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11/12/2020
I had a great idea: This fall, instead of letting the guys who mow our lawn mulch the leaves with their mowers, I’d rake the yard myself and add the leaves to our manure pile.  My goal was to improve our compost’s green-brown balance (I’m not even sure what that is, but as a gardener I am contractually required to be passionate about it). And, after having spent so much time working in the garden this summer, I felt compelled to still be outside doing something to generate blisters. Raking is perfect for that. Though I have a long-standing tradition of staying inside between November and...
11/12/2020
U.S. presidential elections are often followed by calls for unity — or presumptions or hopes that unity will somehow prevail. Many of those calls and presumptions and hopes have appeared on the editorial pages of this newspaper, which was founded in 1946 by William and Celine Slator. “The amazing thing about America is its ability to go through a bitter campaign, lose and come up smiling the next day,” reads an unsigned editorial (common at the time) published on Nov. 12, 1948, days after Republican Thomas Dewey lost his bid to unseat President Harry Truman, much to this paper’s chagrin. “All...
11/12/2020
It’s been a long couple of weeks to say the least. The election has been called for former Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris. Now comes the wait for individual states to certify their official counts, which will be followed by several baseless legal challenges alleging fraud, cheating, and whatever other ridiculous malarkey (to use a Biden term) that Donald Trump and his team can conjure up. But in the end, given that Trump’s claims are unsubstantiated, I believe that our system of checks and balances will work and Biden and Harris will prevail.  Still, the process already...
11/12/2020
This essay begins a new series about American intellectual history. I have entitled it “The Life of the Mind in America,” which is the title of an unfinished work on American intellectual history by the late great Perry Miller (1905–63). But the expression “the life of the mind” did not originate with Miller. It has a long and distinguished history and is rich in meaning.  It first appeared in the 12th book (Lambda) of Aristotle’s “Metaphysics,” where the philosopher set out to explain the origin of the universe, and the nature of the principle on which everything depends for its existence:...
11/12/2020
There has been some recent reporting that would suggest the Middlebury Farmers’ Market may be moving from its current location at the VFW on Exchange Street to downtown Middlebury.  The Middlebury Farmers’ Market wants to be clear that we are completely satisfied with our year-round location at the VFW. Our partnership with the fine folks there has provided us with a spacious parking lot in the summer, and a comfortable, heated event hall in the winter with adequate parking, snow removal, plowing, sanding, and other necessary amenities. We expect and hope that this mutually beneficial...
11/12/2020
To the Residents of Addison County, Huntington, and Buel’s Gore,  I want to thank you for returning me to office with the strongest vote I have ever received. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to work on behalf of everyone here, not just those who voted for me.  In this time of ongoing turmoil, there is a great deal of work to be done: •  In the short-term, continuing to respond to the COVID pandemic by supporting public health and safety in schools, workplaces, childcare centers, while also rebuilding our economy; and,  •  In the long-term, tackling climate change in a manner that will...
11/12/2020
Thank you for choosing me — again — to represent you in the Vermont Statehouse. I have been humbled and honored to walk alongside you as we helped each other through the pandemic. I am proud of the work that our state legislature has done to support families, kids, educators, businesses, employees, and our health care system. I will continue to share with you any and all assistance in relation to the impacts of the COVID -19 pandemic. Finally, I am so proud of, grateful for, and inspired by my multigenerational, multiracial, and majority women and gender non-conforming people campaign team...
11/12/2020
The recent death of Roger Layn reminds me once again of what we owe him and many other World War II veterans. Roger Layn, Francis Angier, Jim Bouvier, Jane Griffis, Fred Jackman, Ralph Jackman, Eleanor Humiston, Ted Ringer, Pat Little, Leonard Roberge, etc…  They and many others gave several years of their lives for our freedom. And many gave their whole lives. We must never forget them. Jim E. Peabody Sr. Bristol  
11/05/2020
We have to confess we desperately wanted to run the headline in today’s paper that proclaimed, in large type across the front page: “America to Trump: YOUR FIRED!” And we hoped to read versions of that theme in newspapers across the country. It didn’t happen. Not because Biden may not win, but because the repudiation of Trump was not that dramatic. Rather it was close when it shouldn’t have been.  The election can be boiled down into a few words: Democrat Joe Biden will likely win the Electoral College vote and the popular vote, by the thinnest of margins, while Republicans upset Democratic...
11/05/2020
Here in St. Croix, I live on the west side of the island, waking up at six for work each morning. Though the sun rose from the other direction, the promise of beauty on the western horizon pulled me easily from bed. The clouds turned a soft pink, reflected in the ocean, and a glow settled across the flowering trees and sugar mill ruins. Rainbows were a daily gift, yellow butterflies lifted from vines in small clouds, and twice I saw pods of dolphins moving south off the bay. Throughout the day iguanas marched haughtily around me as I worked, frogs and toads gurgled in pools and puddles, and...

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