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Ways of Seeing by Claire Corkins: A trip to Mauritania, via Nashville

Posted on March 21, 2019 |
By Claire Corkins



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I love books about old explorers and travelers. I get to tag along on their adventures as I read accounts of a type of travel that no longer exists, trips that lasted for years and covered vast areas.

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Greg Dennis: John Lennon moves from sedition to stamp

Posted on March 21, 2019 |
By Greg Dennis



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America is the great cultural appropriator.

What used to be taboo is now commonplace. The once incendiary is mainstream.

Back in the 1930s it was a national language controversy when Vivien Leigh, in a scene from “Gone with the Wind,” asked Clark Gable, “Where shall I go? What shall I do?” and he replied, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Damn is, after all, a four-letter word.

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Eric Davis: Trump, FCC threaten local access TV

Posted on March 21, 2019 |
By Eric Davis



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Across Vermont, 66 public access television channels provide coverage of local government for subscribers to cable television systems. In Middlebury, Channels 15 and 16, operated by Middlebury Community Television, broadcast meetings of the Middlebury selectboard, the Addison Central School District board, and other local government bodies, as well as a range of church services, lectures at the Ilsley Library, and other programming.

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Victor Nuovo: Loosing independence on the world

Posted on March 21, 2019 |
By Victor Nuovo



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Letter to the editor: Quakers oppose those who divide

Posted on March 21, 2019 |
By ean Rosenberg and Tom Baskett



The Middlebury Friends Meeting (Quakers) is deeply concerned about the massacre of worshippers at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. We recognize that this tragedy affects not only the immediate victims in New Zealand, but also Muslims around the world. We cannot take away this loss. What we can do is affirm our unwavering support and vow to speak up whenever we hear someone trying to divide us. We are one people, we all need one another, and we will choose love, not hate, as a way forward.

Jean Rosenberg and

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Letter to the editor: Many donors helped students

Posted on March 21, 2019 |
By Susan and Gregg Humphrey and Natalie Guarin



In January of 2009, at age 26, our son died of a rare form of sarcoma cancer and the Dan Humphrey Music Scholarship was established in his honor. Dan loved playing and teaching piano and jazz saxophone.

Over the past 10 years the scholarship has helped many deserving MUHS students attend summer music programs and also to receive private music lessons. This week we closed the bank account and transferred the remaining money to the MUHS  Instrumental Music Department Treasury where it will continue to serve students until it runs out.

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Letter to the editor: Editorial wrong on Salisbury meeting

Posted on March 21, 2019 |
By The Salisbury Selectboard



In an editorial published in the March 7 edition of the Addison Independent, Angelo Lynn offered an inaccurate and unfair characterization of the Salisbury Town Meeting on March 2 and the Salisbury citizens who exercised their right to participate in it. We, the selectboard of the Town of Salisbury, are writing to set the record straight.

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Poetry: March in Vermont

Posted on March 21, 2019 |
By Miriam Hardy



March is a fickly month, it can’t decide

to come in as a lion or to leave like a lamb.

 

March is often a windy month with kites

appearing on toy store shelves, more often it

blows cold bitter winds filled with snow.

 

All at once, it seems, comes the change in time

that messes up milking schedules good and fine.

 

Soon after that March gives us a gift, sap buckets

appear and a cloud of sweetness billows from sugar shacks.

 

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Guest editorial: How to make Vermont affordable

Posted on March 18, 2019 |
By Ross Sneyd



As with most adages, there’s truth to the one we hear a lot: Vermont can be an expensive place to live. After we pay the rent or mortgage, taxes, health care, transportation and heating, there’s often not much left over. It’s a fact of our rural economy. But that’s no reason to pack up and head off to some urban nirvana. (It can be expensive there, too, by the way.)

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Legislative review: Health care dominates the agenda

Posted on March 18, 2019 |
By Mari Cordes



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I have re-drafted this communication to you multiple times over the past two weeks in response to specific current issues and events. I will try to update you as I have on other specific bills moving through the statehouse, but I really want to get this out today, and so this update will be primarily about health care, with a few other issues at the bottom of the email.

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