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June 18th, 2018

Abuse of Farm Safety Net Harms Rural America 

Abuse of Farm Safety Net Harms Rural America 

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By Cora Fox, Center for Rural Affairs Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) makes billions of dollars in payments to farmers across the country. Farmers rely on this money as part of a safety net, which helps them mitigate risks involved with working in agriculture. Congress put in place common sense limits on farm program payments, but left damaging loopholes. Currently, farmers are required to be actively engaged in farming to receive these payments. “Actively engaged” farmers should be on the farm or in the tractor, as well as investing in land, equipment, or providing capital for the farming operation. Each corporation, LLC, or individual farmer meeting “actively…
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06/18/2018Abuse of Farm Safety Net Harms Rural America 
Now Playing in Select Cities: First Reformed: ****

Now Playing in Select Cities: First Reformed: ****

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Environmentalism is a religion. I don’t mean that as an insult, just an observation. “First Reformed” is the first time I’ve seen an Environmentalist make this observation, too. Environmentalism has a deity: Mother Earth. It has a devil: Corporations. It has a clergy: Scientists. It has a story that explains how the world began: the Big Bang. And it has a story that explains how the world will soon end: Climate Change. I am a Conservationist. I no longer have an Amazon account, I eat very little meat, I have a small apartment, and I try to use as little of the earth’s resources as possible. However, when I hear people claiming that they know the future and that it is catastrophicall…
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06/18/2018Now Playing in Select Cities: First Reformed: ****
Governor’s Plan Would Raid the Education Fund

Governor’s Plan Would Raid the Education Fund

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By Jack Hoffman Public education—pre-k through 12—has become a coveted source of revenue in recent years. People look at the $1.7 billion Education Fund and imagine how some efficiencies here, a little school consolidation there, could free up hundreds of millions of dollars. Now Gov. Phil Scott has proposed his “Five-Year Education Revitalization, Tax Stabilization, and Investment Act.” It dangles the prospect of improving education, but the real aim appears to be a raid on the Education Fund. Scott says the plan will produce almost $300 million “available for investment” from fiscal 2020 to 2024. It’s really $277 million, and what the administration calls “savings” are both budget…
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06/18/2018Governor’s Plan Would Raid the Education Fund
Local Teen Trains for Ninja Nationals & Encourages Others to Give It a Try

Local Teen Trains for Ninja Nationals & Encourages Others to Give It a Try

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By Katie Moritz “It’s just really cool,” Cabot Hepburn, 14, of Montpelier, explains as he talks about his Ninja Obstacle training.  Hepburn, who will be a freshman this fall, is well-spoken and appears older than his age. In July, he will attend the Ultimate Ninja Athletic Association Finals in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When asked what he finds most challenging about his Ninja training, Cabot…
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06/11/2018Local Teen Trains for Ninja Nationals & Encourages Others to Give It a Try
The Picnic Basket

The Picnic Basket

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By G. E. Shuman My wife’s birthday was/is this week. I’m not going to tell you how old, or how young she is, as I value my life far too much to do that. Anyway, let it also be known that I did marry an older woman. Truthfully, she really is older than me… three weeks older, to be exact. Three weeks is a significant amount of time, especially the three weeks when she has already had her birthday, and I have not. Don’t think it matters? Try holding your breath for three weeks. Okay, I have belabored that point quite enough. Birthdays are difficult things to celebrate, it seems, when you are our age. At least, for me, every year brings the challenge of finding the right gift for my dear w…
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06/11/2018The Picnic Basket
Pope Francis: A Man of His Word:**1/2

Pope Francis: A Man of His Word:**1/2

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In this hyper-partisan era, people on both sides are way too eager to embrace a celebrity who seems to share their opinion about the President. It was understandable that people on the Right wanted to watch the Rosanne reboot. It was the first time that a scripted TV show presented Trump supporters as regular, sympathetic Americans. But Conservatives made a mistake when they embraced Rosanne Barr as one of their own without doing any research. This is the same Rosanne who proclaimed that 9/11 was an inside job masterminded by George W Bush. This is the same Rosanne who went a little too far in her anti-Chick-Fil-A hatred in 2012: “Anyone who eats at ****-Fil-A deserves to get the cance…
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06/11/2018Pope Francis: A Man of His Word:**1/2
Guest Opinion: Think VT’s Wildlife Policies Are Formed in the Best Interest of Wildlife and the general public? Think Again

Guest Opinion: Think VT’s Wildlife Policies Are Formed in the Best Interest of Wildlife and the gene…

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By Brenna Galdenzi, President, Protect Our Wildlife Both Governor Phil Scott, and the Fish & Wildlife Commissioner who was appointed by Scott, did not support the ban on coyote killing contests, even though Scott let the bill pass without actively signing it. Killing contests and the year-round​,​ open killing season on coyotes are not based in sound wildlife management practices - in fact, these activities are antithetical to the science behind good management. Vermont Fish & Wildlife is allowing emotion (hatred towards coyotes) to dictate​ wildlife “management” policies. The open killing season on coyotes does not reduce their populations. Rather, studies show that it can cau…
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06/11/2018Guest Opinion: Think VT’s Wildlife Policies Are Formed in the Best Interest of Wildlife and the gene…
Gifford Nurse Effie Farnham Retires After 51 Years of Service

Gifford Nurse Effie Farnham Retires After 51 Years of Service

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Longtime Gifford Health Care Nurse Effie Farnham, whose career spans 51 years, retired in mid-May. Her friends, family, and colleagues will send her off with best wishes at a retirement party Thursday, June 7, marking the beginning of the next chapter in Effie’s community-minded life. “From her colleagues to her many patients, the Gifford community will deeply miss Effie Farnham,” said G…
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06/04/2018Gifford Nurse Effie Farnham Retires After 51 Years of Service
Just Like Riding a Bike? Onion River Outdoors Is Ready to Roll

Just Like Riding a Bike? Onion River Outdoors Is Ready to Roll

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By Katie Moritz In 1890, naturalist John Muir wrote in his journal “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” For Onion River Outdoors, a gear and bike shop growing out of a community that had once thrived within and around Onion River Sports, this is literally true. In December 2017, the iconic Onion River Sports, which had been in operation in downtown Montpelier…
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06/04/2018Just Like Riding a Bike? Onion River Outdoors Is Ready to Roll
VOTE FOR VERMONT: Put the Children and the Taxpayers of the State First

VOTE FOR VERMONT: Put the Children and the Taxpayers of the State First

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Many of the Vote for Vermont shows have focused on high property taxes, quality education and Vermont’s stagnant economy. I recently wrote an op-ed as President of the Board of Directors of Campaign for Vermont and Co-producer/host of Vote for Vermont. The purpose of the Op-ed was to get the Legislature and the Administration to focus on fixing education funding once and for all. I hoped that the Legislature would set up a process to do so during their Special Session but so far nothing has happened. So, we may have to turn our attention to the Administration to do something. I’ve provided excerpts from the Op-ed below. “Vermonters and their hard-earned dollars are exhausted from experien…
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06/04/2018VOTE FOR VERMONT: Put the Children and the Taxpayers of the State First
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Abuse of Farm Safety Net Harms Rural America 

By Cora Fox, Center for Rural Affairs Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) makes billions of dollars in payments to farmers across the country. Farmers rely on this money as part of a safety net, which helps them mitigate risks involv...

Read More

Now Playing in Select Cities: First Reformed: ****

Environmentalism is a religion. I don’t mean that as an insult, just an observation. “First Reformed” is the first time I’ve seen an Environmentalist make this observation, too. Environmentalism has a deity: Mother Earth. It has a devil: Corporations...

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Governor’s Plan Would Raid the Education Fund

By Jack Hoffman Public education—pre-k through 12—has become a coveted source of revenue in recent years. People look at the $1.7 billion Education Fund and imagine how some efficiencies here, a little school consolidation there, could free up hundre...

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Local Teen Trains for Ninja Nationals & Encourages Others to Give It a Try

By Katie Moritz “It’s just really cool,” Cabot Hepburn, 14, of Montpelier, explains as he talks about his Ninja Obstacle training.  Hepburn, who will be a freshman this fall, is well-spoken and appears older than his age. In July, he will attend the...

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The Picnic Basket

By G. E. Shuman My wife’s birthday was/is this week. I’m not going to tell you how old, or how young she is, as I value my life far too much to do that. Anyway, let it also be known that I did marry an older woman. Truthfully, she really is older tha...

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