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Victor Nuovo: The lost art of compromise

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Editor’s note: This is the 20th and final in a series of essays about political liberalism and conservatism and the two-party system.

I began this series of essays confident that our nation would long endure, because it could always rely upon two institutions to sustain it, and, when needed, to serve as sure means of renewal: those institutions are the Constitution and the two-party system.

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Letter to the editor: Citizens must become more involved in national affairs

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By Paul Forlenza



The U.N. Human Rights Council just released a report on Poverty in America.

Some conclusions:

In America “40 million live in poverty, 18.5 million in extreme poverty, and 5.3 million live in Third World conditions of absolute poverty.”

The U.S. has the “highest youth poverty rate in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, and the highest infant mortality rates among comparable OECD States.”

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Letter to the editor: Overpopulation issue overstated

Posted on June 28, 2018 |
By Father Luke Austin



It is surprising — and not so surprising — that Mr. Van Vleck (“Nonprofit helps with pregnancies”, June 21) proposes the false dilemma of aborting children to save them from eventual starvation. Apparently Yemen and South Sudan need Planned Parenthood more than they need Oxfam.

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Opinion: Why and how we teach our children matters

Posted on June 25, 2018 |
By Jan Demers



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More than 30 years ago I lived in a town with a population of 700. While it was idyllic it wasn’t perfect; however, all the children of the town were our children.

“I don’t know how you do it,” said one Dad after bringing his son to the Head Start classroom. It is a full day with 15 three- to five-year-olds in one room.

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Letter to the editor: Bixby Library changes aren't universally applauded

Posted on June 25, 2018 |
By Marcia Merryman-Means



The recent article on the changes at Bixby Library in Vergennes does not tell the whole story. The article quotes only Jane Spencer and Ed Place in self-congratulatory remarks about these changes. No one from the general public was interviewed for this story, it seems. How do we know that “the five towns really like what they’re seeing here?” Are there surveys to back that up? Have the numbers of people coming in the door risen? Are the new computers finding constant use? I would be interested to know the derivation of that finding.

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Letter to the editor: Hardy a good numbers cruncher

Posted on June 25, 2018 |
By Ellen McKay



It’s important for people to know, as Montpelier is tied up in knots over the state budget, that Ruth Hardy is an exceptionally capable budget administrator. Ruth served as Assistant Budget Director at Middlebury College for seven years (2006-2013) and helped many departments and administrators work through significant budget reductions and stress during the worldwide financial crisis. Ruth was the one we’d call when we needed a calm, patient, and humane voice to explain tricky financial matters and advocate for essential programs.

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Letter to the editor: Sports center is important to town

Posted on June 25, 2018 |
By Devin McLaughlin



A big thank you is owed to the Middlebury Rotary Club for its generous donation of $10,000 to the campaign to complete the Memorial Sports Center.

Watching my youngest daughter graduate from high school in the Sports Center earlier this month, and seeing all of the community members in attendance, I was reminded once again of the important role the Sports Center serves, and the need to finish the building. The Sports Center is a local hub that serves a variety of purposes with the common theme of community.

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Ways of seeing: Children can be lost in digital era

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By Kate Gridley



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Years ago, before I’d even held a flip phone, we were headed on a family hike with friends. One of them quipped as he climbed into our van, “I hope you don’t mind if I bring my cell phone.” This was spoken with some pride; he was an early adopter.

I said (nervously), “We don’t believe in those phones. They are not allowed in our van.”

He said, “In that case, I’ll just turn it off,” which he did, pressing a button and then pocketing the phone.

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Jessie Raymond: It pays to shop with legal tender

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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“Keep the change.”

That’s something I can say, because I’m one of those people who still carry cash. But for most Americans, especially the young ones, cash is a thing they’ve only heard about, like phone booths or dial-up internet.

They don’t know what they’re missing.

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