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Victor Nuovo: Aristotle on 'becoming virtuous'

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a baker’s dozen of essays by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought.

According to Aristotle, a virtue is a behavioral habit that is acquired by practice. Becoming virtuous is no different from becoming skilled in an art, craft or sport. It requires experience and instruction and the use of reason, good judgment and a wealth of experience.

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Letters to the Editor: Negotiation, not war, the answer

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Over 2,000 years ago, Jesus washed the feet of his disciples. Jesus led by example. For me, there is something caring and tender about that scene. How do we simply love and serve one another? I read that maundy is a shortened form of the Latin word, mandatum, which means commission or commandment. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give unto you, that ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.” (Book of John, Chapter 13, Verse 34)

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Letters to the Editor: Insurance deal for all teachers merits bipartisan backing

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Seth Hopkins



Angelo Lynn’s editorial “$26 million savings is too much for Dems to ignore” in last Thursday’s Addison Independent was spot-on. Gov. Scott’s proposal to create a statewide health insurance contract for teachers and school staff is a once-in-a-generation opportunity that so-called leaders of the Legislature show every sign of passing up.

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Ways of Seeing: Johanna Nichols: Words to live by — Keep on flossing

Posted on May 4, 2017 |
By Johanna Nichols



If Bob Nist weren’t a dentist he could be a stand up comic. The best part about my appointment with the dentist was his Midwestern brand of humor. His jokes were like bad puns. It was his timing — the way he drawled them out — that made them funny.

His hygienist was another story. An appointment with Charlotte was torture. She dug into my gums and left me bleeding. Then, the verdict would be a recall in three months. If I got into the habit of flossing, I might make it to six months. It was worth a try.

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Letters to the Editor: Tax reform must make big business pay fair share

Posted on May 1, 2017 |
By Matt Birong



Who doesn’t love the Bill Murray classic “Groundhog Day”? The movie portrays the irreverent shenanigans of a man bumbling his way through the same life event stuck on repeat. He tries desperately over and over, but no matter what he does to change the outcome, he awakes the following morning to the frustration that he must do it again. So, in vain he attempts to change the ludicrous outcome time and time again. Sounds like tax day to me!!

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Letters to the Editor: Actions, demeanor of President No. 45 unfortunate

Posted on May 1, 2017 |
By Mary Jo Dupoise



How? How did this happen? How did America become the private property and ultimate celebrity show of a flaccid faced, lipless, combed over hair bozo? Look at him! Each day he becomes literally, physically, more bloated, from the power he feeds on.

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Letters to the Editor: Green Up here in Middlebury

Posted on May 1, 2017 |
By Peg Martin



Green Up Day is Saturday, May 6.

Come help — the roadsides are a mess!

In Middlebury, Green Up trash bags are available at the Ilsley Library, town offices, National Bank of Middlebury, Addison Independent, Town Public Works office on Route 7 South. If you need more information, call the Middlebury Green Up coordinator — me — at 388-7697.

Peg Martin

Middlebury

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Community Forum: Doug Anderson, Precious access to arts at risk

Posted on April 27, 2017 |
By Doug Anderson



This week’s writer is Douglas Anderson, executive director of Middlebury’s Town Hall Theater.

An ex-student of mine recently built a magnificent $30 million theater in the Chicago area. I’ve done a little theater-building myself, but nothing on this scale, and although I hadn’t seen Michael Halberstam in 35 years, I wanted to know how he pulled it off.

So I went to Chicago to find out.

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Jessie Raymond: A rose by any other name hurts

Posted on April 27, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Throughout history, poets and philosophers have acted like roses were the greatest flower ever. This baffles me. My garden features a large, unwieldy rambling rose, and I’m terrified of it.

Granted, it’s beautiful. While my other flowers generally give way to weeds as my interest in gardening wanes over the summer, this rose is unstoppable. It blooms prolifically late every June, putting forth a show of hundreds of hot pink flowers. It captivates passersby and distracts them from the wasteland that surrounds it.

But it’s trying to kill me.

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Victor Nuovo: Aristotle on 'becoming virtuous'

Posted on April 27, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the fifth of a baker’s dozen of essays by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought.

According to Aristotle, a virtue is a behavioral habit that is acquired by practice. Becoming virtuous is no different from becoming skilled in an art, craft or sport. It requires experience and instruction and the use of reason, good judgment and a wealth of experience.

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