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Opinion: Education beyond high school matters

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Jeb Spaulding



It’s true, not everyone needs to go to college. But consider this — over 95 percent of the jobs created since the Great Recession ten years ago have gone to workers with at least some college education, according to Georgetown University, while those with a high school diploma were left behind. The recession decimated low-skill, blue-collar and clerical jobs; the recovery added primarily high-skill, managerial and professional jobs.

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Ways of Seeing by Laurie Cox: Togetherness is a formula for civility

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Laurie Cox



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On the last Saturday in October, 28 people gathered near the Ripton Fire Station to split and stack firewood. As snowflakes (and, later, raindrops) shared the air, workers filled up the woodshed for REAP, the Ripton Energy Assistance Project. This project was formed in 2008 at a time when the economy had tanked, fuel prices soared, and fuel assistance programs were underfunded. Ripton’s response was to set up a non-profit to help fill the gaps. Saturday’s “wood bee” was an event that has taken place every year since then.

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Eric Davis: Democrats made big election gains

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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As fuller results from last week’s elections are received, the magnitude of Democratic success is becoming more apparent.

Democratic candidates now appear poised to gain close to 40 seats in the House, which would give the Democrats 235 House seats to the Republicans’ 200. This would represent the largest Democratic seat gain in a midterm election since 1974, an election held less than three months after Richard Nixon resigned from the presidency over Watergate.

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Letter to the editor: Middlebury reps. thank area voters

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Robin Scheu and Amy Sheldon



Many thanks to all the Middlebury voters who re-elected us to represent you in Montpelier. We appreciate your trust in us; it is an honor and a privilege to have your support. We look forward to representing everyone in Middlebury and working hard for you in the State Legislature.

Robin Scheu and Amy Sheldon

Middlebury

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Letter to the editor: Running for office has inspired me

Posted on November 15, 2018 |
By Ruth Hardy



Thank you to the voters of Addison County, Buel’s Gore and Huntington for your overwhelming support last week to elect me as your newest state senator. I look forward to working hard to serve the people of Vermont with intelligence, integrity and spirit.

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Opinion: 'Divest Middlebury' nears its goal

Posted on November 12, 2018 |
By Cora Kircher/Tricia Nelsen/Leif Taranta/Lucy Weiss



This past Friday, Divest Middlebury took a major step towards our goal of finally aligning the college endowment with our mission statement. At 11:30 a.m., three students from Divest Middlebury arrived at Old Chapel to present the students’ position on fossil fuel divestment and the necessary steps the school must take going forward.

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Ways of Seeing by Mary E. Mendoza: Misogynistic humor isn't funny, even in satire

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By Mary E. Mendoza



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Last week I attended an academic conference for historians in the American West. The organization that puts on this productive annual meeting, has come a long way in the last 15 years. It used to be a place that was relatively hostile to women and people of color, but over time, we have seen a huge shift, in part because the organization’s leadership has stopped giving hate a platform.

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Jessie Raymond: Stuffing the turkey, literally this time

Posted on November 8, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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Under normal circumstances, cooking a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is not that complicated.

Yes, putting together so many dishes can be time consuming, but roasting food isn’t that demanding a task: while things cook, you pass the time by looking for the good tablecloth and drinking wine, at least where I come from.

Some people, particularly new cooks, quake at the thought of hosting the most important meal of the year. But the menu hasn’t changed in generations.

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