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Editorial: Route 7 strip? Master planning is the right approach

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Plans for further commercial development along Route 7 South in Middlebury initially spark thoughts of alarm, muted by the opportunity to embrace benefits that might come with new jobs, more services and access to goods that could make Middlebury a more vibrant community.

The alarm comes from the prospect of urban sprawl along Route 7.

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Editorial: Stop the madness!

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



If you’re an American patriot and a believer in democracy, these goals for the country should resonate: As a nation, we should strive to create a society and government that diffuses power to the many, not concentrate it in the hands of the few; embrace the diverse, not just the similar; don’t use up the future to serve the immediate (yes, that refers to climate change); and champion a society that respects and protects basic human rights and decencies, not a crazed pursuit of power and money. Most Americans would agree with those broad principles and goals.

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Ways of seeing: Border policy is cruel

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Laurie Cox



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When I was five years old, I spent the night in the hospital after getting my tonsils removed. I knew what was happening and why, but when I woke up in the morning, I wanted my parents. It wasn’t my sore throat as much as a cold heaviness in my chest — I felt so alone. I lay quietly, the tears sliding down my cheeks. Eventually a nurse came by and asked if I was alright. I said I wanted my parents. She assured me they would be there later, which I already knew, but I wanted them sooner. It seemed a long while before they came to take me home.

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Eric Davis: Does court nominee have conflict?

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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Several of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s Supreme Court opinions could figure in the confirmation of President Trump’s nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, to be his successor. One of these cases, decided in 2009, was Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Company. Although not well-known, Kennedy’s opinion in this case is relevant to today’s political situation.

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Letter to the editor: Bridges project is an opportunity

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Colleen Schuster



Closing downtown Middlebury for the bridge construction has gotten a lot of negative press, but I think it could be a big boost for the downtown. Restaurants could offer outdoor dining, and there could be opportunities for music (concerts and busking), sidewalk sales, and pop-up events to occur on Main Street.

It’s true that people won’t be able to park right at their destination, but walking is good exercise and promotes a healthy lifestyle. If you go to most other cities and towns around Vermont, you do have to park and walk to your destination.

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Letter to the editor: Tourism boosts state — so far

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Margaret Eaton



Well, this is funny and coincidental. Funny because I’ve never corresponded to anyone via the editor of a newspaper, like I am responding to the July 5 letter from Mike Sommers of Oakland, Calif. (hi, Mike!). Coincidental because I lived in Silicon Valley and then in a tourist town in California before repatriating to Vermont.

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Letter to the editor: Nuovo missive neglected Kunin

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



In my recent letter to the Addison Independent, which was published July 2, I wrote that Betty Nuovo was the first woman to be elected to the Vermont House as a Democrat. I was mistaken. That distinction belongs to Madeline Kunin, who was also the first woman elected governor of Vermont. I apologize for this mistake.

Victor Nuovo

Middlebury

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Letter to the editor: Preserving ACA remains priority

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By Gail R. Regan



I know there have been distressing things in the news recently, among them separation of families seeking to take refuge in the United States. However, I hope that our legislators will not lose sight of standing against further dismantling of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Doing so is in the interest of all-age Americans. The legislation was the most progress we’ve made in decades to improve healthcare access, quality and cost.

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Letter to the editor: Gov. Scott criticized for response to school shootings

Posted on July 12, 2018 |
By H. Dexter Oliver



When I voted for Mr. Scott it was because I thought he was the best candidate. I now feel I was wrong! Please let me throw out some suggestions formed of my opinion.

The one thing all of these acts of terror have in common is that they were all created by a sick mind. Whether it was one of the school shootings, the Boston Marathon bomber, a man plowing a pickup truck into a crowd, a person killing a social worker and their family, or a young man planning to shoot up a school. They were all acts planned and carried out by a sick mind.

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