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Monthly Archives: December 2017

A New Year, a New You? It’s Possible with a Little Planning

By Katie Moritz This year is going to be the year. The year you exercise more. The year you spend more time with family and friends. The year you learn that new skill or take up that new hobby. 2018 is going to be your year. Tell this to friends and family, and it’s likely someone will inform you that over 50% of New Year’s Resolutions fail. This i...

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Max’s Views

Netflix Pick: The Hateful Eight: ***1/2 Some people interpret “Thou shalt not bear false witness” to mean that God prohibits lying completely. I’m not so sure. I think that it makes more sense that the 8th Commandment is intended to condemn those who have sworn to tell the truth in a specific circumstance and then lie. Perjury=breaking a commandmen...

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Congress Must Step Up to Help States Protect the Integrity of Our Elections

Guest Opinion: Congress Must Step Up to Help States Protect the Integrity of Our Elections By Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos As Vermont’s chief election official, ensuring the accuracy and integrity of our elections is one of my highest priorities. In a world of constantly changing technology we must stay ahead of those who seek to undermine...

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Thank You!

Dear Editor, Fellow residents of Bennington and the surrounding area, we at the Vermont Veterans’ Home want to thank you for participating in this year’s National Wreaths Across America Day at the Vermont Veterans’ Home. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating wre...

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Expanded Bottle Bill Would Result in Cleaner Streets

To the Editor: As volunteers with the “Trash Tramps” group, which picks up trash every Tuesday in Montpelier, we’re well acquainted with litter in the downtown. Every week, we and other volunteers pick up a wide variety of empty beverage containers that probably would not be there if our current bottle bill was expanded to include them. An expanded...

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VOTE FOR VERMONT: Accountability in State Government

Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley are co-hosts of the show, “Vote for Vermont.” On a recent episode Doug Hoffer, Vermont State Auditor, joined Pat and Ben to talk about accountability in state government. The State Auditor’s Office (SAO) is tasked with three major priorities: conducting the audit of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR), the...

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Christmas, Simply

By G. E. Shuman I think that the only time I enjoy the dark and cold of this time of the year is in the evening, as Christmas approaches. I enjoy the ‘feel’ of our old home, as it battles the cold and shields us from everything outside. I like the warmth of an occasional fire in the fireplace, the glow of candles, and the lights of the Christmas tr...

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Max’s Views: Netflix Original Documentary, Cuba and the Cameraman: ***1/2

In the 20th Century, leftists around the world were rooting for Revolutionary Cuba. Cuba was the best chance of having a classless, Socialist Utopia in the Western Hemisphere. If Cubans could succeed while thumbing their noses at the decadent Americans at the same time, all the better. Cuba became a political Rorschach Test. Conservative critics po...

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Guest Opinion: Vermont Healthcare System Changing for the Better

By Dr. Carrie Wulfman My career as a family practice physician working in Vermont spans nearly two decades. I have been a practicing physician at Porter’s Brandon Primary Care Office (formerly Neshobe Family Medicine) for 18 years and I have seen many changes in medical practice over these years. One of the most positive changes I have seen is the...

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Guest Opinion: What Is It Like to Live on $10/Hour?

By Anthony Pollina, Vermont State Senator & Progressive Party Chair When considering the proposed $15 an hour minimum wage we should all ask ourselves the most important question: What is it like to live on the current minimum wage of $10 an hour? Start with $20,800. Although that’s before taxes. Subtract rent (a mortgage unlikely at that salar...

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