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Dr. Fred. Kniffin: Put health and well-being ahead of politics

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Fred Kniffin



This week’s Community Forum is by Dr. Fred Kniffin, president of the UVM Health Network’s Porter Medical Center

If you have been following the news about health care reform coming out of Washington, you may be both confused and concerned. The issue is complex. Emotions run high and there is a good deal of fatigue around the national debate, because it is an enormously important economic and human issue that touches each of our lives and it has become highly politicized and partisan.

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George Jaeger: American alone?

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By George Jaeger



This week’s writer is George Jaeger, a retired Senior Foreign Service officer and former Diplomat-in-Residence at Middlebury College.  He and his wife Pat live in New Haven.

In six short months President Donald Trump has upended the world order. His erratic behavior and “America First” policies have cost us much of the world’s confidence and reversed over 70 years of long-term American foreign policy, in which we had successfully linked our interests with those of others.

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Eric L. Davis: Economy doesn't match expectations

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



On Friday, the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Economic Analysis will release its initial estimate of U.S. economic growth in the second quarter of 2017. The consensus among economists is that the April-to-June growth number will come in at somewhere between 2.4 and 2.6 percent. While this would represent a substantial improvement from the 1.4 percent growth in the first three months of the year, it is well below the 3 percent-plus target for GDP growth that is part of the Trump Administration’s economic forecasts.

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Letters to the Editor: Downtown needs traffic control help

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Ian Ross



I attended the ACTR temporary Hub (bus stop) relocation meeting a few weeks back. At this meeting an issue that has concerned me for several years was mentioned. On numerous occasions I have been present when another vehicle has gone the wrong way through Court Square onto North Pleasant Street.

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Letters to the Editor: All should speak out, act against unjust deportations

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Tom Baskett and Jean Rosenberg



The Society of Friends (Quakers) has a 350-year history of speaking truth to power when they feel that the rights of individuals or groups are being threatened.  The recent escalation in deportation threats to our friends and neighbors in the farming community is extremely disturbing. The truth about these activities is that they do not make us safer — they divert taxpayer funds from more beneficial uses, they disrupt families, communities, and businesses and they violate the inherent rights of all people to be respected members of the human community.

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Ways of Seeing, Johanna Nichols: At 200, Thoreau still speaks to us

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Johanna Nichols



Happy 200th anniversary of your birth Henry David Thoreau (July 12, 1817). I am sure you would have something to say about being remembered so many years later for the writer you dreamed to be in your lifetime. Before “Walden” was published, you spoke at the Concord Lyceum, in your Massachusetts hometown, about the interrelationship of God, man and nature. You ended your oration with these eight words “In wildness is the preservation of the world.” Little did you know how long that gift would keep on giving.

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Victor Nuovo: Hobbes on religion

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the 17th essay by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought, focusing on the great political thinkers.

In his own day, Hobbes was suspected of atheism. There is no historical evidence supporting this suspicion, neither in his writings, nor in any other surviving historical records about him. Nonetheless, this suspicion is a historical fact. His detractors, who were many, called him “the Monster of Malmesbury,” and held him in contempt.

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Editorial: Middlebury can show the wisdom – or folly – of economic planning

Posted on July 27, 2017 |
By Angelo Lynn



A microcosm of a age-old debate played out during Middlebury’s Tuesday night selectboard meeting on the issue of economic development. The specific issue was whether to support an economic development plan proposed by an 11-member task force, but the larger question looming in the background was the more interesting: Just how much can government do to stimulate the economy?

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Letters to the Editor: Landlord challenges affordable housing and taxes

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Bryan Jones



After reading the article on the “Summit on the Status of Housing in Addison County” in the June 26 Addison Independent I felt compelled to share some of my experience as a landlord of 39-plus years.

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Letters to the Editor: MAGAnomics not working — again

Posted on July 24, 2017 |
By Peter Grant



It seems that Trump’s economic plan “to make America Great Again,” (now called MAGAnomics) is a redo of Reganomics and Bushanomics. Both are the tried and failed concept of reduce taxes on the rich and reduce regulations and somehow the rich will start doing an Ayn Rand thing of exploding with creative and enterprising energy.

But it didn’t happen then and won’t happen now.

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