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October 21st, 2018

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September Is Suicide Prevention Month, Let’s Take Action to Support Our Veterans

To The Editor, September is Suicide Prevention month and the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) empowers communities to take action to support our Nation’s Veterans. Each community across the country plays a role in supporting Veterans, but as an individual you may not know what to do or where to start. You don’t need to have special training...

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Who Will You Vote For?

To The Editor, A powerful myth exists among the citizenry of Vermont. The myth is that the Vermont Republican party is the party of the rich and powerful and the Vermont Democrat Party is the party of the poor and downtrodden. Real statistics compiled by the watchdog organization OpenSecrets.org debunks this myth. https://www.opensecrets.org/states...

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Guest Opinion: Combat Lyme Disease with Foxes

By Lindzey Beal Lyme Disease has spread at an alarming rate in Vermont and continues to grow. Last year, according to the CDC, Vermont was listed #1 in the country for confirmed cases of Lyme Disease and is designated as an “Endemic State”. In addition, a study done by Doctor Marie J. George of the Infectious Disease Department at Southwestern Verm...

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Guest Opinion: Congrats to Those Who Stood up to Censorship at Burlington High

By Greg Sukiennik Editor of the Brattleboro Reformer On Monday, four student journalists at The Register, the Burlington High School student newspaper, broke the news that the Vermont Agency of Education had filed six counts of unprofessional misconduct charges against BHS guidance director Mario Macias. The four student editors — Julia Shannon-Gri...

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The Best Vermont Can Do?

Dear Editor, Patrick Leahy occupies the U.S. Senate seat once held by George Aiken, and a century before Aiken, by Justin Morrill.  Aiken and Morrill are two of the most and consequential and distinguished Senators to ever serve our nation. Morrill was a key source of strength and influence in the United States Senate for President Lincoln, and the...

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“Christine Hallquist’s Civility Double Standard”

Dear Editor, A few months after entering the Vermont gubernatorial race, Christine Hallquist issued a statement going after the VTGOP for alleged divisive rhetoric, and reiterated her hope that “the 2018 election would represent a return to civility, both nationally and here in Vermont.” But now after winning the Democratic nomination, it appears M...

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Foxes Help Prevent Lyme Disease: Why is Our Government Allowing Them to Be Killed?

Dear Editor, As someone who enjoys spending time outdoors here in Vermont, I was very concerned to learn that the Green Mountain State has the second highest rate of reported cases of Lyme disease in the country. This fact became even more concerning when I learned that the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department has little to no data on the populat...

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Guest Opinion: Our Forests, Our Future: Can Vermont Landowners Sell Carbon Offsets?

By Nick Richardson, President of the Vermont Land Trust The Vermont Land Trust has a long history of conserving Vermont’s most productive working lands. As VLT’s president, I’m proud of that track record, but I’m also concerned about our farm and forest economy. With around 60 percent of Vermont’s forestland owned by people over the age of 55, tran...

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Homeless Vets on VA land?

Dear Editor, Recently I heard on NPR that thousands of homeless veterans were unable to get housing on the 388 acres of land owned by the Veterans Administration in Los Angeles. Only 150 people are now lucky enough to be living in the one building that the VA has built there for them. Over the years the government started leasing out the property t...

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Guest Opinion: The Minimum Wage

By Tyler Colford A government mandated minimum wage sounds nice; I mean doesn’t everyone deserve to make a livable wage off of 40 hours, or less, of work a week? Let’s unpack what happens when a government enforces a minimum wage. A minimum wage does not mean that workers will receive a livable wage. It means that, at a particular time, the (local,...

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