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Opinion: PMC cuts healthcare benefits for part time workers

Posted on November 2, 2015 |
By Millard Cox



Recently it has come to light that Porter Medical Center, which includes the hospital, the nursing home and the physician offices, is ending healthcare benefits for employees who work less than 30 hours per week. These part-time workers will no longer have health, dental or vision coverage as part of their compensation, and it affects all part-time workers: nursing, housekeeping, technicians, maintenance, clerical, food service — even physicians.

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Nuovo on Plato: The Culture of the City

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of essays or reflections about “The Republic,” a book written two and a half millennia ago by the great philosopher Plato.

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Clippings: For my sister, Meigan, on her birthday

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Gaen Murphree



Two days ago, my older and only sister would have turned 60. Instead, she’ll always be 43.

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Eric Davis: Act 46 looming as election issue

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Eric Davis



Act 46, the school consolidation bill passed by the Legislature earlier this year, will be a major issue in 2016, both in local elections on establishing new consolidated school districts and in the statewide race for governor.

The act provides property tax reduction incentives to newly consolidated districts that receive voter approval by July 1, 2016. While some incentives will be available to districts that consolidate after that date, the prospect of a 10-cent reduction in property taxes is leading several districts to accelerate planning for consolidation votes.

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Opinion: Foote Street work well done

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Ron Holmes



Many thanks to the Middlebury Department of Public Works and Engineers Construction Inc. for the great job at the water main replacement project on Foote Street. Thanks also to Adam Piper and Jim Foster.

It was a professional job, courteously done, with excellent results.

Ron Holmes

Middlebury

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Opinion: Philosophical musings enjoyed

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Peter Grant



I want to thank the Addison Independent for printing Professor Victor Nuovos articles on Socrates.

I find that Socrates probably really existed and was not just the imagination of Plato, who did a lot of the writing about Socrates.

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Opinion: Welch waffling on trade pact question

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Barbara McKay



I recently signed an online petition to Congressman Welch, urging him to vote against the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Here is his reply, and my response to it. Evidently, he needs to hear from lots of people encouraging him to take a more decisive stand against the TPP.

“Dear Ms. McKay,

“Thank you for contacting me about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement. I appreciate hearing your views on this issue.

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Gregory Dennis: Ready or another automotive romance

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Gregory Dennis



I bought my first car 41 years ago at Weybridge Garage. It was a 1970 VW Bug with 90,000 miles and four years of Vermont road rust.

I had acquired just enough money from college graduation presents to buy a car. So I bought the first Bug I saw.

Owning a VW was virtually a generational requirement at the time. Plus my girlfriend and I needed wheels as we embarked on the trial-by-fire of living together.

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Note of appreciation: Local fire departments set record collecting for Have a Heart Food Shelf

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Rebecca Price



Last Saturday the fire departments of Bristol, Monkton, Lincoln, New Haven and Starksboro held their annual food drive to benefit the Have a Heart Food Shelf. 

The food drive set a new record. Over 4,650 pounds of food was donated by the citizens of the five-town area. 

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Note of appreciation: An accident reveals how good we have it here in Brandon

Posted on October 29, 2015 |
By Rob Zollman



Yesterday a car drove into the front of my store, Hands-On Music. It was a surreal experience as I was about 10 feet from impact. Thankfully nobody was hurt, only a lot of glass and my entire display was strewn about the floor.

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