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Letter to the editor: Milne can provide new leadership in U.S. Senate

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Tom Hughes



Worn-out Pat Leahy is approaching the finish line for another six-year term in the U.S. Senate. He won in 1974, 1980, 1986, 1992, 1998, 2004 and 2010. He has clung to that job for seven terms, for 42 human years, or 294 “dog years.” Enough!

Leahy has proven to be as bitterly partisan as they come, which only contributes to the federal gridlock problem. Pat lives in a Washington, D.C. suburb most of the year — except for election season when he tries to still appear as a Vermonter.

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Letter to the editor: Public 'Service' or Public 'Utility' Department?

Posted on October 27, 2016 |
By Mary Martin



I am writing as a member of “Just Power.” Just power does not mean just as in simply power. It stands for just as in justice — to be treated fairly and equally with a meaningful involvement. Almost four years ago, I believed in justice. I was told the Public Service Board (PSB) would hear us and then decide if they should grant a Certificate of Public Good (CPG) for Vermont Gas based on existing criteria…such as need, reliability and economic benefit.

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Letter to the editor: ANWSD board to hold contract negotiations in public

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Mark Koenig



The board of the newly unified Addison Northwest School District (ANWSD) has started the process of negotiating a contract with the Addison Northwest Teachers’ Association (ANTA) for the 2017-18 contract year. Although negotiations have historically been held behind closed doors, the ANWSD Board believes that the public interest is best served through transparency. Therefore, the board has decided to hold these negotiation meetings in an open public forum.

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Letter to the editor: Speaker explains: 'State does not deficit spend'

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Shap Smith



This week’s writer is Morrisville resident Shap Smith, speaker of the Vermont House of Representatives.

Some on the campaign trail suggest that the Vermont Legislature has engaged in deficit spending over the last 14 years. That is simply not true.

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Letter to the editor: Smith merits return to Montpelier

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Edward Payne



Harvey Smith is the best person to continue to represent District 5 (New Haven, Weybridge, Bridport). He is an experienced legislator. Harvey knows our rural community. He is a retired dairy farmer who has transitioned to participating in the local food network.

He has represented New Haven at the Addison County Regional Planning Commission for over 25 years. He has been Chair and also the ACRPC delegate to Addison County Economic Development. Harvey has always been available to assist the Bridport selectboard with legislative issues.

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Letter to the editor: Sen. Claire Ayer has been effective

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Donna Bailey



I am writing in support of Claire Ayer for State Senate. Sen. Ayer has been an effective leader for Addison County for many years. She is responsive to the needs of residents of Addison County and brings much needed leadership an expertise in the Senate.

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Letter to the editor: Thurston would target 'affordability'

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Jim Douglas



When I think of Monique Thurston words like caring, determined, passionate, energetic and articulate come to mind. Monique understands how over-spending, over-regulation, job losses and increased taxation have created an affordability crisis for many Vermonters.

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Letter to the editor: U.S. does not need Groper in Chief

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Anya Schwartz



Favorite groping story: Man gropes woman in a crowded subway car. Woman grabs man’s hand, holds it high in the air, and announces, “Why is this man’s hand on my tush?”

I don’t remember who this woman was, and lord knows, Donald Trump doesn’t ride the subway. Still, I picture our faces as she holds his hand in the air and asks all of us bystanders in the train, “Why is this man’s hand on my tush?” And is he worthy of your vote for president?

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Letter to the editor: Holmes offers experience, integrity

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Chris Richard



I am lettering my support for Ron Holmes of Middlebury for High Bailiff of Addison County. I’ve known Ron for several years. His experience in law enforcement, willingness to listen to the public and integrity makes him a noble candidate for this unique position in Vermont’s political structure. I would encourage everyone to show their support in electing Ron Holmes as High Bailiff.

Chris Richard

New Haven

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Victor Nuovo on Spinoza: How to read the bible

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a series of essays on Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza.

What is the Bible? It is a book that contains the sacred scriptures of Judaism and Christianity. However, Jews and Christians differ about its meaning, even though, for the most part, they are referring to much the same thing when they use the name “Bible.” A Christian Bible has two parts, whose names “Old Testament” and “New Testament” signify a theological view of human history that I will explain shortly.

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