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12/11/2018
Winter is a terrible time of year. It’s cold. It’s dark. You have to spend a half hour putting on heavy clothing just to walk to the mailbox. We all have chronic seasonal depressive disorder. And many of us flee to Florida to escape. I do not. I would not. For me, winter is a difficult season, but it is also the season of magic. The first snowfall. The suddenness of darkness after the clocks change. The whiteness of the winter snow in the moonlight. The terrifying lostness when suddenly you find yourself in a snowstorm, surrounded by whiteness with no idea where to go — and then you find your...
12/11/2018
Lying in State   Isn’t it his dog we’re drawn to, his yellow lab retriever?   Lying in the Rotunda. Close to his flag-draped, military coffin.   Trained to stay, until she’s called to be of service. Somehow   she knows he’s still here. And that wheelchair, against the wall,   was his, too. A trainer thought to bring, to let her feel less   anxious. To sense, if called, it was her job to sit under his shaking   hand. Which she can’t see, it’s her leash he’s holding, inside the metal   box. With the bone, he told her, he’d keep for her eternity.   — Gary Margolis, Cornwall
12/11/2018
Take a knee for the millions kidnapped from Africa and packed into the holds of slave ships. Take a knee for those slaves who worked for NOTHING other than maybe food, clothing, and shelter. Take a knee for the tens of thousands who were kept and bred like animals for their white slave-owner’s profit. Take a knee for those women raped by their white slave-owners. Take a knee for those lynched. Take a knee for those killed by police for being black. Take a knee for the black veterans of the Civil War,  WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, who faced Jim Crow in the South and North — if they were lucky...
12/03/2018
Several area organizations lent their support at last Monday’s Middlebury selectboard meeting to a proposal to build a multi-use gravel pathway from the Middlebury Union Middle School to East Middlebury. The pathway would depart the existing Trail Around Middlebury just south of the high school lacrosse field on Creek Road heading south on that existing gravel road, eventually cutting across to the east side of Route 7 and continuing to Route 125 and East Middlebury sidewalks. Because it is relatively flat, and the path would be 4-feet wide or so, it would be ideal for family bike outings...
12/03/2018
Vermont’s congressional delegation this week released a joint statement expressing concern over upcoming operations with Vermont by the federal Border Patrol. That organization, overseen by Customs and Border Protection, watches over the boundary between Vermont and Canada and, since 1953, has operated up to 100 miles into the interior of the country. That means every now and agenda we see border checkpoints in strange places — like on 1-91 near Windsor several years ago. (A similar incident happened in Addison County in which the Border Patrol arrested a local migrant worker and threatened...
12/03/2018
Congratulations to not only the Democrats and independents that almost completely swept Addison County in the recent election, and increased their majorities in the Vermont legislature, but to all the folks that came out to vote for the best candidates to take our state forward in addressing some of the critical issues facing us in the coming two years and beyond. Now that the mostly isolated governor shouldn’t be an impediment, the legislature should finally pass a Paid Family Leave Bill, Toxic Chemical Reform, and a strong Lake and Waterways cleanup bill, hopefully with Scott’s cooperation...
12/03/2018
Before my family came to live in Middlebury in 1994, we lived in Pittsburgh for two years. In fact, we lived on a one-way cobble stone road in Squirrel Hill. I have fond memories of living there. The local Elementary and High schools, a sizeable park, and countless businesses were within walking distance of our house. I remember learning to play Street Fighter on an arcade game at one of the local newsstands. I am a life-long Unitarian Universalist and have Jewish relatives. We had some Jewish neighbors, including a young man a couple years older than me who we befriended. The main friends I...
12/03/2018
A piece of play equipment incorporated into the design of the Triangle Park will encourage young families to spend time right downtown.  Let’s work together as a community to design and fund this together! Ashley Laux Middlebury
12/03/2018
A cautionary tale: When loss of sleep is the response to a neurotic, amoral, ignorant “leader” of an entire country, that’s a personal problem. When a young mother is assaulted by a neo-Nazi because she’s bi-lingual, the country has a problem. When a neighbor, who escaped Germany in 1938, says the similarities are striking, the planet has a problem. The seeds of Facist-narcissism have taken root. That little dictator possessed a greater capacity for general knowledge, and a similar level of self-adulation. Historically speaking, other countries have been led by child-emperors. D. J. Trump is...
10/10/2016
The political bomb that dropped over the weekend did not, as many expected, explode at Sunday night’s second debate between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. Rather it hit Friday night with the release of a video in which Trump speaks lewdly and openly about his boorish behavior with women. Those comments, extensively covered by the media, caused dozens of Republican leaders to drop their support of their party’s candidate. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan publicly disinvited Trump to a Saturday political event in Wisconsin, and even...

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