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Editorial: Trump and his lemmings

Posted on August 14, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



Trump supporters take note: If he tells you to jump off a cliff, don’t do it.

That unsolicited advice comes on the heels of a week in which Trump stepped deep into it three times:

• First, he praised Russian President Vladimir Putin for dismissing 755 of America’s diplomatic staff in Russia with a flippant (and ignorant) comment about thanking him for reducing U.S. payroll and diplomatic expenses.

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Addiction Help: What treatment options are there for addiction?

Posted on August 14, 2017 |
By Jessi de Boer



Counseling Service of Addison County and The Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction have teamed 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 Jessi de Boer, who is a licensed alcohol and drug counselor and a licensed clinical mental health counselor, is coordinator of Adult Recovery Services at CSAC.

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Letters to the Editor: Porter nurses emphasize staffing in contract talks

Posted on August 14, 2017 |
By Millard M. Cox



An important process is occurring at Porter Medical Center, one of personal interest to Addison County residents. The Porter Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals are engaged in contract negotiations with the hospital administration, and this concerns all of us because what is good for the nurses is good for us. When we seek healing in the Porter complex, we depend on the nurses for our care and well-being. The nurses there are our neighbors and friends, even our relatives. It is important to all of us that the nurses are respected and well treated.

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Letters to the Editor: Trump can't legally start a war

Posted on August 14, 2017 |
By Harry Yeo Chaucer



Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution gives Congress the sole power to declare war.

Given Mr. Trump’s apparently spontaneous threat to unleash “fire and fury like the world has never seen” against North Korea, it is imperative that Congress reassert its Constitutional responsibility.  Congress must stand united in its declaration that it has the sole power to declare war.

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Letters to the Editor: We must avoid nuclear warfare

Posted on August 14, 2017 |
By Bunny Daubner



It has been 72 years since America dropped the atomic bombs on Japan — August 7, 1945, and August 9, 1945.

No more Hiroshimas! No more Nagasakis! It is past time to end the threat and horror of nuclear war!

One estimation of casualties is about 200,000 human beings, with continuing torturous deaths from radiation for years; with extensive destruction of the whole natural environment, and hospitals, police and fire departments and government agencies.

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Editorial: Tough questions for three towns demand thorough discussion

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



We won’t get into the weeds of local board decisions, but perhaps a few questions and observations will help community members shape upcoming discussions about some crucial town issues. Those issues affect the Mount Abraham Union school district, where building committee members have proposed a $35 million bond to renovate the high school; in Orwell, where that community has rejected merging with the Fair Haven Union School district under Act 46; and Middlebury taxpayers and patrons of Ilsley Library where board members have proposed a $9.6 million expansion.

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Letters to the Editor: Coverage of lake gets high marks

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Bill McKibben



Many thanks for the truly comprehensive coverage of the ongoing cleanup efforts on Lake Champlain. While it is a shame to see the chaotic Trump administration threatening longstanding work, it is useful for all of us to know the details.

I note that in the same issue Victor Nuovo explains that the philosopher Spinoza insisted that “the peace and piety of a society depends entirely” on the “freedom to publish one’s thoughts and discoveries.” It seems to me the Addison Independent is pulling its weight and more in this regard.

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Letters to the Editor: Sports column a joy to read

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Stephen L. Harris



Karl Lindholm's article on the great black baseball player, Spottswood Poles, captures a time when African Americans had to fight on two fronts — one at home against racial discrimination and the other on the bloody battlefields of the Western Front in World War I, ironically, to keep the world safe for democracy. Karl's scholarship on black baseball players is a treasure. Thanks, Karl.

Stephen L. Harris

Anthem, Ariz.

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Letters to the Editor: Trapping ban is long overdue

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Holly Tippett



Protect our Wildlife opposes a petition by trappers that seeks to extend the season in which otter can be killed in inhumane body-gripping traps for their pelts. The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has proposed a rule that would grant the trappers’ request, yet the department has still not provided adequate justification for their support of the proposal.

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Victor Nuovo: Truth and the foundations of civil society

Posted on August 10, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Introducing John Locke: Truth and the foundation of a civil society

“Its theme is the intellect, or the understanding or mind… in which Locke enquires about how the human mind works, how it gathers all of its content… and, above all, how it goes about searching after truth.”

– On Locke’s book, An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

Editor’s note: This is the 19th in a series of essays by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought.

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