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November 26th, 2014

Why Skip the Turkey?

Why Skip the Turkey?

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Editor, Next week, President Obama will pardon two turkeys to promote the turkey industry. Every one of us can exercise that same pardon power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance. It’s a most fitting way to give thanks for our own life, health, and happiness. The 240 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year have nothing to give thanks for. They are raised in crowded sheds filled with toxic fumes. Their beaks and toes are severed. At the slaughterhouse, workers cut their throats and dump them into boiling water, sometimes while still alive. Consumers too pay a heavy price. Turkey flesh is laced with cholesterol and saturated fats that elevate the risk of chronic…
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11/25/2014Why Skip the Turkey?
Birdman

Birdman

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***1/2 Danny Bonaduce, Todd Bridges, Corey Haim, Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan…There is a tendency for former child stars to freak out and become disturbed, dysfunctional adults. I have a theory as to why this happens. In addition to the normal pressures of fame, former child stars are tormented by their past. They have to deal with the horrible truth that they are loved only for what they were - not who they are now. Unless you are as cool and talented as Neil Patrick Harris, there is no way to escape your past. The character you played when you were young will follow you around like a nagging ghost: always re-minding you that you used to be great and popular and now you’…
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11/25/2014Birdman
Healthcare is a Human Right

Healthcare is a Human Right

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Editor, Last week I spent the day of the elections at Hartford High school, asking people to sign petitions in support of the Healthcare is a Human Right campaign. One of the points I pressed was no matter what happened in the voting booth, we must continue to hold our politicians accountable for the things we need in order to live lives with dignity. My experience tells me that no matter who is in office, without an organized force demanding change, those in power will continue to listen to the lobbyists that have their ear. Even Anthony Pollina, the Progressive Senator from Washington County, proposed using VSEAs health care plan as a template for single payer, which would embed ha…
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11/25/2014Healthcare is a Human Right
Reiss’s Pieces

Reiss’s Pieces

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I know this may be redundant, but I just can’t help myself! It is almost Thanksgiving and it is time for me to remind you about our forefathers/mothers and what they went through to make it possible for us to sit down with family and friends and eat ourselves silly. I am not sure what the weather was like when they arrived at Plymouth, MA but as one who has spent a lot of time very near to where they arrived and settled, I do know that this time of year is lousy. But let’s think about what they went through before their feast of thanksgiving. First and foremost, they had to build some type of shelter for all those who survived their trip from Holland. I would assume that there w…
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11/25/2014Reiss’s Pieces
Vermont Politicians “Abroad” Part I

Vermont Politicians “Abroad” Part I

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It has been said that Vermont’s greatest export is its people, and this is no less true for its political figures. Vermonters who have served their state in Washington, and the natives who left Vermont and served in other states, have been part of an unusually large group of highly regarded public figures from one of the country’s smallest states. One such person was Strafford-born Justin M…
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11/25/2014Vermont Politicians “Abroad” Part I
Art Exhibits

Art Exhibits

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BARRE- Aaron Stein. “Automobilia” created from license plates, matchbox cars, tires and neon. Morse Block Deli, through 12/15. -- Paletteers Fall Art Show. Aldrich Public Library, Milne Room, through 12/19. -- Celebrate! Fine art and crafts by SPA member artists, at accessible prices for holiday gift-giving. Studio Place Arts, through 12/27. BERLIN- Faces & Places/Vermont & Italy. Paintings and pastels by Jeneane Lunn. CVMC lobby gallery, through 12/5. MONTPELIER- Green Mountain Graveyards. Vermont cemetery artwork and the search for meaning in death. Featuring artists Dan Barlow and Scott Baer. Vermont History Museum, through 4/30/15. -- Out and About. Paintings of…
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11/25/2014Art Exhibits
Gov. Shumlin, F&W Commissioner Porter Unveil Three New Conservation License Plates

Gov. Shumlin, F&W Commissioner Porter Unveil Three New Conservation License Plates

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Gov. Peter Shumlin, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department and the Department of Motor Vehicles today unveiled three newly designed conservation license plates, responding to public demand for a revamp of the popular plates. The new designs include a loon, a brook trout and a white-tailed deer plate. The new plates will replace the old catamount and peregrine falcon plates. They can be ord…
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11/17/2014Gov. Shumlin, F&W Commissioner Porter Unveil Three New Conservation License Plates
Vermont Finishes Fourth In National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl

Vermont Finishes Fourth In National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl

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The Vermont 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl Team recently returned from the North American 4-H Invitational Dairy Quiz Bowl in Louisville, Kentucky, with a fourth place win. Team members were Back row (from left): Andrew Seward, East Wallingford; Ben Maille, Shelburne; Tara Collins, Fairlee. Front row (from left): Sara Kirby (coach) and Maggie Kirby, both from East Montpelier (photo courtesy of UVM Exten…
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11/17/2014Vermont Finishes Fourth In National 4-H Dairy Quiz Bowl
Thoughts of Thanksgiving, and a great recipe.

Thoughts of Thanksgiving, and a great recipe.

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Thanksgiving, in a word, and as a word, is a mouthful. The long, feasting-table-length wish of “Happy Thanksgiving!” fills the air with syllables, and the mind with fond memories of food and family. The very thought of Thanksgiving Day, to many of us, brings an anticipation of aromas wafting from warm, turkey-scented kitchens. Gravy-drenched garlic potatoes, steamy stuffing, pickles an…
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11/17/2014Thoughts of Thanksgiving, and a great recipe.
Consuelo Northrup Bailey: Vermont’s First Woman Speaker

Consuelo Northrup Bailey: Vermont’s First Woman Speaker

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When Consuelo Bailey was 15, she was a spectator at an inheritance trial of a prominent St. Albans woman. The basic argument against the woman who deserved the money was that she was too small a woman to inherit a large amount of money. The case appalled Bailey, and must have been in the back of her mind when she graduated from law school and became Burlington’s Grand Juror. It also must have been in the back of her mind as she became Speaker of the Vermont House and Lieutenant Governor of Vermont. Bailey was the second woman in the nation to be elected Speaker and the first woman in the nation to be elected Lieutenant Governor. She was born in 1899 in Sheldon, Vermont, and received st…
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11/17/2014Consuelo Northrup Bailey: Vermont’s First Woman Speaker
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Why Skip the Turkey?

Editor, Next week, President Obama will pardon two turkeys to promote the turkey industry. Every one of us can exercise that same pardon power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance. It’s a most fitting way to give thanks for our own life,...

Read More

Birdman

***1/2 Danny Bonaduce, Todd Bridges, Corey Haim, Amanda Bynes, Lindsay Lohan…There is a tendency for former child stars to freak out and become disturbed, dysfunctional adults. I have a theory as to why this happens. In addition to the normal pressur...

Read More

Healthcare is a Human Right

Editor, Last week I spent the day of the elections at Hartford High school, asking people to sign petitions in support of the Healthcare is a Human Right campaign. One of the points I pressed was no matter what happened in the voting booth, we must c...

Read More

Reiss’s Pieces

I know this may be redundant, but I just can’t help myself! It is almost Thanksgiving and it is time for me to remind you about our forefathers/mothers and what they went through to make it possible for us to sit down with family and friends and eat...

Read More

Vermont Politicians “Abroad” Part I

It has been said that Vermont’s greatest export is its people, and this is no less true for its political figures. Vermonters who have served their state in Washington, and the natives who left Vermont and served in other states, have been part of an...

Read More

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