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December 14th, 2017

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Join Us on National Wreaths Across America Day

Dear Editor, Fellow residents of Bennington and the surrounding area, we are asking you to Join us on National Wreaths Across America Day; December 16 at 1200 at the Vermont Veterans’ Home on 325 North Street in Bennington. Each December on National Wreaths Across America Day, the mission to Remember, Honor and Teach is carried out by coordinating...

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Vermont’s Fair & Impartial Policing Policy Needs to Uphold the Values and Laws that Protect ALL People

Dear Editor, As members of the central Vermont chapter of Showing Up for Racial Justice, we want to state boldly that Act 54 and its provision to revisit the details of Vermont’s Fair and Impartial Policing Policy needs to uphold the values and laws that protect ALL people who come in contact with the criminal justice system, regardless of race or...

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Guest Opinion: We Must Unite Against Abuse

By Lt. Governor David Zuckerman Public revelations of sexual assault and misconduct against women and children, such as those making headlines over the few months, are deeply disturbing. How can anyone think such actions are okay? My hope is that we are leaving behind a time of impunity for abusers, who believed their actions would never be reporte...

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Guest Opinion: A History Lesson on Tax Cuts

To stimulate the U.S. economy to “levels you haven’t seen in many years”— President Trump is proposing to cut federal income taxes, for most folks in general, but predominately for really affluent families and mega-corporations. His proposal is so skewed to the wealthy that over the next 10 years, more than half of his multi-trillion dollar tax cut...

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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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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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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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