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Editorial: The good news about the Vt. economy is in all income sectors

Posted on September 26, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



Here’s the good news from the U.S. Census in data released last week: The media household income in Vermont rose 5.1 percent last year. Low-income households — those making up the bottom 20 percent — rose even higher, gaining 8.5 percent, while the top 20 percent rose 7.6 percent and top 5 percent rose 10.5 percent.

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Opinion: The fear itself is to be feared

Posted on September 26, 2016 |
By Michael Kiernan M.D.



This week’s writer is Michael Kiernan, M.D., a doctor in the Emergency Department at Porter Hospital in Middlebury.

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Opinion: Sen. Ayer touts Bruhl for House

Posted on September 26, 2016 |
By Sen. Claire Ayer



I look forward to serving in the Legislature with Taborri Bruhl when he is elected to represent New Haven, Weybridge and Bridport, and urge the folks of those towns to vote for him. He has a breadth of experience that’s impressive and will serve him and his constituents well in the House.

He understands the difficulties of financing a college education faced by many Vermonters. Even with a pizza delivery job and the ability to fix large diesel machines, he still needed a Marine scholarship to get himself to graduation.

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Opinion: Sensible pot legislation law needed

Posted on September 26, 2016 |
By Dave Silberman



Having failed to convince the public that our disastrous War on Drugs will find success if we just wait long enough, prohibitionists have frantically switched arguments, and now warn about the supposed evils of “big weed” and “commercialization,” rather than the substance itself. If we legalize cannabis, they say (now), money-hungry corporations will air advertisements on Saturday morning cartoons and hook your kids.

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Opinion: Utah family seeks dog that went missing in Vt.

Posted on September 26, 2016 |
By Nick Gottlieb



You’ve probably heard of successful “Lost dog, now found” stories about Sole and Murphy who were missing for weeks in Vermont. Please help me make my own success story! My dog “Lincoln,” a Red Heeler/Cattle Dog, went missing on Aug. 3 near Huntington.

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Editorial: Rutland's strife over refugee status is every town's concern

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



In Rutland, the struggles that town and city have gone through in its reckoning to become a refugee resettlement site provide important lessons other Vermont communities seeking similar refugee status should consider.

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Clippings: The Strange Medicine of Dr. Savage

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By Evan Johnson



It’s 10:30 on a Friday night and the lights of faraway Boston bleach the hem of the darkness as I travel at exactly 73 miles per hour toward Logan Airport. My mouth is thick with the sour taste of rest area coffee and my eyes feel like raisins. My companion, a disembodied voice broadcasting from an undisclosed location in California’s Bay Area, wants me to know there’s something wrong in America.

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Victor Nuovo: Spinoza: Our place in nature

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of essays on Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza.

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Eric Davis: Presidential debate sets context

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By Eric Davis



Monday night’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be the most important event of the presidential campaign to date. Viewers’ reactions to this debate, framed by and formed by media coverage and the candidates’ spin, will set the context for the six weeks to Election Day.

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Opinion: Gift to refugees restored hope

Posted on September 22, 2016 |
By Jean Fifield and Abi Sessions



The Middlebury Refugee Resettlement Committee would like to express its sincere thanks to Roger Paquette of Paquette Storage for his gracious offer of storage space in an empty trailer on his storage lot. Not only did Roger offer storage space for donated furniture and other household goods, he also arranged for one of his drivers, Randy, to drive the large tractor trailer from East Middlebury to the Vermont Refugee Center in Colchester.

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