Mickey Nowak

In painting of Confederate soldier, a Vermont artist portrayed dignity in defeat. Can we?

I was recently in Washington, D.C. at the National Portrait Gallery. While walking through the various rooms I came across a painting, “Surrender of a Confederate Soldier,” by Vermont-born artist Julian Scott.

The placard read: “At the age of fifteen, Julian Scott lied about his age to enlist in the Union army. He rose from drummer boy to infantryman, and for his service he earned the Congressional Medal of Honor.”

“After his discharge he became an artist, initially focusing on images of heroic moments of sacrifice during the war. He painted this Confederate soldier with dignity. The raised white flag is simultaneously a surrender of the individual, his family, the Confederate cause, and the Southern way of life.

“The soldier's wife cradles their infant child, while the enslaved man with them looks away, perhaps envisioning the changes in his own future. Scott imbued this work with respect for his Confederate counterpart, sounding a hopeful note for the future.”...

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‘Oasis’ means different things to different people

Howard Fairman, you sound like a bitter skier talking about snowboarders when the mountains started letting “those kind” on the slopes. Don't you believe in diversity on the trails? “Oasis” means different things to different people.

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Anti-windmill literature: science, pseudoscience, and nonsense

I was recently up in the Grafton area and while in a store picked up all of the anti-windmill literature. It was a little bit of science, a lot of pseudoscience, and a bunch of outright nonsense. Sounded like Trump arguing against immigration. He has no logical argument against...

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Let free speech reign, and let the voters decide

Let's take a group like 350.org. It gets its power from people who have a common interest coming together to organize, raise money, form activist groups, protest, and try to influence legislation such as allowing the Keystone pipeline to be built. Bully for them! That's their right. Should anyone be able to limit these rights and somehow determine if they're acting for the public good? That idea is laughable and incredibly un-American. Should their status be granted for a limited...

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Why shouldn’t corporations have the same rights as unions?

RE: “What happened to Occupy Wall Street?” [Viewpoint, Nov. 6]: Are unions people? If you answer yes, then obviously corporations are people, too. They are very similar: groups of people with common interests. Unions put big money and influence into political campaigns. Why shouldn't corporations have the same rights? There are many campaigns where the left has outspent the right. They never cry about the influence of big money then. Attention, everyone! Stop crying, grow a spine, and vote!

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