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December 21st, 2014

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Reason #2 Why I am Against Marijuana Legalization

Editor, Vermont has the highest rates of marijuana use in the U.S., in all age groups. That goes along with some very disturbing statistics: In the 2013 Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 16% of Vermont’s high school students reported having driven while under the influence of marijuana, while 22% reported riding with a driver who was under the influence....

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When Pigs Fly…Pardon Howdy!

Editor, Winston Churchill said, “Dogs look up to man. Cats look down to man. Pigs look us straight in the eye and see an equal.” Think about it…a pig unlocks his cage, flies out the back of a moving truck on the interstate, runs off into the woods where he successfully evades coyotes, werewolves (I mean humans), and braves the elements. After two l...

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Caregivers – Our Silent Army

Editor, Every day, a remarkable group of Vermonters performs a great labor of love: caring for aging parents, spouses, brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and friends, so they can remain in their homes. They are on duty 24/7, and often cannot take a break. Yet they wouldn’t have it any other way. These caregivers are truly unsung heroes. To honor fami...

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Which Side Are You On?

Editor, As a young Vermonter who grew up in the Green Mountain State, I have long been proud of the ways in which our state has led the way on so many issues of human rights and dignity. As the 2015 legislative sessions comes ever nearer, it’s critical we move forward on our path toward Green Mountain Care that is about all care and all people, and...

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Girls on the Run Celebrates 15 Years

Editor, Girls on the Run Vermont is now in its 15th year of helping girls reach their limitless potential through an innovative program that fosters self-esteem, confidence and fitness. We are deeply thankful for the overwhelming community support we have received throughout the years. Applications for new program locations are now being accepted,...

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The I’s and P’s of Fire Safety

Editor, Do you think you have the right smoke alarms in your house? There are two very different types of alarms. You need both to be safer. One is “ionization” and the other is “photoelectric”. Those words don’t mean much to most people, but they make the difference in waking up to a smoky hallway in time to get out or dying in your sleep. Take th...

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Why Skip the Turkey?

Editor, Next week, President Obama will pardon two turkeys to promote the turkey industry. Every one of us can exercise that same pardon power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance. It’s a most fitting way to give thanks for our own life, health, and happiness. The 240 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year have nothing to give tha...

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Healthcare is a Human Right

Editor, Last week I spent the day of the elections at Hartford High school, asking people to sign petitions in support of the Healthcare is a Human Right campaign. One of the points I pressed was no matter what happened in the voting booth, we must continue to hold our politicians accountable for the things we need in order to live lives with digni...

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Healthcare is a Human Right

Editor, Last week I spent the day of the elections at Hartford High school, asking people to sign petitions in support of the Healthcare is a Human Right campaign. One of the points I pressed was no matter what happened in the voting booth, we must continue to hold our politicians accountable for the things we need in order to live lives with digni...

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Green Mountain United Way Assisting Individuals Needing Special Assistance

Editor, In collaboration with E911, Vermont 211 and the United Ways of Vermont, Green Mountain United Way is participating in a new statewide initiative to identify those in our community who would need special assistance in an emergency or evacuation. This could include, but is not limited to, people who need the use of a wheelchair, have unique t...

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