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Nuovo on Spinoza: Eternal bliss

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Victor Nuovo



Editor’s note: This is the 13th in a series of essays about the Dutch philosopher Benedict Spinoza (1632-1677) and his thoughts concerning nature, God and politics.

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Poem to the editor: The day after election day

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Lawrence A. Jones



It is a somber, sober day:

The clouds hang low on mountainside;

The leaves have danced their last ballet;

Last night I finally lost my pride.

 

Not pride, like hubris, in myself,

But pride in country’s wisdom shared.

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Letter to the editor: MUHS football team showed character this season

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Jennifer Nuceder



Congratulations, and thank you to the 2016 Middlebury Union High School Varsity Football Team. The season I watched had many triumphs and challenges, building up in the quarter final game against Essex, and culminating in the semi-final game at Hartford. The growth and resilience this team demonstrated throughout this season was impressive, especially during the final game. The word that comes to mind is character, and it is especially important to me because it is a trait our family has recently focusing on teaching our son Luke.

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Letter to the editor: Safety pin can send a message

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Barbara Clearbridge



The idea of wearing a safety pin as a political message was first used in the United Kingdom after the recent vote there to leave the European Union. The vote was followed by an increase in hate crimes. People started wearing a safety pin to show they were “a safe place” — that people need not fear them.

After our presidential election, many people in the U.S. now fear for their safety. So people here are spreading the idea of wearing a safety pin to show solidarity with those who feel threatened.

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Letter to the editor: DNC earns blame for Trump win

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Anders Holm



Tuesday’s election was a massive bucket of ice water on our nation and the planet. There has been much blame and questioning however the answer to the astonishing turn of events is obvious. It was not hicks, gun nuts, or goosestepping Nazis who got Trump elected. It was the DNC and their completely out of touch railroading through of a crooked, crony-loving and corrupt Washington insider over an incredibly charismatic breath of fresh air by the name of Bernie Sanders.

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Letter to the editor: Scheu grateful to local voters

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Robin Scheu



Many thanks to all the Middlebury citizens who elected me to represent you in Montpelier. I appreciate your trust in me; it is an honor and a privilege to have your support. I look forward to representing everyone in Middlebury and working hard for you in the State Legislature. Thanks again for your support!  

Robin Scheu

Middlebury

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Letter to the editor: High bailiff gives election thanks

Posted on November 17, 2016 |
By Ron Holmes



I want to thank all of the voters in Addison County for their support in winning the election for Addison County high bailiff. It has been a tremendous honor meeting with you, and hearing your concerns and ideas. I ensure that your trust and vote is not misplaced.

Thank you.

Ron Holmes

Middlebury

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Ways of Seeing: Roadtrip inspires memories

Posted on November 14, 2016 |
By Jill Vickers



The sale of my parents’ property after years on the market was the spark for a trip across the country with my husband this fall and winter. As a young couple we had made a road trip to Alaska in an old Chevrolet and a pup tent. Over the decades, we’d promised ourselves we would do this again with more time and equipment. Finally we would.

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Editorial: The 19-foot option for rail bridges; If it's viable, nothing else beats it

Posted on November 14, 2016 |
By Angelo S. Lynn



A public meeting this Thursday by the Vermont Agency of Transportation to update residents on the Middlebury downtown bridge/rail project will hopefully do more than review a plan that has come under fire. Rather, it is hoped the AOT will come prepared to answer questions posed in an 18-page document drafted by Bristol attorney James Dumont on behalf of several Middlebury residents that skewers the proposed four-year project.

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Letter to the editor: U.S., as did Canada, must embrace inclusiveness

Posted on November 14, 2016 |
By Randy Kritkausky



“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness...” Words borrowed from Dickens’ “Tale of Two Cities” summarize my two electoral experiences of the last year, one here in the U.S., the other just north across the border in Canada.

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