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Victor Nuovo: Locke & Hobbes, the origin of civil society

Posted on August 31, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the 22nd essay by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought.

How did civil society or the civil state begin? There is general agreement that a civil state is not a product of nature, but something made by human art, the art of politics. This is what Hobbes believed and affirmed in the memorable sentence that begins his great work, Leviathan:

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Letters to the Editor: Photo IDs used illegally to help police find suspects

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
By Clare Garvie



Have a Vermont ID? Up until late May, your photo was regularly searched by face recognition software to see if you are — or look like — someone of interest to police across the country. In essence, you were unwittingly enrolled in a nationwide criminal line-up — simply by applying for a Vermont identification card.

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Addiction Help: Tapping into the nature of addiction

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
By Rachel Edwards



Counseling Service of Addison County and The Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction have teamed up to put together a series of articles for our community this summer. Our hope is that this column offers information, support and hope for addiction recovery, specifically opiate addiction (heroin/painkillers).

This week’s writer is Rachel Edwards, M.S., L.Ac.

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Living with Dying: Conversations on the end of life

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
By Dorothea Langevin et. al



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This column will work if we get questions from you, our readers.

We want to hear from you, what is on your mind and heart regarding this challenging issue that each of us will need to address in our lives? Send your questions to LivingandDyingQuestions@gmail.com.

Here is a frequently asked question:

Who are hospice volunteers and what do they do?” 

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Notes of appreciation: Thanks to all who helped Boy Scouts with bottle drive

Posted on August 28, 2017 |
By Michael Jewett



Boy Scout Troop 539 has rebuilt the bottle trailer at the Vergennes recycling site. The troop would like to thank the Vergennes community for their bottle donations.

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Community Forum, Mike Smith: Flawed policy exposes Vt. Public Safety Dept.

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By Mike Smith



The Vermont Department of Public Safety has earned two reputations of late — one good and the other bad.

First, the good reputation: The department recruits and employs dedicated public servants who are willing to put themselves in harm’s way to protect us. Every Vermonter should be grateful for their service.

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Politically Thinking, Eric L. Davis: After Trump's term, can the nation recover?

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By Eric Davis



Donald Trump considers himself a “man of destiny,” and, in his mind, being elected president validates this belief. Trump has also claimed that he is more “presidential” than all previous occupants of the office except Abraham Lincoln.

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Letters to the Editor: Flag flown by a visiting relative

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By Frank Nicosia and Ellen Oxfeld



We were horrified to learn that two Confederate flags were seen flying in Middlebury last week. This flag is a symbol of white supremacy that that disgusts us and sows pain and fear among many of us. Its display hurt several fellow community members who passed by.

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Letters to the Editor: Confederate flag a painful symbol

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By Beatrice Parwatikar



I agree with the man in your story last Thursday who said he has the right to fly any flag he wishes and the flag only means the “Dukes of Hazzard” to him. He can have that thought because he is a white man and he can have that innocent attachment to the Confederate flag. Yet, the other man in the story recalls a painful memory and he now feels he must have the race conversation with his children about being a child of color in the U.S.

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Letters to the Editor: Isley Library project needed

Posted on August 24, 2017 |
By Joe McVeigh



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