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The Counsel of the Years

By G. E. Shuman I’m 62 years old. Or, as some of my seventh-grade students would phrase it if referring to their age, I’m 62 and a half. I’ll be 63 in July. (Remember that, if you want to send me a present.) I don’t really care about my age (as if there is anything I could do about it if I did), and I try to tackle the passing years as my mother do...

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Max’s View

Arrival **** 600 years ago, everyone agreed that earth is at the center of the universe and all other heavenly bodies revolve around us. That was a fact. If some dreamer had stood up and said, “Hey, maybe the earth is just one of a billion planets in our galaxy. And our galaxy is just one of a billion in the universe,” that guy would have been laug...

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Senate Perspectives: Eat Your Peas

By Joe Benning State Senator, Caledonia District “But Mom, I don’t like peas,” said my 5-year-old self to my mother. “Eat them anyway,” came her response. “But Mom, they don’t taste good,” I pled, hoping to gain some sympathy. She replied with a sympathy thrust of her own: “Be thankful you have them, there are starving people in the world, you know...

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Quality Afterschool and Summer Programs should be Available to all Vermonters

Editor, I believe every Vermont community and family should have access to quality afterschool and summer learning programs for their children and dedicated state funding for afterschool and summer programs is a great step toward this goal. I am a fourth generation Vermonter and single parent with a good, full-time job. I was the first person in my...

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Northfield Select Board Races

Editor, I am writing to urge Northfield voters to vote for John Sears for the 3-year seat on the Select Board, and for Jim Baraw for the vacant 2-year seat on the Select Board. I firmly believe that a change in the composition of the board is necessary if Northfield is to move forward, attracting new businesses and new families, to expand our tax b...

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Trump Jeopardizing National Security

Editor, As a former Naval Intelligence officer, I am concerned with the Administration’s adverse impact on our national security. It appears Trump campaign aides, including former Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, contacted Russian officials during the Presidential election, and this might have compromised our democratic election process. Flynn was forced to...

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Vermont’s 2016 Teacher of the Year Advocates Leaving Comfort Zone in Podcast

By Aaron Retherford Susan Koch, Vermont’s 2016 Teacher of the Year from Union Elementary in Montpelier, always knew she wanted to be a teacher. She has always loved working with kids, and teaching is a great occupation to continue learning and solve that puzzle of how to meet kids’ needs. However, her second career choice would have been an astrona...

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Max’s View

The film that is going to win Best Picture Moonlight **** “If a bullet should enter my brain, let that bullet destroy every closet door.” – Harvey Milk I don’t understand the gay rights movement these days. Right now, they are fighting for transgender bathrooms and a coordinated boycott of Chick-Fil-A restaurants. I am not saying these are ba...

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U.S. Political IQ

Editor, At the founding of our democracy, Alexander Hamilton was leery of mass enfranchisement. He didn’t think enough people were sufficiently intelligent or informed to make the right choices affecting their governance. He therefore wanted to limit voting rights to select segments of society. Thomas Jefferson, on the other hand, had greater faith...

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Guest Opinion: Good Jobs Are Begging For Skilled Workers

By Cathleen Lamberton Executive Vice President, Associated General Contractors of Vermont We have an aging workforce in Vermont and a student population that is confused by the choice to pursue a traditional college education or prepare for a career in the trades. It’s a fact: businesses across the state lack trained employees to fill good paying j...

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