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I continually hear women yelling about being able to be in control of their own bodies. Well, please, take control and prevent that body from becoming pregnant. It’s easy, birth control pills, condoms, hysterectomy ... a baby doesn’t have control over his or her body! If a woman wants to have an abortion, that’s her business and her choice and she should not expect other people to pay for it. Karlene Callahan Middlebury
Editor’s note: The following is a letter sent this week by the Starksboro selectboard to members of the Mount Abraham Unified School District Board, and copying MAUSD Superintendent Patrick Reen and state representatives and senators covering Starksboro. Dear MAUSD School Board members, We present this letter to the Mount Abraham Unified School District School Board on behalf of the residents of Starksboro. Our intention is to create the opportunity for a thoughtful and deliberate response on our part to the outcomes of the current undertakings of the board, which include the Merger Study...
Editor’s note: The Letters Forum in the Independent is a place for correspondents to exchange information and opinions on issues of public policy and matters of broad public interest. As such, we don’t generally publish letters from a person extolling the virtues of a family member. We make a rare exception here because the subject of the letter, Ron Hallman, was a public figure who for three decades was for many the face of Porter Hospital as its principal spokesman; because we don’t often get a personal look at public figures from the people who know them best; and because it provides a...

SEN. BERNIE SANDERS speaks on the Middlebury Town Green this past Labor Day. Independent photo/Steve James
When Sen. Bernie Sanders was in Middlebury this past Monday, he was indirectly answering a question recently posed by Republican Rep. Bruce Westerman of Arkansas when he exclaimed in mock horror last Thursday, as the House Natural Resources Committee began drafting its portion of the $3.5 trillion social policy plan, “What are Democrats trying to do to this country?” The answer, Sanders has said consistently for the past 40 years in politics and at Monday’s rally, is to direct the nation’s resources to help families in need, rather than pass policies — as Republicans have long done — that...
Late Wednesday, the state mandated its masking policy continue for all schools through Oct. 4. That extends the previous policy that had called for masking in schools through the first two weeks. The extension is sound: the Delta variant is extremely contagious and students under 12 are not yet vaccinated, so the risk of spreading the variant throughout the state’s schools is high. And we know that masking works to limit the spread of the virus. Furthermore, what should be paramount this year is keeping students in a classroom environment. Socially, we know that is better for students and...
I have a recurring nightmare. Set in a landscape of my childhood, my family’s ancestral Florida lake house becomes swallowed by rising water. I’m stranded on the dock as water rises all around me. I awaken filled with anxiety, about being swallowed by something that I can’t control, the fear of being surrounded by unknown depths and darkness. For the past year or so, a similar feeling has crept into my belly as I watch the Green Mountains enter drought. The forest pathways I walk daily are dusty, the garden is so parched it seems her thirst can never be quenched. What once felt like abundance...
I will never forget how I stepped out of the shower and heard people down in the street screaming, or how it was Carolyn who heard them screaming and called me to the window. How my parents in Virginia called us, frantic, telling us about the Pentagon and wanting to know how close our Brooklyn apartment was to the World Trade Center, or it was actually NPR that told us about the Pentagon. How our landline phone eventually stopped working but the internet persisted, or the landline worked but everyone else’s phones gave busy signals, so we resorted to email. How I emailed our bosses at...
Last week, a bare majority of the Supreme Court — five out of nine justices — refused to issue an injunction against a Texas statute making it illegal for physicians to perform an abortion if they detect cardiac activity in an embryo or fail to test for such activity. As Justice Sonia Sotomayor explained in her dissent, “This equates to a near-categorical ban on abortions beginning six weeks after a woman’s last menstrual period, before many women realize they are pregnant, and months before fetal viability.” The Texas statute could be enjoined by another court, or by the Supreme Court in a...
37th in a series John Dewey (1859–1952) was one of the most influential philosophers of the 20th century. Vermonters should take special notice, for Dewey was a native son. Born and raised in Burlington, a graduate of the University of Vermont, he died in New York City after a long and justly celebrated life. He was buried in Burlington on the university campus. After graduating from UVM, Dewey became a high school teacher. But moved by an insatiable passion for learning, he enrolled in John Hopkins University as a graduate student. He was awarded a Ph.D. in 1894. He taught philosophy at the...
I would like to thank the Rotary for displaying flags in Middlebury and the Rotary members who put out all of the flags. Also, thank you to the businesses and individuals who donate to the Rotary to place flags in honor of veterans. Karen Marshall Whiting

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