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07/18/2019
The moderators of the next Democratic presidential debates, to be broadcast by CNN on July 30 and 31, should ask the candidates the following question: “If you were elected president next year, and the Democrats maintained control of the House and won a small majority in the Senate, would you support a change in Senate rules to eliminate the filibuster?” The Senate now consists of 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats, the latter number including two independents, Angus King of Maine and Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who caucus with the Democrats.  To win control of the Senate, Democrats would need to...
07/18/2019
Physicians and physician assistants from the Vermont Medical Society (VMS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics Vermont Chapter (AAPVT) strongly oppose onerous federal restrictions placed on Title X monies that went into effect last Thursday. These changes have resulted in the inability of 12 health centers across the state of Vermont, including Planned Parenthood clinics, to accept federal Title X funding.  While VMS and AAPVT applaud the announcement by Planned Parenthood centers in Vermont that this will not disrupt health care services at this current time, losing this funding may limit...
07/18/2019
On July 10, 2019 Fitch, a major credit agency, reduced Vermont’s bond rating. This was expected, after Moody’s, another large credit agency reduced Vermont’s bond rating in October 2018. Both rating agencies have the same concerns about Vermont and it’s economy.  As a result, future state and municipal borrowings costs will increase. Why is this happening?  Because Vermont faces daunting “economic and demographic headwinds.” We have heard these concerns for years. Vermont’s population and its workforce is flat or declining, our economic growth is slow and our citizens are old.  And our state’...
07/18/2019
Editor’s note: This is the 26th in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition. Between the years 1783 until 1848 the United States realized its greatest territorial expansion. The Treaty of Paris (1783) formally ended the war for independence. It determined that the territory of The United States of America extended westward to the Mississippi River. In 1803, during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, this boundary was moved westward by the Louisiana Purchase. In 1819, Spain ceded Florida to the United States. In 1846, The Oregon Territory was acquired...
07/18/2019
On Monday morning, July 8, at about 9:30 a.m., I was following a delivery truck heading up Main Street and turning left on Seymour Street. As it turned, it hit a white pickup truck that was parked in the last parking spot on the park side. The truck did not stop, so I followed it to Agway and spoke with the driver who denied hitting it. I called the Middlebury Police Department and reported it. When they arrived, I gave them my info and a description of what happened. They sent an officer to look at the truck but it had left the spot. If you own a white pickup truck that was parked there on...
07/18/2019
One thing I’ve noticed is that there sure seems to be a lot more hatred in the world since Trump’s been president. However, I do say make America great again, but do it with peace and justice and righteousness, not with injustice, war, racial prejudice and ethnic hatred. Dana Bingham Severson Middlebury
07/18/2019
I picked up my first and last copy of your newspaper at a local restaurant. On page one my eyes fell on a story by Christopher Ross  about a protest. In the article he refers to Detention Centers as Concentation Camps. His use of that term to describe present day Detention Centers is inflammatory and insulting to all victims who were sent to real Concentration camps to face hard labor, starvation or immediate extinction. In U.S. detention centers, those held get three meals a, day, showers, beds and free medical care. I think your paper owes your readers an apology. Sarah Laroche Salisbury
07/18/2019
Compliments, appreciation, and congratulations are extended to the selectboards of Weybridge and Middlebury as well as the construction company for the completion of the sidewalk from Weybridge Street to the connection on Seymour Street.  This addition is, first of all, a massive improvement regarding the safety of walkers, runners and bikers as well as a wonderful way to exercise utilizing a two-mile loop.  Thank you for completing this project, which both communities worked on together. This sidewalk will serve the needs of both communities for decades to come. Kevin and Garreth Parizo,...
07/18/2019
On behalf of Saint Stephen’s Church, we extend our thanks and appreciation to all the members of the community who helped out with Peasant Market on July 6. Many people generously donated their used goods. The town came out in force to buy the same. And numerous good-hearted citizens both from within the church and from the wider community put in hours of volunteer time to make the event a success. We particularly appreciate the support from the Addison Independent, WVTK, Middlebury College, Mount Abraham Union High School, and the Festival on the Green. Thanks to all of these efforts — and...
07/16/2019
I recently spent some time asking people on the street two questions: Is health insurance too expensive? And if so, why? I am sure many readers have strong opinions about the answers to these questions. I heard answers like “greed,” “because they can,” “because there is no incentive to cut costs” and “because we have to pay the doctors.” No one told me that they thought commercial health insurance was affordable. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont has proposed to raise rates by 15.6 percent and MVP Healthcare has proposed an 8.5 percent increase for next year in the individual and small group...

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