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Fred Kniffin: Healthcare changes for a healthier county

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Dr. Fred Kniffin



During my two years as the President of UVM Health Network/Porter Medical Center, I have learned a great deal about our organization, our role in this community and about the people who depend on us for care. Here are some of my key take away lessons:

Porter is a valued community asset. We belong to our community. We exist to serve our community.

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Letter to the editor: Bristol selectboard shortsighted on pipeline actions

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Peggy Chatelain



At the May 14 Bristol selectboard meeting I felt that the board was disrespectful to many who were in attendance and also showed itself to be shortsighted.

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Letter to the editor: DeNiro's Tony sentiments shared

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Bruce Acciavatti



To the idiot who is despoiling the White House and ruining our country, as well all those sorry folks that still love him, I send out the same greetings that were so eloquently expressed by Robert DeNiro at the Tony Awards last night, June 10, that were so warmly applauded by the audience, and I know the majority of Americans.

Bruce Acciavatti

Bristol

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Guest editorial: Dems have the better policy, says conservative analyst

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By John McClaughry



Gov. Phil Scott and the Democratic-controlled Legislature are well into crunch time over the FY 2019 state general fund budget and the related education finance bill.

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Ways of seeing: A flag that symbolizes racial hatred

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Joanna Colwell



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A pick up truck drives around Middlebury, with giant Confederate flags flapping in the wind. A house on Schoolhouse Road displays the same flag. A young person in a local parade sports one on his shirt. Belt buckles that say “100% Rebel” with stars and bars in the background, sit on the shelf at a farm supply store. Imagine for a moment that these flags display swastikas. What would go through your mind when you saw them? Would you feel anger or fear? Would you want to rip these flags to shreds, and then burn them into ashes?

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Eric Davis: California leads way vs. Trumpism

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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The Framers of the Constitution tried to design a political system that would provide multiple opportunities to constrain the inappropriate use of power. The new government would include separate legislative, executive and judicial branches that would share powers and check each other. The states would also act as a constraint on governmental aggrandizement at the national level.

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Legislative Review: State budget dispute continues

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Rep. Peter Conlon



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It was not my intention to provide a legislative update well into June and a month after your citizen Legislature adjourned, but since we are now three weeks into a special session called by the governor, it seems like an update is in order.

First, despite it sounding like we are in Montpelier in a day-to-day battle with the Scott Administration over property tax rates, we are rarely there. The House has met just twice since the special session was convened and the Senate just one day. The tax and appropriations committees have met a few more times than that.

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Victor Nuovo: John Stuart Mill: Of liberty and freedom

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 18th in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism and the two-party system.

What is a free society? It is one that guarantees liberty to everyone. But just what does liberty encompass?

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Letter to the editor: Middlebury wild worth preserving

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Jennifer Stefani



This past week I went for a group hike at Wright Park; it was a mixer for the Addison Chamber of Commerce. The walk was hosted and led by Jamie Montague of the Middlebury Area Land Trust, and nature educator Mo Bisonette.

Wearing my office clothes and hiking boots and munching on new-growth hemlock needles (they are full of vitamins!), I realized once again that one of the most precious things about Middlebury is the proximity of wild plants and animals, trees, and the river, to areas of town where people gather to do business and socialize.

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Letter to the editor: Loss of diner was unfortunate

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Norman Beerman



I recently read your article on Thursday, May 24, 2018, “Those Were the Days,” ending an era of almost 80 years as Smith’s Park Restaurant, Steve’s, and finally The Diner, at 66 Merchants Row in Middlebury and couldn’t help but wonder why.

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