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January 21st, 2018

We Must Address This Public Health Concern

We Must Address This Public Health Concern

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Dear Editor: Lyme Disease has spread at an alarming rate in Vermont and continues to grow. According to the Vermont Department of Health, in 2015, Vermont had the highest rate of reported Lyme Disease in the United States. Currently, according to the CDC, Vermont is listed #1 in the country for confirmed cases of Lyme and is designated as an “Endemic State”. In a study done by Doctor Marie J. George of the Infectious Disease Department at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center, upwards of 63 percent of ticks are infected statewide with at least one tick borne illness, with some carrying two at the same time. Ticks and Lyme Disease are an enormous public health concern that must be add…
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01/15/2018We Must Address This Public Health Concern
Thank You Area Restaurants

Thank You Area Restaurants

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Dear Editor: On the last Sunday of every month, volunteers from Beth Jacob Synagogue serve a dinner at Bethany United Church. This free dinner is open to the community, primarily serving people who need a nutritious warm meal. This month, the dinner fell on a chilly New Year’s Eve. Because of the holiday, there were few volunteers available to cook, serve, and host the meal. Rather than cancel, we reached out to local businesses for help. Our heartfelt thanks to Sarducci’s, Positive Pie, Dominos, and Blue Stone for their generous donations. Having a pizza dinner on New Year’s Eve was a special treat for our guests and greatly appreciated by all. Please support these generous busines…
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01/15/2018Thank You Area Restaurants
VOTE FOR VERMONT: Politics And Graveyards

VOTE FOR VERMONT: Politics And Graveyards

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Politics and Graveyards…. An interesting topic for a show, don’t you think? Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley, co-produce and co-host a TV show called Vote for Vermont. On a recent show they interviewed Dan Barlow, public policy manager for Vermont Business for Social Responsibility (VBSR). He represents VBSR at the statehouse lobbying on such topics as health care reform, clean energy, and employment issues. He was also an award-winning journalist. But in his off hours he is the co-founder of Green Mountain Graveyards, a photographer and researcher devoted to telling stories about Vermont cemeteries. This year Dan was among the 40 most accomplished young leaders in Vermont who were recognized by…
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01/15/2018VOTE FOR VERMONT: Politics And Graveyards
It’s a Tad Chilly for Me

It’s a Tad Chilly for Me

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By G. E. Shuman So, recently my brother Steve, who lives in Florida and I were having a bit of a ‘climate’ contest, which went on for a few days. The contest went like this. Steve would text me a picture of his outdoor thermometer, and I would answer back with a picture of mine. Or, he would text with a comment on the weather down there, and I would answer with one about how things were here. One of Steve’s pics was accompanied by a note of “I think I can… I think I can…” as the needle slowly climbed to fifty degrees. (I love my brother, I just hate his thermometer.) In reality, my brother doesn’t brag, and seemed very concerned for us when I sent the picture of our weather situation w…
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01/15/2018It’s a Tad Chilly for Me
Now on Netflix: Saving Capitalism:**1/2

Now on Netflix: Saving Capitalism:**1/2

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The year was 1993. President Clinton nominated his old college pal Robert Reich as Labor Secretary. Mr. Reich wasn’t just another juiced-in Friend of Bill with big pockets. Reich was a man of character and vision. He still is. Secretary Reich understood the relationship between the government and the economy more clearly than his contemporaries. At the time, Conservatives consistently clamored for less Federal intervention. They perceived government as the natural enemy of the free market. Liberals at the time, meanwhile, viewed government as the heroic police officer that stepped in and stopped rapacious businesses from getting their way. Reich knew what we know now: both sides we…
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01/15/2018Now on Netflix: Saving Capitalism:**1/2
Thank You!

Thank You!

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Dear Editor: We would like to thank your readers for the outpouring of support in the tragic loss of our mom, Alice Mary (Taplin) Doyle. Our hearts go out to the first responders, Chelsea Volunteer Fire Department, and Frist Branch Ambulance as well as the Mutual Aid departments from Tunbridge, Washington, Williamstown, and E. Corinth, including their Chaplin, and others who may have responded to the call. Small communities are family and we recognize that our loss is also your loss. We appreciate and thank you for your commitment to helping others. Thank you to the Vermont State Police for your diligence in investigating. We greatly appreciate your efforts in trying to determine a ca…
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01/08/2018Thank You!
Spirit Beyond Lyrics

Spirit Beyond Lyrics

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Dear Editor: The holiday season was here and along with expressions of glad tidings and good will came the entreaties to “ keep Christ in Christmas” and not to say “Happy Holidays” and in so doing bow to “political correctness.” As I reflect on my own feelings about this, I wonder if perhaps we need a different perspective. A friend sent me a traditional Christmas card, and knowing I am Jewish wrote “Happy Hanukkah” on it. While I normally don’t favor such “mashups” and combining of holidays, I know him and his spirit, and welcomed his wishes and sentiments. This week The WORLD asked eight readers to name their favorite Christmas carol. Three responded with “Silent Night” while the…
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01/08/2018Spirit Beyond Lyrics
Max's Views: Downsizing: *1/2

Max’s Views: Downsizing: *1/2

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Around 1900, progressive dreamers wrote a series of Utopian novels, sharing their vision of a perfect Socialist future. One thing that they all had in common is communal living. In the perfect future, they assumed, people would live together in large apartment complexes. Communal living is just rudimentary common sense. It saves lumber, brick, and steel. It saves electricity. It saves fuel because people are close to town and closer to work. It saves heating oil. Somewhere in the 20th Century, this efficient communal ideal was tossed in the garbage and was replaced by the ideal that a respectable American has to live in a house. Nothing, it seems, can shake the ideal of the singl…
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01/08/2018Max’s Views: Downsizing: *1/2
The Joy of Killing Is Nothing New & Coyotes Have Been a Favorite Scapegoat

The Joy of Killing Is Nothing New & Coyotes Have Been a Favorite Scapegoat

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Dear Editor: It does not require a very deep dive on social media to find gleeful “attaboys” and detailed sharing of body counts and bloodlust, all directed at coyotes. Now we learn of yet another statewide killing contest that has been scheduled for the entire month of February and hosted by a retailer and gun club in Windham County. And afterwards we will no doubt be treated to triumphant photos of coyote corpses stacked like cordwood. The joy of killing is nothing new; and coyotes have been a favorite scapegoat as long as humans have been raising livestock. It’s bad enough that Vermont has a perpetual open season on coyotes. But the sheer recklessness of mowing down as many animal…
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01/08/2018The Joy of Killing Is Nothing New & Coyotes Have Been a Favorite Scapegoat
New Dog Park Planned for Barre

New Dog Park Planned for Barre

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By Katie Moritz In her collection of poetry, Dog Songs, Mary Oliver writes: “You may not agree, you may not care, but/if you are holding this book you should know that of all the sights I love in this world — and there are plenty — very near the top of the list is this one: dogs without leashes.” A dog without a leash, whether intentional or not, is usually a happy dog. How many times has your pup broken free, to run with lolling tongue, across the field, into the woods, or down the road? Such freedom allows dogs to simply exercise their bodies as well as their noses.Alexandra Horowitz, a psychologist who studies dog cognition, writes in her article “Learn To Sniff Like A Dog And…
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01/02/2018New Dog Park Planned for Barre
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We Must Address This Public Health Concern

Dear Editor: Lyme Disease has spread at an alarming rate in Vermont and continues to grow. According to the Vermont Department of Health, in 2015, Vermont had the highest rate of reported Lyme Disease in the United States. Currently, according to the...

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Thank You Area Restaurants

Dear Editor: On the last Sunday of every month, volunteers from Beth Jacob Synagogue serve a dinner at Bethany United Church. This free dinner is open to the community, primarily serving people who need a nutritious warm meal. This month, the dinner...

Read More

VOTE FOR VERMONT: Politics And Graveyards

Politics and Graveyards…. An interesting topic for a show, don’t you think? Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley, co-produce and co-host a TV show called Vote for Vermont. On a recent show they interviewed Dan Barlow, public policy manager for Vermont Busine...

Read More

It’s a Tad Chilly for Me

By G. E. Shuman So, recently my brother Steve, who lives in Florida and I were having a bit of a ‘climate’ contest, which went on for a few days. The contest went like this. Steve would text me a picture of his outdoor thermometer, and I would answer...

Read More

Now on Netflix: Saving Capitalism:**1/2

The year was 1993. President Clinton nominated his old college pal Robert Reich as Labor Secretary. Mr. Reich wasn’t just another juiced-in Friend of Bill with big pockets. Reich was a man of character and vision. He still is. Secretary Reich underst...

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