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September 29th, 2016
MIDDLEBURY — Odds are most residents of Addison County have encountered graphic designer Matt Heywood’s work, though they probably didn’t know it at the time.
Anyone who has used the Addison Country Transit Resources public transportation system, sipped from an Aqua Vi-Tea Kombucha bottle, used Full Sun products or entered the Vermont Book Shop in downtown Middlebury has witnessed Heywood’s craftsmanship.
Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of essays on Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza.
I begin with a reminder of some themes from the previous essays. According to Spinoza, Nature is the only thing that can rightfully be said to exist, because it depends on no other thing but itself, whereas whatever else there is depends on it and inheres in it. It is the only substance; all other things are modes or finite modifications of it, just as a simple tune or a symphony are modes of music, not the thing itself.
Black Lives do Matter. While scrolling through my Facebook feed, I came across the report from WCAX that the Black Lives Matter Flag recently raised at the University of Vermont Campus by the Student Government was stolen during the night of Sept. 24. This is disturbing. But what is more deeply disturbing is the array of racist and intolerant comments made on the WCAX link to the story.
Finland is a star in the educational world. To catch up on Finland’s work, I was recently reading Pasi Sahlberg’s book on the Finnish education system, titled “Finnish Lessons 2.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland?”
Immigration And Population Growth
“Immigration” is the main reason Britons are leaving the E.U.; “Immigration” is also the main concern of Americans supporting Trump. “Immigration” is a natural concern for any nation that wishes to control its future. The U.S. used to allow 400,000 immigrants annually; that number has increased drastically to an unknown level, unknown because of the many illegals involved.
As a proud rail supporter and founder of Friends of Rutland Rail, the group formed to save the Western Corridor’s Ethan Allen Amtrak service, I ask that you support Sue Minter for governor. Sue worked diligently, with vision as Transportation Secretary toward completion of funding the Western Rail Corridor, which will connect our Amtrak Ethan Allen train from Rutland to Middlebury to Burlington.
The Importance Of Being Babble
Babble, verb and noun — to utter meaningless sounds; rubbish, muddle, prattle, blather, drivel, nonsense, bull, gibberish.
According to an independent source, I’m good at babble, although being good at something that is generally considered bad could be oxymoronic.
I am writing in support of Claire Ayer’s run for the Vermont State Senate. I have known Sen. Ayer for over six years, during which time her compassion and intelligence have allowed her to make progress toward improving health care reform as the Chair of the committee on Health and Welfare and Health Reform Oversight Committee.