Letter to the editor: Advancing candidates offered words of advice

To all primary candidates: We wish to thank you all, Democrat and Republican, for your contribution to our elections and our democratic process. Throughout the campaigns most candidates made strong efforts to reach out to the constituents via television, post mail, emails, debates and even door-to-door visits. The media did a superb job of displaying candidate interviews and platform statements in order to inform potential voters. The election process was accomplished with respect, both for the candidates a … (read more)

Letter to the editor: GOP transitions to Trump cult

After the defeat of Liz Cheney, The Lincoln Project (an organization dedicated to protecting democracy) says, “Tonight, the nation marks the end of the Republican Party. What remains shares the name and branding of the traditional GOP, but it is in fact a … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Nov. 3 smooth in Salisbury

Now that things in the town office are returning to normal after the November General Election, I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who was involved in the election for contributing to its success. This list includes people both at the state a … (read more)

Locals express solidarity with Midd students

MIDDLEBURY— As Election Day approached this year, Middlebury College faculty, staff and administrators started hearing concerns from students about public safety and election-related hostilities. “The reason … has to do with what is going on in the U.S. … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Compassion, reconciliation can help with healing

Editor’s note: This letter to the editor was written before Election Day and unfortunately wasn’t published sooner. Given the uncertainty sown by the president since the election, it is still very much relevant now. Over 20 years ago, I worshipped with th … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Just who are the thieves?

The Republican refusal to acknowledge the outcome of the presidential race appears to be based on the premise that it is somehow impossible for more people to have voted for Biden than Trump, and therefore the process must have been rigged. They have show … (read more)

Trump’s refusal to concede hurts the democratic process

MIDDLEBURY — President Donald Trump’s refusal to recognize former Vice President Joe Biden as president-elect has prevented collaboration between his team and Biden’s.  “I would say this is abnormal in the sense that you’re not having active cooperation b … (read more)

Editorial: Trump’s lies destroy freedom; one antidote is ‘digital civics’

“The war for truth is now the war to preserve our democracy,” is how New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman summed up the state of the union in the wake of Trump’s defeat and his willingness to fabricate falsehoods about fraudulent votes and rigged elec … (read more)

Ways of Seeing: View the election through a new prism

It’s been a long couple of weeks to say the least. The election has been called for former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris. Now comes the wait for individual states to certify their official counts, which will be followed by several bas … (read more)

A Count-The-Vote Rally in Bristol turns into a celebration

BRISTOL — Residents of Bristol and neighboring towns celebrated the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as president and vice president, respectively, with music and dancing on Saturday evening. The Count Every Vote Bristol organizing group had origin … (read more)

Ways of Seeing: Top post-election priority: Peace

Here in St. Croix, I live on the west side of the island, waking up at six for work each morning. Though the sun rose from the other direction, the promise of beauty on the western horizon pulled me easily from bed. The clouds turned a soft pink, reflecte … (read more)

Vergennes council candidates make their pitches

This is the first of two stories in which we introduce readers to the 14 candidates for Vergennes City Council. Read the second here. VERGENNES — On Tuesday, Sept. 22, and in mail-in balloting before then, Vergennes residents will pick four new Vergennes … (read more)

Letter to the editor: Upcoming election pivotal for Vergennes region

Unlike Las Vegas, what happens in Vergennes does not stay in Vergennes. I am not a resident of Vergennes but I might as well be. I live in Ferrisburgh. Like many in the neighboring towns of Panton, Addison and Waltham, Vergennes is our downtown. It is our … (read more)

Eric Davis: Election could flip the U.S. Senate

Several developments this past week emphasize the importance of this year’s elections for the U.S. Senate, where Republicans now hold a 53 to 47 majority. To control the chamber, Democrats would need a net gain of three seats if a Democrat were elected vi … (read more)

The electoral college and other quirks of U.S. voting

BRISTOL — To get a sense of why the Electoral College is criticized so heavily these days, one need only consider that Republican Donald Trump was elected president in 2016 despite losing the popular vote by 2,868,686 ballots. One way to look at that fact … (read more)