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February 19th, 2017

The Month of Love

The Month of Love

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By G. E. Shuman I teach junior high and high school English (Yes, I probably am insane) at Websterville Baptist Christian. You didn’t really need to know that about me, either the teaching part or the insane part, but I had to start the column off in some way, and thought you might be interested in what I do, as least a little. Where I teach has nothing to do with my probable insanity. In fac…
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02/14/2017The Month of Love
Max's View

Max’s View

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Two Days, One Night ***1/2 “It’s the economy, stupid” was written on the wall of Bill Clinton’s campaign headquarters. He went on to comfortably win two elections. “I’m With Her,” read Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan. Though it may as well have read “Please don’t ask me about the economy. Those uncomfortable debates with Bernie made me not want to talk about it.” For most people, the economy is the most important issue. For people who don’t have a decent job, the economy is the only issue. Social issues don’t matter when your mortgage is two months past due. The official Democratic Party spin is to blame Putin and Comey. But Hillary Clinton is no fool. She knows what really happ…
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02/14/2017Max’s View
Passion for Parks

Passion for Parks

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By Helen Hossley Our national parks have been in the news a lot lately. I’d like to think it’s for all the right reasons. By training, Interpretive Park Rangers disseminate facts and information. They spend hours, days and sometimes, years researching and cross-referencing books, articles, interview transcripts, and other data to gain knowledge of the site they in which they work. They do so…
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02/14/2017Passion for Parks
Guest Opinion: DeVos is a Threat to School Choice

Guest Opinion: DeVos is a Threat to School Choice

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By Benjamin Kinsley Executive Director, Campaign for Vermont Prosperity Many Vermonters probably had mixed reactions to the nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary. On the one hand, she is espoused as a proponent of school choice which is prized by many of our rural communities. On the other hand, Vermont lead the country in rejection of Donald Trump last November (by 28 points). Nearly every single one of his cabinet choices have drawn criticism, but none have drawn quite the ire that DeVos has. Most of this opposition has come from teachers unions who represent public school educators, and Democrats who believe DeVos plans to gut public schools across the country. They ma…
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02/14/2017Guest Opinion: DeVos is a Threat to School Choice
Time to Hurt Animals

Time to Hurt Animals

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Editor, As he was signing edicts hurting one group after another over the past two weeks, it was only a matter of time before Donald Trump got around to hurting animals — already the most oppressed sentient beings on earth. The animals’ turn came yesterday — by taking down the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) site that reports on government regulation of roughly 9,000 animal handling facilities. These are laboratories, dog breeders, fur farms, circuses, zoos, and aquariums. The site is used every day by animal protection activists to monitor government enforcement of the 1966 Animal Welfare Act, the only effective federal law protecting animals. Taking down the A…
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02/14/2017Time to Hurt Animals
Statement by Vermont Foodbank: Foodbank Extends Welcome to All

Statement by Vermont Foodbank: Foodbank Extends Welcome to All

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The Vermont Foodbank is committed to ensuring that every person in our state has the food they need to reach their human potential. Those with the courage to ask for help must trust that the Foodbank and each of our Network Partner food shelves, meal sites, senior centers, shelters and youth programs care only about their human potential. Making that personal, trusting connection means that anyone—regardless of national origin, race, sexual orientation, religion, gender, culture, age, income level, disability or any other attribute—should feel the place they access food assistance is open, diverse and welcoming. In response to the current social and political climate, including the Presi…
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02/14/2017Statement by Vermont Foodbank: Foodbank Extends Welcome to All
Energy Fighting Economic Development

Energy Fighting Economic Development

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Editor, If Vermont is so unwise as to make S-51 law, the total amount of energy used to heat homes, move cars and buses, and power electrical devices will be forced to shrink by 15% in 33 years. Perhaps the senators framing this bill hope enough energy-consuming Vermonters will just leave for a more sensible state? We cannot attract, open and grow new businesses without using more energy, even with stringent conservation. We need more clean energy, not less. Deserts are low energy consumption, too, but I wouldn’t want to live in one. And how will the new Vermonters thrive, without new businesses to employ them? S.51 as law means our population will continue to wither, both in total n…
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02/14/2017Energy Fighting Economic Development
Progress or Doomsday: Our choice.

Progress or Doomsday: Our choice.

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Editor, Many Vermonters and indeed, Americans all across the country are faced with the reality that if we are going to fight climate change and preserve our planet for future generations we must work on the local and state level. Vermonters have already put in place an important goal of achieving a 90% level of renewable energy usage by 2050 and have instituted many positive changes to try to protect our children and grandchildren from death and destruction from rising CO2 levels, overuse of fossil fuels in private vehicles and other energy production. Vermonters know how to listen to science and to believe its findings. The time for talk is over. We must act and act now to save our…
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02/14/2017Progress or Doomsday: Our choice.
Central Vermont Chamber to Honor Sen. Bill Doyle March 17

Central Vermont Chamber to Honor Sen. Bill Doyle March 17

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The Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce will be honoring former Senator William “Bill” Doyle at its first Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Breakfast. The 7:30 a.m. Chamber Breakfast will be held on Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier, Vermont. (This event has been re-scheduled from the original date of February 23, 2017.) The Premier Sponsor of the Central Vermont Chamber of Commerce Annual Saint Patrick’s Day Breakfast is National Life Group and the Gold Sponsor is Capstone Community Action. Speakers at the event include former Governor Jim Douglas, Vermont Historian Howard Coffin, Senator Janette White and former Senator Vince Illuzzi. Senator Doyle served…
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02/06/2017Central Vermont Chamber to Honor Sen. Bill Doyle March 17
Aging with Grace...

Aging with Grace…

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When you are the primary caregiver for a loved one, it is always a good idea to plan for future care situations. Some of these situations include caregiver burnout, caregiver incapacitation and/or the need for more advanced care for your loved one. It is never too early to “shop around” so to speak and start developing your plan for the future. Dear Grace, I am the primary caregiver for…
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02/06/2017Aging with Grace…
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The Month of Love

By G. E. Shuman I teach junior high and high school English (Yes, I probably am insane) at Websterville Baptist Christian. You didn’t really need to know that about me, either the teaching part or the insane part, but I had to start the column off in...

Read More

Max’s View

Two Days, One Night ***1/2 “It’s the economy, stupid” was written on the wall of Bill Clinton’s campaign headquarters. He went on to comfortably win two elections. “I’m With Her,” read Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan. Though it may as well have rea...

Read More

Passion for Parks

By Helen Hossley Our national parks have been in the news a lot lately. I’d like to think it’s for all the right reasons. By training, Interpretive Park Rangers disseminate facts and information. They spend hours, days and sometimes, years researchin...

Read More

Guest Opinion: DeVos is a Threat to School Choice

By Benjamin Kinsley Executive Director, Campaign for Vermont Prosperity Many Vermonters probably had mixed reactions to the nomination of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary. On the one hand, she is espoused as a proponent of school choice which...

Read More

Time to Hurt Animals

Editor, As he was signing edicts hurting one group after another over the past two weeks, it was only a matter of time before Donald Trump got around to hurting animals — already the most oppressed sentient beings on earth. The animals’ turn came yes...

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