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Ways of Seeing: Joyful creativity leads to a full life

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
By Ruth Farmer



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When I was a little girl, I used to draw on the flyleaves of my mother’s books. She was an avid reader. Books were fairly inexpensive at that time, and my mom was one of the readers enticed to subscribe to book clubs by introductory offers such as five books for one dollar.

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Greg Dennis: Long winter extends ski season

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
By Greg Dennis



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This is the time of year when skiers tell their non-skiing friends that they’ve just been on the slopes — and their friends respond with quizzical, slightly depressed looks.

“Oh, are they still skiing?” someone will ask, incredulous, as if that should be confined to the Himalayas.

Yes, a few of us possessed people are still skiing.

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Victor Nuovo: Burke on the Social Contract

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 12th in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism and the two-party system.

As a conservative, Burke believed the civil state is necessary to human welfare. It is an existential necessity. He allowed for no prior state of nature in which, even hypothetically, human animals might exist let alone flourish. Nor did he allow for any independent standpoint of reason from which free persons might enter into fundamental agreements.

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Note of appreciation: Lions & Knights stock food shelf

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
By Jeanne L. Montross



Thanks to the hard work of two local organizations, the food shelf at HOPE has been restocked. The Middlebury Lions Club conducted their annual Food from the Heart food drive on Saturday, March 31, and the Knights of Columbus, at St. Mary’s Church in Middlebury, conducted a food collection during the season of Lent.

Thanks to both these efforts, hungry families coming to HOPE will find a great stock of food from which to select.

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Letter to the editor: Tick bite yields very large bill

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
By Kris Diehl



On October 16th last year, I was visiting my in-laws in Cornwall and was bitten by a tick. I am a New York City resident and not aware of proper care for this. My mother-in-law insisted I go just up the road to the Emergency Room at Porter Medical Center behind Middlebury College.

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Letter to the editor: Middlebury traffic pattern should be altered

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
By Spence Putnam



With the closure of five more downtown parking spaces (near Triangle Park), the parking situation in the center of the Middlebury business district has reached truly crisis proportions, with potentially catastrophic results for local businesses. I have what I think is a simple, straightforward, and inexpensive suggestion which could do a great deal to alleviate this problem, at least until both Merchants Row and Main Street are closed completely in year three of the project.

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Editorial: Sawyer's case and a legal precedent

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



In the case against Jack Sawyer, the Poultney teen who allegedly threatened to kill students at Fair Haven Union High School back in February, it’s not difficult to understand the defense’s argument. Of the four charges levied against Sawyer, two included attempted aggravated murder and attempted first-degree murder, even though (as far as we know or has been reported) he never set foot on the school grounds with weapons in his possession. That the state Supreme Court ruled with the defense and dropped the attempted murder charges is not that unexpected.

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Editorial: ER costs inspire a letter of frustration

Posted on April 26, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



In today’s Addison Independent, Mr. Kris Diehl of Astoria, N.Y., pens an interesting letter that might be familiar to any of us who have visited the Emergency Room of a hospital seeking medical help. In his case, Mr. Diehl is outraged by charges he received from the ER at UVMHN/Porter Hospital for what was a minor concern: a tick bite.

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Letter to the editor: State forestry plan needs more thoughtful approach

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By David Brynn



Verde Monts. “Pulsatingly verdant mountains.” That is what Champlain saw in 1609 when he paddled up the lake that now bears his name. He must have loved seeing Camel’s Hump in all of her sylvan glory!

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Letter to the editor: Massage therapists upset by unethical practitioner

Posted on April 23, 2018 |
By Addison County massage therapists



We have a thriving community of massage therapists in Addison County. We care about each other and want the best for our clients.

On April 16, we learned that a practitioner in Middlebury was charged with unethical behavior and has been shut down. Collectively, we feel pain and outrage on behalf of the people negatively impacted by his actions. When one therapist behaves unprofessionally, it not only harms people directly, it can dissuade others from utilizing massage as a pathway to healing and wellness.

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