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December 14th, 2017

Monthly Archives: October 2017

More Humane Place for Wildlife

Dear Editor, I am writing in response to Protect Our Wildlife’s ad depicting the young red fox who suffered terribly, and later died, due to injuries sustained in a leghold trap. As a conservation biologist, I am concerned about the lack of factual information about the important role predators, like this unfortunate fox, play in our ecosystems and...

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New on Netflix: Tokyo Idols: ***

One of the strangest aspects of our society is that it’s normal for young women to fanatically obsess over pop stars. From the Beatles to the Backstreet Boys to Bieber, young women have been screaming together at concerts for our entire lives. And we all just shrug our shoulders and accept it. I’m not ready to accept it. It is collective madness. F...

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Bold Face Statement Not Correct

Dear Editor, The Bold Face statement “ ANIMAL CRUELTY IS LEGAL IN VERMONT” at the top of the add is not correct. Title Thirteen, Crimes and Criminal Procedure, Part 1. Crimes, Chapter 8. Humane and Proper Treatment Of Animals Subchapter 1. Cruelty To Animals lays out the definitions and what is covered under the animal cruelty laws in Vermont. What...

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Reiss’s Pieces

Although I hate to admit it, it seems that too many of my columns these days are ones where I am complaining about something! And believe me that isn’t the way I would like them to be. It just seems that, for me anyway, things have changed so fast that I am really unable to either catch up or, at least, stay even! And I am back with my arthritic fi...

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Don’t Our Animals Deserve Better?

Dear Editor of the World I was moved to tears when I picked up the latest issue of The World dated Oct 18, 2017. Depicted on the cover was a fox with the caption “Animal Cruelty Is Legal in Vermont.” So grateful that this is brought to the attention of the public at large for everyone to see. While visiting Protect Our Wildlife’s website, I learned...

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Thank You!

Dear Editor, We live in Roxbury and just want to say thank you for running the wildlife spot from Protect Our Wildlife. Being in the country, we see our share of unethical and horrible things happening to wildlife. We’ve even seen a bloody foot while walking our dogs. Vermont is such a wonderful state except for this cruelty. More people need to wa...

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Feeding the Beating Heart of Barre

                        By Katie Moritz The Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw once wrote that “There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” But what do you get then when you combine that sentiment with the love of community and sustainability? Granite City Grocery, a food co-operat...

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Clearing the Air of Second Hand Smoke

Dear Editor: Our society is so fortunate to have science and experience to help us pave the way for the future. Over the years we have learned more about public health risks and as a result policy has changed to make this a healthier and safer world for children, adults, the elderly, pets, and the environment. We now have seat belts, bike and ski h...

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Is Universal Primary Care an Option?

To the Editor: In a recent AARP-VT phone conversation with Governor Phil Scott, I learned that the Governor is not aware of one of the most important ideas for both health care and tax reform that is being discussed all around the state of Vermont. The idea is called Universal Primary Care and bills have been introduced in both the Vermont House, H...

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Spooky!

By G. E. Shuman It is a distant memory, cold and old, dusted off now as a long-neglected, rediscovered book might be. It matters, somehow, that this nearly-forgotten evening happened within a mid-nineteen-sixties year. Perhaps it could be that the late autumn wind cooled and creaked the leafless, lifeless-looking trees even more then than now; agai...

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