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Monthly Archives: December 2016

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Oliver Stone’s Untold History of the United States The Cold War **** Did Russia cease to be our enemy in 1972, when Nixon went to Moscow and signed the SALT I treaty? Did Russia cease to be our enemy in 1987, when Reagan and Gorbachev agreed to eradicate an entire class of intermediate range nuclear weapons? Did Russia cease to be our enemy in 1991...

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A Message from Your Very Recent Past

Dear Readers, I wrote this column exactly one year ago, this week (or last week, depending on ‘where you are’, time-wise. Don’t worry, you’ll understand after you read it.) I did not ‘update’ the dates, intentionally. Time is a funny thing, and how this column ended came true, ‘in no time.’ Happy New Year! Don’t waste a minute of it. By G. E. Shuma...

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Reiss’s Pieces

By Judy Reiss Are you exhausted? I have to admit that I’m not and that is probably because after Christmas, which I love, and all our family except two got together, it was sort of the end for me! And by the end I mean that we just don’t do New Years. And why not you ask? Well, it is because neither of us drink at our age and even if we host a part...

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The “School Choice” Gambit

Editor, From all the militant ranting concerning “school choice,” one gets the feeling that difficult objective circumstances have left most people so without choice in the essential areas of their lives, that they’re clinging to the one thing that gives them a sense of freedom. Which is a shame, because it diverts attention from the only education...

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Not Your Ordinary Thrift Store

By Matt Coutu For much of the Barre community, ReSOURCE is a local gem that offers gently used goods at discount prices, while also providing education and job skills training to those in need. Through its environmentally conscious approach to business, they help serve those who are homeless, unemployed, receiving public assistance, or are struggli...

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Aging with Grace…

Happy Holidays Everyone! As we close out 2016, please take a few moments to remind yourself that you are a wonderful, caring person who deserves the best of everything. Sometimes in our busy day to day lives, we forget to take care of ourselves and this is a huge mistake! In order to care for others in our life, first we have to care for ourselves....

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Reiss’s Pieces

By Judy Reiss Christmas is over but not the holiday season! Relax, I am not suggesting that you or anyone else should still give presents. I know that the gift giving is fun and expensive but it does help make Santa’s visit more exciting and more fun. So how can we have a holiday season without cards and presents? Let me tell you. This week from Ch...

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Max’s View

Rogue One *** Picture it: You just finished a feast at a Chinese buffet. You had six plates of food. Five was clearly the best, but the whole meal was wonderful. As the check is coming, you remember how tasty the beef with broccoli was and you foolishly eat one more heaping plate. Now you feel terrible. That last plate was a big mistake. That final...

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My Favorite Christmas Tradition

By G. E. Shuman Near the end of each December my family has two celebrations. You may have guessed that one is Christmas. Actually, and to be precise, both of them are about Christmas. My kids are grown up now, and most of them have families of their own, so, on December 25th, we, at each of our homes, celebrate Christmas in our own way. Then, a we...

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E-Team ** In the spring of 1999, The United States led a NATO force that inflicted a punishing 78-day bombing raid on Serbia. I remember the anger and confusion that I felt when I read about the attacks. By this point in my young life, I was already a pacifist. And I was already aware – as President Eisenhower forewarned – that the military industr...

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