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Victor Nuovo: Power to 'The People' is freedom's foundation

Posted on September 28, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



I return to the question: Who are the People? Surely, it is more than a useful fiction or abstraction.

“We the People” refers to actual people: those who directly or indirectly authorized the adoption and ratification of the Constitution. But in the beginning these were not all the people dwelling in the land. Women were excluded, also slaves, and native Americans who were the original occupiers of the land. Only freeborn males were counted: white, English, and mostly Protestant.

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Letters to the Editor: Middlebury officials need to listen to citizens

Posted on September 25, 2017 |
By Winslow and Joanna Colwell



For the past several years members of the Middlebury Select Board have authorized the VT League of Cities and Towns to lobby on their behalf against any effort to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Vermont. Until recently most of us were not aware of this. We find it upsetting that they would have taken a position on this issue without first assessing whether it reflects the town's wishes.

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Letters to the Editor: Porter priorities are providing care, remaining viable

Posted on September 25, 2017 |
By Maureen McLaughlin



A recent letter published in the Addison Independent suggested that Porter Medical Center needs to re-focus its priorities.

I’d like to be clear about what our priorities have been and continue to be.

•  Increasing access to high-quality care: by joining the UVM Health Network patient care options for our community are enhanced.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders: Why we need Medicare for all

Posted on September 25, 2017 |
By Sen. Bernie Sanders



This is a pivotal moment in American history. Do we, as a nation, join the rest of the industrialized world and guarantee comprehensive health care to every person as a human right? Or do we maintain a system that is enormously expensive, wasteful and bureaucratic, and is designed to maximize profits for big insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, Wall Street and medical equipment suppliers?

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Letters to the Editor: No secrecy over marijuana stance

Posted on September 21, 2017 |
By Brian Carpenter et. al



The Thursday, Sept. 15, edition of the Addison Independent published a letter to the editor from Middlebury resident Dave Silberman regarding Selectboard consideration of the VLCT’s position on marijuana legalization in the upcoming 2018 legislative session. We wish to address an important point we take issue with as written.

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Letters to the Editor: Public safety is a red herring in marijuana debate

Posted on September 21, 2017 |
By Alison Nihart



At its September 26 meeting, the Middlebury Selectboard will vote on whether to endorse a Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT) lobbying position related to marijuana legalization. Based on what I saw in the video of the September 12 Selectboard meeting, it does not appear that the Selectboard members have reviewed the legislation currently under consideration in the Vermont Statehouse. I hope that before they take that vote, they consider whether these bills address the town’s needs and concerns.

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Letters to the Editor: Proposed Ilsley Library project should be scaled back

Posted on September 21, 2017 |
By Sheila Khalladeh



Let me add my support to Janine McDonald’s letter about the proposed renovation of the Ilsley Library.

I accept that there is need for updating and remodeling parts of this old building, but the planned budget of almost $10 million seems to include some unnecessarily “great things” and it would surely be better to scale back both the changes and the cost? I agree with Ms. McDonald that bigger is not necessarily better. Of course, I admit I’m biased — I appreciate books, not technology.

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Letters to the Editor: Hunting rules reflect 'wanton waste'

Posted on September 21, 2017 |
By Leslie Blow



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Letters to the Editor: ANESU summer effort a real plus

Posted on September 21, 2017 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



On a Thursday evening this past August, I attended the showcase of learning presented by teachers of the Expanded Learning Program. This program happened this summer at all the elementary schools in our district — Addison Northeast. Students had the opportunity to learn a variety of subjects. I will mention a few: robotics, Chinese, growing healthy food, poetry, . . .

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Community Forum, Mike Smith: Online/Use tax — To pay or not?

Posted on September 21, 2017 |
By Mike Smith



This week’s Community Forum is by Mike Smith, a regular columnist for VTDigger and Vermont Business Magazine. He hosts the radio program “Open Mike with Mike Smith” on WDEV 550 AM and 96.1, 96.5, 98.3 and 101.9 FM and is a political analyst for WCAX-TV and WVMT radio. He was the secretary of administration and secretary of human services under former Governor Jim Douglas.

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