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Join Us on National Wreaths Across America Day

Join Us on National Wreaths Across America Day

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Dear Editor, Fellow residents of Bennington and the surrounding area, we are asking you to Join us on National Wreaths Across America Day; December 16 at 1200 at the Vermont Veterans’ Home on 325 North Street in Bennington. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery, as well as over 1,100 additional locations in all 50 U.S. states, at sea, and abroad. We at the Vermont Veterans’ Home are honored to participate in this national event as one of the locations. Last year the day was cold, windy, and snowing, yet as hardy Vermonters you attended and part…
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12/11/2017Join Us on National Wreaths Across America Day
Max’s View: Netflix Original, Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond: ****

Max’s View: Netflix Original, Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond: ****

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When I watch something where an actor is playing an insane character, I wonder to myself: is the actor truly crazy? Did he start off sane and lose his mind for the role? The craziest TV character I can think of is Claire Danes’s Carrie Mathison in “Homeland.” When she’s not completely devoted to her dangerous job, she goes home and becomes an immediate danger to herself with booze and pills. It is possible that Claire Danes is simply a terrific actress who can turn it on and off at will. But I’ll bet no one who watched “Homeland” has ever taken a chance and allowed Ms. Danes to babysit their children. When it comes to entertainers acting insane, Andy Kaufman is the all-time champion…
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12/11/2017Max’s View: Netflix Original, Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond: ****
Vermont’s Fair & Impartial Policing Policy Needs to Uphold the Values and Laws that Protect ALL People

Vermont’s Fair & Impartial Policing Policy Needs to Uphold the Values and Laws that Protect ALL Peop…

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Dear Editor, As members of the central Vermont chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, we want to state boldly that Act 54 and its provision to revisit the details of Vermont’s Fair and Impartial Policing Policy needs to uphold the values and laws that protect ALL people who come in contact with the criminal justice system, regardless of race or immigration status. So far, the collaborative process with the Vermont Criminal Justice Training Council between stakeholders and policy writers has had some good results — protections of privacy and mandates for training and accountability, to name a few. BUT, still there is more we need to do to assure things like the open sharing of info…
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12/11/2017Vermont’s Fair & Impartial Policing Policy Needs to Uphold the Values and Laws that Protect ALL Peop…
Guest Opinion: We Must Unite Against Abuse

Guest Opinion: We Must Unite Against Abuse

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By Lt. Governor David Zuckerman Public revelations of sexual assault and misconduct against women and children, such as those making headlines over the few months, are deeply disturbing. How can anyone think such actions are okay? My hope is that we are leaving behind a time of impunity for abusers, who believed their actions would never be reported or given proper consideration. These assaults have torn the fabric of our society, robbed many of their dignity and human potential, and left members of our community broken and suffering in silence. As a society, we have accepted a slippery slope of insulting speech and behavior, especially toward women, thus encouraging and abetting sexua…
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12/11/2017Guest Opinion: We Must Unite Against Abuse
AARP Fraud Watch Network: Beware of Survey Swindles

AARP Fraud Watch Network: Beware of Survey Swindles

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These unexpected emails, text messages and social media posts promise a generous gift card, coupon or actual products for sharing your opinions about planned purchases or a “recent shopping experience.” But beware: Links that are supposed to lead you to a survey often hide computer malware. And “questions” about personal or financial information — including bank and credit accounts for supposed reward deposits — could be a setup for future identity theft or to get you on scammer-shared sucker lists for future come-ons. Before clicking on any link that looks like it’s from a well-known company, hover your computer mouse over the URL. If the address doesn’t display the company’s name before…
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12/11/2017AARP Fraud Watch Network: Beware of Survey Swindles
Max’s Views: Kedi (Cat):***

Max’s Views: Kedi (Cat):***

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Everybody knows about the love that parents have for their children. Everybody knows about the loyalty that dogs and their owners have for each other. America’s love affair with our cats is less well-known. That is because cats are mostly hidden behind closed-doors. You only see a cat-lovers’ beloved baby if you go into her house. And, even if you are in her house, the cat may have run away and hidden from you. For nearly 40 years, cats weren’t even on my radar. I didn’t know anything about them. And I certainly had never loved one. My feelings have changed in a big way since I’ve been living with my wife’s cats Lucy and Felicia. Now they are my cats, too. They are my children. The…
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11/27/2017Max’s Views: Kedi (Cat):***
Guest Opinion: A History Lesson on Tax Cuts

Guest Opinion: A History Lesson on Tax Cuts

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To stimulate the U.S. economy to “levels you haven’t seen in many years”— President Trump is proposing to cut federal income taxes, for most folks in general, but predominately for really affluent families and mega-corporations. His proposal is so skewed to the wealthy that over the next 10 years, more than half of his multi-trillion dollar tax cut will go to the wealthiest one percent. Big business does well too, gaining an estimated $4.1 trillion tax cut during the next decade. And that’s not the only justification offered for the president’s full-on, supply-side, tax cut. According to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), this tax cut will “create so much economic growth, i…
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11/27/2017Guest Opinion: A History Lesson on Tax Cuts
Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

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Our lives today are so strange that it is so different from what most of us remember from our childhood and the childhood of our own children that if I wasn’t actually living during these times I would assume that I must be living in a Grims Brothers Fairy Tale. Think about it, do you know anyone who lived in a family or a community who not only allowed their children to behave they encouraged them to misbehave, knowing full well that most children of today’s generation are encouraged to say and do whatever they want. And the older generation is considered just that, the older generation who has no interest in anyone younger. And what makes it even worse is that the elder generation includes…
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11/27/2017Reiss’s Pieces
Max’s Views: Sour Grapes: ***1/2

Max’s Views: Sour Grapes: ***1/2

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Most people agree that wealth inequality is a serious problem. The large and growing wealth gap isn’t just unfair, it is a danger to the stability of our regime. Politicians like Elizabeth Warren and especially Bernie Sanders are popular, above all, because they are seen as advocates for the people against the rapacious rich. The problem is that politicians seem to think there is only one way to redistribute wealth: raise taxes. It is a little fishy that the one idea they have is the one that specifically enriches and empowers them. If we were serious about taking from the rich, we’d come up with a more imaginative gameplan. How about encouraging corporations to give their employ…
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11/20/2017Max’s Views: Sour Grapes: ***1/2
Acupuncture: a New Approach to Combating Vermont's Opioid Epidemic

Acupuncture: a New Approach to Combating Vermont’s Opioid Epidemic

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By Katie Moritz Kerry Boyle, the President of the Vermont Acupuncture Association and licensed acupuncturist at Integrative Acupuncture in downtown Montpelier, starts her story with an analogy: “if people have back pain, they may not need needles in the back, but in the shoulder or wrist. For example, if you have a lightbulb issue, it may be with the lightbulb, but it might also be with the switch. Sometimes we have to treat the switch.” Could this analogy extend past treating a particular body to treating chronic pain and ultimately Vermont’s opioid epidemic? According to results from the Vermont Medicaid Study, acupuncture may be an alternative to an opioid prescription. It may ev…
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11/20/2017Acupuncture: a New Approach to Combating Vermont’s Opioid Epidemic
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Join Us on National Wreaths Across America Day

Dear Editor, Fellow residents of Bennington and the surrounding area, we are asking you to Join us on National Wreaths Across America Day; December 16 at 1200 at the Vermont Veterans’ Home on 325 North Street in Bennington. Each December on National...

Read More

Max’s View: Netflix Original, Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond: ****

When I watch something where an actor is playing an insane character, I wonder to myself: is the actor truly crazy? Did he start off sane and lose his mind for the role? The craziest TV character I can think of is Claire Danes’s Carrie Mathison in “H...

Read More

Vermont’s Fair & Impartial Policing Policy Needs to Uphold the Values and Laws that Protect ALL People

Dear Editor, As members of the central Vermont chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, we want to state boldly that Act 54 and its provision to revisit the details of Vermont’s Fair and Impartial Policing Policy needs to uphold the values and laws...

Read More

Guest Opinion: We Must Unite Against Abuse

By Lt. Governor David Zuckerman Public revelations of sexual assault and misconduct against women and children, such as those making headlines over the few months, are deeply disturbing. How can anyone think such actions are okay? My hope is that we...

Read More

AARP Fraud Watch Network: Beware of Survey Swindles

These unexpected emails, text messages and social media posts promise a generous gift card, coupon or actual products for sharing your opinions about planned purchases or a “recent shopping experience.” But beware: Links that are supposed to lead you...

Read More

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