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Editorial: A treasonous Trump revealed, or a cult leader better defined?

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



Of the dozens of political columns we read about Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki this past Monday, long-time conservative columnist (and erstwhile Republican) George Wills captured Trump’s galling performance in the most accurate terms:

“In Helsinki, the president who bandies the phrase “America First,” put himself first, as always, and America last, behind President Vladimir Putin’s regime…

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Clippings: What passes for an exciting evening at John McCright's home

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By John McCright



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I was getting ready to settle down to sleep with a mug of ice cream when our Carpathian shepherd dog Molly started barking at the window. I heard the chickens squawking and one word jumped into my mind:

Predator.

“Molly, let’s go check on the chickens!”

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Jessie Raymond: Trying to beat the heat on a budget

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Jessie Raymond



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A few years ago, when we told people that we didn’t have air-conditioning, they seemed impressed.

Now they just look at us with a mixture of confusion and pity and then offer us their spare bedroom until the heat wave passes.

Maybe we’re just stubborn, but we’re not giving in yet.

For my part, I object to the cost of A/C. We spend a lot to keep our drafty old farmhouse warm in the winter; I refuse to pay for climate control in the summer as well. While I’m happy to have A/C at work, I can’t bring myself to run it at home.

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Greg Dennis: Antidotes for the daily Trump-aches

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Greg Dennis



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In almost every conversation with friends these days, there comes a time when we have to decide the same question: Are we going to talk about Trump?

The man’s actions are so outrageous that they sometimes demand a response. So we spend a few minutes fulminating about the latest outrage — Trump’s alienating allies we need in a dangerous world; bailing out of the Paris agreement to combat climate change; lying about even the most obvious facts.

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Ways of seeing: Small stones, strong hands, wide ripples

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Cheryl Mitchell



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A few weeks ago, many of us who work to support farms and farm workers in the county, gathered to share ideas and resources. For several years it had seemed that things were getting better: workers were able to get driving cards, purchase cars, open bank accounts, and move more freely in the community. Farming seemed to be rising in the estimation of the public as a desirable way of life and valuable asset to the Vermont economy.

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Letter to the editor: Trump should be impeached

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Betty and Victor Nuovo



At a public news conference following his private meeting with the President of Russia, Mr. Putin, Donald Trump, the President of the United States, committed an act of treason.

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Letter to the editor: Great job on the Andi Boe article

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Benjamin N. Rosenberg



I would like to commend Andy Kirkaldy on his excellent two-part article about Andi Boe’s knee injury and subsequent recovery (Addison Independent, June 28 and July 5). As usual, Andy did his homework and gave his readers real insight into the challenges athletes face in trying to return to their sport after a significant injury. 

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Letter to the editor: Elect Jerome for House seat

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Kevin Thornton



I’m voting for Stephanie Jerome for the Vermont House because she is kind to me. She was kind to me and my family when we first moved to Brandon and she has been unfailingly kind to us since. But I don’t think I’m special in that regard. She treats everybody that way.

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Poetry: To Begin

Posted on July 19, 2018 |
By Susan Jefts



To Begin, but not the usual way with words,

ideas, with pen and paper, but just…..

Begin.  Touch of air this morning

and a carrying of it toward something,

coffee and a cool breeze,

awareness that hasn’t been for some time

clouded over as it is with so much –

emotion, debris, spring run amok.

A good cleaning might do.

Just the word itself: Begin.

Say yes once and mean it.

Dance upon the letters,

open each one up, and breathe.

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Editorial: Life is not on the screen

Posted on July 16, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



What a glorious week it was. Throughout Addison County, it was relatively cool and dry and in Middlebury that blessed the 40th annual Festival on-the-Green with near perfect weather to match unrivaled music from a wide variety of musicians. That variety is what the Festival does best: exposing us all to an eclectic mix of musicians to broaden our appreciation of different songs, beats and rhythms.

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