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Letter to the editor: Six-year-old gives tips to stop pollution

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Kaisa Remsen



Editor’s note: The six-year-old Middlebury resident who wrote this letter wanted to do something to draw attention to this important public issue, her father told us. She initially planned to post signs, but she was urged to advertise her message as a letter to the editor. Sometimes the simplest solutions are the best.

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Letter to the editor: Sidewalk comes at the cost of trees

Posted on January 14, 2019 |
By Geoffrey Cobden



You can notice a row of ugly stumps on your left as you leave Middlebury via the Pulp Mill Bridge.

These were a row of 60 foot trees. In 1997 there was a sidewalk planned to link Seymour Street with Weybridge Street. At that time the plan called to leave the trees standing. That plan went broke.

The plan is revived, and the trees were destroyed about a year ago. More trees are scheduled to go down this spring.

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Ways of Seeing by Sas Carey: It starts by entertaining the notion

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By Sas Carey



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Many of the most important changes in my life have come about from the phrase “entertain the notion.”

One New Year I was a single potter with two children. My friend Judy, with the same family configuration, was telling me about her plans to work at a camp as a crafts director for the summer. I teach crafts in the schools, I thought, I could do that. I asked if there were any more jobs. “We are still looking for a waterfront director,” she said. “You swim.”

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Greg Dennis: Nixon was worse than Trump

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By Greg Dennis



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One of the benefits of age is perspective, a sense of what matters most over time. With that perspective, I suggest that we have seen worse than Donald Trump, and that the republic will survive.

This is not to underestimate the horror that is the Trump presidency.

On top of denying climate change and removing environmental protections — on top of all the lying, the overt racism and the demeaning schoolyard taunts on Twitter — on top of all that, we have the train wreck that was the Trump campaign and subsequent cover up. We already know this:

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Eric Davis: Vt. GOP: Keep Trump at a distance

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By Eric Davis



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When Vermont’s newly elected legislative and executive officials took their oaths of office on Wednesday, there were fewer Republicans in the Statehouse than at any time in the last 150 years.

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Victor Nuovo: Light at the end of the tunnel

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of essays to present knowledge of the American political tradition, which, it is hoped, will forearm the reader with the tools to understand the current political events in a historic and constitutional context.

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Letter to the editor: Development not described fairly

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By Elizabeth Napier



I am writing to correct a misleading statement on the part of Matt Bonner, who, with Churchill Franklin, is proposing the 14-lot subdivision on the beautiful old Bingham property on North Bingham Street in West Cornwall.

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Letter to the editor: MUMS student expresses fear

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By Ainsleigh Johnson



Editor’s note: The writer is an eighth-grader at Middlebury Union Middle School, and she produced this reflection in response to the incident last month when a MUMS student was alleged to have been planning a school shooting.

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Fear creeps in. As I’m sitting at my desk, it spreads. The fear that I never thought I would know.

And the adults pretend nothing has happened; we are told nothing. But still, the fear infects us.

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Letter to the editor: Time to void past pot convictions

Posted on January 10, 2019 |
By Dave Silberman



It used to be thought that once a person convicted of a crime had served their sentence, paid their fines, and made restitution, they were considered to have “repaid their debt to society,” and everyone could move on, the appropriate lesson learned, the score settled. Not anymore.

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Opinion: Path to prosperity created by thoughtful investment

Posted on January 7, 2019 |
By Christopher Bray



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Once upon on time, I sailed across the Atlantic Ocean. I learned important lessons about setting goals and navigating to a far off destination that — while very real — was not yet in sight.

I learned to pick out a star and steer by it. The star was not the destination, but it pointed the way.

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