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Letter to the Editor: It's OK to deny dishonest people freedom of speech

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By Dan Brett



 In reading the Addy Indy’s recent coverage of the protests at Middlebury College against a talk by author Charles Murray, I was struck by a profound feeling that some much-needed perspective was missing. While it is true that freedom of speech is a bedrock of our nation’s democratic ideals, it is hardly a black-and-white issue (no pun intended). Freedom of Speech is, like everything else down here in the real world, complicated.

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Letter to the Editor: Orwell can run its own school

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By David Rockwell



On Town Meeting Day, Orwell residents once again chose to vote against a proposed merger under Act 46. The results were clearly incontestable, as the proposal was defeated by 62 percent to 38 percent of voters. There has not been a significant change in voting results over the course of three consecutive votes, in spite of some changes to the merger proposal prior to this latest outcome.

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Letter to the Editor: Long-term activism needed to counter political trend

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By Spencer Putnam



It’s gratifying to see that so many Vermonters are stimulated to political activism by our current national political situation. Any hope we have of minimizing the damage this administration will do to our nation and the world depends on building a strong and vocal resistance. But true reform of our political and social institutions depends on sustaining this activism long into the future.

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Letter to the Editor: Family grateful for outpouring following tragedy

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By Christon S. Kellogg



As many of you know, we lost our father, Robert W. Kellogg, in a house fire on Murdock Court in mid-December. We have had so much loving support from so many of you who knew him. One night shortly after the fire, the neighbors organized a candlelight gathering in front of his home.

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Community Forum: Jim Condos, Let the Sun Shine In!

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
By Jim Condos



This week’s writer, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, is writing about Sunshine Week, March 13-18.

An open government makes for a better government.

This is sunshine week and it is being celebrated all across the nation. In reality, it should be celebrated every week — not just this week — in Vermont and every other state.

Here at the Secretary of State’s Office, our operations assume 625,000 Vermonters are looking over our shoulders as we go about our daily work — keeping us motivated and accountable.

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Letter to the Editor: State's delegation should fight for spending priorities

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
By Jennifer Stefani



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Letter to the Editor: Much absent from Trump's speech

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
By David Brynn



Trump stayed on script. The Republicans had a good night and were mighty proud of themselves. Pelosi looked a bit lost. She really ought to move on. Pence looked like a nine-year-old who had just gotten a brand new baseball glove. Trump did a good job and it was great seeing him without his red tie around his neck and Bannon at his ear. Trump kept it positive and he worked to unite the assembled. Good for him. We needed a break from his overt angst.

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Letters to the Editor: People should be willing to listen to others' viewpoints

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
By Colin McClung



In colleges and universities today we often emphasize practical classes that lead to greater employment opportunities. Due to the cost of education, this approach is often justified. Yet having spent parts of the last four decades as a student in higher education and the last thirteen years actively working with students, one possible byproduct I have witnessed in higher education as it is administered today is that ideas have become less objects of analysis and more a trigger point for threatening and dangerous concepts. 

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Letter to the Editor: Students correct in opposing 'hateful propaganda'

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
By Deirdre Kelly



I begin by locating myself as both an outsider to your Middlebury College community and a neighbor. Unequivocally the violence that erupted after the protests you did not plan and collectively we all mourn. Thank you for your thoughtful resistance to Charles Murray’s hateful ideologies.

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Community Forum: Protesters fell for trolling tactics

Posted on March 10, 2017 |
By Bill McKibben



Canniness is a virtue, at least for organizers. When protest goes well — the women’s marches, the airport demonstrations — it helps immeasurably, limiting the right’s ability to act or at least exacting a high price in political capital. But protest can go badly too, and when it does it gives the bad guys a gift.

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