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07/18/2019
Editor’s note: This is the 26th in a series of essays on the history and meaning of the American political tradition. Between the years 1783 until 1848 the United States realized its greatest territorial expansion. The Treaty of Paris (1783) formally ended the war for independence. It determined that the territory of The United States of America extended westward to the Mississippi River. In 1803, during the presidency of Thomas Jefferson, this boundary was moved westward by the Louisiana Purchase. In 1819, Spain ceded Florida to the United States. In 1846, The Oregon Territory was acquired...
07/18/2019
On Monday morning, July 8, at about 9:30 a.m., I was following a delivery truck heading up Main Street and turning left on Seymour Street. As it turned, it hit a white pickup truck that was parked in the last parking spot on the park side. The truck did not stop, so I followed it to Agway and spoke with the driver who denied hitting it. I called the Middlebury Police Department and reported it. When they arrived, I gave them my info and a description of what happened. They sent an officer to look at the truck but it had left the spot. If you own a white pickup truck that was parked there on...
07/18/2019
One thing I’ve noticed is that there sure seems to be a lot more hatred in the world since Trump’s been president. However, I do say make America great again, but do it with peace and justice and righteousness, not with injustice, war, racial prejudice and ethnic hatred. Dana Bingham Severson Middlebury
07/18/2019
I picked up my first and last copy of your newspaper at a local restaurant. On page one my eyes fell on a story by Christopher Ross  about a protest. In the article he refers to Detention Centers as Concentation Camps. His use of that term to describe present day Detention Centers is inflammatory and insulting to all victims who were sent to real Concentration camps to face hard labor, starvation or immediate extinction. In U.S. detention centers, those held get three meals a, day, showers, beds and free medical care. I think your paper owes your readers an apology. Sarah Laroche Salisbury
07/18/2019
Compliments, appreciation, and congratulations are extended to the selectboards of Weybridge and Middlebury as well as the construction company for the completion of the sidewalk from Weybridge Street to the connection on Seymour Street.  This addition is, first of all, a massive improvement regarding the safety of walkers, runners and bikers as well as a wonderful way to exercise utilizing a two-mile loop.  Thank you for completing this project, which both communities worked on together. This sidewalk will serve the needs of both communities for decades to come. Kevin and Garreth Parizo,...
07/18/2019
On behalf of Saint Stephen’s Church, we extend our thanks and appreciation to all the members of the community who helped out with Peasant Market on July 6. Many people generously donated their used goods. The town came out in force to buy the same. And numerous good-hearted citizens both from within the church and from the wider community put in hours of volunteer time to make the event a success. We particularly appreciate the support from the Addison Independent, WVTK, Middlebury College, Mount Abraham Union High School, and the Festival on the Green. Thanks to all of these efforts — and...
07/16/2019
I recently spent some time asking people on the street two questions: Is health insurance too expensive? And if so, why? I am sure many readers have strong opinions about the answers to these questions. I heard answers like “greed,” “because they can,” “because there is no incentive to cut costs” and “because we have to pay the doctors.” No one told me that they thought commercial health insurance was affordable. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont has proposed to raise rates by 15.6 percent and MVP Healthcare has proposed an 8.5 percent increase for next year in the individual and small group...
07/16/2019
Having just read Cheryl Mitchell’s excellent summary of the need for child care in our area (July 4, 2019), I am moved to forward you a letter I wrote recently to the ACSU Board of Education regarding the current need to reconfigure our educational system in our district. I feel the solution requires thinking, lots of thinking, lots of energy and careful planning … but we have a history of that in this area and as they say … Yes, we can!   To the ACSD Board of Education As regards your current effort to move forward with education and schools in the district, I offer the following thoughts:...
07/11/2019
US women's soccer captain Megan Rapinoe has boldly seized the nation’s attention with the team’s second World Cup victory to challenge the establishment and status quo. First and foremost she has been a leading champion of equal pay for women in sports, and rightfully so. For the past several decades, the U.S. Women’s Soccer team has been among the superstars, while the U.S. men’s team has struggled. And yet, pay for the women in a World Cup championship is a fraction of what members of the men’s team would earn. And it’s not about television draw, either. The U.S. women’s team consistently...
07/11/2019
I remember how, for so many years, I was desperate to “do something” on the 4th of July, mainly to escape from New York City, where the ever-putrescent smell of summer in the city rises from baking black asphalt, the heat and smell shimmering together in waves, the consecutive nights of firecrackers sounding like gunshots or maybe they were gunshots, certainly there were some on many of the other 364 nights of the year ... but yes, desperate for an escape to someone’s country house or lake house or beach house, sometimes forthcoming, sometimes not. I wanted outdoors, grilled food, barbecue,...

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