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Letter to the editor: U.S. does not need Groper in Chief

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Anya Schwartz



Favorite groping story: Man gropes woman in a crowded subway car. Woman grabs man’s hand, holds it high in the air, and announces, “Why is this man’s hand on my tush?”

I don’t remember who this woman was, and lord knows, Donald Trump doesn’t ride the subway. Still, I picture our faces as she holds his hand in the air and asks all of us bystanders in the train, “Why is this man’s hand on my tush?” And is he worthy of your vote for president?

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Letter to the editor: Holmes offers experience, integrity

Posted on October 24, 2016 |
By Chris Richard



I am lettering my support for Ron Holmes of Middlebury for High Bailiff of Addison County. I’ve known Ron for several years. His experience in law enforcement, willingness to listen to the public and integrity makes him a noble candidate for this unique position in Vermont’s political structure. I would encourage everyone to show their support in electing Ron Holmes as High Bailiff.

Chris Richard

New Haven

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Victor Nuovo on Spinoza: How to read the bible

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the tenth in a series of essays on Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza.

What is the Bible? It is a book that contains the sacred scriptures of Judaism and Christianity. However, Jews and Christians differ about its meaning, even though, for the most part, they are referring to much the same thing when they use the name “Bible.” A Christian Bible has two parts, whose names “Old Testament” and “New Testament” signify a theological view of human history that I will explain shortly.

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Letter to the editor: VTrans and former leader failing town of Middlebury

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By George Dorsey



VTrans, under the leadership of state officials including Sue Minter, has failed Addison County on Middlebury rail and bridge issues.

I respond to Mr. Russell’s letter to the editor (Addison Independent, Sept. 29) and do so as a long-time Democrat who fully supports commercial development and rail development in Vermont.

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Gregory Dennis: What men do – and don't-– say in locker rooms

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Gregory Dennis



So what exactly do men talk about in locker rooms?

Donald Trump was caught on tape admitting to the now-unemployed Billy Bush that he forcibly kissed women without warning and grabbed them by the genitals.

“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” he bragged.

But as we now know from at least 15 women who say they were inappropriately groped by Trump, they don’t in fact let you do it. They protect their dignity and get the hell out of there.

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Eric Davis: Don't rush a big health care change

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Health care costs in Vermont are growing unsustainably. Many Vermont households, including those eligible for Obamacare subsidies, will pay $500 to $1,000 more for health coverage in 2017 than in 2016.

Blue Cross Blue Shield has announced rate increases of between 5 and 8 percent for 2017, along with across-the-board increases in deductibles, co-payments and out-of-pocket maximums. Self-insured businesses face similar cost increases for their health benefit programs. Medicaid continues to grow as a share of the state budget.

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Letter to the editor: Third-party vote is also responsible

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Alan Shashok



I read in last week’s op/ed section one reader write about being a responsible Republican, he/she could not vote for Mr. Trump and was therefore going to vote for Mrs. Clinton. I can understand and respect that opinion. In this election, I believe it is no longer about Republican or Democrat or being a good member of either party.

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Letter to the editor: Baser has made positive impact

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Frank Buonincontro



Two years ago I wrote a letter regarding Fred Baser and his running for representative. I made three points:

1. Fred is my brother-in-law

2. I like Fred in spite of that… and

3. I believed he would do an outstanding job representing his constituents.

Well two years later, Fred is still my brother-in-law, I still like him and by any yardstick Fred has had a positive impact in the Legislature.

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Letter to the editor: Bristol candidate is experiences

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Nilene Farnsworth



I’m writing in support of the re-election of Fred Baser to the Vermont House of Representatives. I have known Fred for a long time, and I consider him a trustworthy, honest, hard-working person.

He has served our town of Bristol and the county on numerous committees. He understands the economic challenges that face all of Vermont, whether it is to attract jobs to our area, retaining jobs in Vermont, affordable housing and the over taxation.

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Letter to the editor: ANeSU change as negatives

Posted on October 20, 2016 |
By Michael Fisher



On Nov. 8, voters in the five towns of Addison northeast will face an unusual and important ballot item. No I am not talking about the presidential race which is indeed as unusual as it gets this year. I am talking about the school consolidation ballot that is brought to you by the ANeSU Act 46 Study Committee. This proposal represents a significant change in how we govern one of the most important community organizations in our towns, our schools.

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