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Letter to the editor: Paper highlights need to act now

Posted on August 30, 2018 |
By Bruce Acciavatti



We want to thank this paper for the always timely, well thought out, and courageous editorials over the past few years exposing our sham president and his sycophantic allies and Republican supporters. More people need to speak out in letters to the editor and by other means in exposing what this dangerous maniac is doing to our country and our way of life.

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Letter to the editor: Hardy can fill Ayer's shoes

Posted on August 30, 2018 |
By Abigail Benz



I met Ruth Hardy when I was three years old and attended the Middlebury Cooperative Nursery School; words such as democracy, politics and social justice were not yet in my lexicon. My biggest concern at the time was getting a good swing at recess, while Ruth was already concerned about advocating for strong schools, affordable childcare and protecting the environment.

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Letter to the editor: Project Independence like 'Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood'

Posted on August 30, 2018 |
By Miriam Hardy



I recently attended the movie “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” It is the story of Fred Rogers, his ground-breaking children’s TV show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.” His simple philosophy of love and respect changed the genre of children’s TV forever and for the better. He believed that all children should know they are special, loved, respected and safe. As a result, he became much loved by children all over the world. His show “Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” reached all the corners of the earth.

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Letter to the editor: McCain leaves a lasting legacy

Posted on August 30, 2018 |
By Diana Cotter



America lost a man of great integrity and strong principles, a genuine hero and a patriotic American on Friday with the passing of John McCain. As a progressive Democrat I did not often agree with his positions on the issues but I respected them and celebrated the fundamental right we have to disagree. If our democracy is to remain healthy we must have principled disagreements and we must be able to compromise. Compromise is not a dirty word but rather part of the foundation of our republic.

Diana Cotter

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Letter to the editor: Jerome supported for House seat

Posted on August 30, 2018 |
By Larry and Nancy Rowe



Election season is upon us and it is time to think about how we are going to vote and what informs that decision. Party affiliation is not persuasive for us in the voting booth. Rather, we focus on the issues, the character, conduct and background of the candidates, and which person we judge has the best qualities to build relationships with colleagues to get things done. In the case of the State House seat for Brandon, Pittsford and Sudbury we support Stephanie Jerome.

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Letter to the editor: GOP majority fails to fight immigration injustice

Posted on August 27, 2018 |
By Cynthia Gillen



Whatever you may think politically, I hope that everyone can agree that taking children away from their parents/families without any consideration for whom they may belong to or even telling the parents where they will be and for how long is an unacceptable treatment of immigrant seeking asylum in the U.S.A.

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Letter to the editor: Wilson supported for Addison-Rutland House seat

Posted on August 27, 2018 |
By Rick and Barb Buxton



It is with great pleasure that we are supporting Barbara Wilson for State Representative for Addison-Rutland 1 District (Benson. Orwell, Shoreham and Whiting). As a retired business professional and now a small business owner, Barb knows first hand the struggles and hardships of living in rural Vermont.

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Letter to the editor: Voting is a good sign that people want to be heard

Posted on August 27, 2018 |
By Christopher Bray



Thank you voters of Addison County, Huntington and Buel’s Gore for your support in last week’s primary election. Now, it’s on to the Nov. 6 General Election. Around the county, we had a great turnout, and that is a very healthy sign for our democracy.

It’s my honor to represent you in the Vermont Senate, where I work every day to make Vermont a better place to live for all of us — focusing on creating good jobs in a healthy environment.

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Letter to the editor: Trump's fake reality

Posted on August 27, 2018 |
By Bill Brown



I was “mad as hell” when Nixon was the leader. Now that phrase doesn’t even begin to express my ire that has been generated by Trump’s authoritarian rule. As with all ruling parties that disregard the rule of law, the notion of “truth” is an utterly useless concept. Depending on the source, Trump lies more than 50 percent of the time (some reckon the right number is 70 percent plus). One might ask: “How do you know Trump is lying?” The answer: “His lips are moving.”

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Guest editorial: Free tuition & how Vermont deals with doctor shortages

Posted on August 27, 2018 |
By Emerson Lynn



Last week New York University said it would offer free tuition to all of its medical school students. The reason is two-fold: first, to encourage more doctors to choose lower paying specialties, and, second, to address the impending shortage of physicians.

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