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January 22nd, 2018

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Guest Opinion: Vermont Healthcare System Changing for the Better

By Dr. Carrie Wulfman My career as a family practice physician working in Vermont spans nearly two decades. I have been a practicing physician at Porter’s Brandon Primary Care Office (formerly Neshobe Family Medicine) for 18 years and I have seen many changes in medical practice over these years. One of the most positive changes I have seen is the...

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Guest Opinion: What Is It Like to Live on $10/Hour?

By Anthony Pollina, Vermont State Senator & Progressive Party Chair When considering the proposed $15 an hour minimum wage we should all ask ourselves the most important question: What is it like to live on the current minimum wage of $10 an hour? Start with $20,800. Although that’s before taxes. Subtract rent (a mortgage unlikely at that salar...

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Guest Opinion: Local FARMS Act Feeds Rural Economies

By Cora Fox Center for Rural Affairs Where our food comes from matters – for our health, for the vitality of our communities, for our wallets, and for the environment. One of the Center for Rural Affairs’ goals is to connect the local people who grow and make food with the local people who eat it. We work to bring together farmers and consumers thr...

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Expansion of the Bottle Bill Will Reduce Trash

Dear Editor, I am writing to ask your readers to support the 2018 Bottle Bill pending before the Vermont Legislature. Not only is the survival of this bill vital for Vermont, but expanding it to cover other plastic bottles such as juice, water and other beverages can only encourage people to return more bottles at their local redemption centers. I...

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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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