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Letter to the Editor: Farm-to-School program worth modest investment

Posted on April 6, 2017 |
By Patti Smith



I am a home childcare provider and educator in Bristol, and I support expanding Farm-to-School in Vermont to include childcare, and increasing state funding to $500,000 to help more children experience Farm-to-School.

In the past year, I was fortunate to participate in a series of workshops hosted by Shelburne Farms that introduced me to the Farm-to-School program. It was a unique, important, and wholesome experience, and I believe that Farm-to-School should be gifted to every Vermont child.

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Letter to the Editor: This country needs to build a wall — around its leader

Posted on April 6, 2017 |
By Bruce Acciavatti



Enough is more than enough! How much longer are we going to have to put up with this tyrant Trump?

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Ways of Seeing: Johanna Nichols, Bucket or not, goals remain vital

Posted on April 6, 2017 |
By Johanna Nichols



The idea of a bucket list comes from the idiom “kick the bucket.” It assumes that there are experiences or achievements that one hopes to have or accomplish during one’s lifetime. I resist the idea that I should have a bucket list.

According to World Life Expectancy, a white woman in Vermont lives to the average age of 82.61. So, if I live out my natural lifetime, I might be around for another twelve to twenty years. Possibly long enough to see my grandchild grow into a young woman — to see who she becomes.

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Victor Nuovo: Plato's Republic in a nutshell

Posted on April 6, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Plato wrote the Republic to give expression to an ideal of a city in which a perfect justice has been established in all of its parts. He was not naive. He did not suppose that his ideal city could be easily realized, if at all; in the end he concluded that it could not. Yet his pessimism never led him to conclude that the ideal was false, only that it was less accessible to thought.

Thus, the idea of justice, which is the central theme of the Republic, became transcendent.

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Notes of appreciation: Thanks to all for ski race fundraiser success

Posted on April 6, 2017 |
By Su White



Quarry Hill School would like to acknowledge the sponsors who helped make our annual ski race, The Iguana Cup Challenge, a huge fundraising success this year! Thank you for your generous support to the following local businesses:

No. 1 Auto Parts, Middlebury Natural Foods Co-op, American Flatbread Middlebury Hearth, Middlebury Ski Club, Bee’s Wrap, Multi Builders, Cabot-Agrimark, National Bank Of Middlebury, Co-operative Insurance, Northshore Kite Sail Surf and Green Peppers Restaurant.

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Letter to the Editor: Anonymous tree pruner welcome to pick some fruit

Posted on April 3, 2017 |
By Sarah Wakefield



The East Middlebury United Methodist Church was surprised and delighted to find that someone has pruned our old, leaning-to-the-east apple tree. This was an anonymous gift we wish to acknowledge. Thank you so much! Please help yourself to the fall crop of apples!

Sarah Wakefield

East Middlebury

on behalf of the Congregation and Pastor of the EMUMC

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Letter to the Editor: New administration failing on domestic, foreign fronts

Posted on April 3, 2017 |
By Lyn R. Bandy



As an elderly prior Benton, N.H., now Brandon, Vt,. resident, and a voter with many elections under my belt, I see these past political years with Donald Trump as shameful.

With his ADHD-generated massive anger, his compulsive lying and his total disregard for the poor, infirm, and the naïve, we are right now in danger of entering a war. This is particularly due to his use of juvenile tweeting rather than employing diplomacy (a new word for him).

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Letter to the Editor: Porter natal care exceptional and caring

Posted on April 3, 2017 |
By Angela Scavo



Our son was born on Valentine’s Day. Despite two blizzards, the care we received at Porter was beyond amazing and has touched our hearts forever.

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Letter to the Editor: Middlebury College must apologize for Murray invite

Posted on April 3, 2017 |
By Ben Gordesky



This letter is regarding the visit of Mr. Charles Murray to the Middlebury College campus a few weeks ago. First of all, I do want to say that Mr. Murray and Ms. Stanger are both human beings. No human being deserves to be shoved violently. 

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Community Forum: Robbie Maher, High school students deserve a free press

Posted on March 30, 2017 |
By Robbie Maher



This week’s writer is Robbie Maher, a junior at BFA-St. Albans and editor and marketing director of the BFA Mercury newspaper.

In the midst of the Trump administration, the rights of a free press are questioned daily in tweets and from the podium in the White House briefing room.

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