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Ways of Seeing, Nichols: A kind wish can make a person's day

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Johanna Nichols



Many times during the week, your transactions may be punctuated with: Have a great day! (Move on! There’s a line behind you.) This cliché has crept into our language, replacing “thank you for shopping with us” or “good afternoon.” Where did this phrase come from? According to Wikipedia, in the 1970s, the American supermarket chain Kmart opened a store in Brisbane, Australia. The workers were trained to say, “Thank you for shopping at K-Mart. Have a nice day.”

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Victor Nuovo: The irony of American history

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the 28th and final essay by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought.

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Gregory Dennis, Between the Lines: Stills, Collins and Judy's blue eyes

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



Stephen Stills and Judy Collins were always an unlikely couple. 

When they met, he was a brash kid with a magic touch on the guitar, from a newly broken-up band called Buffalo Springfield. She was one of the reigning queens of folk music.

He saw her at the Whiskey a Go-Go in L.A., on a night when Eric Clapton was playing with his new band, Cream. Stills went up and kissed her hand. She brushed him off.

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Editorial: Miscalculating Trump and North Korea's fear of nuclear war

Posted on October 12, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



When Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., who once supported Donald Trump’s bid for the presidency, now says that Trump is “out of control,” and that the White House has become “an adult day care” with a few key people watching over the president’s every action to try to contain the damage, what are Americans supposed to think?

Is this more of the harsh blowback against an increasingly unpopular president who is upending politics as usual — even among those who should be his political allies?

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Editorial: 360,000 reasons high school grads need higher education

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Attention high school seniors: this commentary is addressed to you, particularly those without current plans to go to a four-year college.

This is not a lecture.

It’s not a puff piece with encouraging words after next spring’s graduation.

It’s about earning power, and how a little bit of extra work now can make a huge difference in your lifetime.

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Letters to the Editor: Scott made the right call in opposing GOP health bill

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Matt Birong



Editor’s note: The writer is the owner of 3 Squares Cafe in Vergennes and is a board member of Main Street Alliance of Vermont.

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Letters to the Editor: Brandon's full-service gas station valuable to many

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Matt Birong



Editor’s note: The writer is the owner of 3 Squares Cafe in Vergennes and is a board member of Main Street Alliance of Vermont.

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Notes of appreciation: Community helped produce movie

Posted on October 9, 2017 |
By Peter Halby



This is a giant thank you to the community for supporting our movie project! We are thrilled that we were able to make a feature film in the place we live. So many businesses opened their doors for sets, and helped with our big Bristol night scene. We are grateful to all the extras that showed up and the people who helped cook meals and supported the Zeno production team in so many ways.

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Ways of Seeing, Joanna Colwell: Let's work to make laws just for all

Posted on October 5, 2017 |
By Joanna Colwell



Last weekend I joined a whole lot of Middlebury people outside the college art museum, where we were treated to the amazing sight of dancers suspended on ropes, dancing on the vertical wall. The dance troupe, Bandaloop, combines the skills of rock climbing and dance, and creates performances on skyscrapers, bridges, natural cliffs, and historic sites all over the world.

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