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June 30th, 2016

Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

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By Judy Reiss I think by the time you read this, it will almost be the 4th of July. And maybe it is my age, but this year I am thinking more about the 4th than I have before. The wounds that the entire country felt when the moronic gunman shot and killed 49 people in a gay bar in Orlando have become even more despicable as the birthday of our country approaches. I am sure there are some of you who don’t understand what I mean, so I want to explain. Our country was born so that all who lived here had the same opportunity. And that opportunity was Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness! Now you can probably interpret those words in many ways. And maybe not. For me those words have m…
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06/27/2016Reiss’s Pieces
Max’s View

Max’s View

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Out of Luck **** Right now, near an American street corner near you, there’s a heartless dealer selling a colorful piece of paper to a hopeless addict. That piece of paper is a lottery ticket. And the dealer is your State government. “Out of Luck” is an important film about the shameful $70 billion state lottery industry. The lottery encourages addiction, enriches bureaucrats, and widens the gap of wealth inequality. “But max: what about all the school children who benefit from the lottery?” According to the movie, that’s basically a lie. States earmark a set amount of funding for education every year. Yes, lotto revenue contributes to the State’s general fund. But it…
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06/27/2016Max’s View
Help, what is the Green Mountain Passport Good for?

Help, what is the Green Mountain Passport Good for?

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Editor, We are hoping someone in your readership can provide us with the information we are looking for. As senior citizens, we each have a state of Vermont Green Mountain Passport. It states it gives “free admission to state-sponsored public events, exhibits, concerts, museums, state parks, historical sites and lands.” We are looking for a list of these things (we do not have a computer) throughout the state. Then we can plan where we want to go. When the town clerk gave us our cards, she said the state doesn’t provide them that information. We called the Governor’s office (they didn’t know) and were referred to another state number that also didn’t know. Recently, we were at t…
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06/27/2016Help, what is the Green Mountain Passport Good for?
Secretary of State Jim Condos Announces VT’s Early Voting for the State Primary Begins Friday, June 24

Secretary of State Jim Condos Announces VT’s Early Voting for the State Primary Begins Friday, June…

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Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announces that early voting will officially open on Friday, June 24. Beginning on Friday, any registered voter will be able to request a ballot from their town clerk by phone, mail, or online and cast their vote for the August 9th election. The elections staff has already finalized and sent out the ballots to town clerks and some towns may even open the…
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06/24/2016Secretary of State Jim Condos Announces VT’s Early Voting for the State Primary Begins Friday, June…
The Picnic Basket

The Picnic Basket

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By G. E. Shuman Today, (the day of this writing), is my wife’s birthday. I’m not going to tell you how old, or how young she is today, as I value my life far too much to do that. I will say that there is a 2, and a 6 in the number representing her age. I’ll let you decide which numeral comes first. 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. Hey, 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…
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06/20/2016The Picnic Basket
Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

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By Judy Reiss This morning I put a load of clothes into my washing machine and then I forgot about it. When I got home after tea and conversation, I was just thrilled to see it, all wet but clean. So I took a huge handful and threw it into my dryer. And almost worse, when it was all dry, I knew I had to fold it all and get it ready to go upstairs and be doled out to the person to whom it belonged. But before I was finished, I always prepare the machine for the next time it is needed. And that job is mainly cleaning out the filter. And here is my question. Actually it is really two questions. And number one is what can you do with all that lint that the filter catches every single time…
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06/20/2016Reiss’s Pieces
Max’s View

Max’s View

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Into the Storm: Churchill at War *** “And how can men die better than by facing fearful odds, for the ashes of their fathers, and the Temples of their Gods?” -Thomas Macauley To their credit, George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Hillary Clinton didn’t spend a lot of time in their youth collecting toy soldiers and imagining them in war scenarios. War is not their passion, and they are astoundingly bad at it. To his discredit, Winston Churchill did apparently collect hundreds of toy soldiers in his youth. Disturbingly, he did spend much of his boyhood moving them around on a long table, fantasizing that he was the greatest general in history. He loved Britain and he loved war…
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06/20/2016Max’s View
VT Public Records – Cornerstone of Government Transparency

VT Public Records – Cornerstone of Government Transparency

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By Secretary of State Jim Condos Records management is not exactly an exciting topic, but when a particular record is the focus of a request or controversy, it becomes critically important in that moment. Those records are owned by the State of Vermont and are incredibly valuable for a variety of reasons, not the least of which are accountability and preserving confidence in state government. Moments like these are opportunities to talk about the importance of records and information management and what it means for Vermonters. Vermont’s public records are the cornerstone of government transparency for a knowledgeable and informed populace. They must be recognized and managed as the p…
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06/20/2016VT Public Records – Cornerstone of Government Transparency
Badore Claims Triple Crown on Casella Night

Badore Claims Triple Crown on Casella Night

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Eric Badore of Milton held off a pair of challengers early, then pulled away late to claim his second care Late Model victory on Casella Waste Systems Night at Thunder Road. Badore also won his heat race and the semi-feature to earn the second Maplewood Triple Crown of his Late Model career. Badore and pole-sitter Jason Allen of Barre waged a side-by-side battle at the front of the pack for…
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06/17/2016Badore Claims Triple Crown on Casella Night
Of Death, Dreams, & Strawberries Is A Runaway Success

Of Death, Dreams, & Strawberries Is A Runaway Success

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Barre poet Rose Lee Craige has released her fifth book in just four years and by all accounts it is doing quite well. Of Death, Dreams, & Strawberries, a collection of 79 poems and prose, is “a must read for fans, new and old, of poetry from the heart, mind and gut.” As she also describes herself on the delicious cover, Craige “is a Vermont poet, part time dreamer and friend of all small beings.” Her other works include: Before Breakfast, Afternoon Tea, Wildflowers On The Table, and Of Drowning and Other Beautiful Things. But what makes this latest book, all self-produced, such a breakout endeavor is the amazing flow of energy and hues of color that come off each page, seemingly e…
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06/14/2016Of Death, Dreams, & Strawberries Is A Runaway Success
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Reiss’s Pieces

By Judy Reiss I think by the time you read this, it will almost be the 4th of July. And maybe it is my age, but this year I am thinking more about the 4th than I have before. The wounds that the entire country felt when the moronic gunman shot and ki...

Read More

Max’s View

Out of Luck **** Right now, near an American street corner near you, there’s a heartless dealer selling a colorful piece of paper to a hopeless addict. That piece of paper is a lottery ticket. And the dealer is your State government. “Out of Luck” is...

Read More

Help, what is the Green Mountain Passport Good for?

Editor, We are hoping someone in your readership can provide us with the information we are looking for. As senior citizens, we each have a state of Vermont Green Mountain Passport. It states it gives “free admission to state-sponsored public events,...

Read More

Secretary of State Jim Condos Announces VT’s Early Voting for the State Primary Begins Friday, June 24

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos announces that early voting will officially open on Friday, June 24. Beginning on Friday, any registered voter will be able to request a ballot from their town clerk by phone, mail, or online and cast their vote...

Read More

The Picnic Basket

By G. E. Shuman Today, (the day of this writing), is my wife’s birthday. I’m not going to tell you how old, or how young she is today, as I value my life far too much to do that. I will say that there is a 2, and a 6 in the number representing her ag...

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