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Letter to the editor: Trump fans lose with his policies

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By Peter Grant



It is strange to see that those who will greatly suffer from Trump policies are leading the charge to support him. Trump is trying to kill health insurance programs. Talking about killing Social Security. Killing the climate saving agreement. Making it hard for poor people to vote. Starting a trade war where our workers will loose jobs and things will get more expensive. Lowering the morality of the nation by his example. The harmful list is too long. Praising our enemies and stepping on toes of our foreign friends. Is there an explanation for this self immolation?

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Letter to the editor: Nonprofit helps with pregnancies

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By David Van Vleck



Because I began the Middlebury Planned Parenthood clinic in 1970, I feel obligated to respond to those Vermonters and Americans who wish to defund the organization.

The primary goal of P.P. is to provide help to people who wish to control their childbearing. This help includes education regarding methods of contraceptives, their efficacy and side effects, as well as various tests related to reproduction and cancer.

Only when family planning programs fail is an abortion necessary. Only when Planned Parenthood fails is abortion an option.

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Letter to the editor: Library officials seek feedback

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By Dana Hart



In striving to make Ilsley and Sarah Partridge libraries the absolute best libraries possible, it is essential that the library trustees and staff work with Middlebury residents to have a shared understanding of what the library is — and can be — to all of us. In order to align library services to support local community goals we are kicking off our “Tell Me! Tour,” and we want to hear from you.

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Editorial: The America the world sees is a once-great nation falling

Posted on June 21, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



When candidate Donald Trump was running for the presidency, the nation’s worst fear was that, if elected, he would rule as the demagogue he has become.

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Fred Kniffin: Healthcare changes for a healthier county

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Dr. Fred Kniffin



During my two years as the President of UVM Health Network/Porter Medical Center, I have learned a great deal about our organization, our role in this community and about the people who depend on us for care. Here are some of my key take away lessons:

Porter is a valued community asset. We belong to our community. We exist to serve our community.

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Letter to the editor: Bristol selectboard shortsighted on pipeline actions

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Peggy Chatelain



At the May 14 Bristol selectboard meeting I felt that the board was disrespectful to many who were in attendance and also showed itself to be shortsighted.

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Letter to the editor: DeNiro's Tony sentiments shared

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By Bruce Acciavatti



To the idiot who is despoiling the White House and ruining our country, as well all those sorry folks that still love him, I send out the same greetings that were so eloquently expressed by Robert DeNiro at the Tony Awards last night, June 10, that were so warmly applauded by the audience, and I know the majority of Americans.

Bruce Acciavatti

Bristol

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Guest editorial: Dems have the better policy, says conservative analyst

Posted on June 18, 2018 |
By John McClaughry



Gov. Phil Scott and the Democratic-controlled Legislature are well into crunch time over the FY 2019 state general fund budget and the related education finance bill.

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Ways of seeing: A flag that symbolizes racial hatred

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Joanna Colwell



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A pick up truck drives around Middlebury, with giant Confederate flags flapping in the wind. A house on Schoolhouse Road displays the same flag. A young person in a local parade sports one on his shirt. Belt buckles that say “100% Rebel” with stars and bars in the background, sit on the shelf at a farm supply store. Imagine for a moment that these flags display swastikas. What would go through your mind when you saw them? Would you feel anger or fear? Would you want to rip these flags to shreds, and then burn them into ashes?

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Eric Davis: California leads way vs. Trumpism

Posted on June 14, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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The Framers of the Constitution tried to design a political system that would provide multiple opportunities to constrain the inappropriate use of power. The new government would include separate legislative, executive and judicial branches that would share powers and check each other. The states would also act as a constraint on governmental aggrandizement at the national level.

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