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Letter to the Editor: Family grateful for outpouring following tragedy

Posted on March 16, 2017 |
By Christon S. Kellogg



As many of you know, we lost our father, Robert W. Kellogg, in a house fire on Murdock Court in mid-December. We have had so much loving support from so many of you who knew him. One night shortly after the fire, the neighbors organized a candlelight gathering in front of his home.

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Editorial: Media literacy — Bone up, get smart, be savvy

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In today’s cable news era, Americans will need to become more media savvy to understand the ways facts can be spun and to distinguish between “fake” and “real” news.

In a general sense, fake news has no basis in fact. Trump spread fake news challenging the origin of Obama’s birthplace, for example, to discredit the president’s legitimacy. Trump knew it was blatantly false and thoroughly debunked, but he also knew that wouldn’t matter to his supporters who wanted to believe otherwise.

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Community Forum: Jim Condos, Let the Sun Shine In!

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
By Jim Condos



This week’s writer, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, is writing about Sunshine Week, March 13-18.

An open government makes for a better government.

This is sunshine week and it is being celebrated all across the nation. In reality, it should be celebrated every week — not just this week — in Vermont and every other state.

Here at the Secretary of State’s Office, our operations assume 625,000 Vermonters are looking over our shoulders as we go about our daily work — keeping us motivated and accountable.

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Letter to the Editor: State's delegation should fight for spending priorities

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
By Jennifer Stefani



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Letter to the Editor: Much absent from Trump's speech

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
By David Brynn



Trump stayed on script. The Republicans had a good night and were mighty proud of themselves. Pelosi looked a bit lost. She really ought to move on. Pence looked like a nine-year-old who had just gotten a brand new baseball glove. Trump did a good job and it was great seeing him without his red tie around his neck and Bannon at his ear. Trump kept it positive and he worked to unite the assembled. Good for him. We needed a break from his overt angst.

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Letters to the Editor: People should be willing to listen to others' viewpoints

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
By Colin McClung



In colleges and universities today we often emphasize practical classes that lead to greater employment opportunities. Due to the cost of education, this approach is often justified. Yet having spent parts of the last four decades as a student in higher education and the last thirteen years actively working with students, one possible byproduct I have witnessed in higher education as it is administered today is that ideas have become less objects of analysis and more a trigger point for threatening and dangerous concepts. 

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Letter to the Editor: Students correct in opposing 'hateful propaganda'

Posted on March 13, 2017 |
By Deirdre Kelly



I begin by locating myself as both an outsider to your Middlebury College community and a neighbor. Unequivocally the violence that erupted after the protests you did not plan and collectively we all mourn. Thank you for your thoughtful resistance to Charles Murray’s hateful ideologies.

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Community Forum: Protesters fell for trolling tactics

Posted on March 10, 2017 |
By Bill McKibben



Canniness is a virtue, at least for organizers. When protest goes well — the women’s marches, the airport demonstrations — it helps immeasurably, limiting the right’s ability to act or at least exacting a high price in political capital. But protest can go badly too, and when it does it gives the bad guys a gift.

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Eric L. Davis: Counter poor thinking with reason

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Last week, protesters at Middlebury College shouted down Charles Murray and prevented him from speaking on his book “Coming Apart,” the plight of the white working class, and the election of Donald Trump. After Murray presented his comments in a video forum with Professor Allison Stanger, a mob, some of whose members were wearing masks to conceal their faces, assaulted Murray and Stanger as they were entering a car. Most of those who shouted down Murray, and perhaps a few of those who attacked Murray and Stanger, were Middlebury College students.

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Gregory Dennis: Protest gives food for thought

Posted on March 9, 2017 |
By Greg Dennis



The events around author Charles Murray’s appearance on the Middlebury College campus have convulsed not just the campus but the community.

As news reports and commentaries have distributed word of the unruly crowd that blocked Murray’s speech, the events have taken on national significance.

There’s too much to be said about these events — which included a physical attack upon Murray and college personnel — to fit it all into one column. So I’ll offer just four points.

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