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Opinion: Egrets grateful to taxpayers

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Alan Whitney



Early this summer on the Vergennes/Monkton Road I saw not one but five snowy egrets.

I saw them feeding in front of the new salamander crossing. Putting my binoculars on them I saw they were gorging themselves on salamanders. On their behalf I want to thank the environmentalist who erected the crossing.

I heard there were 81 salamanders counted at the crossing. Not bad cost effectiveness at forty-thousand dollars each.

Alan Whitney

New Haven

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Opinion: Many donated to help refugees

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Daniel Wright



A Successful Welcome Supplies Drive for Refugees

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Opinion: Why Mt. Abraham limits cell phones for middle schoolers

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Ellen Repstad



This week’s writer is Ellen Repstad, assistant principal at Mount Abraham Union Middle/High School in Bristol.

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Victor Nuovo: Spinoza: the first secular Jewish intellectual

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of essays about the Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza.

Historians have long observed that the Netherlands has played a leading role in the Renaissance, the great revival of learning and intellectual life in Europe after the Middle Ages. Two eminent role players are Erasmus and Spinoza.

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Notes from the College: Could we put a name on it?

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Laurie Patton



This week’s writer is Middlebury College President Laurie L. Patton. She contributes to these pages from time to time.

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Community Forum: Tapping into the nature of addiction

Posted on August 18, 2016 |
By Rachel Edwards



This week’s writer is Rachel Edwards, M.S., L.Ac., a licensed acupuncturist. She has a private practice in Bristol, Vermont and is a provider at Mountain Health Center in Bristol offering acupuncture as part of the Center’s new integration of complementary care services. Going into its third year, Rachel continues to offer Acudetox treatments at CSAC every Tuesday afternoon. Rachel is a member of the Addison County Committee on Opiate Addiction.

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Opinion: Politicians should stay away from nuclear weapons

Posted on August 15, 2016 |
By Patricia Heather-Lea



Seventy-one years ago, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and another on Nagasaki on Aug. 9.

According to the Federation of American Scientists, the United States has reduced its “operational nuclear warheads from 4,950 in 2010 to 4,700 nuclear warhead in 2015”. (The Guardian, April, 2016) President Obama’s “vision and work for a world without nuclear weapons” (Norwegian Nobel committee, 2009) has not been fulfilled. What legacy are we leaving our children and grandchildren?

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Community forum: Vermont education: Successes and Challenges

Posted on August 15, 2016 |
By Bill Mathis



This week’s writer is Bill Mathis, a member of the Vermont State Board of Education and a Goshen resident.

Vermont Education: Successes and Challenges

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Opinion: House candidate thanks supporters

Posted on August 15, 2016 |
By Robin Scheu



I’d like to thank the many Middlebury citizens who voted for me in the primary election on Aug. 9. Your vote was important and helped me prevail in a close, two-seat race. The general election will also be a contested race with the same three people running. I hope you will vote for me again on Nov. 8. Thanks again for your support!

Robin Scheu

Middlebury

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Clippings: 'Markers' don't tell the whole story

Posted on August 11, 2016 |
By Charmaine Lam



Outside being an intern at the Addison Independent, I’m a student at Middlebury College. When I tell people I’m a history major, one of the questions I get asked most, after either a look of disbelief or a string of dismissive chuckles, is: “What are you going to do with that?”

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