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The Counsel of the Years

The Counsel of the Years

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By G. E. Shuman I’m 62 years old. Or, as some of my seventh-grade students would phrase it if referring to their age, I’m 62 and a half. I’ll be 63 in July. (Remember that, if you want to send me a present.) I don’t really care about my age (as if there is anything I could do about it if I did), and I try to tackle the passing years as my mother does. She turned 93 just yesterday, as I write this column, and has often told me that she has never minded being whatever age she happens to be at the time. I think that’s a fantastic attitude to have, and could be the reason she is still able to live on her own, in Florida, drive her car, and fly to Maine for a visit each summer. She is an…
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02/28/2017The Counsel of the Years
Max’s View

Max’s View

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Arrival **** 600 years ago, everyone agreed that earth is at the center of the universe and all other heavenly bodies revolve around us. That was a fact. If some dreamer had stood up and said, “Hey, maybe the earth is just one of a billion planets in our galaxy. And our galaxy is just one of a billion in the universe,” that guy would have been laughed at or burnt at the stake. Yesterday’s facts are today’s jokes and today’s jokes and tomorrow’s facts. Anyone who asserts that she is completely certain about anything is either a religious person expressing her faith or a fool who has learned nothing from history. “Arrival” is a cinematic love letter to people who value contem…
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02/28/2017Max’s View
Senate Perspectives: Eat Your Peas

Senate Perspectives: Eat Your Peas

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By Joe Benning State Senator, Caledonia District “But Mom, I don’t like peas,” said my 5-year-old self to my mother. “Eat them anyway,” came her response. “But Mom, they don’t taste good,” I pled, hoping to gain some sympathy. She replied with a sympathy thrust of her own: “Be thankful you have them, there are starving people in the world, you know.” “Well, they can have my peas,” I retorted with juvenile logic. “Eat those peas,” came her stern response. “But why?” Her voice rose a notch: “Because I’m your mother and I said so!” That pretty much ended the discussion. That 55-year-old conversation popped into my head recently as I listened to a rather tortuous debate on the floor of…
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02/28/2017Senate Perspectives: Eat Your Peas
Quality Afterschool and Summer Programs should be Available to all Vermonters

Quality Afterschool and Summer Programs should be Available to all Vermonters

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Editor, I believe every Vermont community and family should have access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs for their children and dedicated state funding for afterschool and summer programs is a great step toward this goal. I am a fourth generation Vermonter and single parent with a good, full-time job. I was the first person in my family to go to college, and I’ll be the first to get my degree. Having grown up poor and now raising my children on a single income I know, intimately, the desperate, anxious, gnawing feelings that living below the poverty line curse a person with. Afterschool and summer learning programs offer families like mine a brief reprieve from t…
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02/28/2017Quality Afterschool and Summer Programs should be Available to all Vermonters
Northfield Select Board Races

Northfield Select Board Races

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Editor, I am writing to urge Northfield voters to vote for John Sears for the 3-year seat on the Select Board, and for Jim Baraw for the vacant 2-year seat on the Select Board. I firmly believe that a change in the composition of the board is necessary if Northfield is to move forward, attracting new businesses and new families, to expand our tax base and to stabilize our property tax rates without further cutting services and without further neglecting Town asset maintenance. I understand the pressure the board has felt to keep municipal taxes as low as possible, and I appreciate their care in this regard. However, at some point it’s “penny wise, pound foolish.” If we do not inves…
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02/28/2017Northfield Select Board Races
Trump Jeopardizing National Security

Trump Jeopardizing National Security

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Editor, As a former Naval Intelligence officer, I am concerned with the Administration’s adverse impact on our national security. It appears Trump campaign aides, including former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, contacted Russian officials during the Presidential election, and this might have compromised our democratic election process. Flynn was forced to resign because of his contact with the Russians. An organizational change imposed by Trump is the appointment of Stephen Bannon, an extremist right wing political advisor. to the National Security Council (NSC). This could adversely impact military decisions and delay our responses to military threats because Bannon does not have an…
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02/28/2017Trump Jeopardizing National Security
Vermont's 2016 Teacher of the Year Advocates Leaving Comfort Zone in Podcast

Vermont’s 2016 Teacher of the Year Advocates Leaving Comfort Zone in Podcast

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By Aaron Retherford Susan Koch, Vermont’s 2016 Teacher of the Year from Union Elementary in Montpelier, always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She has always loved working with kids, and teaching is a great occupation to continue learning and solve that puzzle of how to meet kids’ needs. However, her second career choice would have been an astronaut. Her tenure as Vermont Teacher of t…
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02/20/2017Vermont’s 2016 Teacher of the Year Advocates Leaving Comfort Zone in Podcast
Max’s View

Max’s View

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The film that is going to win Best Picture Moonlight **** “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.” - Harvey Milk I don’t understand the gay rights movement these days. Right now, they are fighting for transgender bathrooms and a coordinated boycott of Chick-Fil-A restaurants. I am not saying these are bad ideas. I am saying that there is a more pressing issue facing America: the tens of thousands of people who are still in the closet! Pride, dignity, and happiness is a lot easier to achieve when you are honest with yourself and the people you love. And in the unlikely event that you have a friend or relative who won’t accept you the way you…
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02/20/2017Max’s View
U.S. Political IQ

U.S. Political IQ

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Editor, At the founding of our democracy, Alexander Hamilton was leery of mass enfranchisement. He didn’t think enough people were sufficiently intelligent or informed to make the right choices affecting their governance. He therefore wanted to limit voting rights to select segments of society. Thomas Jefferson, on the other hand, had greater faith in the masses, and promoted universal suffrage that is now the rule of the day. In our recent presidential election, the votes were about 63 million for Donald Trump, 66 million for Hillary Clinton, and 7 million for other candidates (Green Party, etc.). That clearly showed that Donald Trump was not the majority choice, though, through the…
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02/20/2017U.S. Political IQ
Guest Opinion: Good Jobs Are Begging For Skilled Workers

Guest Opinion: Good Jobs Are Begging For Skilled Workers

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By Cathleen Lamberton Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors of Vermont We have an aging workforce in Vermont and a student population that is confused by the choice to pursue a traditional college education or prepare for a career in the trades. It’s a fact: businesses across the state lack trained employees to fill good paying jobs. We can build a better Vermont by utilizing the skills and talents of our youth while improving our workforce to ensure good paying jobs and companies remain in Vermont. This needs to be the focus of everyone in the state, as this is how we will grow our economy and employ Vermonters. The construction industry has been hit particularly h…
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02/20/2017Guest Opinion: Good Jobs Are Begging For Skilled Workers
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The Counsel of the Years

By G. E. Shuman I’m 62 years old. Or, as some of my seventh-grade students would phrase it if referring to their age, I’m 62 and a half. I’ll be 63 in July. (Remember that, if you want to send me a present.) I don’t really care about my age (as if th...

Read More

Max’s View

Arrival **** 600 years ago, everyone agreed that earth is at the center of the universe and all other heavenly bodies revolve around us. That was a fact. If some dreamer had stood up and said, “Hey, maybe the earth is just one of a billion planets in...

Read More

Senate Perspectives: Eat Your Peas

By Joe Benning State Senator, Caledonia District “But Mom, I don’t like peas,” said my 5-year-old self to my mother. “Eat them anyway,” came her response. “But Mom, they don’t taste good,” I pled, hoping to gain some sympathy. She replied with a symp...

Read More

Quality Afterschool and Summer Programs should be Available to all Vermonters

Editor, I believe every Vermont community and family should have access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs for their children and dedicated state funding for afterschool and summer programs is a great step toward this goal. I am a fo...

Read More

Northfield Select Board Races

Editor, I am writing to urge Northfield voters to vote for John Sears for the 3-year seat on the Select Board, and for Jim Baraw for the vacant 2-year seat on the Select Board. I firmly believe that a change in the composition of the board is necessa...

Read More

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