Opinion: Sanders to visit Middlebury

We hope all Bernie Sanders’s local supporters will be on hand to greet him at the annual Labor Day celebration on the Middlebury town green.
It’s hard to believe a year has passed since we cheered the announcement of the Sanders presidential campaign.
As Bernie very recently said, he and his staff were amazed themselves at how far they were able to go — this despite scornful comparisons to Howard Dean, George McGovern, Eugene McCarthy and Ralph Nader; despite patronizing, nay-saying sermons by national “liberal” media commentators and their Vermont mimics at the Rutland Herald/Times Argus, and despite the unethical machinations of the Democratic establishment and National Committee. (In contrast, we deeply appreciate the Addison Independent’s early and steadfast editorial support for Bernie.)
There is no secret to Bernie’s enormous success: His honesty and sincerity are unmistakable and the message he has forcefully articulated resonates across the country. Although the ghastly prospect of a Donald Trump presidency now compels us to vote for Hillary Clinton, we can maintain Bernie’s momentum by staying organized for social and economic justice, universal healthcare and educational opportunity, environmental protection and decreased militarism. The important thing is to keep the Sanders campaign spirit active and its objectives in sharp focus.
The Labor Day gathering is a perfect opportunity to thank Bernie for launching this critical public discussion and to hear about the next steps we can take together by supporting progressive candidates and voter initiatives at local, state and national levels.
Please come to the celebration on Monday, Sept. 5, from 4-7 p.m. There will be fun, food, music, good politics and best of all — Bernie.
Judy and Michael Olinick

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