Trump’s “victory” in the presidential election.

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Editorial: No tolerance for hate speech

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The illusion that idyllic Vermont was wrapped in a political bubble away from the hate and racism demonstrated in much of the country was shattered this week when two swastikas were painted on the front door of Havurah, the meeting house for Addison County’s Jewish congregation in Middlebury, and hate speech was scrawled on the dorm room of a female Muslim student at Middlebury College.

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Letter to the editor: Those who opposed Trump must be patient, diligent

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Roy Vestrich



I may live in the fairly progressive state of Vermont, but I have traveled afair amount the last few years both in the U.S. and abroad. I have sat and talked with numerous Trump supporters and Brexit supporters from the UK on airplanes and in coffee shops.

I have had casual conversations in publicspaces from New England to New Mexico, in parking lots and boatyards along the Eastern seaboard, in urban centers, along small town streets, and in the halls of universities with people who viewed the world through very different filters than my own.

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Letter to the editor: Election proves a shock to local woman abroad

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Abby Benton



Editor’s note: The writer is a Vergennes resident living abroad in Malaysia.

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