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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Restore the Tobacco Trust Fund

Editor:   Fifty years after the Surgeon General first told Americans that smoking causes disease and death, the American Heart Association and other public health advocacy groups have announced bold new goals to end the tobacco epidemic for good, including reducing adult tobacco use to 10%.   As the President-Elect of the Vermont Board of...

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Enjoying “American Crisis” Series

  Editor:   Who needs a library or e-reader when there are superb writers as H. Brooke Paige.   The American Crisis I story was such a concisely compacted informative history of our early involvement for the independence of the american states.   Wow! Nothing was left out and the readers are much more educated on this important...

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Her ****

  The most momentous event of the 21st Century is the rise of the machines.   Not Terminator-style, of course. I am referring to the smart phones that almost everyone carries around now and that young people won’t stop playing with.   Ask a 13-year-old boy whether he’d rather give up his iPhone5 for a year or give up a good friend, i...

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The Spring Dreamer’s Guide to Seed and Story Sowing

  I was at Walmart the other day. You probably were too, just because almost everyone was probably at Walmart the other day. Everyone seems to wind up there eventually, and often it is fairly often.   Anyway, I was at Walmart the other day, and spent a few minutes daydreaming, or, more accurately, spring-dreaming, in the seasonal area of...

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Emma Willard: Pioneer for Higher Education of Women

  Emma Willard was an early pioneer for the higher education of women. Her plan gained the approval of several presidents of the United States, including John Adams, John Monroe and Thomas Jefferson. In a letter written to Willard in 1819, John Adams said, “The female moiety of mankind deserves as much honor, esteem and respect as the male.”...

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Reiss’s Pieces

  I had dinner the other night with an old friend, who shared with all of us that his grandmother had just passed away and he had to work with the rest of his family to empty out her house. And what he found, he thought was worth sharing. In her kitchen, right over her stove, he found a small jar that said on the side, “used string,” and when...

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Break away from bad online gaming habits

The holiday season is always an exciting time for gamers. This year is particularly interesting with the launch of two new gaming systems – Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One, as well as a long list of titles gamers everywhere are feverishly waiting to play, including “Watch Dogs,” “Assassin’s Cr...

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Eye diseases may go unnoticed in individuals with diabetes

With more than 8 percent of the American population having been diagnosed with diabetes, regular dilated eye exams are critical to prevent vision loss. Diabetes is a disease that interferes with the body’s ability to use and store sugar, which can cause many health problems. Too much sugar in the blood can cause damage throughout the body, in...

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Is the protein in your pet’s food causing a deadly disease?

You’ve seen the commercials and print ads: It seems like every pet food maker is touting meat as a top ingredient. Some even go so far as to eliminate grain completely, advertising super-high levels of protein for dogs or cats. But when it comes to pet food and protein, can there be too much of a good thing? According to the experts: yes....

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Five savings resolutions for the new year

Is saving on your New Year’s resolution list this year? The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Ready.Save.Grow. campaign offers five saving strategies that will have you moving toward your long-term savings goals and toasting along the way. “A new calendar year invigorates people to start with a clean slate, so it’s a great t...

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