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April 21st, 2018

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Farm Bill Could Help Farmers, Soil Health, and Water Quality

Do you care about soil health, clean water, and farmers’ ability to make a living and steward their land? Time to tune in. Congress has started work on the next farm bill, and now is when they need to hear from you: the voters. The next farm bill offers a major opportunity to support conservation through the crop insurance program. Crop insurance i...

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How to Avoid Identity Theft and Fraud

With scams and fraud schemes proliferating on social media, the AARP Fraud Watch Network has launched a campaign to educate Americans about social media hazards and provide information about how they can protect themselves. Description: Evil queen looks into a phone in front of her mirror in a castle. Text: If a deal seems like a fantasy, it probab...

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Vermonters Oppose the Wasteful Killing of Wildlife

Dear Editor, The University of Vermont’s Center for Rural Studies included the following question in their 2017 Vermonter Poll: “Vermont wildlife policies allow certain species, including coyotes, crows, porcupines, skunks and weasels to be killed without limit even when there is no intent to consume or use the remains. This is called “wanton waste...

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The Challenge of Serving Vermonters

Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley are co-hosts of the show “Vote for Vermont.” In a recent show they interviewed Al Gobeille, Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources (AHS). He has quite the backstory, having graduated from Norwich University, served in the US Army, is a restauranteur, former Chair of the Green Mountain Care Board and now Secretary...

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Support Your Independent, Socially Just Radio

Dear Editor, WGDR/WGDH, Goddard College Community Radio is made up of its many listeners, producers, volunteers, underwriters, and partners. This station gives voice to an under represented set of societal values that have become increasingly threatened by the fragmenting effects of digital connection. This small, but mighty station is now one of t...

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Public Art Instills Meaning & Strengthens Identity

Dear Editor, Public art is often site specific, meaning that it is created in response to the place and community in which it resides. The many blue tabs that span the North Branch of the Winooski River, which are designed to reflect the water and move with the wind, are an excellent example of a public art installation right here in Montpelier. If...

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Improving Responses to People in Mental Health Crisis

by Pat McDonald   Pat McDonald and Ben Kinsley are co-hosts of the show “Vote for Vermont.” They have covered Vermont’s mental health crisis in several shows in the past few months. In a recent show, Mary Moulton, Executive Director of Washington County Mental Health Services, and members of her staff spoke highly about a new program called Te...

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Washington County GOP Caucuses This September

Editor,   By law, every odd numbered year major parties in Vermont hold town caucuses to discuss issues and choose a town committee. After the caucus, the town committee elected at the caucus meets to elect town officers for the coming two years.   As “all politics are local” (to repeat an oft quoted expression), the local town caucuses a...

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A Salute to Veterans in Barre’s Elmwood Cemetery

Editor, On Monday, September 11, 2017, Patriot’s Day, at 11AM, the Barre Flags for Veterans Committee will dedicate two memorials to 10 veterans in Elmwood Cemetery in Barre. Through the years these veterans’ resting places have been lost due to erosion and possible vandalism. These memorials are two slant markers designed by Gino Tosi, and manufac...

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Who Mentored You?

Dear Editor, Many successful people credit one or more mentors who made a big difference in helping them achieve success and greater resiliency during their younger lives. Even as a recently retired person in my 60’s, I can clearly recall neighbors, teachers, colleagues, elders and some not-so-elders who in one way or another served to provide impo...

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