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Congressman Peter Welch Sits Down with Vote For Vermont

Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley co-hosted a show with Congressman Peter Welch on current events in Washington DC and the Congressman’s work on behalf of Vermonters. Peter appreciated the show’s tag line “Listening beyond the Sound Bites,” and agreed that in politics listening is more important than talking! We asked Peter what he thought about Preside...

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Max’s View: An Open Letter to the Nitwits at ESPN

Not so long ago, SportsCenter was a clip show. Each morning, a couple of sharp-witted gentleman presented highlights of last night’s games. During the clips, the producers played upbeat music and the hosts told the viewers what happened, tossing in a few well-timed quips and catch-phrases. It was perfect. To me, SportsCenter was The News. I had to...

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Gratitude for Green Up Day 2017

Editor, I would like to express greetings and gratitude to many who made Green Up Day 2017 a vibrant reality. Thank you! To the volunteers: Over 22,000 people of all walks of life and varied ages volunteered to come out and clean up litter from Vermont’s roadsides, public and natural spaces and waterways. They did this before, during and after the...

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Guest Opinion: Toxic Waters

By Corrina Parnapy, District Manager Winooski Natural Resources Conservation District With recent heavy rains in the Northeast there is concern about wastewater flowing untreated directly into our lakes and rivers. Growth, aging infrastructure and increased storm intensity are resulting in wastewater spilling and leaching untreated sewage into wate...

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New Book Gives Hope to Those Needing to Lose Weight

By Aaron Retherford Ralph Peterson’s life-changing journey started on April 24, 2013 when he woke up fat, hung over, borderline suicidal, and hugging his toilet at the all-inclusive Breezes Resort in the Bahamas. It was supposed to be a celebration of his 42nd birthday. Instead, it was his rock bottom. Peterson has since lost over 150 pounds, and h...

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Aging with Grace…

I recently came across a poem regarding Alzheimer’s by an unknown author that I have seen before and is so fitting. Alzheimer’s Poem Do not ask me to remember Don’t try to make me understand Let me rest and know you’re with me Kiss my cheek and hold my hand I’m confused beyond your concept I’m sad and sick and lost All I know is that I need you To...

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Gardening With Amanda: Things I Learned the Hard Way

By Amanda Legare •Sharpie permanent markers are not permanent. Those plastic tags may last, but the writing on them doesn’t if you are using “Sharpies”. In terms of duration I have had the best luck writing with number-two lead pencils. Sharpie has come out with oil-based paint markers which should be much more permanent. I haven’t tried them yet....

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Poetry Corner

twilight time By Wayne F. Burke a smoky sky and white slather, the wooded hills brown, the streets dark-gray; twilight time does something to me, something good, to see a scrap of  crow swoop to the woods: it is not night is it not day a cornucopia of gray cloud with a spatter of charcoal bricks to start a fire, warm a heart, light a way through th...

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In the Garden

By G. E. Shuman Every spring, regardless of my many memories of past personal failure in trying to raise vegetables, I always try again. Something about that fact reminds me of the definition of insanity. Oh well. Over the years I have tried growing tomatoes in pots and plots, beans in rows and hills, and other vegetables every which way you can th...

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Max’s View

Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room **** Alcoa makes money by producing aluminum and selling it. Ford makes money by building automobiles with that aluminum and selling them. Exxon-Mobil makes money by selling gasoline to the people driving those Fords. How did Enron make money? To this day, nobody knows for sure. And that’s the problem. In “Enron...

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