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Montpelier MS Walk Raises Funds, Awareness, and Community Spirits

Montpelier MS Walk Raises Funds, Awareness, and Community Spirits

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By Katie Moritz On May 12th, Chloe Wright, of Montpelier, Jonathan Myles, of Williamstown, Brian Wallace, of Burlington, and Thea Wright volunteered for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Montpelier Walk. Chloe and Jonathan are both members of the Civil Air Patrol Capital Composite Squadron out of Knapp Airport and both have been giving back to their communities for years. This ye…
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05/21/2018Montpelier MS Walk Raises Funds, Awareness, and Community Spirits
Max’s Views: Now on Video: Hostiles: **1/2

Max’s Views: Now on Video: Hostiles: **1/2

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When my parents were children, they were taught that cowboys and American lawmen were the good guys and Native Americans were savages to be defeated. Now, children are taught that the Natives were the virtuous victims and white men were the blood-thirsty villains. There’s truth to both of those perspectives. But they are both outrageous oversimplifications. I suppose you have to keep stories short for children. I just hope that adults are sensible enough not to mistake either narrative for the truth. The White Men Are Bad theory is based on the notion that Native Americans were here first. I have two problems with the “they were here first” justification. One: “I was here first” is…
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05/21/2018Max’s Views: Now on Video: Hostiles: **1/2
Guest Opinion: Politicians Should Set Aside Politics

Guest Opinion: Politicians Should Set Aside Politics

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By Pat McDonald, President of Campaign for Vermont: Vermonters and their hard-earned dollars are exhausted from experiencing the rollercoaster ride that is our government’s approach to economic policy. Despite repeated pleas from Vermonters to address affordability and avoid upward pressures on tax bills, this session has once again left them with a feeling that no one is listening to them, leaving them holding the bag. It’s not that our political leaders and lawmakers can’t get things done. Just look how quickly they passed recreational marijuana and firearms legislation this session. In fact, Vermont has a long track record of pushing social issues through at a rapid pace, but the sa…
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05/21/2018Guest Opinion: Politicians Should Set Aside Politics
Guest Opinion:Teens, Intoxicants, and Texting this Prom and Graduation Season

Guest Opinion:Teens, Intoxicants, and Texting this Prom and Graduation Season

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By Deb Paul, Publisher of the Londonderry Times A driver’s license mixed with a few drinks, texting, and pot is dangerous for anyone, but the reckless combination can be even more so for inexperienced drivers. Even when a parent trusts his or her own teenager to be conscientious, being certain that other teenagers will do the same is impossible. As prom and graduation season approaches, parents; drunk-driving fears escalate and schools; activism against such activity increases. Though teens will ultimately make the final decisions in terms of their own safety, it doesn’t keep parents from waiting up at night. It is a horrible feeling it ties your stomach in knots. When it comes t…
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05/21/2018Guest Opinion:Teens, Intoxicants, and Texting this Prom and Graduation Season
Documenting History: The Turner Farmouse of Berlin

Documenting History: The Turner Farmouse of Berlin

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By Katie Moritz “You’re either a historian or you’re not,” Richard Turner laughs, his eyes lighting up as he points to each of the photos flicking by on the computer screen. “If you are, it’s interesting stuff for you to do.” Richard Turner was born 1935. He, along with his two brothers, John, and Vern, born in 1928 and 1933 respectively, grew up in the family homestead located in Berli…
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05/14/2018Documenting History: The Turner Farmouse of Berlin
My Best Insomnia Advice

My Best Insomnia Advice

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By G. E. Shuman I’m a firm believer in generally helping other people if we can, and in spreading information that may be of use to others when we can. I’m sure you are, too. Although I don’t always, if ever, live up to the following thought, I recently read someone’s admonition to “Throw kindness around like confetti.”  I think that’s just a great concept and one which will always benefit the ‘thrower’ as much as the receiver. Having said that, I’d like to share one idea here that might help you, if you, like me, have a problem with occasional insomnia. It’s not a cure, I’m not a doctor, and it won’t always work, but it is something that might be helpful.  So, here’s my ‘kindness conf…
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05/14/2018My Best Insomnia Advice
Max’s Views: Tully: ****

Max’s Views: Tully: ****

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When my first marriage was coming to an end, I made a list of the worst-case scenarios that could happen in order to keep things in perspective. Here’s what I thought were the bottom five most terrible things that could happen to me: 5. Die 4. Get Divorced 3. Get severely injured in an accident so I can no longer walk or be active. 2. Have kids 1. Get tortured You know that feeling when you look at the clock on your computer at work and discover that you still have three long hours to go before quitting time? That’s how parenthood sounds to me. Except instead of three hours, you have 25 years to go before you get to stop working. 25 years during which you are often tired…
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05/14/2018Max’s Views: Tully: ****
Guest Opinion: Some VT Lawmakers Could Send Workers, Homeowners, and Small Businesses Fleeing

Guest Opinion: Some VT Lawmakers Could Send Workers, Homeowners, and Small Businesses Fleeing

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By Shawn Shouldice, Capital Connections, LLC As the Vermont General Assembly closes out this legislative session, NFIB, which represents more than a thousand small-business owners in the state, urges the legislature to consider the cumulative impact of the costly mandates being considered. These proposals will make it harder for small-business owners to grow their businesses, impact employees’ jobs, and ultimately hurt the state’s economy. At the outset of this session, Gov. Phil Scott called for a balanced budget without raising taxes and fees, and the legislature seemed to agree. But now, some lawmakers seem hell-bent on enacting bills that place huge costs on the backs of small Verm…
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05/14/2018Guest Opinion: Some VT Lawmakers Could Send Workers, Homeowners, and Small Businesses Fleeing
Guest Opinion: The Trouble With Roadside Saliva Tests

Guest Opinion: The Trouble With Roadside Saliva Tests

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By Chloé White, Policy Director, ACLU of Vermont In the wake of marijuana legalization, many states are looking for new ways to keep impaired drivers off the road. Unfortunately, some proposals would lead to problematic and possibly unconstitutional police practices. One such idea is warrantless roadside saliva testing. During a roadside saliva test, a police officer takes a saliva sample from a driver’s mouth and inserts the sample into a machine that at least theoretically can detect whether any amount of certain controlled substances — legal or illegal — is in the driver’s system. Yuck factor aside, there are several problems with this. First, at best, these tests merely detect t…
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05/14/2018Guest Opinion: The Trouble With Roadside Saliva Tests
It Is Time for the Legislature to Act

It Is Time for the Legislature to Act

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Guest Opinion: The Executive Director of the Vermont Progressive Party issued the following statement calling on the Vermont Legislature to pass a ban on corporate donations to parties and candidates. The Progressive Party analyzed the most recent campaign finance reports filed by the 3 major Vermont parties. We found that the Republican Party received 78% of their donations, over $50,000, from corporations. The Democratic party received 60% of their contributions, over $60,000, from corporate donors. This demonstrates clearly that they are not primarily supported by individuals with a few corporate donations thrown in. They are both relying on corporate entities for the majority of th…
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05/07/2018It Is Time for the Legislature to Act
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Montpelier MS Walk Raises Funds, Awareness, and Community Spirits

By Katie Moritz On May 12th, Chloe Wright, of Montpelier, Jonathan Myles, of Williamstown, Brian Wallace, of Burlington, and Thea Wright volunteered for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Montpelier Walk. Chloe and Jonathan are both memb...

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Max’s Views: Now on Video: Hostiles: **1/2

When my parents were children, they were taught that cowboys and American lawmen were the good guys and Native Americans were savages to be defeated. Now, children are taught that the Natives were the virtuous victims and white men were the blood-thi...

Read More

Guest Opinion: Politicians Should Set Aside Politics

By Pat McDonald, President of Campaign for Vermont: Vermonters and their hard-earned dollars are exhausted from experiencing the rollercoaster ride that is our government’s approach to economic policy. Despite repeated pleas from Vermonters to addres...

Read More

Guest Opinion:Teens, Intoxicants, and Texting this Prom and Graduation Season

By Deb Paul, Publisher of the Londonderry Times A driver’s license mixed with a few drinks, texting, and pot is dangerous for anyone, but the reckless combination can be even more so for inexperienced drivers. Even when a parent trusts his or her own...

Read More

Documenting History: The Turner Farmouse of Berlin

By Katie Moritz “You’re either a historian or you’re not,” Richard Turner laughs, his eyes lighting up as he points to each of the photos flicking by on the computer screen. “If you are, it’s interesting stuff for you to do.” Richard Turner was born...

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