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Letters to the Editor: Brandon's choice reaffirmed Constitutional principle

Posted on June 5, 2017 |
By Katie Burghardt Kramer



I applaud the town of Brandon for revising the plans for the upcoming Brandon Carnival to eliminate the Christian worship portion of the event, following objections from community members, including myself.

The First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prohibits governmental endorsement of religion and requires separation of church and state. In my view, the inclusion of Christian religion in a government-sponsored event is a breach of those bedrock principles of American democracy.

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Editorial: Is defense the political strategy of Gov. Phil Scott

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



As Vermont’s Legislature and Gov. Scott’s administration maneuver toward a veto session on June 21-22, Vermonters will soon have a keener insight into their newly elected governor’s political skills and instincts.

Until his veto of the budget, which is tied to his last-minute move to impose a statewide teacher contract for health care benefits, Gov. Scott had taken a passive role in shaping legislation -— preferring, it seemed, to let Democrats take the lead on new initiatives.

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Eric L. Davis, Politically Speaking: Congressional battle taking shape

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Eric L. Davis



Next year’s congressional elections will be among the most consequential midterms in recent years. Both Democrats and Republicans want to nationalize the election, and make local House and Senate races into a referendum on the performance of President Trump and the Republican Congress.

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Community Forum, Bill Brooks: Memorial Day carries special meaning

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Bill Brooks



These are remarks delivered on Monday during the Memorial Day activities at the Soldiers Monument in Middlebury by Bill Brooks, executive director of the Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History and a U.S. Air Force veteran.

Today is a day to celebrate, to remember, and in some cases to mourn those from Middlebury and throughout our nation who served or are currently in the military.

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Letters to the Editor: Make decisions on savings local

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Spencer Putnam



The delay in the adjournment of this year’s legislative session was caused by the governor’s insistence on establishing statewide negotiation of teacher health care benefits. Gov. Scott claims that only a statewide contract can secure the $26 million annual savings he believes is achievable.

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Letters to the Editor: Many helped after storm struck area

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Don & Eileen Rinker



On Thursday, May 18, 2017, some of us who live on Pearson Road in New Haven experienced quite an intense storm of rain, hail and wind. The aftermath included three large trees across the road and downed power lines. Immediately, members of the local fire department were on the scene clearing debris and directing traffic. These people left the safety of their homes to ensure the safety of others in our area. People from the New Haven road crew were also present to assist the cleanup.

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Letters to the Editor: Removing trees did town a favor

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Pat Steele & Jim Whitney



I am responding to your article on May regarding the cutting of trees on Ferrisburgh’s Arnold Bay Road.

My friend and I walk this road often and have seen so many of the trees on both sides of the road dead and leaning toward the road. Seems like the Vorstevelds did the town’s job of taking these down before they fell into the road and made work for the town crew so instead of cutting them up and hauling them away they push them to the side of the road with a loader.

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Letters to the Editor: Sport vehicle riders using VELCO/Vt. Gas corridor are trespassing on private land

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By The Rev. Carole Wageman



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Ways of Seeing, Johanna Nichols: Charter for Compassion offers hope

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Johanna Nichols



I love walking outside. It is my favorite form of exercise, but I have a few ground rules. The temperature has to be minimum 20 degrees, with no wind, and it can’t be icy or driving rain. When the weather fails the test, I put on music and stretch and dance. My current favorite is the soulful, acoustic album “Temple at Midnight” by Miten.

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Victor Nuovo: Aristotle on the City and the Good Life

Posted on June 1, 2017 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the ninth in a series of essays by Middlebury College Professor Emeritus Victor Nuovo on the origins of western political thought.

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