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November 23rd, 2017

Max’s Views: Sour Grapes: ***1/2

Max’s Views: Sour Grapes: ***1/2

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Most people agree that wealth inequality is a serious problem. The large and growing wealth gap isn’t just unfair, it is a danger to the stability of our regime. Politicians like Elizabeth Warren and especially Bernie Sanders are popular, above all, because they are seen as advocates for the people against the rapacious rich. The problem is that politicians seem to think there is only one way to redistribute wealth: raise taxes. It is a little fishy that the one idea they have is the one that specifically enriches and empowers them. If we were serious about taking from the rich, we’d come up with a more imaginative gameplan. How about encouraging corporations to give their employ…
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11/20/2017Max’s Views: Sour Grapes: ***1/2
Acupuncture: a New Approach to Combating Vermont's Opioid Epidemic

Acupuncture: a New Approach to Combating Vermont’s Opioid Epidemic

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By Katie Moritz Kerry Boyle, the President of the Vermont Acupuncture Association and licensed acupuncturist at Integrative Acupuncture in downtown Montpelier, starts her story with an analogy: “if people have back pain, they may not need needles in the back, but in the shoulder or wrist. For example, if you have a lightbulb issue, it may be with the lightbulb, but it might also be with the switch. Sometimes we have to treat the switch.” Could this analogy extend past treating a particular body to treating chronic pain and ultimately Vermont’s opioid epidemic? According to results from the Vermont Medicaid Study, acupuncture may be an alternative to an opioid prescription. It may ev…
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11/20/2017Acupuncture: a New Approach to Combating Vermont’s Opioid Epidemic
Guest Opinion: Rural mental health care must not be overlooked

Guest Opinion: Rural mental health care must not be overlooked

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The challenges that try rural communities in nearly all aspects of health care – greater travel distances, fewer providers, heightened health concerns, lower incomes – also stand in the way of the delivery of behavioral and mental health care services. While there is not a greater prevalence of mental illness among rural residents, a significant disparity exists in access to mental health services and care for rural populations. In the United States, there are nearly 4,900 areas with mental health professional shortages. Of these, nearly 54 percent are classified as rural. A mental health professional shortage area is designated as such by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Se…
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11/20/2017Guest Opinion: Rural mental health care must not be overlooked
The Best of Fall!

The Best of Fall!

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By G. E. Shuman Someone told me recently that the warm weather we’ve had here in the North this fall confused the trees so that they didn’t give us a very pretty foliage season. I agree that it’s been unusually warm here; I just don’t know about the second half of his statement. I’m not really comfortable with the idea that trees can get confused. If so, I hope they can’t get mad. They’re all bigger than us. Besides, I thought this foliage season has been quite pretty enough. I do love this beautiful time of year, for several reasons. One is that the cool dry air is perfect for me. My sweat glands have been working overtime for six months and deserve a break. The gorgeous leaves, cri…
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11/20/2017The Best of Fall!
Guest Opinion: Don’t Gut Our Fair and Impartial Policing Policy!

Guest Opinion: Don’t Gut Our Fair and Impartial Policing Policy!

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This spring Vermont took an important step forward by passing the Racial Justice Reform bill, Act 54 (H.308) which establishes a panel to address systemic racial disparities within criminal and juvenile justice systems statewide. As a member of the central Vermont chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, which was part of the coalition pushing for this bill, I was excited that the need for accountability and oversight with regards to racial justice and disparity was recognized. Part of Act 54 included a provision to revisit the details of Vermont’s Fair and Impartial Policing Policy which creates safeguards from biased policing and ensures that all receive equal treatment under the la…
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11/20/2017Guest Opinion: Don’t Gut Our Fair and Impartial Policing Policy!
Guest Opinion:Government Has Obligation to Protect The People, Not Enable Their Death

Guest Opinion:Government Has Obligation to Protect The People, Not Enable Their Death

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On Tuesday, November 14, the Vermont Marijuana Commission met and the chair of the Highway Safety Subcommittee, Commissioner of Public Safety Thomas Anderson, and Dr. Mark Levine, chair of the Education and Prevention subcommittee, reported for their committees. Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson, in comments during the meeting said: “I don’t speak for the subcommittee on roadway safety, I speak as the Commissioner of Public Safety, that based on my review of the research and based on my review of the studies that have been done on highway fatality deaths, that you can reach the conclusion that with the increased use of marijuana and the legalization of marijuana that there w…
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11/20/2017Guest Opinion:Government Has Obligation to Protect The People, Not Enable Their Death
Danger to Our Power Grid

Danger to Our Power Grid

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Dear Editor, We should all urge Congress and the President to harden our power grid against Electromagnetic Pulse attacks which might cripple our computers and other important electronic equipment. Such EMP-hardening may be the best, safest, and least provocative way to deal with such a danger. In addition, we should write to our friends and relatives, as well as newspaper readers, urging them to urge Congress and the President to do so. We should also urge them to write to their friends and relatives, and newspaper readers, and so on. Alex Sokolow…
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11/20/2017Danger to Our Power Grid
Eagle Scout Service Project Documents Condition of Barre City Fire Hydrants

Eagle Scout Service Project Documents Condition of Barre City Fire Hydrants

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  By Katie Moritz Sixteen-year-old Ethan Asselin has two missions: to make his community safer and to become an Eagle Scout. To accomplish both, he must be disciplined, committed, and pay attention to details. Plus, he will need a good winter coat. That’s because, for his Eagle Scout Project, Asselin is setting out to GPS the location of Barre City’s two hundred forty-one fire hydra…
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11/13/2017Eagle Scout Service Project Documents Condition of Barre City Fire Hydrants
Thank You CVMC for Being so Prompt and Responsive

Thank You CVMC for Being so Prompt and Responsive

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To the Editor: Kudos to Central Vermont Medical Center for acting immediately on a suggestion that I submitted to the patient advocate office. Earlier this fall, I made two trips to CVMC for tests. On both occasions, I entered via the main door and searched in vain for a rack where I could lock my bicycle. Because the presence of a bicycle rack promotes wellness and is a welcoming sign to cyclists, I contacted the patient advocate office and learned that there is a bike rack at the entrance to the emergency department. When I suggested that it be re-located to a spot where it would see more use, CVMC did one better. The hospital kept the rack at the emergency department and added one…
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11/13/2017Thank You CVMC for Being so Prompt and Responsive
Vermont’s Opiate Addiction Crisis

Vermont’s Opiate Addiction Crisis

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Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley, co-hosts of “Vote for Vermont”, were joined by Vermont’s Director of Drug Prevention Policy, Jolinda LaClair on a recent show. Jolinda, a 35-year public service career veteran, serving with Congressman Jeffords’ Office, as Director of USDA Rural Development, and as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. In his second executive order, Governor Scott established the Opioid Coordination Council. The Council is charged with ensuring full inter-agency and intra-agency coordination between state and local governments with specific focus on the areas of prevention, treatment, recovery, and law enforcement activities. With LaClair at the helm, the Council’s 22 members…
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11/13/2017Vermont’s Opiate Addiction Crisis
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Max’s Views: Sour Grapes: ***1/2

Most people agree that wealth inequality is a serious problem. The large and growing wealth gap isn’t just unfair, it is a danger to the stability of our regime. Politicians like Elizabeth Warren and especially Bernie Sanders are popular, above all,...

Read More

Acupuncture: a New Approach to Combating Vermont’s Opioid Epidemic

By Katie Moritz Kerry Boyle, the President of the Vermont Acupuncture Association and licensed acupuncturist at Integrative Acupuncture in downtown Montpelier, starts her story with an analogy: “if people have back pain, they may not need needles in...

Read More

Guest Opinion: Rural mental health care must not be overlooked

The challenges that try rural communities in nearly all aspects of health care – greater travel distances, fewer providers, heightened health concerns, lower incomes – also stand in the way of the delivery of behavioral and mental health care service...

Read More

The Best of Fall!

By G. E. Shuman Someone told me recently that the warm weather we’ve had here in the North this fall confused the trees so that they didn’t give us a very pretty foliage season. I agree that it’s been unusually warm here; I just don’t know about the...

Read More

Guest Opinion: Don’t Gut Our Fair and Impartial Policing Policy!

This spring Vermont took an important step forward by passing the Racial Justice Reform bill, Act 54 (H.308) which establishes a panel to address systemic racial disparities within criminal and juvenile justice systems statewide. As a member of the c...

Read More

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