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November 23rd, 2016
The weeks’ writer is Jennifer DaPolito, a Middlebury native who sent this email on Nov. 9 from Tanzania, where she is serving in the Peace Corps.
My dear friends and family,
Editor’s note: This is the 14th in a series of essays about the Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza (1632-1677) and his thoughts concerning nature, God and politics.
What does it mean to be human? Previous essays have given answers to this question or hinted at it. To be human is to be animal, a part of nature, mortal and perishable; it also means being a creature driven by desire, passionate in its pursuit of multiple satisfactions, deluded by fantasies and false hopes or afflicted with horrific visions that cause harm to oneself and to others.
I recently put a post on my Facebook page, and wanted to share a version of it here. I think that it is really important for users of Facebook and other social media to realize, early on, that clicking on stuff and reacting to posts will not work toward affecting any real change regarding our country’s policies (I’m specifically referring to the incoming administration at the federal level).
Words are the primary way in which people make themselves heard. Beware the careless and cavalier use of words. Quoting William Bryson, “The urge to switch from the subjunctive to indicative, (hypothetical to literal), is, to paraphrase Alastair Fowler, always powerful.”
ADDISON COUNTY — The roads were covered with snow and it was dark this past Sunday evening when Vermont State Police were dispatched at 6:40 p.m. to a single-vehicle rollover crash off a snow-covered Route 17 in Waltham.
MIDDLEBURY — Middlebury police investigated a report of someone drawing two Swastika symbols on the door of the Havurah Jewish community headquarters on North Pleasant Street on Nov. 14. The graffiti was first observed on that Monday morning.
As previously reported in the Addison Independent, the Swastikas were made with a green marker and were wiped off by Havurah officials when police left the scene. Anyone with information about this hate crime should call Middlebury police at 388-3191.
In other action last week, Middlebury police:
VERGENNES — Vergennes police issued two citations for driving under the influence of alcohol between Nov. 14 and 20, when they also cited a third driver for being under the influence of drugs.
The first DUI case came on Nov. 18, when police cited Marlena Laws, 24, of Vergennes. Police allege that she was impaired when she arrived at the Champlain Farms store on Main Street and that her blood-alcohol content tested at 0.178. The legal limit for driving is 0.08.