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12/09/2019
An article entitled “The Coming Collapse,” which appeared in the left-leaning CommonDreams.org explains why Bernie is getting zero press coverage. More importantly, it helps to explain the craziness we are witnessing across the planet. The article is a frightening and deeply disturbing look into what, deep in our hearts, many of us know is true. Democracy is being consumed by unbridled capitalism which the Pope has called “the dung of the devil.” This is not a fight between the GOP and the Democratic Party. This is a fight between Corporations, Consumerism, and Colonialism and The Real People...
12/09/2019
Has any consideration been given to siting the prospective solar array on the Middlebury College golf course? Think about the benefits for the environment — no more constant mowing, which pollutes our air half of the year, and no more pesticide and fertilizer damage to Mother Earth. South Street Extension residents will be happier because only the college, which benefits from this solar farm, would be able to see it. Then Middlebury College can purchase Neshobe Golf Club in Brandon. Combining the two clubs there could make a money-making venture while cutting the environmental impact almost...
12/09/2019
The Nov. 24 Brandon Free Public Library holiday auction, sponsored by The Friends of the Library, was once again a successful afternoon. We are so grateful for the many ways people find to support the library. Our community businesses, organizations, and individuals are all so generous.  We have many people to thank, without each group and each individual, this event would not be possible. We hope that we have missed no one.  Auction donors  Maria Ammatuna, Salvatore Ammatuna, Anonymous, Mary Bagley, Ann Bandy, Line Barral, Gourmet Provence, Café’ Provence, Bob & Deb’s Sugarhouse, Marie...
12/05/2019
In a little noticed Department of Public Service review of the state’s current net-metering structure, the DPS recommends to the Public Utility Commission that the net-metering rate be reduced from the current 17-cents per kWh to 9.2 cents per kWh — cutting the rate almost in half, and effectively knocking the legs out from under Vermont’s vibrant solar power industry. It’s shocking, and dumbfounding. At this particular time in the world’s struggle to combat climate change and reduce the global carbon footprint, why would Vermont’s DPS make such a suggestion? Here are two suppositions: •...
12/05/2019
I checked out a book from Ilsley Library a few weeks ago that had a back cover proclaiming it a charming satire in the style of a particular author. I know that writer; his books are gentle, non-violent, and respectful of women. In this book I found torture, multiple murders, and graphic sexual violence against a woman. When the torture was hinted at, I skipped pages only to find myself reading about rape. I skipped ahead farther and it was still going on. I will spare you the details of it, which are appalling. Though I was skipping, I still caught phrases describing it. This book was not...
12/05/2019
Vermont’s presidential primary will be held on Tuesday, March 3, 2020, which is also Town Meeting Day. Voters in 13 other states will also be voting that day in “Super Tuesday” primaries. The deadline for candidates to file petitions to get on the Vermont primary ballot is Monday, Dec. 16. Petitions must be accompanied by the signatures of 1,000 registered voters and by a filing fee of $2,000. These are more stringent requirements than those for candidates for statewide and congressional offices, whose petitions need only 500 signatures and do not require a filing fee. Vermont state law also...
12/05/2019
Thanksgiving has passed and the drugstore aisles and radio stations have now fully committed to the impending Christmas season. Pumpkin lattes have been replaced by peppermint hot chocolate and the post office lines have tripled in length. Soon enough, neighborhood homeowners will be giving Clark Griswold a run for his money with lights and action.  I started humming holiday tunes shortly after the first snowfall, much to the dismay of my daughter and partner. They let me get away with it only if I change the lyrics into comical tales about themselves and our dog. Luckily, I was blessed with...
12/05/2019
I have a suggestion for next holiday season: instead of inviting children to send in their letters to Santa, how about asking them to send a letter listing the things they want to do for others? Maybe include adults also. Thanks for being such a terrific newspaper. Deborah Young New Haven
12/05/2019
What are the bright colors in the Ilsley Library garden? The leaves are fallen and the flowers gone, but there are bright shiny colors all around. Walking in I see them — shining bright painted rocks in every color everywhere; on the benches, paths, stepping stones, stumps and birdbath, in among the plants and tress and shrubs, around the big tree and in secret corners. There are hearts and stars, circles and rainbows and suns, moons and fireworks. They say “You are Awesome!” “Love the Earth,” “Be Happy,” “Thank You!” “We Love you!” I am delighted. I tell others who tell others who tell me...
12/05/2019
America: land of the free; home of the brave; of the people, by the people, and for the people. Most Americans — indeed, a large portion of the world — have heard these descriptions of the United States. We accept them as true … but are they? Do we have, much less enjoy, the freedoms which we tout on the world stage? Much debate could be had on this topic, as it is a rich topic with much depth. However, I will go out on a limb, a bit, and say that, no, those statements of freedom are not actually true. They are goals, they are dreams, but they are not reality. Standing between Americans and...

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