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September 27th, 2016

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Two Flawed Candidates

Editor, Clinton and Trump are flawed candidates running for President. Clinton has questionable scruples, and she has made significant mistakes. As Secretary of State, she set up an unsecured private server in her home for government email communications and sent and received secret and top secret information. She had ultimate responsibility for th...

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The U.S., Russia, and Trump

Editor, The official story has it that we don’t like Putin because he’s a “dictator.” Yet we’re great friends with ruthless authoritarians in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the Arab Emirates, and other corners of the world. And we’ve sanctioned Russia for its “aggression” in annexing Crimea – although ethnic Russians comprise the majority there and it has be...

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Thank You from Friends of the Aldrich Library

Editor, I want to thank all the many people who helped make this year’s Friends of the Aldrich Library Book Sale a success. There were a lot of almost new books, fiction and non-fiction and many children’s books that were put into eager people’s hands. Also there were many non-fiction books that went off the tables: science, literature, philosophy,...

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Mirror Lake is Alarmingly Polluted

Editor, For many years, my husband and I have had the privilege of enjoying Mirror Lake, also known as #10 Pond, in Calais, to use our rowing shells and swim. We felt fortunate to have such a nice place nearby for these activities. However, when we were there recently and my shell gliding through the water, the pollution was alarmingly noticeable....

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Guest Opinion: The Culture of Trump Comes to Vermont

By Carl Etnier I’ve been talking with quite a few voters recently, and a number of people have raised questions about a recent decision by the Public Service Board (PSB) to exclude the public from an Aug. 4 hearing about the Vermont Gas pipeline. These voters are right to be concerned. The pipeline is a $166 million step in the wrong direction. It...

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Financial Security for our Senior Citizens

Editor, If I am a Vermont senior living on an insufficient, fixed income, I deal with difficult daily realities: Choosing between food or medication or between feeding myself or my pet; not going out because I can’t afford a vehicle and public transportation is unavailable; or, weighing carefully every purchase I make. My only human contact may be...

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The New Lynchings

Editor, We’re all pretty aware – or should be – of the spate of brutal killings of black people by white men sworn to enforce the law. It’s reminiscent of the lynchings of yesteryear that were out carried with impunity, primarily in the south. The current murders, however, are nationwide and can’t be attributed to crazy southern white Ku Kluxers. S...

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An Open Letter to White Vermonters

Editor, Recently I saw a photo on Facebook of a young black man wearing a t-shirt that said, “Dear Police: I am a White Woman.” It was funny, since he was so obviously not a white woman, and then not so funny when I thought of what would prompt him to wear that t-shirt. I am a white woman, and while my heart pounds if a police officer pulls me over...

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Vote for Liberty Union Party on Aug. 9

Editor, The 2016 gubernatorial candidacy of Bill Lee marks the resurgence of the Liberty Union Party as the main voice of progressive conscience and thought in state politics as the Vermont Progressive Party has lost that distinction due to recent bad campaign strategies and decisions in their attempts to collaborate with the establishment Vermont...

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Guest Opinion: By Shipping Groundwater, Vermont Yankee Takes the High Road

By Guy Page It rains in Vermont. It rains a lot. And rain contributes to groundwater. Everywhere else in Vermont, groundwater moves subsurface into a nearby rivers or lakes, usually with little or no treatment. But Vermont Yankee is not “everywhere else.” After examining groundwater that had intruded into the lower basements of the facility, Vermon...

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