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Letter to the editor: Democratic, Progressive candidates the best choices

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Judy and Michael Olinick



Thank you for your thoughtful comparison of our two main gubernatorial candidates. We agree that Sue Minter is the only choice if the state is to make reasonable progress in a wide range of critical areas. We urge our fellow citizens to elect her, understanding that she will need strong support but also considerable direction and pushing from a socially-committed Democratic-Progressive Legislature.

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Opinion: Sanders to visit Middlebury

Posted on September 1, 2016 |
By Judy and Michael Olinick



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.

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Opinion: National media fails to to adequately cover Sanders

Posted on January 4, 2016 |
By Judy and Michael Olinick



The U.S. “mainstream media” — all the major networks including NPR, PBS and most egregiously The New York Times — have abandoned responsible journalism for cheap entertainment and sensationalism in presidential campaign coverage.

Every vulgar, ignorant gambit by the top Republican contenders gets hours of airtime and yards of paper and electronic “print.” A serious discussion of the issues, the enormous problems facing the country and how to deal with them, can scarcely be found.

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Opinion: Comparison of Bernie Sanders to Howard Dean was off the mark

Posted on September 10, 2015 |
By Judy and Michael Olinick



Greg Dennis’ feigned inability to distinguish Bernie Sanders from Howard Dean might be mildly cute if it were original (read the column here).

But cute or not, equating Dean’s 2004 campaign with Bernie’s present one is nonsense.

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Opinion: Supreme Court marriage ruling seen as 'transforming'

Posted on July 9, 2015 |
By Judy and Michael Olinick



After the jubilation of June 26, most of the country seems to have accepted the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling as a matter of course. Lee Kahrs’ reflection is an important reminder of how long this resolution has been awaited and how transforming it is, even for a gay Vermonter who has been in a civil union and happily married for several years.

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Opinon: Lazarus family's legacy should be honored, preserved

Posted on January 30, 2015 |
By Judy and Michael Olinick



The text accompanying photos of the demolished Lazarus Building in the Jan. 22 Independent doesn’t mention the source of the building’s name or its first occupant.

The building may have been unprepossessing and its location was a longtime irritant to promoters of the Marble Works; but its owner, Stanton Lazarus, his brother Gene and the Lazarus family were highly esteemed members of the community. Their contributions to Middlebury life should be a valued heritage, not debris of the downtown reconstruction blitz.

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Opinion: Debate affirmed confidence in Sheldon and Nuovo

Posted on September 29, 2014 |
By Judy and Michael Olinick



The Town Hall Theater forum, very effectively chaired by Independent publisher Angelo Lynn, let the three active candidates for Middlebury’s two legislative House seats address some challenging state issues with unrushed answers to open-ended questions.

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Opinion: Vermonters could benefit from more nuanced debate

Posted on September 3, 2014 |
By Judy and Michael Olinick



Responding to Greg Dennis’ Aug. 28 column: It’s unfortunate that so little opportunity for genuine debate exists anywhere, including in Congress, state legislatures and the Supreme Court. When ordinary people address very controversial subjects in government hearings, town meetings or even letters to the editor, time and space are usually so tightly limited we can barely make our own points, let alone grant concessions to the opposition.

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