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Short and Simple Summer Stories

By G. E. Shuman I’d like to relate three short summertime stories that I know I have shared in the past, but it was long ago, and you wouldn’t have heard of them. As I get a bit older, I realize that my stories also age a bit, but are, hopefully, still relevant. Summer is my favorite season, and these short tales are ones I have heard along the way...

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Max’s Views: Freeway: Crack in the System **1/2

There is an Urban Legend that claims that the crack epidemic of the 1980s was intentionally created by our government. According to the conspiracy theory: the CIA invented crack, illegally smuggled it into inner cities, and successfully destroyed black communities. At first glance, the theory seems paranoid and preposterous. When San Jose Mercury N...

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Thank You to Community Businesses

Dear Editor, Friends of the Cutler Memorial Library thanks all those local businesses who contributed plants and other garden-related merchandise to our recent Plant and Book Sale: Cate Farm, East Hill Tree Farm, Hannaford’s, Littlewood Farm, Montpelier Agway, Peak Hydroponics, Plainfield Hardware, Price Chopper, Shaw’s, and Walmart. A special “sho...

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A Stronger, More Sustainable Education System

By Adam Greshin, Commissioner of Finance & Management Governor Scott believes we can make our education system the very best in the country, if we have the courage to rethink the current system, which is diverting valuable budget dollars away from kids and increasing the tax burden at an unsustainable rate. The K-12 system was built to educate...

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VOTE FOR VERMONT: The Sale of Vermont Yankee and Its Impact on The Town of Vernon

Last month Ben Kinsley and Pat McDonald attended the last public hearing of the Vt. Public Utility Commission (formerly the Vermont Public Service Board) on the sale of Vermont Yankee (Entergy). After listening to all testimony, we felt that a show on the sale of Vermont Yankee and its impact on the Town of Vernon would be interesting to our viewer...

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Abuse of Farm Safety Net Harms Rural America 

By Cora Fox, Center for Rural Affairs Each year, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) makes billions of dollars in payments to farmers across the country. Farmers rely on this money as part of a safety net, which helps them mitigate risks involved with working in agriculture. Congress put in place common sense limits on farm program payments,...

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Now Playing in Select Cities: First Reformed: ****

Environmentalism is a religion. I don’t mean that as an insult, just an observation. “First Reformed” is the first time I’ve seen an Environmentalist make this observation, too. Environmentalism has a deity: Mother Earth. It has a devil: Corporations. It has a clergy: Scientists. It has a story that explains how the world began: the Big Bang. And i...

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Governor’s Plan Would Raid the Education Fund

By Jack Hoffman Public education—pre-k through 12—has become a coveted source of revenue in recent years. People look at the $1.7 billion Education Fund and imagine how some efficiencies here, a little school consolidation there, could free up hundreds of millions of dollars. Now Gov. Phil Scott has proposed his “Five-Year Education Revitalization,...

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Local Teen Trains for Ninja Nationals & Encourages Others to Give It a Try

By Katie Moritz “It’s just really cool,” Cabot Hepburn, 14, of Montpelier, explains as he talks about his Ninja Obstacle training.  Hepburn, who will be a freshman this fall, is well-spoken and appears older than his age. In July, he will attend the Ultimate Ninja Athletic Association Finals in Albuquerque, New Mexico. When asked what he finds most...

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The Picnic Basket

By G. E. Shuman My wife’s birthday was/is this week. I’m not going to tell you how old, or how young she is, as I value my life far too much to do that. Anyway, let it also be known that I did marry an older woman. Truthfully, she really is older than me… three weeks older, to be exact. Three weeks is a significant amount of time, especially the th...

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