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Ways of Seeing, Johanna Nichols: Facing fear, anxiety are part of life's journey

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Johanna Nichols



I am a person who likes to plan for all contingencies. It supports my illusion that I am in control. My daughters know this about me. They know the anxiety that has been passed down the generations like family china. That’s why they chose for me a gift of a silver necklace with natural stones.

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Victor Nuovo: Locke & Hobbes, the origin of civil society

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the 22nd essay by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought.

How did civil society or the civil state begin? There is general agreement that a civil state is not a product of nature, but something made by human art, the art of politics. This is what Hobbes believed and affirmed in the memorable sentence that begins his great work, Leviathan:

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Guest Editorial: Did we laud good intentions during Clean Water Week?

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
By Lauren Hierl



This guest editorial is by Lauren Hierl, political director of Vermont Conservation Voters.

Governor Scott and the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources declared Aug. 20-27, “Clean Water Week” in Vermont. While I believe it is important to highlight the value of clean water, we have a lot of work to do to achieve clean water for all Vermonters.

It makes me wonder — what we were actually celebrating?

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Letters to the Editor: Photo IDs used illegally to help police find suspects

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
By Clare Garvie



Have a Vermont ID? Up until late May, your photo was regularly searched by face recognition software to see if you are — or look like — someone of interest to police across the country. In essence, you were unwittingly enrolled in a nationwide criminal line-up — simply by applying for a Vermont identification card.

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Addiction Help: Tapping into the nature of addiction

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
By Rachel Edwards



Counseling Service of Addison County and The Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction have teamed up 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 Rachel Edwards, M.S., L.Ac.

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Living with Dying: Conversations on the end of life

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
By Dorothea Langevin et. al



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This column will work if we get questions from you, our readers.

We want to hear from you, what is on your mind and heart regarding this challenging issue that each of us will need to address in our lives? Send your questions to [email protected].

Here is a frequently asked question:

Who are hospice volunteers and what do they do?” 

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Notes of appreciation: Thanks to all who helped Boy Scouts with bottle drive

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
By Michael Jewett



Boy Scout Troop 539 has rebuilt the bottle trailer at the Vergennes recycling site. The troop would like to thank the Vergennes community for their bottle donations.

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Community Forum, Mike Smith: Flawed policy exposes Vt. Public Safety Dept.

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By Mike Smith



The Vermont Department of Public Safety has earned two reputations of late — one good and the other bad.

First, the good reputation: The department recruits and employs dedicated public servants who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way to protect us. Every Vermonter should be grateful for their service.

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Politically Thinking, Eric L. Davis: After Trump's term, can the nation recover?

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



Donald Trump considers himself a “man of destiny,” and, in his mind, being elected president validates this belief. Trump has also claimed that he is more “presidential” than all previous occupants of the office except Abraham Lincoln.

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Letters to the Editor: Flag flown by a visiting relative

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By Frank Nicosia and Ellen Oxfeld



We were horrified to learn that two Confederate flags were seen flying in Middlebury last week. This flag is a symbol of white supremacy that that disgusts us and sows pain and fear among many of us. Its display hurt several fellow community members who passed by.

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