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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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Opinion: Bank settled for less when it comes to paint

Posted on September 15, 2016 |
By B. Landon



Such a disappointment arriving at the National Bank of Middlebury drive-up window today discovering that the recent uplifting spectacular recent paint scheme was now gone! Apparently some people complained about the new colors and suddenly it was painted all over again in the present non-feel-good scheme.

Wish those who did enjoy that spectacular paint scheme had an opportunity to register and compliment the bank about it. Surely that would have out-numbered the complainers. Too bad that a few can alter what the majority seems to be pleased about.

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Opinion: Leisurely drive delivers vistas and observations

Posted on September 12, 2016 |
By John C. Mahoney



I drive a small activity bus for a senior living community in Addison County. We take scenic rides. I have done this for a year or so and it has afforded me the chance to get to know better this mostly rural county that stretches along some of the flattest farmland closer to Lake Champlain well into the Green Mountains that include vast tracts of national forest land.

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Opinion: Truckers keep Vermont's dairy products on the move

Posted on September 12, 2016 |
By Leon Berthiaume



When you reach for milk to put in your morning coffee or swing by the grocery store for a pint of Ben & Jerry’s, I hope that you occasionally think of the dairy farmers and cows that provide these products. But how that milk gets to the cooperative and customers is likely something that you don’t often consider.

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Opinion: Many made bike race a success

Posted on September 12, 2016 |
By Willem Jewett



On behalf of all 700 competitors in this past weekend’s Green Mountain Stage Race I would like thank all of those who helped host a safe and successful long weekend of bike racing.

Thank you to the communities of Weybridge and New Haven (Saturday’s Circuit Race) and Granville, Hancock, Ripton, Middlebury, Bristol and Starksboro (Sunday’s Road Race) for hosting us.

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