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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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Pope Francis: A Man of His Word:**1/2

In this hyper-partisan era, people on both sides are way too eager to embrace a celebrity who seems to share their opinion about the President. It was understandable that people on the Right wanted to watch the Rosanne reboot. It was the first time that a scripted TV show presented Trump supporters as regular, sympathetic Americans. But Conservativ...

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Guest Opinion: Think VT’s Wildlife Policies Are Formed in the Best Interest of Wildlife and the general public? Think Again

By Brenna Galdenzi, President, Protect Our Wildlife Both Governor Phil Scott, and the Fish & Wildlife Commissioner who was appointed by Scott, did not support the ban on coyote killing contests, even though Scott let the bill pass without actively signing it. Killing contests and the year-round​,​ open killing season on coyotes are not based in...

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Gifford Nurse Effie Farnham Retires After 51 Years of Service

Longtime Gifford Health Care Nurse Effie Farnham, whose career spans 51 years, retired in mid-May. Her friends, family, and colleagues will send her off with best wishes at a retirement party Thursday, June 7, marking the beginning of the next chapter in Effie’s community-minded life. “From her colleagues to her many patients, the Gifford community...

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Just Like Riding a Bike? Onion River Outdoors Is Ready to Roll

By Katie Moritz In 1890, naturalist John Muir wrote in his journal “The clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” For Onion River Outdoors, a gear and bike shop growing out of a community that had once thrived within and around Onion River Sports, this is literally true. In December 2017, the iconic Onion River Sports, which h...

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