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Guest Editorial: It's time address childcare in Vt.

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By Robyn Freedner-Maguire



Last week, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump announced his plan to make child care more affordable, proposing tax deductions and employer incentives to provide child care to employees. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who has proposed that no family should spend more than 10 percent of its income on child care, has also made child care affordability a central campaign focus.

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Opinion: Bruhl a logical choice for Addison-5 House seat

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By Mark Carroll



Voters of Bridport, Weybridge, and New Haven: To borrow a phrase from Forrest Gump, “Politicians are like a box of chocolates — you never know what you’re gonna get.” With that in mind, I’d like to offer some insight into the box of chocolates with the odd name who’s campaigning to be your state representative.

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Opinion: TAM provides education, fun

Posted on September 19, 2016 |
By Mariah Neilsen



This week’s writer is Mariah Neilsen, a Middlebury College junior majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography. She just wrapped up a summer internship at the Middlebury Area Land Trust.

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Guest Editorial: Want jobs? Vote for candidates willing to pay for clean water

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By James Ehlers



Want Jobs? Vote for Clean Water

With election day fast approaching, we are certain to hear more about “jobs,” “growing economic opportunity” and “building a stronger economy” from candidates for office at all levels. As we should. There is only one problem. How do we attract and retain employers, and with them jobs, if we do not invest in drinking water and wastewater treatment? Short answer: We don’t.

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Clippings: Looking at 9/11 from atop the Alhambra

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By Gaen Murphree



When our oldest daughter was just a baby, we lived for a time in Sevilla, Spain.

At the south end of our postage stamp-size apartment was a single window. And just outside that window and across the street were the walls of the Alcazar, a Moorish palace whose oldest walls date to the 9th century.

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Jessie Raymond: Aging appliance applying the heat

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By Jessie Raymond



Our dishwasher has been acting up lately. One day, it works fine. The next day, about halfway through doing whatever it does (all the while making a sound like a 737 taking off), it goes silent, offering nothing by way of explanation beyond the “clean” light flashing endlessly off and on.

I know nothing about dishwashers, but I do know about the Internet. And the Internet said the flashing light means the dishwasher thinks the water isn’t hot enough. So it quits.

The water is plenty hot. The dishwasher is being a diva.

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Nuovo on Spinoza: Examining the powers & limits of God and Nature

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



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

During his lifetime, Spinoza was vilified as an atheist. A century and a half later, he was celebrated as someone whose thought is the supreme expression of theism, as a “God intoxicated” thinker. Which is true?

To begin with, we should note that Spinoza equated God and Nature. In doing this, was it his intention to exalt Nature or to diminish God?

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Opinion: Sen. Ayer merits her fifth term

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By Ellen Oxfeld



We have been very fortunate over the last eight years to have Senator Claire Ayer representing us in the State Senate. In her four terms, Senator Ayer has been an effective advocate for all of us, and on both health care and fiscal issues, Senator Ayer has been a legislative leader. Chairing the Senate Committee on Health and Welfare, she has championed health care reforms — always with an eye to making health care more accessible and affordable for the public.

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Opinion: Bristol Rep. Baser shone in first two years

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By Jim Douglas



In 2014, the voters of Bristol, Lincoln, Monkton and Starksboro elected an outstanding community leader, Fred Baser, to represent them in Montpelier. I am writing to urge them to re-elect him.

Fred has an impressive record of accomplishment in his first two years in Montpelier. He picked right up on the workings of Vermont state government. He listened, worked hard, asked a lot of questions and used good common sense as he navigated the many bills that went through his committee and onto the floor of the House.

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Opinion: Ode to a covered bridge

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By Frances Stone



A black skeleton spanning across Otter Creek,

Its former self gone,

In a blaze of fire encompassing its entire span.

Gone in an instant.

All that is left is that black skeleton.

And memories in all the people who crossed the bridge,

By car, truck, foot or bicycle,

Either daily or every now and then.

On its eastern side the road cut a straight line across the farm fields straight onto the bridge.

Sometimes the fields were full of water as the creek overflowed.

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