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Eric Davis: Democrats could learn a lot from Sanders

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Eric L. Davis



Here are a few points that illustrate the dilemmas facing the Democratic Party, both here in Vermont and nationally, after last week’s election.

Democrat Sue Minter lost her home town, middle-income Waterbury, to Republican Phil Scott. At the same time, Minter defeated Scott in neighboring Stowe, a town with more affluent voters holding college degrees.

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Greg Dennis: Trump, God and pipe bombs

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Greg Dennis



A friend of mine is a longtime cashier at the Middlebury co-op. She says last Wednesday, Nov. 9, was the toughest workday that she can recall there.

The co-op cash register is as much a social gathering as a place for financial transactions. So my friend’s workday last Wednesday was filled with a procession of grieving liberals dismayed by Donald Trump’s “victory” in the presidential election.

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Editorial: No tolerance for hate speech

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



The illusion that idyllic Vermont was wrapped in a political bubble away from the hate and racism demonstrated in much of the country was shattered this week when two swastikas were painted on the front door of Havurah, the meeting house for Addison County’s Jewish congregation in Middlebury, and hate speech was scrawled on the dorm room of a female Muslim student at Middlebury College.

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Letter to the editor: Those who opposed Trump must be patient, diligent

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Roy Vestrich



I may live in the fairly progressive state of Vermont, but I have traveled afair amount the last few years both in the U.S. and abroad. I have sat and talked with numerous Trump supporters and Brexit supporters from the UK on airplanes and in coffee shops.

I have had casual conversations in publicspaces from New England to New Mexico, in parking lots and boatyards along the Eastern seaboard, in urban centers, along small town streets, and in the halls of universities with people who viewed the world through very different filters than my own.

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Letter to the editor: Election proves a shock to local woman abroad

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Abby Benton



Editor’s note: The writer is a Vergennes resident living abroad in Malaysia.

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First 'adult' Thanksgiving taught valuable lessons

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Laurie Cox



The first Thanksgiving. Not the one with the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony. Not even those tiny spoonfuls of mashed potatoes, popped into my mouth in my infancy. No, the first Thanksgiving for me took place my first year out of college. That was the first time I was the one sliding the turkey into the oven, making the gravy and all the other “trimmings.” That was my first adult Thanksgiving.

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Letter to the editor: Election highlights the need to preserve freedoms

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Gloria Estela González Zenteno



“What are we doing here?” These are the despairing words my wife and I have said every so often since midnight on election night.

You see, Ariane is Dutch and I am Mexican-American.

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Nuovo on Spinoza: Eternal bliss

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a series of essays about the Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza (1632-1677) and his thoughts concerning nature, God and politics.

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Poem to the editor: The day after election day

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Lawrence A. Jones



It is a somber, sober day:

The clouds hang low on mountainside;

The leaves have danced their last ballet;

Last night I finally lost my pride.

 

Not pride, like hubris, in myself,

But pride in country’s wisdom shared.

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Letter to the editor: MUHS football team showed character this season

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Jennifer Nuceder



Congratulations, and thank you to the 2016 Middlebury Union High School Varsity Football Team. The season I watched had many triumphs and challenges, building up in the quarter final game against Essex, and culminating in the semi-final game at Hartford. The growth and resilience this team demonstrated throughout this season was impressive, especially during the final game. The word that comes to mind is character, and it is especially important to me because it is a trait our family has recently focusing on teaching our son Luke.

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