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July 28th, 2016

Max’s View

Max’s View

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1971 *** Edward Snowden is a traitor. That’s what a lot of Americans – smart, reasonable Americans – think. Not me, though. To me, Edward Snowden was a selfless hero for releasing those secret files when he had the chance. The NSA had been collecting data on millions of Americans without a warrant and it was only right that we knew the truth. The government knew that it was behaving badly. That’s why they were hiding the fact they were doing it. Snowden was simply helping the government and our society by exposing bad behavior. It is absolutely normal for a good government to go too far sometimes in the name of national security. And that’s why we sometimes need whistle-bl…
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07/25/2016Max’s View
Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

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By Judy Reiss I don’t know when I first had bad leg cramps. I think it was shortly after my first child but I wouldn’t swear to it. What I can swear to is that from the very beginning of these cramps, I have really suffered. In the beginning, most of the cramps were in my upper thighs. I was also a lot heavier than I am now and it was almost impossible to figure out how to knead them out or stretch my legs for relief. Now, I must admit I think they sort of went into hiding for several years. I think I had three small children and worked 7 days a week. And what that meant was I slept like a rock and didn’t have time to get cramps! And then they came back with a vengeance. I was…
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07/25/2016Reiss’s Pieces
August Primary Election

August Primary Election

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Editor, Peter Galbraith will be a Vermont governor with clear and bold proposals for the common good. Galbraith also has the backbone to move these changes through a legislature unable to find a remedy to the gridlock and inertia that have prevented measurable progress. Galbraith has set out a series of economic justice ideas including a $15 hourly minimum wage and free tuition at Vermont state colleges. His positions are firmly anchored in a background of sound and informed economic analyses. Galbraith has also shown the courage to talk about new specific sources of revenues to fund the changes he advocates — without increases of taxes for the majority of Vermonters. He proposes t…
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07/25/2016August Primary Election
Art Explodes in Barre this Summer

Art Explodes in Barre this Summer

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Studio Place Arts (SPA) is hosting a fiber art extravaganza that includes an exhibit called “Visionary Conspiracy” of outstanding work by Vermont members of the nationally renowned Surface Design Association. The artwork will include traditional and sometimes unconventional pieces made using an arsenal of threads, textiles, wool, needles and looms. It will be displayed in the main floor galler…
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07/18/2016Art Explodes in Barre this Summer
Aging with Grace

Aging with Grace

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It’s been several months since we began writing this column and it would be helpful to know how we’re doing. Do you read the column often and do you find the information helpful? Please take a few minutes to give us your thoughts; call Sue or Barb at 802.476.3630 or email pibarre@giffordhealthcare.org. Thank you. Dear Grace, I just started caring for my mother who has a variety of things g…
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07/18/2016Aging with Grace
The Tree You Planted

The Tree You Planted

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By G. E. Shuman I lost my baby brother last week. After over six years of a heroic battle with cancer, he is, finally, at rest, and totally out of the reach of any more pain. His death is tragic, but in some ways, it was “best for him”, as his loving, grieving wife told me on the phone only hours before his departing. His suffering is completely finished, and forever in the past. We, as his family, will continue to bear his loss, but our own suffering because of his pain is also over. As I said, he is at rest. My brother was a very private person, and his wishes were that there be no funeral, fanfare, flowers or flattering words to commemorate his passing. That is one reason his name…
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07/18/2016The Tree You Planted
Max’s View: Thank You, Police

Max’s View: Thank You, Police

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In general, I am not inclined to respect institutions of authority and power. I think the entire criminal justice system should be overhauled and radically simplified so that judges, lawyers, and prison wardens have less control over our society. Every criminal case should have exactly one question: are people in the defendant’s community safer and better off without him. If the answer is yes, he should be immediately moved to the new penal colony on the large island of Hawaii. I think that all prisons need to be closed immediately. Prisons aren’t unusual punishment anymore; but they are definitely cruel. No animal more intelligent than a hamster should ever have to live in…
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07/18/2016Max’s View: Thank You, Police
Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

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By Judy Reiss I know that this topic is going to make a lot of people mad, but I just can’t help myself! And here is the questions, why do young people want to desecrate their bodies with tattoos? Now before you tear up the newspaper, let me ask you a couple more questions. I know that it is a painful way to put pictures on your body and I also know that it isn’t cheap! If you have the extra cash I have no objections to spending money that you have earned yourself to get a tattoo. However. I do think that if you have children and a family that your first priority is to them and I don’t see how you can spend money that has been given to you to get a tattoo rather than food for the table an…
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07/18/2016Reiss’s Pieces
Anti-American Hate Speech on Independence Day

Anti-American Hate Speech on Independence Day

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Editor, A letter in WORLD’s Independence Day issue was a classic example of anti-American hate speech encased in a long parade of nonsense. Andrew Torre characterized U.S. patriotism as a “vacuous myth,” “an infantile love” and “the last refuge of a scoundrel” as he “searched” for the true meaning of the word, “patriotism.” He correctly began with the root of the word, “patros” – “father.” In response to Torre’s request for help, here goes – “patriotism” means holding the same beliefs of America’s founding “fathers.” Since the 2016 Independence Day was the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, let’s look at the foundational beliefs that started History’s Great Nation.…
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07/18/2016Anti-American Hate Speech on Independence Day
Don’t Like Ridiculous Ads

Don’t Like Ridiculous Ads

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Editor, I am completely disgusted by Bruce Lisman’s ads making the ridiculous claim that Phil Scott and Peter Shumlin have somehow been partners for 16 years. For someone who says he is not the usual politician, Lisman sure acts like it — saying anything to try and tear down Phil Scott in a desperate attempt to win an election. Instead of an imagined connection between Phil Scott and Peter Shumlin, I hope voters will look at the real connection between Bruce Lisman and the politicians whose policies he claims to oppose. Barack Obama, who signed the law to create the Health Exchange mandate that has been such a disaster for Vermont, received a nice donation to his campaign from B…
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07/18/2016Don’t Like Ridiculous Ads
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Max’s View

1971 *** Edward Snowden is a traitor. That’s what a lot of Americans – smart, reasonable Americans – think. Not me, though. To me, Edward Snowden was a selfless hero for releasing those secret files when he had the chance. The NSA had been collecting...

Read More

Reiss’s Pieces

By Judy Reiss I don’t know when I first had bad leg cramps. I think it was shortly after my first child but I wouldn’t swear to it. What I can swear to is that from the very beginning of these cramps, I have really suffered. In the beginning, most of...

Read More

August Primary Election

Editor, Peter Galbraith will be a Vermont governor with clear and bold proposals for the common good. Galbraith also has the backbone to move these changes through a legislature unable to find a remedy to the gridlock and inertia that have prevented...

Read More

Art Explodes in Barre this Summer

Studio Place Arts (SPA) is hosting a fiber art extravaganza that includes an exhibit called “Visionary Conspiracy” of outstanding work by Vermont members of the nationally renowned Surface Design Association. The artwork will include traditional and...

Read More

Aging with Grace

It’s been several months since we began writing this column and it would be helpful to know how we’re doing. Do you read the column often and do you find the information helpful? Please take a few minutes to give us your thoughts; call Sue or Barb at...

Read More

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