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Victor Nuovo: Truth and the foundations of civil society

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Introducing John Locke: Truth and the foundation of a civil society

“Its theme is the intellect, or the understanding or mind… in which Locke enquires about how the human mind works, how it gathers all of its content… and, above all, how it goes about searching after truth.”

– On Locke’s book, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Editor’s note: This is the 19th in a series of essays by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought.

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Ways of Seeing, Kate Gridley: Music without words speaks loudly

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Kate Gridley



I have been thinking a lot lately about music, especially music without words.

As a young child, the sound of a violin seemed so sad it made me cry. It hurt so much that I could barely listen to it. The sound of a group of violins was unbearable.

Yet, music with a deep pulse was comforting.

Trombones were somehow humorous; French horns the most beautiful mellow sound in the world; flutes were birds; and cello sounds comforting. And there was Tubby the tuba.

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Politically Thinking, Eric L. Davis: Health insurance hikes are unsustainable

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Later this month, the Green Mountain Care Board will announce its decision about Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont’s request to increase premiums by 12.6 percent for about 70,000 Vermonters enrolled in the insurer’s individual plans. The GMCB must balance BCBS’s need to maintain financial solvency with the crisis of affordability in the individual health insurance market in Vermont.

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Letters to the Editor: Current health care proposals aren't the real answer

Posted on August 7, 2017 |
By Jason Kaye



In a recent guest editorial published in this paper, the co-authors — four top executives of medical centers and health insurance companies in Vermont — promoted the ideas of healthy lifestyles and individual responsibility as the primary strategy to end the health care crisis.

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Letters to the Editor: Addison neighbors, responders made a difference

Posted on August 7, 2017 |
By Linda Taft



Editor’s note: The letter writer submitted this letter shortly after the May 18 microburst storm flattened her house in West Addison. We regret to say that we neglected to publish it at the time, but know that she still feels a great gratitude to the public servants and others who helped her out.

Dear Lifesavers, family and friends. “There but for the Grace of God go I.” As a true longstanding quote, this does not go quite far enough in my case.

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Addiction Help: Getting treatment for addiction

Posted on August 7, 2017 |
By Jessi de Boer



Counseling Service of Addison County and The Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction have teamed to put together a series of articles for our community this summer. Our hope is that this column offers information, support and hope for addiction recovery, specifically opiate addiction (heroin/painkillers).

This week’s writer is Jessi de Boer, who is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and a licensed clinical mental health counselor, is coordinator of Adult Recovery Services at CSAC.

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Editorial: Trump’s distractions, Browder’s testimony and Putin’s kleptocracy

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



If you missed the Senate testimony by financier Bill Browder on July 27 about how Russian operatives use American “enablers to achieve major foreign policy goals without disclosing those interests,” you’re not alone.

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Jessie Raymond: Getting older, and getting 'the look'

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



On the whole, I’d have to say the pros of aging are so far outweighing the cons. But I do have one complaint: young people.

It’s not what you think: I’m not on the “millennials are lazy and entitled” bandwagon. I know a lot of millennials who work harder than I ever did at their age. You could say I was a millennial before the millennium.

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Ways of Seeing, Joanna Colwell: We must refuse to ignore injustice

Posted on August 3, 2017 |
By Joanna Colwell



Last week in Minneapolis a police officer killed a forty-year-old white lady named Justine Damond. She was a soon-to-be married meditation teacher from Australia, who called the police because she thought she heard an assault taking place behind her house. There are many unanswered questions, and because neither police officer had their body cameras activated, we will probably never know exactly what happened. One thing is definitely true, though. Instead of the wedding that was planned for August, there will be a funeral.

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