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Letter to the editor: Ripton's almost 'perfect store'

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Richard Hawley



If ever there was the perfect place

For a smallish jar of mayonnaise,

Where a newly cellophaned ham and cheese

Is the only thing you know will please,

The signs shout Coffee! Sandwiches! Worms! 

You brake your pickup on the berm

And head inside where Dick or Sue

Will let you know what’s good for you —

You check your mail, chat a while,

Peruse the papers, buy a pile

Of Freeman Allen’s Ripton Reds

(Tomatoes) grown behind his shed,

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Ways of Seeing: To make tough choices, ask questions first

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Barbara Clearbridge



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How do you make a difficult choice? Do you talk with friends or family? Do you do research? Do you ask someone you consider wise?

Do you decide by feelings or by logic? Do you wait until you’re sure before making a decision?

In Quaker life, we often use “queries” (questions) to guide ourselves. I also use another set of questions that approach things in a different way. Samples of both are in this column.

Here are some Quaker-style queries that have helped me in the past:

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Eric Davis: Might Scott follow Jeffords' path out of GOP?

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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The state of Republican politics in Vermont is illustrated by a series of tweets sent last Saturday.

Sen. Patrick Leahy started the day by tweeting that he and his wife “spent my birthday at the American Cemetery at Normandy. Like all who come here, we’re so moved by the sacrifices of those who fought for democracy. We’ve been to these gravesites many times, and as I laid a wreath here today I gave my thanks again.”

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Victor Nuovo: Progress is a hallmark of liberalism

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Belief in human progress has been a hallmark of liberalism. It is the expectation that the economic, moral and political circumstances of this most problematic of animal species, mankind, will improve indefinitely over the course of time for as long as there is life on earth.

Condorcet was confident of this. He believed that, through a careful study of history, the laws of human development would become evident, and that possessed of the knowledge of these laws, humanity would be empowered to achieve its own perfection through democratic means.

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Letter to the editor: Organic dairying could help preserve small dairy farms

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By James Maroney



Editor’s Note: Leicester resident James Maroney formerly owned one of the first organic dairy farms in Addison County and is a long-time critic of conventional dairy farming. In light of recent news concerning the decline of smaller dairy farms, we granted space for Maroney to expound on his view of the downturn and a possible solution.

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Editorial: Of gun control and school finance

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



It’s been almost seven weeks since the Feb. 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, at which 17 students and teachers were gunned down by an 18-year-old former student with an assault rifle, who also seriously wounded 17 others. The next day, Vermont police arrested a former student at Fair Haven High School for  threatening to carry out a mass shooting there. In that case the police produced a journal from the student which detailed his deadly intent in no uncertain terms.

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Editorial: A contrarian's stand on the dairy crisis

Posted on April 5, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



In a commentary in today’s paper, Leicester resident and former organic dairy farmer James Maroney offers a harsh — and lengthy — critique of the conventional dairy industry in Vermont. Maroney has long been an outspoken critic of conventional dairy and has his share of critics who vehemently reject his arguments — as one might expect in a state in which dairy farming has long dominated the agriculture scene.

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Letter to the editor: State needs strategy for helping small businesses

Posted on April 2, 2018 |
By Matt Birong



Last year a friend asked me why I got engaged in policy development and advocacy. My answer was quick and simple; “I’m tired of being a stump speech.”

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Letter to the editor: Kindness can defuse violence

Posted on April 2, 2018 |
By Marion Bauer



A great deal of thought and energy is being given to confronting firearms. This is warranted. What seems to be missing from the whole debate is what each individual can do to make the community a better place. Each person can make a difference. Each student in each school can make a difference.

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Letter to the editor: Student urges lawmakers to ban assault weapons

Posted on April 2, 2018 |
By Chloe Clark



I am Chloe Clark, a 14-year-old who goes to Middlebury Union High School. On March 21, I was part of a group of seven girls who went up to the Statehouse to testify in front of the Vermont House and Senate Education Committees about school safety. This was my statement:

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