Judy and Michael Olinick

The election is upon us and millions have already voted. Though we hear that very few Americans remain undecided, we in beautiful blue Vermont should make every last-minute effort to urge them to vote and to choose Joe Biden.  Donald Trump has a natural coalition of the comfortably off who care only about their incomes, religious and “patriotic” zealots, bullies, bigots, racists, haters of all stripes and those he cons with impossible promises. Though Trump lacks a popular majority, it is frighteningly possible that the distribution of his coalition may enable him to win the Electoral College...
Bringing 2,000 new and returning college students to Middlebury in September is a risk we cannot afford. Since the pandemic began, we have all hoped that the next season or the next big holiday would bring a return to longed-for “normal.” But each rushed or forced opening of business, travel or social life has set us back and taken a terrible toll in lives across the country and beyond. Infections and deaths have increased greatly just since the college announced it would reopen. Thanks to a wonderfully fortunate combination of circumstances, including relative geographic isolation and...
We appreciated Angelo Lynn’s sensible response to the Democratic establishment panic over Bernie Sanders’ front-runner status in the nomination race. For anyone who cares about the future of our country, the prime objective must be defeating Donald Trump in November. But choosing a Democratic candidate solely on speculation as to who can beat him is folly. No one has that kind of crystal ball. Who thought Hillary Clinton could lose or Trump could win in 2016? And, alas, who knows how such factors as voter suppression, ballot box fraud and foreign intervention (solicited or not) will influence...
We fervently hope Dan Monger (letter Oct. 24) is wrong in his assertion that the impeachment process will help re-elect Donald Trump. Very likely the House of Representatives will adopt articles of impeachment against Trump and the Senate will refuse to remove him from office. Everything will then depend on whether the electorate will take the president’s offenses seriously enough to vote him out, no matter who becomes the Democratic nominee Unfortunately, it is not clear that a majority of voters recognize this President as the monstrosity and menace he is. As we hear and read in the media,...

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