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08/01/2019
One doesn’t have to be a radical revolutionary to know that the status quo is not sustainable. That we can’t continue a national wage disparity that continues to expand and in which the three wealthiest Americans now possess as much as 50 percent of the bottom half of all Americans. That higher education costs are no longer affordable for most. That exorbitant health care costs pose the biggest threat to impoverishing Americans of every age if a serious medical event occurs. That the nation needs an immigration policy that strengthens our economy, brings order to our borders and embraces our...
08/01/2019
Our team is made up of two young women and me. Jen, an American, is taking videos to add to our latest movie and Mongolian Anuka is translating. We have a horse guide and three wranglers. Now we are coming back from the East Taiga where we took vitamins and hygiene kits to the Dukha reindeer herders and shot some footage for our documentary. There are no roads, so we have been riding horses for some hours. Now we are traveling the last hour in a Land Cruiser. As we approach the town of Tsagaannuur, I shoot some videos out the front window. I am pleased to discover that my new camera has an...
08/01/2019
Last week, Rep. Peter Welch held an open meeting in Montpelier to explain why he has decided to support the impeachment of President Trump. Welch said that Trump’s actions have put “the guardrails of our democracy under attack,” and that impeaching Trump is necessary to hold him accountable for those actions. After Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony later in the week, some other House Democrats, most of them from solidly blue states, also came out in support of impeachment. However, the total number of House members in favor of starting impeachment proceedings currently stands at about...
08/01/2019
Editor’s note: This is the 28th in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition. Andrew Jackson (1767–1845) was President of the United States for two terms, from 1829 until 1837. He also ran for the office in 1824 and received the most votes, but he didn’t receive a sufficient majority in the electoral college to elect him outright. It remained for the House of Representatives to decide the winner, and they chose John Quincy Adams, who had run second. Henry Clay was then Speaker of the House, and it was rumored that he and Adams had made a deal. Shortly...
08/01/2019
Trump keeps telling reporters that he is not racist in his typical style — by doubling down on the fact; that is, by saying, “Not only am I not a racist, but I’m the least racist person in the world.” Surely, not even the most Trumpish of Trump supporters would believe that statement as fact, though many of his supporters blow off the criticism by rationalizing that all of us are a bit racist, and Trump’s no worse than most. (He is, but like Hitler’s supporters of the day, they choose to ignore reality.) Interestingly, a recent poll shows that most Americans disagree with Trump’s assessment. ...
08/01/2019
When something offensive to the President appears on the news, his reaction is simple. Take the point and turn it around. Make whatever it was apply to the critic. The original point, reportedly “fake,” when redirected, is squarely on target. Meanwhile, the duck gets used and abused. If it flies like a duck, swims like a duck, appears to be a duck, it is on an evolutionary level clearly a duck. Could be a Mallard or a Loon. But it’s no doubt a duck. Donald defenders are consistently declaring a duck to be more like a turtle with feathers, a turuck. It’s only racist or a duck when they allow...
08/01/2019
(Re: Two freight train cars derail in Middlebury; no injuries or spills.) As someone whose home is right alongside the tracks just north of that incident this latest near miss concerns me. It’s not about the bullet that was dodged; it’s also about the potential for a real catastrophe. There was another even nearer miss about 11 years ago. I had just moved here in August 2007 when the first derailment occurred downtown. Less than a year later, with no media coverage that I know of, there was another derailment right next to my property (behind Catamount Park). I awoke in the middle of the...
08/01/2019
I regret that Sarah Laroche, who wrote a letter decrying the use of the term “concentration camp” in a recent article to describe the detention camps for would-be immigrants now in existence all over this country, won’t be reading this letter (having said that she’ll never purchase another copy of the Addison Independent), as perhaps the information would be helpful or at least clarifying. The term “concentration camp” is indeed a horrific one conjuring horrific images and memories. And it should not ever be used lightly to label a phenomenon not usually historically associated with it....
07/29/2019
This past Thursday morning, 31 area residents gathered at the Ilsley Library meeting room to discuss what positive steps could be done in Vermont to confront the climate change crisis. “This is the nation’s top priority,” said one. “Health care, minimum wage, trade issues, immigration… we can deal with those issues any year and every year, but climate change… we can’t afford to delay, we have to act now.” Heads throughout the room nodded in agreement. It was a like-minded group that had assembled in response to an editorial invite in this paper the previous Monday. That such a crowd gathered...
07/29/2019
I read Cindy Hill’s letter to the editor from last week’s Addison Independent and the Town Hall theater she described is not the Town Hall Theater I know. I have a different point of view. The THT I know is inclusive — our audiences range from ages five to 95 and beyond. THT offers 150 events each year — plays, concerts, movies, art shows, memorial services and more. For Town Hall Theater, the purchase of the Park Diner was a once-in-a-generation opportunity to acquire property right next to the THT building. Here was space to grow. The long term goal is to build a new structure on the site...

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