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Kelly Brush: Here's how to offer help — for the right reasons

Posted on September 24, 2018 |
By Kelly Brush



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I don’t often reflect on how people perceive or treat me because I have a spinal cord injury and use a wheelchair. We have built the KBF brand based on empowerment, capability, and quite simply doing things normally!

But I recently had an experience that gave me an opportunity to reflect on stereotypes, biases, and how I should react.

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Letter to the editor: Brandon, Forest Dale sidewalks also deserve attention

Posted on September 24, 2018 |
By Brian E. Fillioe



The start of the Segment 6 Route 7 project in Brandon has spurred several interesting side conversations, one being how much people like the old-style lamp post street lights around the park. I admit even I like the looks of them but will reserve final judgment until they are lit and working.

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Letter to the editor: Sunshine, 93, inspires with anthem

Posted on September 24, 2018 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Ninety-three old Naomi Sunshine has a lesson for us all:  “We are not here to see through one another. We are here to see one another through.”

Here is some background information.

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Letter to the editor: Deadly stretch of Rt. 125 needs big safety upgrades

Posted on September 24, 2018 |
By Hannah Deming



Route 125 from Middlebury until its intersection with Route 17 is approximately 20 miles long. It is one of the routes used for the annual Kelly Brush ride. It is an essential route for employees who live in New York and work in the Middlebury area. It is also one of the scariest routes to use if you’re walking or biking because there is no room for error.

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Letter to the editor: Another accident on bridge leading to West Lincoln

Posted on September 24, 2018 |
By R.E. Merrill



Another smash up at 3:50 p.m. today at the Howard Dean Memorial Bridge at the road to West Lincoln. These preventable accidents give the state and local police, the fire department, the rescue squad and wrecker drivers a monthly opportunity to practice their skills. Thank God the coroner hasn’t been called yet, but it’s only a matter of time.

R.E. Merrill

Bristol

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Letter to the editor: Hardy has what it takes to be a great state senator

Posted on September 24, 2018 |
By Amy Graham



I am writing to express my unconditional support for Ruth Hardy for Vermont Senate. I have known Ruth for over a decade, since the time when we both had toddlers at the playground. In those days, we bonded as moms struggling to balance our home lives with our work lives.

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Editorial: A story of (your town's) success

Posted on September 20, 2018 |
By Angelo Lynn



If you were to write the story of your town’s success, just what would it be?

Would you describe the process it took to solve the lack of affordable housing, or how your community was able to provide adequate childcare and early education? Would you recite how you flipped a stagnant or dying retail business district into something more robust, or tell the story of how your downtown moved away from a retail-centric mission to a dynamic hub to interact, brainstorm and share experiences with each other?

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Ways of Seeing by Cheryl Mitchell: On babies, bullies and buffers

Posted on September 20, 2018 |
By Cheryl Mitchell



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When I was a child, our family used to go to Asbury Park once a year. I was afraid of most of the rides, but loved the bumper cars. They were little self-contained units with steering wheels, accelerators, and brakes. A long pole reached up from each car to a metal flap that touched the ceiling of the ride. When the ride was turned on, electricity from the ceiling allowed the child driver of each car to careen recklessly around the arena, attempting to smash into as many other cars as possible or avoid being smashed into if that was your style.

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Eric Davis: GOP governors could sweep New England

Posted on September 20, 2018 |
By Eric Davis



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New England is the region where President Trump’s approval ratings are lowest, and where the congressional delegations are most heavily Democratic. Currently, 11 of the 12 U.S. Senators from New England are members of the Democratic caucus, as are 20 of the 21 U.S. House members. However, Republicans could possibly hold all six New England governorships after November.

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Letter to the editor: Rubright family appreciates all

Posted on September 20, 2018 |
By Jim and Cathy Rubright and family



To a Loving Community: Cathy and I were taken back by so many people attending Deane’s celebration of life. All walks of life were brought together no matter what their status was. It showed the impact Deane had on people. He embraced us all in ways we had no idea. If he could be here, he would broaden his smile, open his arms, wrap around us all.

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