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Jessie Raymond: Calendar is lying; fall is really here

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By Jessie Raymond



Forget what your calendar says. It’s officially fall.

The geese haven’t flown south and the leaves are still green, but the nights are growing cooler, and pumpkin spice is back. What other signs do you need?

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Letters to the Editor: Porter Medical Center needs to revisit its priorities

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By Eric Zuesse



Right now, signs are posted near Porter Hospital “Porter Nurses for Safe Staffing.” Recently, more than a dozen nurses were laid off in order to cut expenses. The website indeed.com/cmp/Porter-Medical-Center/reviews has former employees giving the hospital three and a half stars out of five, as a place to work. Apparently, most reviewers liked the job. However, one exceptionally low one-star rating was:

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Letters to the Editor: Let Middlebury selectboard know how you feel about marijuana legalization

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By Dave Silberman



For each of the past two years, the Middlebury selectboard authorized the Vermont League of Cities and Towns (VLCT), on whose executive board Town Manager Kathleen Ramsey serves, to lobby Montpelier against marijuana legalization. The decision to lobby against sensible drug policy reform was made in secret, without any public warning, and without any public input.

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Letters to the Editor: Legalizing marijuana would have no positive benefits to the community

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By John Mitchell



I recently read in an issue of the Addison Independent, Vol. 29, No. 19, an article describing a survey by you researching people’s opinion regarding the legalization of marijuana in Vermont. I filled out the survey, but was not confident that the survey went through. So I am writing this letter to you expressing my opinion.

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Letters to the Editor: Isley Library upgrades needed

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By Susan Humphrey



I am writing to encourage community members to learn more about the plans to renovate Ilsley Library.

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Letters to the Editor: Big box stores need not apply

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By Ann Pomainville



Tractor Supply is not needed.

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Letters to the Editor: Stay involved in the political process

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By Spencer Putnam



Since the November election there has been a dramatic increase in civic engagement in our state and nation. People have formed discussion groups, attended rallies, written letters, and set their social media networks humming. These are all promising signs of an alert and committed democratic electorate.

To translate all this energy into real change we need to engage in the electoral process. Concerned citizens should consider running for office, recruiting and supporting candidates, or otherwise helping to shape political policies.

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Ways of Seeing, Jill Vickers: Reclaiming and reevaluating home

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By Jill Vickers



It was a long-awaited dream, a home on wheels and nearly a year to spend traveling around the country. My husband and I packed the converted Chevy with cooking tools and supplies, laptops, food, a few books, backpacks and the dog, rented out our house, and hit the road last fall.

As our travels came to an end, in the days waiting to move back into my house, I wondered: Will I be disappointed that the months of traveling cross-country are over? Or will I feel delighted to be back in my home?

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Between the Lines, Gregory Dennis:

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By Gregory Dennis



It was the first week of August when everyone started talking about the end of summer. As if talking about it, a full month ahead of Labor Day, would somehow prevent the coming of fall.

August brought not the hot weather of most 21st century summers, but more cool and wet. It took a bit of gumption to dive into the lake, or to clamber over the rocks into a mountain stream.

And now autumn is upon us.

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Victor Nuovo: Locke, liberalism and America's influence in charting a new course

Posted on September 14, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the 24th in a series of essays by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought.

By VICTOR NUOVO

Was John Locke a liberal? There seems to be a consensus among scholars that he was. It all depends on what one means by “liberal,” and because it means many things, one must take each meaning in turn.

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