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November 23rd, 2017

Monthly Archives: November 2017

Max’s Views: Sour Grapes: ***1/2

Most people agree that wealth inequality is a serious problem. The large and growing wealth gap isn’t just unfair, it is a danger to the stability of our regime. Politicians like Elizabeth Warren and especially Bernie Sanders are popular, above all, because they are seen as advocates for the people against the rapacious rich. The problem is that po...

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Acupuncture: a New Approach to Combating Vermont’s Opioid Epidemic

By Katie Moritz Kerry Boyle, the President of the Vermont Acupuncture Association and licensed acupuncturist at Integrative Acupuncture in downtown Montpelier, starts her story with an analogy: “if people have back pain, they may not need needles in the back, but in the shoulder or wrist. For example, if you have a lightbulb issue, it may be with t...

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Guest Opinion: Rural mental health care must not be overlooked

The challenges that try rural communities in nearly all aspects of health care – greater travel distances, fewer providers, heightened health concerns, lower incomes – also stand in the way of the delivery of behavioral and mental health care services. While there is not a greater prevalence of mental illness among rural residents, a significant di...

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The Best of Fall!

By G. E. Shuman Someone told me recently that the warm weather we’ve had here in the North this fall confused the trees so that they didn’t give us a very pretty foliage season. I agree that it’s been unusually warm here; I just don’t know about the second half of his statement. I’m not really comfortable with the idea that trees can get confused....

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Guest Opinion: Don’t Gut Our Fair and Impartial Policing Policy!

This spring Vermont took an important step forward by passing the Racial Justice Reform bill, Act 54 (H.308) which establishes a panel to address systemic racial disparities within criminal and juvenile justice systems statewide. As a member of the central Vermont chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, which was part of the coalition pushing for...

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Guest Opinion:Government Has Obligation to Protect The People, Not Enable Their Death

On Tuesday, November 14, the Vermont Marijuana Commission met and the chair of the Highway Safety Subcommittee, Commissioner of Public Safety Thomas Anderson, and Dr. Mark Levine, chair of the Education and Prevention subcommittee, reported for their committees. Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Anderson, in comments during the meeting said: “I don...

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Danger to Our Power Grid

Dear Editor, We should all urge Congress and the President to harden our power grid against Electromagnetic Pulse attacks which might cripple our computers and other important electronic equipment. Such EMP-hardening may be the best, safest, and least provocative way to deal with such a danger. In addition, we should write to our friends and relati...

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Eagle Scout Service Project Documents Condition of Barre City Fire Hydrants

  By Katie Moritz Sixteen-year-old Ethan Asselin has two missions: to make his community safer and to become an Eagle Scout. To accomplish both, he must be disciplined, committed, and pay attention to details. Plus, he will need a good winter coat. That’s because, for his Eagle Scout Project, Asselin is setting out to GPS the location of Barre...

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Thank You CVMC for Being so Prompt and Responsive

To the Editor: Kudos to Central Vermont Medical Center for acting immediately on a suggestion that I submitted to the patient advocate office. Earlier this fall, I made two trips to CVMC for tests. On both occasions, I entered via the main door and searched in vain for a rack where I could lock my bicycle. Because the presence of a bicycle rack pro...

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Vermont’s Opiate Addiction Crisis

Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley, co-hosts of “Vote for Vermont”, were joined by Vermont’s Director of Drug Prevention Policy, Jolinda LaClair on a recent show. Jolinda, a 35-year public service career veteran, serving with Congressman Jeffords’ Office, as Director of USDA Rural Development, and as Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. In his second executi...

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